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post #1 of 5 Old 12-14-2017, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Joe got a KLR!

Hey everyone, just bought a 2003 KLR650 yesterday and trying to learn more about them. The forums have always been the place to go for good info when I get a new bike, so here I am!

Little about me-36yo, got my first motorcycle when I was 15, so I consider myself a pretty experienced rider. Always been a Kawi guy, mostly sportbikes. I've owned several Ninjas over the years and still got two zx6r race bikes. Started doing track days and then club racing a few years ago at which point I got out of street riding due to safety and legal concerns. But I missed riding and couldn't afford to get to the track enough, so I'm back on a more "sensible" bike. The plan is to do more adventure/touring and less thrill seeking, which I hope the KLR will be good for.

I am actually planning on taking a multi day trip to Florida on it next week to visit my folks for Christmas. Gonna try to stick to exploring backroads. Am I completely nuts?

Anyway, hope to become a regular on here. I plan on doing a few upgrades, so I'll post up in that section soon. I'll try to read the stickies but any advice is welcome.

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Joe
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-14-2017, 01:06 PM
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Welcome Joe; I'm a Gen1 KLR junkie and have a 2000 and a 2001, both of which I've extensively modified. I've had many bikes over the years, including a ZX6R, and the KLR's have been in my stable the longest. Read up and ask away; there are plenty of knowledgable folks here

Cheers,
Dave
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Welcome Joe; I'm a Gen1 KLR junkie and have a 2000 and a 2001, both of which I've extensively modified. I've had many bikes over the years, including a ZX6R, and the KLR's have been in my stable the longest. Read up and ask away; there are plenty of knowledgable folks here

Cheers,
Dave
Thanks Dave. The first thing I want to do is upgrade the lights. I'd like to go with some newer style LEDs to A. draw less current so I can add some accessories, B. Brighter for better night visions, and C. to make the bike look better.

I kind of like the old styling of the bike except for the lights which really shows the age of the technology. Any tips/links/etc? I know there are a bunch of threads already to search through, but some are a few years old and I know the technology has come along a bit since some were made.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-14-2017, 03:34 PM
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Indeed; Many of us tried an LED replacement bulb produced by Idabiker (the maker of the excellent WOW LED taillight LED Tail Light - The WOW Kit! KLR650 (all years) ) but it proved to not be robust enough and the light pattern wasn't great. I am currently waiting for JNS's replacement LED sealed beam unit and will give that a try; it's a dual 10W low beam coupled with a 15W highbeam which should be a good balance between output and power reduction.....as you may know the KLR's stock headlight wiring is too light for the stock 55/60 halogen and the 10 amp headlight fuse blows if the switch gets hung up momentarily between positions.

The combination of the LED Headlight and WOW taillight would offer 43 watt reduction in power requirements on low beam and a 38 watt reduction on high beam. KLR650 LED Headlight Kit - JNS Engineering

I also like the styling of the Gen1's and have taken care to preserve the look despite fairly extensive mods

Cheers,
Dave
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-14-2017, 07:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum, KLRJoe!

Have you read this 'stickey' yet?
Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum - Announcements in Forum : Introductions

And Dave P. usually points this one out,
http://www.klrforum.com/introduction...kes-avoid.html

Sometimes I like to point this one out, I wish more members would use it. It was hiding for awhile!
http://www.klrforum.com/introduction...ember-map.html

Ride Safe during your Christmas trip and enjoy the ride! Have a very Merry Christmas.

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Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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