After recently finishing a 14K trip around the us, on a Honda Magna, and seeing how much fun I was missing out on by not having a proper dual-sport/adventure bike, I've finally sold that bike and purchased a KLR!
Actually, it was a CL find that was just too good to pass up- 2008 in fairly good condition, 685 kit, crash guards, full Pelican luggage, other goodies. Flew from LA to Seattle and rode it down in two days. That part was terrible- wayyy too many miles per day, and it flat-out sucked. Still, the bike did great throughout the trip, in fact did so well I got pulled over for speeding...oops
A couple items did come up, and I'd really appreciate any experienced users with time to help out on these:
1) While not at-speed, temp was constantly sitting at about 2/3 up, above the midline, leaning toward the redzone. Not comforting. It never overheated, but it didn't seem to be cooling properly...or maybe it is?
2) Engine will choke and falter sometimes when throttle is twisted, or even if rolled on with a bit of speed. In fact, overall, the engine just felt surprisingly clunky and doggy, despite having the Schnitz 685 kit (supposedly, anyway). I totally understand it's a thumber and not the V4 80hp Magna, but man this thing was dogging...
3) Previous owner lowered the bike 1.5 inches, but not the kickstand...it barely stands up properly now, arrg. Anyone selling a lowered kickstand?
Thanks for any thoughts! Really looking forward to getting out and piling up the miles again!
PS- I'm also interested in good methods to lighten the bike. I've heard the muffler is a good place to start, and perhaps other items as well?