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post #1 of 31 Old 10-02-2017, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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New KLR rider in Houston

Hello folks!

I'm a couple weeks away from picking up a 2012 KLR650 I just dropped a big down payment on to get it off the market. I have extensive small form factor Honda XL experience and and even more experience with Honda VFF and VFR 700's. My last bike was a short lived 2002 Honda CR250 which was just too tall, too two-stroke, thus too loud, too peppy and especially too non-street-legal!

I decided a few years back I needed a bike that while parked I could kick it and have it fall over and hit the ground without being totaled. I then needed to be able to shoot it a couple of times with a small rifle and still be able to pick it up, start it up and ride home! Yes, I knew I needed a thumper! My crotch rocket days are over.

I researched everything pretty well and determined any of the big three being the KLR650, XR650L or L or the DR650 would get the job done. I felt the DR650 would likely be the best fit. I figure KLR650 is best for street, the XR650R best for dirt and DR650 right in the middle. After I honestly considered what I'd do the most I figured the KLR650 would be justified. The Honda XR650L is sweet too and I've always been a Honda guy. At 50 I don't want to be trying to kick-start a plated XR650R so it was out.Then I got a great deal on a 2012 black KLR650 with less than 10000 miles on her and am anxious to pick her up, ride her home and post pictures of her here. The previous owner installed a lowering kit on the bike and my 6ft. 225lb body can flat foot on one side which feels great!

I'm very pleased to be here and look forward to all the stuff I'll learn from you KLR650 masters!
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post #2 of 31 Old 10-05-2017, 09:02 PM
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Hey James Welcome to the world of the KLR. Give me a shout when you get your bike and we can get coffee and share lies. I am in Friendswood and would be happy to assist you with the new bike. Ride safe James ( rebar)
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Thanks rebar! That sounds great. I am so amped right now. I can't wait to finally get my hands on this sweet thing and start modding. I'll have plenty to ask and learn about. I hope you already have some nearby offroad places to go. Thanks again!
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Thanks rebar! That sounds great. I am so amped right now. I can't wait to finally get my hands on this sweet thing and start modding. I'll have plenty to ask and learn about. I hope you already have some nearby offroad places to go. Thanks again!
First I should tell you not to listen to rebar. He runs into his friends on the road - actually runs into them. But, his heart is in the right place after the doctors pushed it back a bit.

I live in the Sugar Land area and there is not a lot of fantastic off-road riding to be had close to home here. There are 50 miles or so of single track trails in the Sam Houston Forest area near Conroe.

There are lots of dirt desert roads in the Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend Ranch State Park about 600 miles from here.

Plenty of dirt and mountains about 350 miles away in the Ouachita National Forest in the Ozarks of Arkansas.

Most of the western states have dirt Backcountry Discovery Routes: Backcountry Discovery Routes

Then there are the cross country routes: Trans-America Trail, Trans Canada Adventure Trail and Great Divide Route.
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First I should tell you not to listen to rebar. He runs into his friends on the road - actually runs into them. But, his heart is in the right place after the doctors pushed it back a bit.

I live in the Sugar Land area and there is not a lot of fantastic off-road riding to be had close to home here. There are 50 miles or so of single track trails in the Sam Houston Forest area near Conroe.

There are lots of dirt desert roads in the Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend Ranch State Park about 600 miles from here.

Plenty of dirt and mountains about 350 miles away in the Ouachita National Forest in the Ozarks of Arkansas.

Most of the western states have dirt Backcountry Discovery Routes: Backcountry Discovery Routes

Then there are the cross country routes: Trans-America Trail, Trans Canada Adventure Trail and Great Divide Route.
Hey Paul It was not the heart-- It was all the bones around it. Now I get to ride in the front ALL the time. Glad to hear you are back in town. Four of us are leaving for Arkansas Sunday, but lets get coffee when we get back.

Sorry for the Hijack James , Maybe you can join us for that coffee. James ( rebar)
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post #6 of 31 Old 10-13-2017, 07:39 PM
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got it yet?

Hey James 1967 Do you have the new bike? James
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Funny you should ask! I was scheduled to pay it in full by end of this month but child in me took over and made me pay it off early. I brought the bike to her new home about 2 hours ago. Being my last street bike was a VFR750 and my last dirt bike was a CR250, I figured I new what to expect. Well, I was close but here is my initial thoughts:

I have not ridden in a long time. the guy in full and rode the KLR home which was about 35 miles. Along the way I looked for the sweet cruising speed and my first thought was it was 65mph but often found myself at 80. No speed wabbles. No complaints from the bike but when I got home my hands were a little numb and my butt was too. Muscle memory kept wanting me to assume a café racer crouch position but I'll figure whether or not to do that later as I get to know the bike better. At the indicated speed of 80 there was certainly more left but I don't expect to ever need to go there.

I was very excited and found it exactly as invigorating as I expected to ride again! My first ride was awesome but it was dark the whole time. I have much to do too. I have to get insurance. I have the transfer the title. I have to get her registered and inspected the inspecting sticker was March of 2013 and she has been sitting all that time. Odometer read 892 miles. I have to get an EZ Tag. Stopping to pay beltway 8 sucks.

I'm looking forward to getting her street legal so I can zip about freely and I will certainly then fins some trails to ride on. I'll be in touch.

Bike stalled lots at idle in first but halfway home that stopped. Question: Do you use the choke to start a KLR even in the summer? He gave me paperwork indicating it had just had a checkup and a carb cleaning at a shop.

OK, I'm tired. Off to bed. Thanks for checking in on me. Bike is home. Dad is happy!
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.....................Bike stalled lots at idle in first but halfway home that stopped. Question: Do you use the choke to start a KLR even in the summer? .......![/QUOTE]

My two KLRs start fine in warm weather without the choke (enricher).
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Congrats!!!

Glad you got it. Lets get coffee sometime. Be happy to show you some things to do (and to NOT do). James
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My bike usually appreciates full choke at about 70f and under for initial start-up. It will happily run on full choke for a minute or two at 1800-2000 rpm, with-out getting rich and sputtery.
An engine really isn't warm until its internal temperature nears 125-150f.

James1967,
Check to see that the lower run of the drive chain can be lifted up to touch the rear tip of the rubber under-slider of the swingarm. Too Tight of drive chain adds A Lot of vibration to the bike and greatly accelerates the wear of the chain and sprockets.
Coming from street bike the chain will Look looser than your CR250 used to!

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