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post #1 of 3 Old 05-01-2010, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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hi i just joined this forum and the klr world today. just bought a brand new klr and love it. One smooth machine. anyone have any advice? Breakin periods mods to make it faster? I love this bike
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-01-2010, 11:00 PM
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There's a bunch of free or very Cheap mods that get the bike very responsive and
running hard n' fast. It's all in the tech sections. Break-in stuff too. It's all
here and we help each other out.

For the break-in, don't baby it nor beat it up. Just ride normally and change the oil
a few times in the first thousand miles. Lot of up and downshifting to get the
piston rings seated. The owner's manual break-in is too gentle on the engine.

I hope some other owners chime in with their opinions as this subject varies
VERY widely among owners. My way is the way most often recommended.
That's why I do/ did it this way. I read about such a large percentage of
people who bought one new, and started right off riding kinda hard. Not
beating it up, just hitting the gas hard, and using engine braking to seat/ seal the
rings going both directions in the cylinder.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-02-2010, 12:30 AM
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I agree with Cheap. And if you're looking to do some wrenching, a doohickey and thermo bob might be a good idea. The sooner the better.

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