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post #1 of 16 Old 07-03-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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First bike ever...

I finally decided to stop waiting and get a bike... not a clue where to start but only took me a few days of searching to see the cult of KLR would be a good place... found a 2009 with about 23k miles and figured why not for $3500.

Never been on the street so started where I was comfortable (dirt roads) found out quickly that the stock tires were good until I hit the sand... decided to hit the road a little around the neighborhood and all was great! learned a few things other than to avoid sand... 1: should have had someone test drive for me and 2: need to upgrade seat. I say I should have had someone test drive it because there is some kind of rubbing noise going on and I'm stuck here in a forum instead of riding on one of the few days below 100 degrees because I am afraid of damaging the bike

Aside from lessons learned I love the bike and the following... plenty of ideas to work with....
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-03-2012, 08:44 PM
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Where on the bike is the rubbing coming from? Is it metal on metal? Rubber on metal? Plastic?


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post #3 of 16 Old 07-03-2012, 11:13 PM
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+1 with ArcticKLR, need more info on noise, KLRs have allot of normal and abnormal noises.
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Im not sure what the noise is... at first coming from atv's it felt like the parking brake was on to me... in the upper gears it would really lose power when I would change gears... but I had a few guys (non KLR type) ride it and they said it was fine.

I thought maybe chain rubbing on some plastic then I started looking online and now maybe its the doohicky which made me stop riding (not clear if that does damage). I see different opinions about the doohicky on newer models so I think my next step should be to get the correct torque wrench and try to "reset" that... seems simple from one video to just back the bolt out half turn and let the spring reset then torque back. thoughts? I need to go out and double check but I think it only does it when gears are engaged...
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-04-2012, 10:14 AM
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You don't need a torque wrench to reset tensioner.(doohickey). Just pull the rubber cap, back the bolt out just enough to make it loose, (it's generally a half turn on my bike) while bike is vertical, tap the lower case with a rubber mallet, retighten screw snug. Done. The doohickey would cause serious vibration on the bike and A LOT of noise from the lower left side case if something was wrong.Good thing is Gen 2 doohickeys haven't been shown to break, just have longer springs.
what size front sprocket is on the bike? If it is larger than stock it will most likely rub on the front chain guard as well as possibly make it feel a little under powered in higher gears. Easy to check 4 bolts to pull off chain guard, marks on my bike are at furthest front point of chain and base where chain exits guard. How snug is your chain? When too tight it will cause a whining noise on the sprockets on my bike. Just trying to give some easy things to check, KLRs throw off a lot of random noises.


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post #6 of 16 Old 07-04-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice... Did the adjustment in a few minutes and noticed the gear shift lever was loose so that was lucky catch... took a ride around it does make the noise even when not in gear... Removed the front chain guard and didn't see any rubbing... So going to have to get it on a stand somewhere and see if I can track it down...

Far as the ride goes... Looks like my noob butt is getting used to the seat.... was a great ride! Love this bike!


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post #7 of 16 Old 07-04-2012, 06:03 PM
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The klr is my first bike and I love it too....after a year I noticed a whining noise when I rode it (12,000 kms on it). Decided to complete the eagle mike tensioner and torsion spring upgrade and installed new sprocket and chain....noise is now gone but I cannot say for certain which caused it. Total cost was ~$250 including shipping for the parts and completed the work myself (non mechanic here). Was it worth it, not sure but brought me piece of mind and now there is no extra whining noise.
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post #8 of 16 Old 07-04-2012, 07:06 PM
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Does it only make the noise while moving or also while just idling in neutral? Where on the bike is it coming from again?


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How loose is the chain, can it touch the swing arm when you lift up on the bottom portion?
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Noise stopped... Fingers crossed


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