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post #1 of 4 Old 10-07-2013, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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70K miles - what to expect/do

New to this board and my second 1st gen KLR. Bought a beater for a very low price. Runs fine, shifts fine. No history on bike. Other than normal stuff - brakes, oil, cleaning, lubing, etc., what else should I focus on with a KLR of 70K miles? It will either get limited use or I will decide to fix it up and ride around the globe (OK, maybe a long weekend trip). I will soon have all winter to tear into this thing so looking for area's to focus. A little above average mechanical ability.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-07-2013, 09:51 AM
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Welcome, tri650!

Hey; you've "been there, done that" (previous KLR owner) and have above-average mechanical skills--I'd, SAY NO MORE!

That is, I trust you for diagnosis, repair, and preventive maintenance; 'specially since you say nothing about the bike's service life history (e.g., been sitting up a long time? Might go here, if so: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=19026 ).

Some will scream, "DOOHICKEY!" Maybe a prudent warning, but . . . Bayesian Probability suggests, if it's gone 70,000 miles without incident, it just may be sufficiently durable and reliable for the remainder of this machine's service life.

You can check chain-and-sprocket condition; some obvious suspension lubrication points might need attention; as well as steering head adjustment.

Good compression? Valve clearance o.k.?

Ride that sucker!
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-07-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Fortunately he gave me a new front and rear sprocket and chain. I am planning on taking this in 3 stages - front end, middle (engine) and back end. Will take apart front end, put in new springs, fork oil, check steering stem bearings, grease wheel, bleed brakes, etc. Then move onto engine and then back end.

Bike was sitting outside for awhile. You can see some rust spots. I would like to fix any of this without having to remove the motor. Again, the motor is running fine, although I will check compression.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-07-2013, 10:32 AM
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Aftermarket front springs? I find Progressive springs most satisfactory in my KLR250.

As to compression test; an ordinary one is frustrated by the KACR (Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release); you'd have to disable that component, or . . . better still, perform a leak-down test.

(If it runs o.k., why bother?)

Back end? Woe if the shock is shot!

Best wishes.
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