Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
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.
My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.
"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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