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post #1 of 3 Old 05-29-2018, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing my self & asking advice

Hi Kawasaki KLR enthusiasts, I just joined the forum today, Hi to all, I live in Western Europe.
I am considering buying a used KLR650 as a fun bike and a hobby to work on, I have never owned a Kawasaki before only Hondas, and Suzuki, I currently own a 1993 Honda CB1000 Superfour, 1992 Honda CG125 (my favourite bike), 1992 Honda CB250 Nighhalk CB and a few 1999 & 2000 Suzuki GS125s & a 1996 Suzuki DR125., (some are projects bough cheap and being done up very slowly in parallel)
I will probably sell of the CB1000 at some stage as I don't use it much, it's more of a trophy bike.
I am considering buying some type of KLR650, I prefer the appearance of the older models, late 1980s & early 1990s, but I am told that they are all much the same under the plastics ?
I am particularly attracted to the 'simplicity' of the KLR650 as it seems like something I could learn to become familiar with the mechanics and electrics on it and service and repair it myself.
Also, over all I like that they have a strong appearance compared with most modern bikes which look week and too spikey looking to me, (like broken wheelie bins).
I live in a high humidity temperate climate with lots of rain, can anyone advise me how the KLR chassis, forks, swing-arm and handle bars stands up to corrosion & rust when compared with Hondas ?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-29-2018, 07:28 PM
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I'll say that I know nothing about high humidity, salt air or heavy rain, because I live in a fairly dry climate.

But, I will suggest that you attempt to purchase a 1996 or newer KLR650 if possible. There were several significant up-grades done between 1995 & 1996 model year.

Regardless of which year you might purchase, one should up-grade the 'engine balancer chain adjustment locking lever and its attendant spring' to a "Eagle Mike Doo-Hickey with Torsion Spring".

A "Thermo-Bob 2", thermostat by-bass / coolant re-circulating system would be my only other recommended modification. After these 2, it is up to you to decide.

And "Welcome to the forum"!

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Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 84,000+ miles & counting
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-29-2018, 09:34 PM
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there is no difference between kawasaki, honda and suzuki as it relates to corrosion and rust....in fact, most all forks come from 3rd party vendors anyhow, paint is paint, etc. there weren't many changes from 1987 to 2007 but as Paul said, there were some worthy upgrades in 1996 so stick with 1996 - 2007 if possible.

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