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post #11 of 14 Old 12-21-2019, 03:42 PM
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I've had 2 new KLRs that required the steering head bearings to be loosened just a titch. I'm fussy with steering head bearing preload as it can really make the bike feel cumbersome and hard to balance at slow speeds.

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-22-2019, 08:59 PM
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Measured my rider sag on the 2018 bike. Got 52 mm front and rear. I weigh 163bs. Looks like the factory spring rates are designed for a much heavier rider than me.

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post #13 of 14 Old 12-23-2019, 10:02 AM
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Measured my rider sag on the 2018 bike. Got 52 mm front and rear. I weigh 163bs. Looks like the factory spring rates are designed for a much heavier rider than me.

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Nah, I'll suggest that the OEM springs for the 2014.5 & up bikes reflects all the crash bars, touring gearing & cargo that the newer generation of riders were leaving installed & loaded onto their pack mules 24/7 - 365!

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post #14 of 14 Old 12-24-2019, 09:04 AM
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Makes sense. My bike has no added weight except for the front mounted tool tube, which is around 12 lbs.


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