Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
The three prior posters are pretty much spot on.
Do it because your bike is burning oil and you want to fix it (remember, though, that the cost of the kit, machine work and installation will buy a LOT of oil) or because you love to tinker and just wanna.
Don't do it for power. The KLR engine doesn't make power, and nothing you do will change that. After all, it's only 35 ccs being added. If power is linear with displacement, that would say 2 hp are being added, and that's not far off the mark.
The power increase is most noticeable in what I would call passing situations. Accelerating from 70 to 90 is very easy.
Before the 685 mine would not pull a grade in 5th gear with the 16 tooth sprocket, so I didn't like the 16 tooth and removed it. With the 685 it will easily pull the same grades in 5th with the 16 tooth, so the 16 tooth is pretty much a permanent installation on mine.
Mine loves to rev. It's very smooth (smoother than my other bike, a horizontally opposed twin that shakes like a dog shittin' tacks) and pretty much a hoot to keep above 4000 rpm. It's seen 8000 rpm a time or two.
Tom [email protected]
On the way downtown I stopped at a bar and had a couple of double Scotches. They didn't do me any good. All they did was make me think of Silver-Wig, and I never saw her again.
'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.
Sting like a butterfly.
Noli Timere Messorem
Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 11-04-2011 at 01:05 PM.