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post #1 of 6 Old 02-02-2018, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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1st Bike and loving it

I bought my 2014.5 about 6 months ago and could not be happier.

It's been the perfect 1st bike. I've enjoyed long days along the the coast in the north San Francisco Bay Area, and can't get enough of my lovely KLR.

I feel I couldn't have made a better choice, and am looking forward to making my great choice that much better.

I can't wait to find some logging roads (and dirt in general) to stretch it's legs, and would love to make some new friends to get out on some rides with.

Hit me up if you are around the Bay Area.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-02-2018, 11:31 PM
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Congratulations on your first bike and welcome to the KLR world! I have been riding for nearly 30 years now and have owned many different types of motorcycles. Some of which were street legal dual sport type and many were not. I have ridden many bikes from little bitty up to really big, even had an opportunity to try out a KLR back about 20 years ago. But never had the pleasure of calling one my own. I kind of fell in love with the KLR all those years ago, even though I didn't have one. I always told myself that I would get one some day, then life happens, have a kid, economy collapses, get back on feet, buy house, start a business blah, blah, blah. So here I am 20 years later and FINALLY! I got my KLR and I could not be happier. I still haven't quite figured out what i is about this bike, but it is by far my most favorite of all time. It is an addiction in the purest yet most obscene way. I can't explain it!

Enough about me. Again, congrats. This is a great forum with a great bunch of guys. You should be able to find the answers to your questions here (should you have any) and don't be afraid to ask. There are lots of people willing to help.

Does your bike have the "Doohicky" upgrade? I'm sure you have heard about the horror stories by now but it is a critical component so we always ask new KLR owners just in case! There are a handful of other items on the list of "do's and don'ts also but the doohicky is of utmost importance. Here's a link to DPellitiers' list of new owner mistakes
http://www.klrforum.com/klr-other-mo...-mistakes.html

I hope you are able to take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having in Ca. this week! I live about 35 miles north of Sacramento and it was in the 70s. I snuck in about 2 hours of riding this afternoon. A perfect day for riding!

Again, welcome to the wonderful world of KLR.
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-03-2018, 09:51 AM
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Boefuss, welcome to the forum. Use the drop-down menus at the top, lots to explore, both off & on the bike.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-05-2018, 11:56 PM
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Does your bike have the "Doohicky" upgrade? I'm sure you have heard about the horror stories by now but it is a critical component so we always ask new KLR owners just in case! There are a handful of other items on the list of "do's and don'ts also but the doohicky is of utmost importance. Here's a link to DPellitiers' list of new owner mistakes
Is it really that crucial?
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-06-2018, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Antwon,
The previous owner of my bike did a number of upgrades to the bike, including the doohicky, mostly geared towards offroad use.
I'm definitely going to look at the "new owner" advice posts, and look forward to learning and doing a lot of stuff myself.
Cheers
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-06-2018, 01:21 PM
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On road or off road, doesn't matter, eventually all KLR650's need help with the Engine Balancer Adjustment Locking Lever & Spring. aka the doo-hickey.

From our own Tom Schmitz,
http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...ng-spring.html

And even more from Tom Schmitz,
What I think about the balancer lever issue.

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