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post #1 of 9 Old 02-13-2008, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Talking Got an 06 KLR!

Hey guys. I just bought my first offroad bike yesterday, an 06 KLR 650. I have been riding sportbikes for several years, and after riding with a friend on his Honda NX250 I decided to get into the sport.

The bike is awesome, and it only had 1782 miles on it and not a scratch on it. It is the Kawi-green/black color scheme. I got a good deal on it from a local dealer. I don't think the previous owner even took it offroad.

I love the low end grunt of the thumper - something you don't get from riding an I4 bike. I'm not sure how accurate the speedo is, but I hit 80 indicated with ease, which surprised me. I plan to verify it with my GPS.

The only niggle i could find with the bike is that the mirror vibration is bad. I'm sure there is a quick fix, so I'm not sweating it.

I'll try and post a pic a bit later, but just wanted to say hi.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-13-2008, 10:24 PM
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There is a constant debate on speedo variance. Every motorcycle I have ever owned has been a 10% ratio on the fast side.

80 speedo would be 72 actual speed.

Some have claimed a steady difference of always 4 or so mph off, but that's impossible when you are talking about gears. It has to be a ratio.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-14-2008, 01:10 AM
 
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I think it also has to do with the fact that the speedo cable is a basically a very tight spring.

It seems to me that there would be a little play in the spring causing a reading on the speedometer that isn't accurate.

Take a spring out of a ball point pen, hold each end and twist it a little. You'll see that, depending on which way you twist, its diameter will increase or decrease.

Because its not a rigid connection between the two moving parts I believe that extra give may contribute to the speed being off.

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-14-2008, 12:16 PM
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You were probably only doing 74-75 gps speed... yes they are off that much.

Oh, and welcome to the club you KLR loser....

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post #5 of 9 Old 02-14-2008, 12:18 PM
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I think it also has to do with the fact that the speedo cable is a basically a very tight spring.
The speed part is actually run off a magnet, Only the Odo is direct to the cable(spring).

There was a guy who de magnetized-or maginetized his speedo to make it accurate. Really neet procedure.

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come awn... it's not far...it'll be fun..

sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-14-2008, 02:30 PM
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Quick speedo fix. Apply silver duct tape to speedo glass!!! Ride via Tack Welcome

Green 06 KLR
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-17-2008, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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There is a constant debate on speedo variance. Every motorcycle I have ever owned has been a 10% ratio on the fast side.

80 speedo would be 72 actual speed.

Some have claimed a steady difference of always 4 or so mph off, but that's impossible when you are talking about gears. It has to be a ratio.

Did I mention it is the fast color - Kawi green? I figure that it is at least 5 off at 80. At 60 it seems to make my friend's DRZ digital speedo, which we matched with the speedo on my sportbike.
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-17-2008, 11:24 AM
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Welcome, and you hit it on the head with using a GPS.
Depending on what tires I have on, mine's off 4-6mph.. If nothing else, when the speedo says you're doing 70mph on a 55mph road, the officer might not pull you over for doing an actual 64..

The GPS tells you the truth..

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post #9 of 9 Old 02-25-2008, 11:19 AM
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Mine is also the faster green!!! I use a 276c Gps. The bike speedo is 5mph off with my current tire choice. I will be changing to Avon Gripsters this week. I will see if it affects the speedo/gps reading. -Breck-

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