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post #11 of 18 Old 07-13-2018, 10:58 AM
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patroy75, I ride alone - my GF is not a big fan of being a passenger on motorcycles! So, I did something for the city only here in the midwest is city, boring a** highways or cornfields... the KLR was my choice because of price, reliability and the simplicity of its build!

I will keep updating it to where I really have planned! But tell me if you guys have any tips on how to improve this.

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Alex,
Welcome. The bike looks great - good job. I'm not gonna lie, to me it seems like a waste of a KLR since it's no longer capable of offroad travel and I'm an offroad guy. I also figure that there are a ton of older streetbikes for cheap that you could get the similar "cafe" look with and most have far more power......but if you factor in bad roads (that can use the KLR's long travel suspension) and the decent reliablility, longevity and mileage, then it starts to make more sense. It still reminds me of a Jeep Wrangler with Pirelli P Zero's but I'm keeping an open mind!

Other than a tank swap, as Tom mentioned, I don't have any constructive criticism to add.

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-13-2018, 04:33 PM
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I like it. Honestly it doesn't really give up much off road capability just a little ground clearance. Nice work. I might loose the front plastics as well and make some kind of radiator shroud/guard myself.
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-16-2018, 12:11 AM
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I love it! Good job.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-16-2018, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, thank you so much for the good words! I really appreciate!


@DPelletier - I'm not an offroad person - my thing is more street and commute; the KLR was pretty cheap when I got it with 6k miles for only $2.300,00. I'm a 6'1 guy and i like the idea of being on top of a larger motorcycle and see over the roof of the cars ahead, street bikes are not my style in general.

Also, ground clearance is basically the same, since it only took 3inches off it with the new exhaust pipe. The sound is just incredible!!!

The tank swap is the next project together with new front headlights... those are just temporary.

I'm in between the kz1000 or kz1000r... I think the square look of the R will look very very nice with this bike.
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-16-2018, 03:09 PM
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patroy75, I ride alone - my GF is not a big fan of being a passenger on motorcycles! .................................................. ..........................................But tell me if you guys have any tips on how to improve this.

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Have you considered a new girlfriend?
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-24-2018, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, so after a few weeks riding it I think I'm running it too rich - the exhaust pops a lot and when I twist full throttle the motorcycle goes normal, fail/weak in the middle and then goes back again to full speed...

Do you guys think that is the problem? too rich? or its something else? Dirty carbs?

My plan for the winter is to add the 719 forged piston kit from Eagle Mike - is that okay to mess with the jets right now?

Let me know what your guys' thoughts are! Thank you so much for the help!

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-25-2018, 11:00 AM
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I'll suggest that your running issue may be two-fold.

#1,
The KLR carb is of Constant Vacuum design, also called Constant Velocity design. The Exposed air filter has lowered the overall operating Vacuum thru the carb throat and the slide spring and the vacuum hole in the bottom of the slide were not designed to operate at this much lower level of vacuum. You may have to convert to a common slide valve carb to properly calibrate and eliminate the issue.

#2,
The mid-range needle fuel mixture will be leaner due to the easier air flow thru the exposed air filter. Are you using a KLX650 adjustable needle or other adjustable needle?

#3,
Trailing throttle After-fire popping in the exhaust can be a sign of a Bad gasket at the cylinder head / exhaust pipe manifold. Or possible a pin-hole in the little enrichener diaphragm on the LH side of the carb. Also do you have the AIS air port Blocked Off properly/completely next to the spark plug on this 2014 engine?

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post #18 of 18 Old 08-19-2018, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't weighted the motorcycle yet but went from 60 miles per tank to 80 miles per tank in the city.
Now gonna start selling the parts I took off it
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