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post #1 of 7 Old 02-02-2018, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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G’day. New guy with lots of questions!!

Hey I’m andrew and I just bought a 2006 KLR. I live in Brisbane Australia and while my bike starts and runs nice it needs a little TLC to get it to where I really want it.
My first bike was a 1983 Yamaha XT250 which I found in an old shed and brought back from the scrap heap. I loved working on it and learnt a bunch but being 6’2 and 120kg the old XT250 didn’t quite have the legs to be a daily ride for me. So I upgraded.
My wife named my new bike ‘Ferg’ short for Ferguson because I keep calling it the tractor. ? 41000kms onthe clock and no real idea on the history of the bike. So the list of things to do before I do and big rides is as follows.

New lithium battery
Oil/air filter change
Oil change
Radiator flush
Chain service (possible new but it looks pretty good)
Wheel balance
Restore faded plastics
General tidy up and a spit shine

From there I’ll do a few short trips for sort suspension and fine tune.

I have a lot of questions about interchangeable accessories and parts between the older models sand the new shapes. Specifically crash bars, bash plates, panniers, suspension components and such.

Looking forward to picking everyone’s brains.

Cheers Guys!!
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Has your carb slide been modified to eliminate the 'learner restriction'? KLRs in Australia usually come with a hole in the slide that limits the slide travel, thus the power, so that the engine only makes the horsepower that learners are limited to. I probably haven't gotten that exactly right, but you get the gist of it.

Bash plates would be interchangeable, all the other stuff not. Well, panniers would be but their mounting hardware would not be. Rear suspension from the Gen 2 can be transplanted, but would only be done to get the larger rear brake. You'd want to keep the suspension knuckle in there to maintain the longer travel of the Gen 1.

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Thanks for the info!

Thankfully my bike was made before the LAMS (learner approved motorcycle scheme) came into affect so it should be safe from any of those nasty limiters.

Is it just the shape of the frame bolt locations that differ on the crash bars?

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Well, jeepers, they changed the frame like underwear but I don't think much really changed. I almost think they are interchangeable, though the Gen 2 motor front mounts might have been different in a stronger way, not a really different way.

I think the rear sub-frame is substantially different Gen 1 vs Gen 2, though. That, and the plastics that bars have to clear is quite different form factor. The Gen 2 is rather, er, bulbous sort of fugly compared to the sleek sort of fugly that the Gen 1 is. Bars and racks made for the Gen 1 might bolt to the Gen 2 frame, but they would not clear the plastics.

I'm not familiar with what is available to you but, generally, I'm not aware of any rack/bars that fit both generations.

LAMS, huh? I'll have to learn up some on that.

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Cycleracks (cycleracks.com) has racks for Generation 1 and Generation 2; don't know if a single product fits both, but . . . Cycleracks serves all.,

To the best of my knowledge and belief, Cycleracks are the strongest commercially-available racks for KLRs; lifetime guarantee, if I'm not mistaken.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Have Cycleracks on both KLR650 (Generation 1) and KLR250.
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Cycleracks (cycleracks.com) has racks for Generation 1 and Generation 2; don't know if a single product fits both, but . . . Cycleracks serves all.,

To the best of my knowledge and belief, Cycleracks are the strongest commercially-available racks for KLRs; lifetime guarantee, if I'm not mistaken.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Have Cycleracks on both KLR650 (Generation 1) and KLR250.
I've seen someone with bag supports from them and they like it.
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We have the same ride!! Mine's name is Sherman - like the tank - but same idea as a tractor. I am in the middle of the 685 kit to eliminate oil burn and have done lots of the mods on this site.

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So the list of things to do before I do and big rides is as follows.

New lithium battery
Oil/air filter change
Oil change
Radiator flush
Chain service (possible new but it looks pretty good)
Wheel balance
Restore faded plastics
General tidy up and a spit shine
So, just saying ~ IMO with a 2006 do the Doo-hickey first. Unless you know it has been addressed, fix it.

My spring had broken and was no where to be seen, I fabricated a magnet into a hose and secured it with light copper wire to "fish" around the other side of the all the gears in the motor and yes - it was there and I retrieved it. Could have taken out Sherman but, thanks to these guys and some YouTube vids - crisis averted.

Not sure where to get one in Australia but Eagle mike is the go-to here. (its early fall there but this fix can be done in a short day if you have all the items (doo-hickey, new rotor bolt, gaskets in case they get destroyed ... etc) good luck With Ferg!
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