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post #1 of 23 Old 08-13-2018, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie questions

Trying to join here has been an adventure in itself.
But then, I've never been accused of being tech saavy.
Let's see if this works.

I have a few questions, being new to the KLR family.
Let's start with a lowering link question.

Why the variations in price for lowering links from $25 up to around $125?
They seem to be similarly made.. billet aluminum, made in USA.

Any comments and/or recommendations is appreciated.
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-13-2018, 01:51 PM
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There are (or should be) no moving parts in lowering links. They are worth $10, so pay as little more than $10 as possible.

Pay no attention to anodizing in colors only a trout could appreciate, engraving of brands, or adjustability.

Just buy some links, but understand that they lower the bike by altering the geometry of the suspension, increasing the leverage on the spring. The suspension will be lowered, but also softer.

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Thanks Tom, for your prompt and informative response.
It appears you are a knowledgeable guy, and perhaps an Administrator/Moderatator?

Having been a rider many years ago, I've just recently rejoined the ranks of two wheelers.
A red 2010 KLR is in my garage now, and I've got some learning to do.

More questions later, but for now I'm going to go see if I can find some nice (cheap) lowering links.
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Welcome back into the world of motorcycling!

I am a moderator here but am also the idiot that my village wishes would return home.

They keep calling.

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post #5 of 23 Old 08-13-2018, 03:58 PM
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I think I have a set of lowering links laying around the shop somewheres that could be had for a decent price....Happy Trails models I believe.

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Thanks shaky6, but I read your post just few minutes after I'd pulled the trigger on a set of new ones.

Looking at a Sargent seat and here's another question:
Is the "low" seat too thin?
Meaning, does the lower profile come at the expense of comfort?
I'm hoping the lowering links will be enough to get my feet on the ground, and if so, I'll go with a regular seat, not the low profile.

But here's my second issue with riding again.
My hands get tired after half hour, and start to go numb, especially my right hand.
Assuming it's a vibration issue, I'm looking into some gel grips, but would handlebar dampeners help?
I don't need the bars higher, but the dampeners I've seen all seem to add a couple inches of lift.
Gotta do something about my hand going numb.

Sure are a lot of ways to spend money on these bikes.
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Hand numbing could be from vibration......but hand/wrist position also plays a part and the factory bars have far too much pullback for most people. I run Renthal RC-Hi bend bars on my KLR's and they are a much better bend, positioning your wrist closer to perpendicular to the bar. ....they are also far lighter and far stronger. I run Pro-grip 714 grips which also help with vibration and comfort.

People do all kinds of things to make their KLR's more comfortable for them and what is right largely depends on you, your size, usage, experience and budget. Personally, I don't like risers, bar end weights or anything that adds width or weight.

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Thanks Dave.
It's funny cuz I was looking at and considering Pro-grip 714's.
I see two .. the Dual Sport and the Rally.

Do you have a preference?
I was leaning toward the Rally.

And could you please elaborate on your handlebar comments?
I'm not familiar with the term "pullback".
And " ... positioning your wrist closer to perpendicular to the bar."
I'm intrigued.

I'm newly re-acquainted to bike riding, having sold the Hondas 20 some years ago.
Earlier this Summer, I bought a Honda 250 for some fire road riding with a buddy who has 7 motorcycles.
(crazy, right? who needs 3 Harleys, and four various dual purpose bikes? he must be insane)

But I quickly discovered the KLR as a good choice as my "road bike", that can do some dirt as well.
It's a bit heavy out there, but I really like it on back country pavement, but can take the gravel roads with ease.
I find I grab the KLR keys way more often than the little Honda.

My main point here is my hand goes numb on both bikes, so it's a personal thing.
And although it's much better on the KLR...that Honda vibrates way more...it's still an issue cuz I wanna take the KLR on longer rides.

A new set of Pro-grips on each bike sounds like a good next step.
Do you have a preference Dave?
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It's been a while but IIRC, mine are the Rallyes....both look similar.

On the bars, check this out and it will help with the terms (though they use "sweep" instead of "pullback": https://www.renthal.com/shop/mx-prod...-se-handlebars

The stock bar dimensions;KLR650 FAQ

Pullback on the stocker is 100mm vs. 56mm on the 901's I use.


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I had some Renthal 677 "special quad" bars that I thought had too much pullback, and then I put on some Tusk ATV Sport bends and at first I thought the lack of pullback was great, but they make my fingers go numb now. Its a real PITA to find the right ones. In all actuality, the stockers on the 2012 feel better than either of the two previous ones.

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