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post #1 of 11 Old 06-10-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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New KLR owner in Maine

Hi all. I just bought an 09 and and have never owned a KLR but grew up on dirt bikes. Any up front "things to be aware of" would be helpful. Also it has a noticable "clunk" going from 1st to 2nd. Should I be concerned? Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-11-2012, 10:52 AM
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I think the clunk is normal.

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-11-2012, 12:02 PM
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Hey kboomisme, welcome to the forum. I'm glad to see somebody else from northern New England here. You'll find this place very helpful with lots of good information.
As far as things to be aware of: start by reading a lot of the old posts. You might want to start with this one: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=12596
Tom has done a great job outlined many modifications and explained the issues (what and why).
If you're ever in the central NH area, I'll be glad to compare the sound of my clunk with your clunk.
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Bienvenido a KLR forum.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-11-2012, 04:17 PM
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Welcome to the forum! The clunk is normal. If it bugs you, a longer, aftermarket shift lever won't "fix" it, but the shift will be smoother and the clunk much less noticeable. Enjoy your KLR!



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post #6 of 11 Old 06-11-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the info. I plan on being on here a lot. Also looking forward to a lotta miles on the KLR
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-12-2012, 09:24 AM
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I believe it is normal, if it only happens on down shifts, I just wait for the bike to get to a lower speed then down shift... Shes not a race bike =( more like a mountain goat.. Not too fast, but predictable and as heavy as the titanics achor...But all in all it's a fantastic bike my friend. Very easy on the wallet, and fun to "Deck Out".
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It does it on upshift, not down shift. Also another odd thing it does is when I slow down, the exhaust goes" pop pop pop" and it slows down allmost like its got an engine brake. Any ideas?????
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It does it on upshift, not down shift. Also another odd thing it does is when I slow down, the exhaust goes" pop pop pop" and it slows down allmost like its got an engine brake. Any ideas?????
Pop on decel is normal.

I clunk on up and down shifting. As far as I know both are normal.

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-12-2012, 04:41 PM
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Pop on decel is normal.

I clunk on up and down shifting. As far as I know both are normal.
Yup, I agree. Both seem to be normal.
The next sound you might hear is tweety. Again: normal.
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