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post #1 of 10 Old 03-20-2010, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Just bought 2009 KLR650. Now what?

So i know there are a ton of things that manufactures put on bikes in the name of safety and EPA standards. So what things do i need to start stripping off, replacing, or adding on to my '09 KLR? Im a green rider but this bike looks like 650cc of joy :-)

Also, I heard that one of the most important maintenance times for the bike will be at 600 miles when the bike is broken in. My shop wants to charge me $250 a pop every time i take it in. Im mechanically literate so is it worth dropping the $250 to have them do maintenance on it or am i perfectly capable of turning the wrenches myself?

Thanks for any and all help in this area. Will continue to read most of the threads to gain more knowledge and wisdom!!

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-20-2010, 01:01 AM
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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.

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Ya know thats the type of response i was hoping for. So first thing tomorrow, i'll pick up the manual, oil filters, oil (any recommended kind?), and some washers to do the "22cent mod. Now how about spark plugs? will the change in how rich it runs affect the plugs?

Thanks so much for the help Tom. I've been here on the forum for almost 2 hours now and have SO MUCH INFO already! Too much to take in honestly haha. Thats a good thing though.
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This is my 18th motorcycle in my life and I've just got 400 miles on my '09. I find that the carburetor is jetted perfectly so far. I don't have lean spots, flat spots, or hesitation up to ~ 5,000 RPMs so I'm not doing the 22 cent mod. The 22 cent mod *most likely* will cost you some MPG. I like getting MPG in the mid 50s like I am now. I'm at 2,000' elevation.

My opinion, hold off on the mods ... just ride it.
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...i'll pick up the manual, oil filters, oil (any recommended kind?), and some washers to do the "22cent mod. Now how about spark plugs? will the change in how rich it runs affect the plugs?...
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Most people like the Shell Rotella "synthetic", which you can buy in a gallon jug at Walmart for <$20. The deisel rated oils are usually a good choice. Many will advise staying away from oils that are rated as "high efficiency" because these oils contain friction modifiers that some feel are not a good mix with an oil bath clutch.

The change in AFR is not enough to worry the spark plug.

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If you're mechanically literate (I wasn't...I'm getting there), don't take it to the shop ever again. Do what Tom said. You'll want to change the doohickey probably, but after that you can do nothing or try to turn it into a BMW...up to you. You're gonna have fun. Get the manual. Go over the bike and loctite away. There are other mods/farkles I think are valuable, but right now, you should just ride and have fun. When you start getting the itch, there is plenty to do.

Oil, any good MC oil or Rotella...I have and will use both. Change it a lot.

Screw the dealer unless he is a heck of a lot better than mine was. All they ever did was screw things up and charge me for it. You'll learn more than enough if you get to know your bike with the manual and hang around here and pay attention.

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For oil filters, I've found that Arrowhead has a great deal on a 10-pack. I just have him send me that and I'm good for a long time. And its nice to know that when that "OMG I HAVEN'T CHANGED THE OIL IN 7,000 MILES" comes up, the filter's there

Hopefully this link works: http://www.angelfire.com/ut/moab/parts_frames.html

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Andrew-

Most people like the Shell Rotella "synthetic", which you can buy in a gallon jug at Walmart for <$20. The deisel rated oils are usually a good choice. Many will advise staying away from oils that are rated as "high efficiency" because these oils contain friction modifiers that some feel are not a good mix with an oil bath clutch.

The change in AFR is not enough to worry the spark plug.

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I will definately take a look at the Rotella Synthetic. Sounds like a winner to me! And thanks for the advice on the spark plug. I'll post pics up of the bike tomorrow if i can get the son of a gun out of the shop tomorrow!
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If you're mechanically literate (I wasn't...I'm getting there), don't take it to the shop ever again. Do what Tom said. You'll want to change the doohickey probably, but after that you can do nothing or try to turn it into a BMW...up to you. You're gonna have fun. Get the manual. Go over the bike and loctite away. There are other mods/farkles I think are valuable, but right now, you should just ride and have fun. When you start getting the itch, there is plenty to do.

Oil, any good MC oil or Rotella...I have and will use both. Change it a lot.

Screw the dealer unless he is a heck of a lot better than mine was. All they ever did was screw things up and charge me for it. You'll learn more than enough if you get to know your bike with the manual and hang around here and pay attention.

Cheers.
i like the "or turn it into a BMW" part lol. I'm actually thinking about either painting it a sand color or matte black (summer time project) just to let it stand out. Already have an HID front and rear package coming. So yes, tons of things to do. But of course riding it is the main objective :-)

Oh and i'll find out how well the service department is tomorrow when i get my bike...well i cant say when i get my bike BACK cause i really never had it...but i'll see how much the bill is haha and that'll explain a ton. I will have the manual mailed to me asap. The more i know the better right!? And this forum along with sport-touring.net, I've learned a ton withing the past few days.

Cant wait to get my tank of a bike! haha
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It's broken in long before 600 miles. Change the oil and go do a wheelie.
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