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post #1 of 10 Old 04-16-2018, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Calgary, Alberta! Just bought a 2017 discounted KLR in Red (last one left) on Saturday. It's gotta be put together yet but I'm super excited. I traded in my 09 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS for this thing. I've been reading extensively up on the KLR and I found that this is the bike for me and my riding style. Got a helluva deal for the 2017 as the 2018 was $1200 more for a different color. I've already order the Eagle Mike Doohicky package and the low profile oil plug. I'm also getting crash bars and aluminum skid plate installed. Anything else I should look into off the bat? I was thinking I might need the Thermo-Bob since I'm in Canada and we still have freakin snow up here in the middle of April....but I will wait on that. Also taking a motorcycle maintenance course next month at a local college. It's a 4 evening/1 weekend day course and I wanted to get this bike before hand so I can tinker with it and get to know it a little better. I plan to do all my own maintenance, within my ability. Looking forward to this summer! Cheers! Clint.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-16-2018, 11:52 AM
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Congrats CJ

We're near the end of a record breaking storm here in the GTA.
There were more than a few non-current (2017's) all over Ontario when I seriously started looking in December 2017.
I would have taken a one-way bus trip to (??) with the right price, and have a nice long April ride home. In hindsight, that would not have worked, as this month has been shiite.

I picked up a new Gen 2014 about 40 miles from home. Had the c-stand, skid plate, crash bars and Storm Barkbusters on it (and 14K), so I went with that, uncertified as well.

The bike is a blast to work on. I think my K120RS is going to be a bit lonely this year.

Headed your way next summer to ride to Tuktoyuktuk, not Prudhoe Bay. Seems like the more Canadian thing to do.

I'm guessing you were in around $7K all in, including taxes ??

Safe riding when you get her on the road.
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Welcome aboard.

There are a thousand things you can buy and mods you can do......most aren't strictly necessary though the EM "doohickey" and the Thermobob are highly recommended.

If you are thinking about the thermobob, I'd strongly recommend putting it on ASAP as there is evidence that suggests that the bore distortion relating to "cold dumping" and coolant delta T is something that happens relatively early in the engines life......adding a Thermobob is good at any mileage but it'll never make as much difference as it will right from the beginning; you only get one shot at breaking in a new motor.

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Welcome aboard.

There are a thousand things you can buy and mods you can do......most aren't strictly necessary though the EM "doohickey" and the Thermobob are highly recommended.

If you are thinking about the thermobob, I'd strongly recommend putting it on ASAP as there is evidence that suggests that the bore distortion relating to "cold dumping" and coolant delta T is something that happens relatively early in the engines life......adding a Thermobob is good at any mileage but it'll never make as much difference as it will right from the beginning; you only get one shot at breaking in a new motor.

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I'll order the Thermobob this weekend. There's a place here in Calgary that has it in stock. Looks like I have some projects already in store for me! Thanks for the advice.
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No problem; make sure it's a Thermobob 2. ;-)

Now just have to wait for the snow to melt! I have a KLR riding buddy in Calgary and we did the Humm last year together; lots of fun. :-)

HUMM Monashees 2018 | Horizons Unlimited

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post #6 of 10 Old 04-16-2018, 04:50 PM
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Congratulations on your new KLR looks like you have the important Mods lined up. I did the Galfer wave rotor and steel brake line upgrade, very happy with the improvement in braking performance on the street.
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Welcome aboard. My only suggestion is to start thinking of what type of tire you'll need next.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm booked in to have the doohickey, thermobob, crashbars, skid plate and possibly foot pegs done for Tuesday. Then I'm off to the mountains!
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Welcome to the family.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-04-2018, 04:27 PM
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Also taking a motorcycle maintenance course next month at a local college. It's a 4 evening/1 weekend day course and I wanted to get this bike before hand so I can tinker with it and get to know it a little better. I plan to do all my own maintenance, within my ability.
Welcome, Clint! You're due north of me and on the route of many a "planned" road trip. Great idea taking the class. I'm going to have to look for something similar around here. I've had some trouble with my bike over the past couple weeks and have found out the hard way how expensive motorcycle mechanics are. Also, I've found a serious love for exploring the inner workings of these simple thumper engines.
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