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post #1 of 14 Old 12-18-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all,i recently bought a 2008 klr650.i wasn`t looking for one but the deal was to good to pass on.it has 10,000 miles and the owner was selling it because it a bad transmission.i got for $1,500, took it home and all that was wrong the kick stand switch was broken and it needs tires.i guess 1`ll be reading up on what to fix.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-18-2013, 08:53 AM
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Welcome. That's a great deal on that bike. Wish I could find a deal like that.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #3 of 14 Old 12-18-2013, 09:35 AM
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Cheap enough! Check valve clearance. Check the balance chain tensioner (doohickey). Watch for oil burning on '08s. Make sure the recalls are looked after.

Wonder why the owner thought it had a bad transmission? I've never heard of a bad KLR transmission.
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-18-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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it would stall when you put it in gear.he said that he didn`t want to deal with a trans problem.
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-18-2013, 10:41 AM
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it would stall when you put it in gear.
Haha definite safety switch problem! 'Cause the clutch hardly ever breaks.
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-18-2013, 01:23 PM
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My kick-stand switch often acts up. I've searched for a thread that I've seen here before on how to bypass that switch. Could someone bring it back up?
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Howdy from Florence, Alabama!
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My kick-stand switch often acts up. I've searched for a thread that I've seen here before on how to bypass that switch. Could someone bring it back up?
http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=13841

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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post #9 of 14 Old 12-19-2013, 04:58 AM
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Thanks, klr4evr; and Tom. That's so simple, I should had read it the first time.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-19-2013, 01:48 PM
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DM250,

You got LUCKY buying a bike from an ignorant rider. We should all know the equipment we're using,
and if the guy came to this site would not have sold a perfectly good (great) scooter!


I have removed every safety switch on my bike. Sure enuff, when the battery was dying
I could push-start the thing hitting the weak starter and dumping the clutch.
Rode it for a week that way until payday.
400+ lbs is no joke pushing thru the muck getting to the nearest road. So ya have to
be careful and pay attention. Our dad's didn't have those switches to deal with.
They looked down to confirm the kickstand had been heeled upwards, and they didn't
hit the starter or kicker without pulling in the clutch unless they knew they had neutral
engaged.

Got rid of the "Octopus" too. Too many vaccuum lines and potential for leaks. I capped off the
vac hose on the back of the petcock too and drilled it into a full flow unit, then put
the two halves back together. Back to the old days
of turning on and off the gas and paying attention to do so. Reliability is the name
of the game, especially if you ride alone!
I'd lay odds that the doohickey balancer spring needs done. Mine only had one
adjustment in it and went slack after that.

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