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post #1 of 5 Old 03-30-2018, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Getting back into bikes.

I'm an old fart at 63, but still healthy and active. Rode dirt bikes and then raced and rode for decades. But living in SoCal I wanted nothing to do with the street. Lost too many friends. But now living in NW Arizona in a little town without a street light, I've had a KLR for three years. It's a 2011, low miles, DG pipe (It does make a real power difference but is loud) and recently put on Tusk crash bars. Learned a big lesson putting on the crash bars. If you ever remove the the fuel tank, mount the rear side covers to the tank and the back holes before you tighten the fuel tank down. Then tighten down the fuel tank, take the side covers off again and bolt down the seat and then attach the side covers. Doing this will insure the bolt holes will line up when you put the rear side covers back on. I learned the hard way. Also put on Tusk D-Flex hand and brake, clutch lever protectors. Those guys in the videos make it look easy. Neither job is easy.
Untold miles of dirt trails and roads out here in NW Arizona and I'm loving it. But the washes? No way, I don't do deep sand on a KLR. You have to gas it hard and go stupid fast to stay on top of the sand on a KLR. Just too heavy a bike. Those haul butt days (and crashing) are over for me. Washes are explored in my side by side.
Had a personalized license holder made for my bike. On the top it says "Street Slow". On the bottom it says "DIRT FAST". That's what a KLR is. It would definitely be nice to have more power on the interstates, (and a sixth gear) but is stupid fast in the dirt.
Between price, dirt and street capabilities the KLR is a not to shabby compromise. But if I had room in the garage for 450cc motocross bike, a 1200cc crotch rocket and a 1800cc Harley?............. Oh Yeah!
But I'd still keep my KLR!

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-31-2018, 10:26 AM
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Welcome. :-)

I'm also an old ex offroad racer. I had 9 bikes in the garage a few years back and I sold them all except the KLR......it is truly a bike that can "do it all" though not as well in any one catagory as the purpose built bikes of course. I decided I needed my KLR to be more capable offroad once it was the only bike I had so I ended up modifying it accordingly....then one KLR became two which ended up with similar mods. ;-)

Though you can technically get away with the stock jetting with just a silencer, I'd want to check to see what I had. A silencer, snorkle removal and KLX jet kit eliminates the factory lean condition and really wakes up the throttle response.

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I did check the spark plug while I had the tank off and it looked perfect. But it only has 2K on the plug. Can I buy the carb kit like yours and all is good? Or do I need a pro to do the job and play with jetting etc? When I bought the bike it already had the DG pipe on it and I had never ridden any other KLR. I had no idea the difference until a neighbor bought a 2013 KLR with a stock pipe just a month ago. I did the test ride for him since I knew how a KLR feels. I was honestly shocked at the power difference. The DG makes a big difference. We since did a 3K to 6K 4th gear race and it wasn't close. Probably 20 feet faster in those few seconds.
Thank you so much for the advice. Ken
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-01-2018, 07:31 PM
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no need for a pro; you can get a KLX jet kit from Eaglemike and follow the instructions. very easy. be careful with the plastic enricher nut (metal replacement is available from Stead Engineering) and the slide diaphragm (cheaper replacement available from Harley). Of course you may already have a jet kit installed but you'll have to open her up to see.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-01-2018, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'll do it!
Thanks Dave!
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