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post #1 of 9 Old 03-31-2014, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Just picked up a new bike and thought that this would be a good place to get some good info.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-31-2014, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Any special things I should know.
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-01-2014, 06:52 AM
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Owner's manual's pretty good; would suggest a service manual, too: either a Clymer or a Kawasaki edition.

Couple of things about checking oil level (do it, early and often!): Bike should be held level when checking (not on sidestand), and . . . WAIT for the oil to drain into the sump after operation to check the level. The oil disappears from sight when the engine runs.

Some believe "doohickey" (idler shaft lever) upgrade is immediately, urgently, and mandatorily needed; I'd disagree on the time-criticality, with a new bike under warranty; and--while spring tension issues have surfaced, I know of no late-model (last seven years) doohickey component failures. But; your bike, your choice!

Welcome to KLRdom; your modifications depend largely upon your application; out-of-the-box, the bike's rather capable, IMHO.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-01-2014, 10:37 AM
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-01-2014, 01:03 PM
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crash bars, skid plate, hand guards, windshield, and stickers from where you have been are always good starting points. check out the .22 cent mod(always helps) and as damocles said the doohickey. the spring in newer gens will lose tension but not as likely to fail as it was in the 1rst gens. still, peace of mind is worth it. check out eagle mike for doohickey stuff.

welcome brother, stick around. good bunch of guys here, just dont go around telling them that, their heads might explode

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post #7 of 9 Old 04-02-2014, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. Hope to see some of you on the road.
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-02-2014, 10:55 PM
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what color? I got the pearl white and black, but have not picked it up from store
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-03-2014, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Metallic gray and flat black
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