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post #1 of 11 Old 03-13-2008, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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It's been a while

Since I've owned a bike with a motor (20 years) But I picked up a shiney red 2005 KLR the other day. Don't even have a plate on it yet. I've been an avid MT biker for a long time. A couple of my MT Bike buddies bought these BMW enduros (F650gs). They where having just way too much fun on those things, so after workin the wife over for a couple of months she finally caved. I am really happy to have found this forum,
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-13-2008, 04:28 PM
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Welcome to the forum Anthem...Make sure that doohickey has been done, and if not, I would upgrade it soon as possible...
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/Doohickey.pdf

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-13-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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Congrat's on your purchase Anthem.

How about some pictures.

I just got my 07 KLR home the other day and can't wait to do some riding.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-13-2008, 08:12 PM
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Welcome!

Dont foget to take the wife with you!!!


Take care, and ride safe!

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RIP Darin, Ben, Carey


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post #5 of 11 Old 03-14-2008, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

Concerning that doohicky, I learned about that after I bought the bike. I called the guy I bought it from and asked him if he replaced it, he did not. I read up on how it's done and I don't feel real comfortable doing this myself so I called 4 different Kaw dealerships yesterday to find out what they'd charge to do it. Only one knew what I was talking about and they told me it's a 9 hour job and they wanted 700 bucks! Well I know that aint right so I'm going to keep calling around. The bikes got 9000 miles on it, so now I'm really concerned. Does anybody know of someone in South East Michigan that could help me out?


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post #6 of 11 Old 03-14-2008, 08:54 PM
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OMG, report that dealer to the better business bureau...GEEZE..the whole procedure takes us about 1.5 hours and that is taking time for a refreshment. Look for some guys in your area that might help you out on a tech day, when everyone gets together to do maintenance and doohickeys. If you weren't so far up I would be more than happy to help you out. We just did a 6th bike yesterday, looks identical to yours. IF you know wrenches and tools at all, you can do it. Print out the directions from Marks site and I can get you a list of tools to make it easier for you. Most you can probably borrow from buddies, with the exception of the flywheel puller bolt. I had to order that from www.arrowheadmotorsports.com.

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-14-2008, 09:24 PM
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I agree with DX, with a friends help it took me an hour and a half on my 07'. Get the tools look up the directions and have at it. For one you'll be surprised how easy it is to work on your bike, and if you get in to a bind the brain trust on this site can offer some insight.

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post #8 of 11 Old 03-14-2008, 09:37 PM
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You can even call me, or I know from a fact from others on here, that Eagle Mike, who designed the doohickey upgrade will walk you thru the procedure.

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Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-15-2008, 08:05 AM
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Hey Anthem,

Welcome to the forum..... you will get all the help you will ever need from the guys on this site.


ps.... your bike looks great..... question, how did it get 9000 miles on it. Way too clean! Nothing that a run up to the pan handle or even up into Canada can't fix. It's will get real dirty real quick !!!!

Good luck, good Riding

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( it's still winter here, -23C last night)
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-16-2008, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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OMG, report that dealer to the better business bureau...GEEZE..
I think he either misunderstood me or he just didn't know what I was talking about

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If you weren't so far up I would be more than happy to help you out.
Very generous, thank you

The next day, using the Kawasaki dealer locator, I called the next shop on the list. They sell kawasaki exclusivley, they're 18 miles from my house, and get this, the mechanic rides a KLR650! He complemented me on doing my homework and suggested I buy the after market parts and he'd install them. He told me Maybe 2 hours. I think I'm going to go that route, it's probably a good idea to get to know this guy.

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you will get all the help you will ever need from the guys on this site.
I'm finding that out

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your bike looks great..... question, how did it get 9000 miles on it. Way too clean!
Thank You! I don't think it's ever seen dirt......that's about to change real soon though The guy I bought it from just used it to commute to work for the past couple of years.

Thanks again everybody for the support, I can tell I'm going to enjoy being a part of this forum
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