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post #1 of 16 Old 08-17-2008, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Highway Comfort

i want to make my KLR much more comfortable on the highway. i was thinking a larger windshield ( maybe 10" over stock) what else is a good idea?

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-17-2008, 09:33 PM
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Highway pegs, really help to let the legs relax.

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Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-18-2008, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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ok, I ordered the 10" over stock windshield and a pair of pelican cases to mount as saddle bags... Highway bars are comfortable? Almost like the position that forward controls are on a harley?

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post #4 of 16 Old 08-18-2008, 11:45 AM
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Sorta. Guess it depends on the HD and which KLR pegs. Anyway, they're not expensive and there are several different ones online to choose from. Wouldn't be difficult to fabricate (or have someone do it) to put them where you want them.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-18-2008, 12:24 PM
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here is a link to a post i just made the other day. just had this hwy bar made and i love it.

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=4682

as far as hwy riding comfort my list goes like this..

sheepskin buttpad (much nicer than i imagined)
barsnake (for handle bar vibration)
highway pegs (comfy)
and a supermotard front fender (less sail)

for some reason wind over the windshield doesnt bother me. i know its different for each person.

without dropping $400 on a corbin, im gonna try this set up and see how far i get.

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We made our own. By doing so, we laid the bike over to find where the bars needed to be in order to keep the bike up off of the $$$ plastic. Between the highway bars and my pelicans, the bike will lay completely flat and have no body parts touching the ground.

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post #7 of 16 Old 08-18-2008, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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that's a great idea, incorporate "frame sliders" into the highway bar design.

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post #8 of 16 Old 06-26-2009, 11:30 AM
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i want to make my KLR much more comfortable on the highway. i was thinking a larger windshield ( maybe 10" over stock) what else is a good idea?
I sent my seat off to Lee's Recovery Room in Williams Lake BC (Canada) and he did a swell job. The new seat is WAY more comfortable. If I'm riding on the highway, I simply slide my butt back about 4 - 6" and suddenly get at least another 1" of way-more-comfy foam. Also, I purchased Clearview's tallest clear shield for my '06 KLR and for me (5'11") it's PERFECT. Plenty of protection yet "breezy". Have fun!
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highway comfort

wow, this is an old thread ressurected.
way taller gearing (15/38) makes the highway way more comfy rpm-wise.
Hot grips for when it's chilly to cold.
parabelum windsheild is very aero, top of it just below eye level puts the blast over the hat. good to scrunch in behind when it's nasty out.
3" shorter h-bars get me in out o' the wind somewhat.

personal gear: arai ds with facesheild and visor. mx boots or road boots depending on the ride. Good coat by spidi with full padding and hard plastic inserts at elbows and shoulders, moose sahara racing pants (over the boot) and icon gloves keep the adverse elements from wearing on me too badly, all give me confidence of protection in case of a tip over. I don't ride in shorts and tees, even in hot weather.

My stock seat does get a bit hard on the arse after an hour or so but have not upgraded. I don't usually get to ride that long anyway. I just shift around to spread the load out.
Compared to the seat on my ktm (which is harder and narrower, but I stand up more in the dirt than I sit down) the KLR seat ain't too bad.

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Not on a KLR yet but you may want to check this out.
http://powers31.info/nx250.htm
"Second Generation seat cover." ( scroll down )

Got the idea from an earlier post.

Seat cover from Wal-Mart.com
http://www.walmart.com/
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