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post #1 of 64 Old 11-02-2007, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Come on Aussies, where are u.

There's KLR's everywhere in Aus, where are u all?

I'm from Richmond NSW, & I got an '04 650 I bought new. It now has 50,000 k's on it & still going strong. Always used a bit of oil though (pain in the arse!) but I love it. I've had about 15 bikes over the years, mainly road bikes. I wouldn't swap my KLR for anything. It's a blast.

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post #2 of 64 Old 11-13-2007, 03:18 AM
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thinking of buying one what do you reckon? 02 model, how tall are they and heavy?
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post #3 of 64 Old 11-17-2007, 05:34 PM
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Hi Barf

I'm on the Gold Coast. Had my '87 since April '90. It's now done over 145,000kms. I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I have just acquired a cylinder & head off low mileage bikes from the states. Will probably fit them over the xmas hols. Mine uses a lot of oil between changes so hopefully this will cure it.

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post #4 of 64 Old 11-24-2007, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Markill68, they are tall & they aren't light for a dirt bike, but they drop a fair way when u sit on them & if u've ridden road bikes, the KLR feels light. Air the tires down to 15 or 17 psi in the dirt & it's easy to ride. Air them back up for the road though.
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post #5 of 64 Old 11-24-2007, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Griffo1962.
145000 k's is unreal. I hope I get that sort of life out of mine.
Just did a trip to the Imbil rally in Queensland. We did 3500 k's. First night Grafton, 2nd night Caboolture, 3rd night Imbil for the rally, 4th Maidenwell, 5th Grafton, 6th Walcha, 7th Stuart Town & home on the 8th.Bike used 400ml of oil, & the battery gave up at Grafton, but other than that it went like a train. Very comfortable bike on the road. Soaks up pot holes on back roads, steers easy & takes dirt roads well, and does it easy at 110 to 120 km/h. Faster if u want but how many pionts u have on your licence may keep your speed down. U still ride much?
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post #6 of 64 Old 11-30-2007, 12:08 AM
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ok u asked and here i am

klr650 08 500k's 1 week old
Hillside Melb

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post #7 of 64 Old 11-30-2007, 02:27 PM
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G'day, here i am, not actually an owner yet, still kicking tyres, but keep coming back to the KLR. I have a BMW R80ST. If I get a KLR, I might just take the panniers and screen off the R80 and make it a scratching bike. From what I have read here and elsewhere, I might get a top quality battery fitted from new.

How long does it take to change the front sprockets over? The gearing seems a bit tall to me I plan to ride to Victoria regularly (I'm from Bathurst, NSW) and will probably swap sprockets before I hit the dirt or maybe just run a 14 tooth all the time. Any ideas?
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post #8 of 64 Old 12-07-2007, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Hi TheBaldNess & Snowymountainsmick.

I've played with gearing. I found the 14 tooth front OK for 100k's an hour, maybe 110, but any more than that seemed a bit cruel for any length of time. I ended up settling for 15\44, which is 1 more tooth on the back with a stock front. Top speed is more than it ever was & it's quite happy running around in top at 80k's.

Stock gearing was OK. I do most of my riding on the road though. Good on road, ok for fire trails, high for single track. I reckon even a 14 front would be to high for single track, or the stuff I've done on other dirt bikes anyway.

As far as the battery goes, I've got heated grips on my bike & my original battery lasted nearly 3 years & 52000 k's. Pretty good I reckon.

If you're thinking of buying 1, be aware of the oil consumption issues. If I had have been aware of them before I bought the bike, I would have bought a DR650. But I bought the KLR, & now I wouldn't swap it for anything. Mine uses about 400ml per 1000km around town, less on a run. I recently did the Imbil Rally at Queensland. 3500km round trip & I used about 600ml of oil. It's always used oil so I figure there's nothing to worry about. I probably didn't run it in hard enough to bed the rings.

The Baldness may be able to fill u in on his first impressions of the bike, he's just bought 1.
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post #9 of 64 Old 02-10-2008, 09:27 PM
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Hi All,
Have had my '04 nice new and she's at 35000+ k's without a problem. Live on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. do mostly road riding around the coast plus a few trips to Brissie each week. Besides getting a new seat, what have you done to combat the numb bum syndrome. Would be good to try and get one of these walmart atv seat pads i see in many of the USA posts.
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post #10 of 64 Old 04-26-2008, 09:38 PM
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Gday barf. how are you.recently bought an 08 and have done about 1200 kays.its good on the dirt roads around here .some of the fellas i work with have trail bikes and we are planning a ride to longreach on dirt and backroads.can any of you guys recomend a certerstand.cheers charlie
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