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post #1 of 20 Old 08-30-2011, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi! I got turned onto this site to learn more about my '08 KLR, and get it ready for a trip to Alaska next July. I've had my bike for almost 2 years and have put over 20,000 miles on it. The doohickey has been replaced and its been bored out to 685cc. I had a supertrap pipe which seemed to fall apart, now back to stock for the time being. I'm looking for any suggestions of modifications and necessary maintenance I should take care of before taking off on a 10,000 mile trip. Mostly I'm concerned about what maintenance needs to be done after the 20k mile mark. (Should the top end be rebuilt before the trip?)
I also want to collect the most important/packable spare parts/tools that i should carry with me, so far I only have clutch and break levers and shifter, mini air compressor that plugs into a 12volt power adapter that was added to the bike.
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-30-2011, 12:20 AM
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Hi CO girl, Maybe you should carry a quick jack to support the rear tire or front tire off the ground so you can take a wheel off to change a punctured inner tube. Get the Happy trails tank guard/highway peg/ skid plate combo. Sargent comfortable seat. Spare tubes,sprockets,tires, MSR fuel jugs two 33 oz from amazon. I just helped a trio on their way from Texas to Alaska with a worn sprocket.

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Since the KLR is a known oil burner, carry extra oil and maybe filters.

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Thanks!! Thats a good start. A center stand was on my list...would that do the same as a jack would? Sargent instead of Corbin?
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Well, certain stands don't lift high enough but you could always find a flat piece of wood under the center stand for ore height or do it over a curb. Look at www.eaglemike.com for the qwik jack. I sell and have had both corbin and sargent seats. Sargent being too hard and sargent softer.

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Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to following your preparations and adventures.

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Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to following your preparations and adventures.
Lets call it Preperation H.


If you don't want the weight and cost of a center stand you can carry an Enduro Trail stand.
http://www.endurostar.com/

I'd carry the little $10 Slime airpump from walmart.

I don't know about the weather. Heated liner perhaps?

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Welcome to the forum Girlwilloutrideyou. Carry spare tubes and repair kits. Learn how to change a tire in the field with what you have (if you don't already know how). You mention 10K miles... probably need a second set of tires. Depending on your route, ship them to the mid point and they'll be waiting for you. Gather the tool kit that you think is "good enough" and use it exclusively when working on the bike before the trip. That way you will know what you really need and what can stay home. Carry a decent first aid kit and know how to treat injuries. Take a camera with lots of memory cards and perhaps a portable hard drive to copy them to as back-up. Most of all, take your time and enjoy yourself! We will all enjoy hearing of your journey as it unfolds.

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