Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
For now the most important thing you can do is get it broken in.
I wouldn't advise jumping in with any big time mods straight away. The best thing you can do for yourself is to get a manual (Clymer is fine, factory is good, too) and get familiar with the bike.
The KLR is a thoroughly state of the are bike. For 1985! You won't run into anything you can't handle because there's nothing exotic about it. So, if you are fairly handy you'll have no trouble working on it.
Go out right now and get a few oil filters and a couple gallons of oil.Change the oil right now. Yeah, now! Even 50 miles isn't too early to change the oil for the first time; you'll get the chips, shavings, and new-motor stuff out. Change it again in 500 miles or so. Keep an eye on the oil level.
The bike comes lean from the factory running lean and you'll want to fix that with a thing called the 22 cent mod. In a nutshell, it consists of putting two stainless #4 washers under the needle to richen things up a bit. There are instructions here on the forum and people to help when you get to that point.
Start poking around the forum to get familiar with how it works, what's here, and to see some of the common points that we discuss for the KLR new owner. Ask a lot of questions - we love to answer.
You can start with the mods and farkles when you're comfortable with what you want to do. It's hard to give you a list because there are so doggone many of them.
To recap, oil it, ride it, read up, and welcome to the forum!
I'm sure I haven't told you something I should have; others will be along to fill in the gaps.
Tom [email protected]
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Sting like a butterfly.
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Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 03-20-2010 at 01:06 AM.