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post #1 of 14 Old 09-11-2009, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie here with an 09 KLR

This is my first post, and I have a couple of questions regarding my 2009 KLR650, which I just picked up from the dealer. The engine doesn't start in 1st gear with the clutch disengaged (stand up). I checked the switch and it is plugged in. Is there an adjustment on this switch?

Also, my throttle is sticking. I loosened up the screw that clamps the assembly to the bar and twisted it a bit. It seems better now, but not certain that was the fix.

Are these common issues? Looking forward to hanging around.

What else should I be watching out for on the 2009 models?

-Waynem
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-12-2009, 11:06 AM
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I haven't had any problems or issues with my '09 except for the wiring harness/subframe recall.

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post #3 of 14 Old 09-12-2009, 07:40 PM
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You could take it back to the dealer since it is under warranty.........or, fix it yerself.

No adjustment on the clutch switch. If you want to bypass just unplug it and insert a mini fuse to complete the circuit. A little filing is needed on the prongs of the fuse to go into the plug you pulled out. You can do the same on the kickstand, just follow the wires up and complete the circuit. I think I used a trailer splice.

I had a sticking throttle on my '08 and it was some dried goop that was between the metal of the handlebar and the plastic of the throttle.

You do know that grease in Japan (or Thailand as it is) is more valuable than gold? Check and re-lube your swingarm pivot and steering head bearings. Use a marine or water resistant grease. I found mine nearly devoid of lubrication.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-12-2009, 10:33 PM
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I haven't had any problems or issues with my '09 except for the wiring harness/subframe recall.

Same holds true with mine. Gotta good one.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-13-2009, 01:17 PM
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This is my first post, and I have a couple of questions regarding my 2009 KLR650, which I just picked up from the dealer. The engine doesn't start in 1st gear with the clutch disengaged (stand up). I checked the switch and it is plugged in. Is there an adjustment on this switch?

Also, my throttle is sticking. I loosened up the screw that clamps the assembly to the bar and twisted it a bit. It seems better now, but not certain that was the fix.

Are these common issues? Looking forward to hanging around.

What else should I be watching out for on the 2009 models?

I would take it back to the dealer and have them fix it. I have had good luck with my 09 so far. very happy with the bike. Congrats on the new bike and welcome!!
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I've had so many bad experiences with the stealerships that unless it is something catastrophic I stay away. The whole hassel of getting your bike there, leaving it for days, getting a ride home, going back to get it, find out they didn't fix it, repeat process, just doesn't work for me when I can spend an hour of my time to do it and do it right.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-15-2009, 11:53 AM
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My '09 runs great !!!
Plus it's black, the really good one.
I stuck on some highway pegs and tweaked
a few adjustment points on the scooter.
It's a very happy machine overall.


Don't expect the best motorcycle on the planet.
(It is though.)
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-15-2009, 11:58 AM
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Plus......What Flash said!!

Learn your machine and avoid the dealerships when possible.
Come here for step by step stuff. If possible, get the service manual.

My SM paid for itself first day when I installed the 16t sprocket
and saves me labor $$ every time I open it.


(Plus, I KNOW I double check all my work.)

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-03-2009, 09:00 PM
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3,000 miles on my 2009 red klr , very pleased with it , no issues . paid 4,800 plus paperwork fees, what a deal ! the suzuki v strom is getting jealous, been taken out only once in the last 2 weeks !
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-04-2009, 04:42 PM
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Since you are a new owner you may need this. It is a schematic I made for the '08/09 KLRs. I cannot stand automotive schematics so I redid it into something more intuitive. It has withstood the test for accuracy for a year now. One thing you should know about it though. There is no distinction between chassis ground and the black/yellow ground wire. They are treated as the same, since electrically they are the same. It is so much easier to trouble shoot problems or determining where or how to add accessories using this schematic than the factory one.


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