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post #1 of 20 Old 11-03-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I gotta say...

I really like my KLR! I don't ride it too much because it seems like I'm always tinkering with another bike and then testing and tuning it. So ole' reliable just sits there. I mean I ride it every 2 weeks or so, but not for long rides as I'm limited on time now.

However, when I do hop on it and go for a ride I'm always pleasantly surprised!
Once I got it set up for my body, it fits me better than any of my other bikes I currently own or have owned in the past. Since I customized my seatconcepts seat it fits my butt perfectly. The addition of the extended shifter made a huge difference! Every time I shift I'm anticipating the old clunky feeling, but now it feels nice and slick. The 16t sprocket fits my riding style perfect as well. I don't feel like I'm buzzing along in 5th now. Now me and the KLR feel nice and mellow chillin' at 55-60mph.
It has plenty of power as well. I can break traction on a gravel road anytime I want in 3rd gear.

I touch the front brake the front end dives like crazy. So I'm thinking maybe it's time I upgrade the springs. BUT whenever I'm cruising over the rough asphalt roads or hit a rut on a mellow trail ride the bike soaks it up like its nothing. So to me the proof-is-in-the-pudding. For my type of riding, they work great! And I haven't even opened them up yet.

She runs great and performs flawlessly for me, so why mess with her?
I really like this ride!




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post #2 of 20 Old 11-03-2012, 09:46 PM
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I think you have said it perfectly well, as I feel that the rest of us feel the same way about our own KLRs.......once you get them worn in nicely, it's like a good soft pair of sneakers.....fits like a glove.....it just feels right!


As for the dive in your springs, think Intimidators and stiffen up the stock springs by adding an inch to the spacer length. The intimindators work extremely well. They get rid of the washboard uncontrolable bouncing the front tire does that causes you to drift towards the ditch.....they somehow just work....expensive yes....but....imho, worth the cost of admission.

Hope this helps.....

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I think the KLR feels "just right" to a lot of people and that is part of the reason why they are so popular . Love mine too!

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i truly love my bike , i can haul 80 mph on freeway or 10 on dirt trail with my taller windshield i feel better protected from bad weather , with heated grips i feel im getting a massage as i ride , and with the wider pro taper bars and 2 inch risers i feel extremely comfortable in twisties all day and stand without feeling too tall ..

sometimes i dream of a ktm 990 but then i remember this is payed for and still puts a smile on my face every time i fire her up ..

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I agree wayne. The thought of having one of those sounds nice, but I guarantee there would always be a trade-off and we'd wish we had old reliable again. The only way I'd get one of those is if I fell into alot of $$$ and had nothing better to do with it.

As of now I'm more than content with my KLR modded to my liking!



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2 inch risers
Sounds like something I should consider getting. The bars feel just out of reach for me standing up.
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You say it well!

New to my KLR only having my '09 since July but just can't find much to complain about ! Having ridden several BMW's over the last 20 years this bike is just the perfect fit. The only thing that peaked my interest was your single issue with the front end diving. Was thinking about progressive springs as it was something I did with an old airhead and it really helped. Anyone have experience with this?
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beej - I installed the cheap rckymtn risers and they fit me well.

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beej - I installed the cheap rckymtn risers and they fit me well.
Cool. I'll check it out. Thanks!
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I've been using 1.5" risors from Rocky for 5 years now....perfect! Plus, if you have longer legs....try dropping your pegs 1" It too will make all the difference!

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