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Bought this heavy sled new. 2011 klr. Most gutless scoot ive ever bought. Done the klx needle. Drilled air box. .22 cent mod. Repaired all the electricaleft me stranded to many times. In search of getting some real power out of this brick of a bike. Never owned anything that couldnt puck its front tire up. Any suggestions would be great. But budget friendlier options.
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Welcome to the forum Dave. I've been to your hometown a few times, but that was a long time ago.

Unfortunately, there are only so many budget-friendly things you can do to wring a little more power out of the 1980's-designed engine and, to my knowledge, there's really nothing you can do to wring out an appreciable amount more even if you spend some serious money doing so.

Sure, the HP can be upped, but at what cost?

I'm not an engine guy by any means, but it seems the design of the engine limits how much air and fuel you can move through it with optimum efficiency and unless you can find a way to add another cylinder, you're never going to approach the power generated by a modern twin-cylinder engine of the same displacement.

The KLR just is what it is. If you continue to find its performance completely lacking for your riding style, you might want to consider just finding another bike with more power.



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Bought this heavy sled new. 2011 klr. Most gutless scoot ive ever bought. Done the klx needle. Drilled air box. .22 cent mod. Repaired all the electricaleft me stranded to many times. In search of getting some real power out of this brick of a bike. Never owned anything that couldnt puck its front tire up. Any suggestions would be great. But budget friendlier options.
G'day M8 .. First of all .. Do you want it for commuting or for back roads ?? If back roads drop a 14 tooth front cog on there an it ups your RPM by 500RPM .. If your goin hi-way then go up a tooth to a 16 front for a drop in RPM for 500RPM lower revs .. I myself are runnin a 16/42 setup with a Rekluse (semi-auto) clutch and I can get the wheel off the ground half the time .. Next would be a Staintune pipe or a better pipe for that fact .. That would be a start to gettin it goin as your not goin to gain much HP but you will feel the power by the seat of your pants power .. My 08 is standard apart from Staintune pipe , uni air filter , airbox mod , Rekluse clutch and a cog swap to do with the motor department .. The rest is suspension and protection that I have on mine ....
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NoPowerKlr: Welcome to our little corner of the Net, the home of the world's most dedicated KLR 650 owners.

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I learned that the best way to get more power is to simply change the lettering on the tank from KLR to KTM.

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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Thanks. Was on another forum when i bought the bike. But kinda just slipped away from it. Always good to still connect and learn about some issues and repairs. going to experiment a bit with gears and exhaust for now. never got into all the crazy mods for boxes and such. Wouldn't have my bags if the dealer didn't give them to me. Never seen a need to carry the house along with me. I do alot of hiking so most of my trips are already in the backpack. Can live for a week off whats on my back. Lol
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