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post #1 of 20 Old 04-05-2009, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Looking for Suggestions...I'm a Newbie.

I picked up a new 2009 KLR three days ago...what a fun bike! I have a 2002 Concours I've traveled extensively with, but I felt the KLR would be better suited for a three month trip I'm planning through the West and up to Alaska. I would like to solicit recommendations for hard side cases, taller windshield (I'm 6"2" tall), center stand, tools etc. I've been looking at some offerings from Twisted Throttle, but I'm open to all suggestions.
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-06-2009, 03:00 PM
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I've bought various items from Twisted Throttle in the past and can vouch for the SW MoTech products. I have their center stand and removable rear luggage plate (Alu rack) on my Honda 919 and had a set of engine guards on my former DL1000. It was extra nice when I installed them and found they fit perfectly. The guards were in two pieces, left & right, with a connecting collar in front where two tubes met end to end. They came together absolutely straight on. I'm happy to say they never got tested. But, according to others on the V-Strom list, they did the job. Going to AK on a KLR? A set of good engine guards would be cheap insurance.
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-06-2009, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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An engine guard, along with crashbars and a center stand are definitely on my short list. I met the Twisted Throttle group at the Wash. D.C. motorcycle show a while ago and they seem like they have their act together. I was thinking about riding up to their place in R.I. and have them slap on the goodies. This is the first time I'll be riding on a bike with a chain, sprocket and tubeless tires (I have a 2002 Concours), so there will certainly be a bit of a learning curve here for me before I take off.
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post #4 of 20 Old 04-06-2009, 05:41 PM
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Im 6/4 i went with CE Bailey for the tall windsheald they seem to have the most options.

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post #5 of 20 Old 04-06-2009, 06:11 PM
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Highway pegs.
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post #6 of 20 Old 04-07-2009, 01:08 AM
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What BigIron says.

- for peace of mind change the Doohickey to a Eagle product.
- change oil and filter often in the early miles.
- new tires and tubes.
- keep the stock tubes as spares.
- rear rack.
- handlebar bag
- ???


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post #7 of 20 Old 04-08-2009, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. Footpegs on my Concours made all the difference in the world on those 600 mile days, and I'll be putting them on this one too. I'll check out the Cee Baileys windshields too.
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post #8 of 20 Old 06-04-2009, 02:48 PM
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I've had my 09' KLR for 12 days now. It has just over 300 miles (thanks to lots of rain hindering ride time). Since day 1, it's had the oil changed once, a Scottoiler, SW-Motech engine guards and a Thermo-Bob thermostat upgrade installed. None were particularly hard. Just fiddly and a chance to look over the new bike closely. I found evidence that some wiring had been altered {routing} and that afternoon got the muffler bolt and harness chafing recall notice. A call to Kawasaki verified the fix had been done prior to sale. Whew! What's next? A SW-Motech centerstand is on backorder from Twisted Throttle and an Eagle Mike doo & torsion spring are on the shelf awaiting installation. My recreational allowance is gone now. So, a set of good hard bags will have to wait.
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post #9 of 20 Old 06-05-2009, 01:05 AM
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When I went out west a large camel back pack was a life saver as well as a throttle lock.

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post #10 of 20 Old 07-11-2009, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Update: So far I've picked up the Cee Bailey tall windshield, the Twisted Throttle center stand and their crash bars; the last item has paid for itself already after my 19 year old son put it down on a gravel road. The only damage was a bent highway peg. I was able to remove the peg, bend the mounting flange back out, then reinstall the highway peg. Pelican 1550's are on their way, which I'll mount on the Twisted Throttle rack. Hopefully this will keep me happy for quite some time. Thanks to all for their suggestions.
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