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post #1 of 10 Old 09-24-2012, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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2008 KLR 650 Learching forward & shutting off

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My 26 year old son has been traveling around Africa on a 08' 650 KLR, and has traveled about 30K km so far. He just contacted me via WhatsAPP to say that his KLR shut off on him while riding. The Tachometer was also acting funny just before this by going up and down. The bike now will start but jerks forward and dies, jerks forward and dies. He said his battery is only 2 months old, but was bought in Africa, but it does say Kawasaki on it so he thinks its a factory battery. Any ideas would be appreciated as he's out in the boondocks near Lesoto right now. Does this sound like a short somewhere? or could it be the battery. I live in Georgia so I'm absolutly no help but can send him text messages through WhatsAPP via my iphone..

Thnaks in Advance for any help..
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-24-2012, 09:21 PM
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OK, I'm a broken record tonight. It could be the tank isn't venting correctly. Have him open the gas cap and see if that helps.
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Need Help !!!!!

My 26 year old son has been traveling around Africa on a 08' 650 KLR, and has traveled about 30K km so far. He just contacted me via WhatsAPP to say that his KLR shut off on him while riding. The Tachometer was also acting funny just before this by going up and down. The bike now will start but jerks forward and dies, jerks forward and dies. He said his battery is only 2 months old, but was bought in Africa, but it does say Kawasaki on it so he thinks its a factory battery. Any ideas would be appreciated as he's out in the boondocks near Lesoto right now. Does this sound like a short somewhere? or could it be the battery. I live in Georgia so I'm absolutly no help but can send him text messages through WhatsAPP via my iphone..

Thnaks in Advance for any help..

Has the bike had the wiring harness recall done? If not the most likely spot for a short is where the harness passes over the voltage regulator (black finned thing right side behind the radiator overflow reservoir). The tank sits on the harness in that spot and pinches it against the edge of the regulator.

Could be the clutch and side stand safety switches. Easy to bypass just short the wires.

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Has the bike had the wiring harness recall done? If not the most likely spot for a short is where the harness passes over the voltage regulator (black finned thing right side behind the radiator overflow reservoir). The tank sits on the harness in that spot and pinches it against the edge of the regulator.
I don't want to steal the thread, but I have a relatively new to me 2008 KLR. How does one tell if the recall has been handled? Does Kawasaki honor recalls to other than original owners?
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I don't want to steal the thread, but I have a relatively new to me 2008 KLR. How does one tell if the recall has been handled? Does Kawasaki honor recalls to other than original owners?

A recall is valid for the life of the vehicle, doesn't matter who owns it. You should be able to give a dealer your VIN and he can check. There might be some place on line also.

The recall doesn't replace the harness just re-routes it and adds some insulation. It's pretty easy to see the trouble spots once you get the tank off. The voltage regulator is #1, #2 is probably behind the head tube, the harness makes a hard right there. Under the seat tank junction is another spot to look at.

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What about the kickstand switch? Could likely be the culprit as well.

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Need Help !!!!!

My 26 year old son has been traveling around Africa on a 08' 650 KLR, and has traveled about 30K km so far. He just contacted me via WhatsAPP to say that his KLR shut off on him while riding. The Tachometer was also acting funny just before this by going up and down. The bike now will start but jerks forward and dies, jerks forward and dies. He said his battery is only 2 months old, but was bought in Africa, but it does say Kawasaki on it so he thinks its a factory battery. Any ideas would be appreciated as he's out in the boondocks near Lesoto right now. Does this sound like a short somewhere? or could it be the battery. I live in Georgia so I'm absolutly no help but can send him text messages through WhatsAPP via my iphone..

Thnaks in Advance for any help..

He might also try draining the float bowl on the bottom of the carb.the drain screw is on the lower right side of the carb and is a small hex head screw. To open the drain, turn the screw approx 2 turns counter clockwise. Fuel will come out of the small spout on the bottom of the carb. It is recomended to connect a 1/4" hose to the spout and direct the fuel into a catch can. This should be done when the engine is cool and NOT running. If there is water in the fuel he should be able to see it in the catch can. If he doesn't have a hose a rag can be placed on the engine under the carb to catch the fuel so it doesn't go all over the place.
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Sorry, I missed the part about the Tach acting funny. That definatly suggests an electrical problem not a fuel supply problem. Sorry for the confusion.
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