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post #1 of 8 Old 04-14-2018, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Boulder, CO

Hello all,

My name is Ben and I just bought my first motorcycle, a KLR 650! She's uglier than sin, but she's mine, and I think we'll get along just fine. I'm 30 years old and very single, so I figured now is the time to get a bike and set the precedent for any future lady friends or wives. Me and a motorcycle are now a package deal. I went with a KLR over a BMW to perpetuate the myth that I'm a fixer-upper. The ladies like that. I've been slowly looking for a bike for the past 3 years, but finally took the plunge on thursday. I'm planning to start with weekend fly fishing trips, work my way up to BDR's, and then move onto something a little more long range. Canada? Mexico? Who knows.

The bike, "Annie", is a '97 with that stunning teal and purple color scheme... mmmm, it's a real chick magnet. She has about 20K on her. The previous owner seemed to have a similar personality to me and steered into the purple and teal skid by adding big yellow accent stickers, red reflective tape, and pink bark busters. He also saved me from having to add a skid plate, recessed drain plug, pannier racks, Wolfman luggage (to be replaced by tusk boxes), bark busters, and a center stand.

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Given that I'm a magnet for bad luck, she stripped a bolt on the valve cover on my second outing, but I'm not going to take it as a bad sign. She had, after all, been sitting for nearly 6 months so I'll chalk this up to a temper tantrum. We talked and I promised I would give her more attention than the last guy. The neighbors looked at me like I'm crazy, but they just don't understand the love affair. We'll just throw in a helicoil and see what happens. The idea here is to have a cheap commuter (I drive the most beautiful 12 miles to get to work every morning), and something that I can learn on and crash in the dirt.

Looking forward to leeching off your vast knowledge base here in the forum, and hopefully, someday I'll be able to offer it back to someone in my shoes.

Cheers,

Ben


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post #2 of 8 Old 04-14-2018, 06:54 PM
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Welcome to the forum, edaggett.

You might purchase a Clymer service manual & a 1/4 inch drive, 40-200 Inch Pound torque wrench and use them both on all of the 6 & 8 mm fasteners on your bike to prevent future thread stripping.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-14-2018, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestion! I was a little disappointed he didn't have the manual. I will definitely pick up the Clymer. Do you recommend going in and retorquing everything? From what I've been reading, I am terrified of stripping threads out on this bike. Is there any reason why it would suddenly strip out like that? I wasn't going through and cranking down on bolts, just riding it, and all of the sudden she starts spitting oil all over my right foot.
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Welcome to the forum. The KLR is famous for shaking fasteners use. Re-torquing and blue Loctite are your friends.

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-15-2018, 04:33 PM
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............... I'm 30 years old and very single, so I figured now is the time to get a bike and set the precedent for any future lady friends or wives. Me and a motorcycle are now a package deal. ...................
I am sure that will workout exactly as you planed with no problems at all. Good luck.
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I'd like to do some riding in CO. Welcome.
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I am sure that will workout exactly as you planed with no problems at all. Good luck.

Ha! Probably better to just stay stag for awhile.
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I'd like to do some riding in CO. Welcome.
Get on out here. It's beautiful. Endless mountain twisties with the most beautiful scenery you've ever seen.
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