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post #1 of 7 Old 03-29-2014, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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New '09 KLR owner- Austin, TX

Hey Everyone-

I just bought a 2009 KLR with a few upgrades. I'm trying to learn about the bike and what has been done to it.

Here are the add-ons I know about:
Engine/radiator guard
Highway pegs
Belly pan
Center stand
Pannier racks
heated grips
Trickle charger connector
12 volt cigarette port

I'd like to figure out if the following things have been done:
.22 cent mod
modified suspension
thermobob- what is this for anyways? Riding in hot conditions?
lowered suspension links

It has knobby tires front and back. Since I use it for commuting, it makes it pretty squirrely. Is it common for people to buy a second front wheel and keep a street tire on it? That way it's easier to change the wheel out when you're going to go off-road?

When it comes to mods, I'm not so much interested in improving performance as I don't really push the ability of the bike when it's stock. I'm more interested in making it bomb proof or easier to maintain when I'm in the middle of nowhere. Along that line of thinking, do y'all have any suggestions?

Things I'd like to consider
stainless steal brake lines- is this for more responsive breaking? or because it's more durable that regular break lines?
fork brace-

Also, any suggestions for places to ride off road around Austin would be greatly appreciated.

Ultimately, I'd like to to some serious adventure touring. South America is my dream trip.
Frank
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Ah. Thanks for letting me know about posting a pic. I would' spent some time on that trying to figure out why I couldn't.

Makes sense for \guarding against the spam thing.

Mainly looking for input on where to ride near Austin and thoughts on a spare front wheel so I don't have to commute with knobbies.
Thanks!
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It has knobby tires front and back. Since I use it for commuting, it makes it pretty squirrely. Is it common for people to buy a second front wheel and keep a street tire on it? That way it's easier to change the wheel out when you're going to go off-road?
What kind of tires are you currently running? Getting a second set of wheels is certainly an option, although a pricey one. Keep your eyes open for a good set of used KLR wheels. May take some time. I lucked out and have a set myself but since getting them I haven't really got in the habit of switching them out. Being lazy doesn't help.

Another option is to consider a set of tires that are more asphalt oriented if the bulk of your riding is on road.

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It currently has Dunlop 606 tires.
Front = 90/90-21 MC 54R
Back = 130/90-17 MC 68R

I've been riding a BMW Funduro for the past 7 years or so. I ran that with a knobby rear and a street front, but then I never ran it on very off-road conditions, so it was ok. Now, I'd rather save this front tire for off-road.

Hey, I have an idea... Since you seem to have a set of KLR wheels that you don't use much, I can help you by buying them!

Frank
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WELLCOME! nice modifications you have there.
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