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post #1 of 3 Old 09-14-2017, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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I am new to the biking world, particularly the adventure bikes. I am from India currently living in South Africa. i did ride bikes all my life while back in India but they all are more of domestic bikes with 100-220 cc engines

after coming here to SA, i bought a used KLR 650 and today is my first day with the bike. would like to know more about the bike and usage part of it from all the experienced people here. few questions after my first ride today from home to office are below

1. What is the best rpm to maintain for better mileage. Is 4000 rpm for a 100 kmph speed normal or the bike is taking too much revs for that speed?

2. There is a funny noise coming somewhere around the dashboard big enough to notice even with engine sound and helmet around my ears. what is it!!

3. The headlights - will they stay on all the time? is there no way to switch them off when i dont need it?

6. Bike is making too much noise above 60 kmph. is it normal for KLR?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-18-2017, 06:59 AM
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Firstly welcome to the KLR community!
There are way more knowledgeable people here to answer your questions but I'll have a bit of a stab.
Yes, 4000 and around 100klm is "normal'. Depends on what size sprockets are fitted, Ive got a 16 front and a 43 (I think) rear and I'm getting 3800 or so at 100k so 4000 sounds okay for standard gearing.

Noises.
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If it's a 2008 model or after then there will be all sorts of strange noise coming from the machine most of which ( in my case at least) will be from bits of plastic and bodywork stuff that rubs and buzzes and makes noise according to the speed/engine RPM/road surface/air temperature/phase of the moon.

Yes, the headlight (low beam) stays on with the ignition switch, at least in Australia where it is mandated by law. Might be different where you are.

and yes, this bike (as do most in my experience) makes more noise above 100kph.
You are going to have to be more specific about 'too much noise' if you want some internet diagnosis.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-18-2017, 09:22 AM
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Welcome to our forum. I'm sure that you will find answers to all of your KLR questions. We especially love to see pictures and ride reports from our International members. SA is a beautiful country from what we know thus far. When you have a moment please add your location to your User Profile.

Regarding your speed/RPM question. For starters what you describe is normal depending on gearing as was mentioned. Another thing to be aware of is that the KLR speedo can have as much as a 10% error on the slow side - 100kph is actually 9_ something. I run a 16 tooth sprocket on the front and with my GPS at 4000 RPM I'm running at 99 KPH.

As to the noise. You didn't say what year your KLR is. My first generation model makes noise at low speed that is coming from a fairing vibration at that RPM. Tried to eliminate it with no success so just throttle through it quickly.

Headlights are required to be on in Canada day and night. It is much safer for you as a bike rider to have the headlight on so don't look for ways to defeat that. There are after market switches avaialble that will allow you to turn the headlight off if you really need that feature. I actually have one of those becasue the factory unit broke. I don't often turn the headlight off - sometimes for starting - but then it wouldn't;t be the first time I forgot to turn them back on. I now wired a dash light so that I remember. Scares me to think of riding without the light on.

Summer is coming your way so we'll be looking forward to seeing some pictures once your post count reaches 15.

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