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post #1 of 2 Old 06-03-2012, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: Adelaide - South Australia
Posts: 42

Greetings Guys n Gals,


Me: 40 yo married, two beautiful daughters 19 months & 1 month, lived in Adelaide - South Australia all my life.

Work: Toolmaker by trade was in the game for 15 years, then Quality Engineer for about 5 years, now in the Defence Industry working on Submarines, still doing quality stuff.

Hobbies: Motorbikes (of course), 4 wheel driving, firearms / hunting, camping, home brewing.

Current Bikes: 1996 TT350, 2007 WR450, 2012 KLR650.

After much research I recently decided on a brand spanking new 2012 KLR650 for commuting to work and the odd bit of off road exploring. All the info I have found on theses bikes says they are pretty bullet proof and should give many years of service if used within their capabilities.

Got the black / grey model and have lashed out on crash bars, centre stand and some bark busters. I thought the crash bars are a must as I can see the fairing being real easy to crunch in a drop and by what Iím told they aint cheap to replace.

Picked it up 3 days ago and first impressions on the way home seeing I didnít even take one for a test ride was that this thing is an asthmatic slug, I put a few more km on it the next day and it seemed to loosen up a bit and pull a bit better. Although I wasnít trying to wring it out seeing it still needs to be broken in a bit more.

Yesterday I bit the bullet and pulled the carbi slide out and filled the restriction holes (Australian thing) and while I was there shimmed the needle (22 cent mod) and cut some holes in the top of the air box with a hole saw. This seems to have really let it breathe much better and I can feel the top end wants to pull a lot harder. Again, it only has 100 miles on it so Iím not trying to hammer it just yet.

Now Iím sure that stock muffler is the bit that needs attention next as the bike still feels asthmatic. Is it worth cutting the end of stock one open to try and uncork it or should I just buy an aftermarket one????

Sorry for the long rant and looking forward to getting to know the forum.

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post #2 of 2 Old 06-03-2012, 08:41 PM
2nd Gear
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: western north carolina
Posts: 184
as for muffer up grade..

cut hole,weld a tip back on =$20 + ten min..

after market muffler only=$400 range.. yes really opens it up,,normal to adjust carb/jet when change whole thing s0 another $50 say..

so if have small buget an or, want to take baby steps,,,,ya just cut-up stock muffler,,,and if you do like that, and then want more,,,,then yes ,, step up an do a full exhaust swap (not just muffler) as stock mid pipe, is half th problem any way !!!!!!!!
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