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post #1 of 28 Old 02-18-2018, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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New from the land of beavers...

... Though I never seen a beaver, just a nutria.

Anyways, I just added a new family member last night! A 2006 KLR 650!




A little about me...

I am 6'7", that comes into play in my life all the time... got to watch for low hanging objects!

I've been riding off and on for about 20 years now. Never on the dirt though.

Just recently completed a round the US solo trip on the Triple R. 4 weeks and 9,000 miles.





Have silly adventures! (I'm the only one who was actually prepared for the solar ecplise)





Keep boxes full of stinging insects




Take pictures of said insects





Plant flowers for said insects...

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post #2 of 28 Old 02-18-2018, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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I live in the suburbs of this beautiful city (Portland, OR)



I like long walks on the beach and talking about my feelings and where the relationship is going....


Wait... Sorry, wrong forum!





Anyways... Just got the KLR, runs good so far. Broken speedo, and looks like rear running lights are out. But overall in great shape! I've never ridden off road, but after my last motorcycle adventure, I want to hit the western BDR for my next big adventure. Will be about 3-4 years down the road before I get the time off again. So plenty of time to practice on the multitude of backcountry roads.


So just wanted to say high to everyone before I crawl back into my lurker cave!

HI EVERYONE!




Oh, and this:

Gozilla, pizza, pumpkin pie, and star wars legos... sigh

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post #3 of 28 Old 02-18-2018, 09:56 PM
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Being clearance challenged you may want to take a look at the following additions:

Handlebar, Risers 30mm - Tusk P/N 1274820002

Foot Pegs, Lowering Brackets - JNS Engineering

Shift Lever (Extended) - IMS P/N 313117

The Handlebar Risers are kind of a no brainer.

I found that the JNS Engineering Foot Peg Lowering Brackets have several advantages. What is actually kind of important is that they move the Foot Peg Back "and" Down. They do this without compromising any ground clearance (unlike some other options) and they also bring the Brake Pedal into perfect vertical and horizontal position for my size 12's.

The extended shift Lever gives better room for the toe of my boot.

The suspension can also be changed to raise the bike. Although I've not found that necessary, you might want to look into that. Folks make a variety of Dog-Bone Links for the Rear Suspension mechanism and options with the front forks are low cost and nearly endless.

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Google URLs are usually a problem on the forum. They don't seem to be stable (yours show up as a 404 now or a blank image) and they are often too long. And you have to keep opening them in a new tab until you get to a pure image without a lot of Google baggage.

Fore example, this is one of your Google URLs: ht tps:/ /lh3.googleusercontent.com/Qi2elSNbr9LnPP12Z49qh7PZxkZ6-88pADQLQMEiO4SUtKKP2q60t6OXZ0gBMHk8DwGtg3GF30E_JDM pzNt3jfDGMVjXHUGn-tRbh4_2gUdanFIq5H_lrk1cX1_ZfCT4MXJPJwS9ncMVK65PtnE EgjD16O8kAvwTResNn6oRxAKqw-_S-woMmWbCwB4sMj3RH2igQT2M-CAWgXHUVySRJ0d7KyKV4M8UL1ih69pcARFkyrYAEOHz1Kzs127 VZLHYyANjkDHbROdwa7MYBUbwInnCjwQhriMU4P4tZkVTdDsr3 qckAUzp7ejwdu31zNCvvYw5SsaO5qYSO-laKbJV-VSIP__O9oBZRySZtfXokWWHQIKpUGs-J5ucrFtPsbAH8TSBMhFOQT2KwY5QAcRJxN_Ek4zBbwetVxdPE_ 7sTCmhpks5kRKrB4MMBu4r_kPqXclD11ilyOU6SJnGmSqvmxEw qfjmbk7kxzmUA2qZP1A_YCbtMzicuM9zqnPuRNvZ01JYOyYcrx bQdhQvVOugWKQLyvG5pZj8U_AIBEU-dd8XdVf2XlCgC4lURBPeO44=s1378-w1378-h1033-no

There's no way the forum software can handle that and I can't begin to fix it. It doesn't even end with a '.jpg'.

In contrast, here is flickr URL: ht tps:/ /farm5.staticflickr.com/4730/27711661859_3d21f9f15a_b.jpg

Recommend you get a new image host or find a way to shorten the Google URLs, once you've clicked your way to a pure .jpg URL..

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Hi @Tom,

Fixed. Used Flickr

Hi @Bluehighways,

The previous owner was tall like me. The bike at rest comes up to by crotch, which is odd feeling having never ridden a bike so tall. He has a 4-in riser on the bars. The pegs feel comfortable right now, so not worried about that.

I took a look at the rear brake light. Some aftermarket LED light in there. Looks like a wire broke off the PCB board, probably the running lights power. Re-soldering it should hopefully fix it, but it is going to be a little cramped and short on wire. Don't seem to be able to figure out how to get the seat off at the moment...
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Fixed. Used Flickr...


Pizza and pumpkin pie. Can't beat that with a stick.

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Don't seem to be able to figure out how to get the seat off at the moment...
Remove the side covers (2 screws each) and you'll find the seat attachment bolts.

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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Remove the side covers (2 screws each) and you'll find the seat attachment bolts.
10mm socket on a 1/4" drive works well for all.

Wiring diagram attached if that helps at all.

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I managed to fix the brake light. A simple resolder of the wire and all is good.

Ordered myself some of those cheap $18 folding mirrors today.

Have both the FSM and the Clymer repair manual ordered.

I do think the brakes need to be upgraded. They are definitely softer than I am used to. My brief research suggest the SV650 brakes is the best upgrade route, but I haven't found a thread on how to do that exactly yet. (looks like I need to go to KLR650.net for the guide)

I do not know if the doohicky thing has been replaced, but given the age of the bike. I would say it is either replaced, or the bike doesn't have a problem with it. Interested in the thermobob, but haven't really ridden the bike more than a couple of miles in town.

The bike already has a seat concepts seat, and all the armored plates (skid, side, brake guards, etc.)

Looking at the Tusk LED handguard turn signals. Do I need a resistor to get them to work right?

Any option for converting the front headlight to LED?

Thanks for the help!
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With the exception of the Headlight I converted all lights to LED's. I've not yet found a Headlight LED that is: Effective, Cost Competitive and for which there is a functioning Headlight Modulator. Total system draw, which includes maintaining the battery state of charge runs consistently between 5 and 6 amperes.

If it helps, here's what I've used:

Headlight Modulator - Signal Dynamics: 1183
Brake Light Modulator - Signal Dynamics: 01004

License Plate LED Module - BikeMaster: 102084-03 (picture attached)

Rear Stop/Run - superbrightleds.com: 1157-CW27-T
I.P. Illumination - superbrightleds.com: 194-CWHP5-PC
I.P Idiot Lights - superbrightleds.com:
Blue: 24-BHP
Red: 24-RHP
Amber: 24-AHP
Green: 24-GHP
Turn Signal - superbrightleds.com: 1156-W26-CBT

LED Turn Signal Flasher - Amazon.com: No Part Number($2.48)

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