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post #1 of 4 Old 11-24-2018, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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New KLR Owner

Just snagged a craigslist find on a super clean 2014 with a hefty list of upgrades. Previous owner was a great guy, kept meticulous records as well.

Ive owned several dirtbikes and the semi-rare KLX650c (along with a ton of road only bikes). Now I’m looking forward to some good fire road riding and camping on the KLR.

Besides the sticky posts anything else a must know about this machine?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-25-2018, 03:11 PM
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Welcome to the group. I have a 2006, so I have no clue what your bike might need. Others here can help, and will. Lots of ideas and wisdom.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-25-2018, 07:51 PM
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@DPelletier's sticky pretty much covers what a new owner needs to know and watch out for. Were I in your shoes I'd read the list over three times, then go look at the bike and see if it is suffering from any of the items on the list. Hopefully, it doesn't and the doohickey is on the list of the bike's upgrades.

I'm a fan of the 3,000-mile oil change simply because I'm an old fart and that's the way we did it when I was a kid back in the good old days, plus oil is cheap. That being said, most folks use Shell Rotella 10W-40 but a few of us are seeing better oil analysis results with Kawasaki oil. It's a bit more expensive than the Shell and the Shell is a good oil that is JASO MA rated. Pick yer poison.

Keep an eye on the oil level if you ride at 5000+ rpm for prolonged periods and try to change the gas often. Once a week on the gas is probably a happy schedule...

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-28-2018, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tom, thanks for the insight. I am a rosella t guy myself and have used it in almost every bike I have owned, love that stuff.
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