Dreams of Dirt and Trout
My name is George Foster. And I now own a KLR.
My dear college friend is moving on to bigger and better things (and women) by moving himself to his native land of Sweden. In this exchange I have received a well loved and slightly abused KLR.
I'm a schoolteacher, and an adventurer. I have summers off. This one I will be a bridesman in Whitefish Montana and will be fishing, rock climbing, and motorcycling my way there from my native San Juans (Colorado).
I have begun the process of learning what doohickeys are, appropriate fork springs, hard vs. soft, etc. I am enjoying the ride already, though the depth of snow has limited my new bike experience to a single short ride in the desert. I have a lot of work to do on the bike as well as myself to prepare for the ecstasy of summer vacation on the road.
I have learned a lot from this community already and hope to contribute more.
I'll be posting progress and questions with the bike over the next couple weeks.
So far I've been working on cosmetics and building an appropriate tool kit. I stripped down the tank and went with a flat black I find quite flattering. I've cleaned and lubricated all my cables, washed the bike after it being very unceremoniously transported on the back of an E350 through the Utah desert, and banged a couple bent levers into shape.
I'm replacing the fork seals this week and have some used ebay calipers to try out in lieu of a rebuild. I'll be asking for help diagnosing the engine issues I'm dreading but need to get started on.
Symptoms so far described from less than mechanically literate friend/prev. owner:
Loses a lot of power above 4k RPM
Burning a lot of oil
He thought oil was getting into the combustion chamber
Blown head gasket (I'm under the impression this can be indicated by coolant in the oil res, correct? Oil is free of froth)
My thoughts (slightly more experienced but still novice mechanic)
-Pulled the plug and it's very carbon fouled. Friend said this happened very quickly after replacing it. I'm thinking some carb and jet work can improve this
-Valve rings allowing oil leakage?
Next steps (pleases suggest any ideas)
My friend has a compression tester I'll throw on this week. He's also a skilled mechanic and is providing a lot of support.
Continue suspension and brake work to procrastinate addressing engine issues.
Thank you all and happy new year!