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post #1 of 9 Old 04-26-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up New KLR owner from Pittsburgh

Hello everyone. I'm shaine and just pick up a new/left over 2013 klr this morning. I've been reading a searching about this bike. For the purpose, price, and reliability I couldn't pass it up. I've rode dirt bikes for several years, had a sv650, and a Ninja zx6r for 6 yrs. Sold off both and wanted something differant and something I can get more use out of. Few things I have already noticed (i havnt rode in a while) I keep forgetting to turn the fuel on ha, and the side winds affect this bike more then my zx6r. Other then that I think this will be the beginings of a great relationship with the KLR. It's not dirty yet and its only a few hours old. I know everyone's seen a klr but you havnt seen mine 😎.


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Welcome :)

Hello and welcome to the forum!
You've definitely picked a winner, the KLR is super versatile and can do a little of everything. Lot's of good helpful folks on the forum here to help you out if you have any questions as well. Love to see some pics of your new ride, the 15 post thing is a very effective anti spam feature, if you want to run up your posts to get enough to post pics and links please use this thread, you can pretty much post anything just to get the count up

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Good to know! I've been doing some reading on here. A lot of great information readly available. My first plans are to move the license plate away from the tire. Then get a trunk bag. I've been looking at the Kawasaki klr bag or the local bike shop has a duffel bag style which I think would be more useful. Just to haul lunchs, work items, and rc cars.
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Yup, a trunk or topcase is handy! I've got one of those plastic JC Whitney motorcycle trunks on mine and I use it all the time. It's lockable and has a quick release if you want to take it off. The factory Kawi expandable tail bag is very popular as well and works great.

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Congrats and welcome!
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Thanks for the welcome guys! So put about 50 miles on it this evening. (we had to spring clean all day while it sat in the garage). Something I thought was odd. Sitting in traffic temp gauge works sits around the middle. When cruising it will drop and drop to just above the C. Normal? Also tilted the bars forward for more comfortable position, turn the clutch lever down a little it was angled really high. Fresh coat of wax. Down the road I went!

Also already had a guy ask me if it was street legal and where he can get one. Haha made my day.
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Thanks for the welcome guys! So put about 50 miles on it this evening. (we had to spring clean all day while it sat in the garage). Something I thought was odd. Sitting in traffic temp gauge works sits around the middle. When cruising it will drop and drop to just above the C. Normal? Also tilted the bars forward for more comfortable position, turn the clutch lever down a little it was angled really high. Fresh coat of wax. Down the road I went!

Also already had a guy ask me if it was street legal and where he can get one. Haha made my day.
Yup, perfectly normal. My gen 2 reacts exactly the same way. Slow stop and go traffic it will run to the middle or a little above, but once out in the open it drops right down. I live in a rural area and I don't even think I've ever heard my cooling fan kick in. Lol

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Mine does the same also.
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Working on getting those post counts up! Just ordered a wolfman luggage tail bag. It will be in this week. Which is A.O.K to me since they are calling for rain all week. Just my luck buy a bike and it rains lol. After riding with a open face helmet the wind really hits me right in the nose. I do have a full face and a open face dirt helmet. I dont need a 3rd one so im looking into a new windscreen. I like the double bubble or the one that is just a little taller/curved more. That should put the wind up just enough for a quieter/smoother ride.
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