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post #1 of 10 Old 09-20-2018, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Just picked up a used 2017 KLR650. Been 15 years since I've ridden and couldn't bring myself to drop the extra 3-4k for new bike. Problem, bike dropped on left side and associated parts/plastics damaged broken. Looking forward to riding and having fun working on bike.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-21-2018, 07:11 AM
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Is the radiator leaking? Seems to be a recurring theme when dropped on the left side.

In my area, the difference between new and used was around $1000. I opted for new to be sure the bike had no issues and had a warranty if it did.

Not to mention, I like the yellow color on the 2018's.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-21-2018, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thankfully radiator is not leaking, even though slightly warped. Tested and works fine. Fan, not so good, but found used bn one on ebay. Thought most parts replaceable between 08-18. Not so. Fan housing didnt match for mounting bolts. Working though.

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-21-2018, 03:17 PM
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Welcome to the Club,
We Got Jackets...
Okay, not really; we don't got Jackets, BUT!
We've all dropped our KLRs and some of us have a coupla times!!!
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-22-2018, 09:17 PM
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Welcome. I am also a new KLR rider. Picked mine up from the dealer Friday afternoon. Have ridden cruisers in the past (Vulcan 900, Thunderbird 1600, Vulcan 1700 Nomad). This KLR is way different. I can barely tiptoe both feet at a stop! haha !
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-22-2018, 09:27 PM
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......... This KLR is way different. I can barely tiptoe both feet at a stop! haha !
When I first got mine, it was all I could do to not ride through everyone's front yard on the way home from work.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-23-2018, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, same here. It is a tall bike. I am looking for ways to lower it a couple inches.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-24-2018, 02:15 PM
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Yeah, same here. It is a tall bike. I am looking for ways to lower it a couple inches.
Give yourself some time to get used to it before you go messing up the suspension like most new KLR owners. ;-)

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Adjusting Shocks

Dave,

Thanks for the advise. I am not one to normally jump into changing the original design of something. I think though, adjusting the seat cushion so it sits a little lower. Something to give me an inch or two. I will hold off since I am still in the re-build stage. Almost complete.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-25-2018, 10:23 AM
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Yeah, a lower or modified seat is a better way as is taller boots......and just getting used to it. My son is 5'9" and rides a stock height Gen1.....but he's been riding and racing since he was 5 yrs old so it doesn't phase him much. My ex-wife also rode the KLR at 5' 4.5" tall but again, she was a four year offroad racing champion.

Many people get lowering links, realize that the already undersprung and underdamped suspension got worse......then they usually either swap the stock links back in or get a heavier spring......the ones that went with the heavier spring may or may not realize that the damping is now even worse, the ones that do either swap in the stock links or replace the shock. At least your 2017 has stiffer spring and damping rates to start with.

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