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post #1 of 14 Old 03-25-2018, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! I just recently bought a 2015 KLR with 9K miles on it. I知 hoping to learn as much about the bike from everyone here on the forum as I can. I bought the bike to ride mostly off road with some friends of mine. Thanks for accepting me to the forum

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-25-2018, 12:15 PM
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Welcome to the club. It's a good forum for advice and information
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Welcome to the forum Eric. Has it been rideable weather in NC today?
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Welcome to the forum Eric. Has it been rideable weather in NC today?
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Yes we have had some good riding weather but we are still getting some cold weather as well. It has been a very unusually cold winter here in NC.
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Lander WY has received about 10 inches of heavy wet white stuff since 11 PM last night. There were a few riders out yesterday in 55f partly cloudy weather.

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Welcome. Lots of good guys here; let us know if/when you have questions. Offroad biased riding is an interest of mine.

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Lander WY has received about 10 inches of heavy wet white stuff since 11 PM last night. There were a few riders out yesterday in 55f partly cloudy weather.
I hate the white stuff. That痴 why my wife and I move to NC from NY.
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Welcome. Lots of good guys here; let us know if/when you have questions. Offroad biased riding is an interest of mine.

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Yes that is why I bought the KLR is for off road riding. I知 currently researching crash bars and skid plates.
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Yes that is why I bought the KLR is for off road riding. I知 currently researching crash bars and skid plates.
That's a good place to start (along with alloy bars and handguards). The collective wisdom suggests the JNS skidplate as the most often recommended and I'd add the Ricochet (available through several sources) as a good runner up. Crash bars are a bit more convoluted and there are certainly lots of choices, there is good feedback for dirtracks; https://www.dirtracks.com/collections/klr650

Personally I prefer to run without crash bars, saving the 12 - 15 llbs and I use an IMS 6.6 tank in combination with a JNS rad guard for protection and lighter weight. Note the IMS 6.6 is technically a Gen1 tank but people have used them on Gen2's with a minor amount of fiddling.

Everyone's idea of "offroad" varies greatly so what's "best" will depend on your particular wants/needs/expectations and budget.

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Yes that is why I bought the KLR is for off road riding. I知 currently researching crash bars and skid plates.
I've got the Ricochet Full Skid Plate and I also have the SW-Motech Crash Bars.

Three observations: 1.) I have personally tested the SW-Motech Crash Bars, both Right and Left, on several occasions. Other than scratching the bars a bit, they performed perfectly, when I didn't. 2.) I like the Ricochet Skid Plate. However, it is an extremely tight fit, particularly on the left side, between the Crash Bar and the Alternator Housing. 3.) Replace the Kawasaki Oil Drain Plug with a low profile version so that it does not protrude below whatever Skid Plate you use.
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