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post #1 of 32 Old 12-08-2019, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings from the north (winter is coming)

Hi! I've been a member for a while, longtime lurker. Same on .net, but was fairly active on adv on that KLR thread (pre troll wars). Looks like a great bunch here, engaging in civilized, intelligent discussion (well moderated too). I've had, I think 7 KLRs, have become a bit of a parts hoarder, picking up KLR bits here and there. I retired from the RCAF after 35 years service, was an aircraft tech, a crewchief in the end. Interesting career, which took me all over hells half acre, but stressful. I enjoy riding and wrenching, overhauling and building up KLRs for a hobby, help local guys out with their bikes (pay it forward). Exploring in the country is what it's all about for me, and I've posted some ride reports up in adv. I'll share a few pics here. Looking forward to contributing, and getting to know folks in the KLR community

This has been my current ride last two years, an '01 with 705 - it has the Britannia Composites fairing on it, Dirtracks crashbars & racks, H-T boxes:



This is a '96 692 "back-up/guest bike" I put together (it's sporting a Safari tank ATM):



The '08 Gen 2 that I put together, rode this a few years:



I've got the KLR sidecar rig to play with too. I've put quite a few miles on it, exploring the prairies. It's been thru several iterations, is currently 705:



I had this '94 692 for a couple of years... my buddy Reg out for a spring visit on the wife's Kawi Sherpa (both sold):



There's been a few more KLRs, a '96, and a KLR650C. We've had 3 Gold Wings, and I put a sidecar on the GL1500. Pics hosted by Photobucket... so if they don't display properly, you know why (buggers!).

Edit. Forgot the current '01 "hybrid" project bike, so that's 8 KLRs I've had!

https://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-w...tml#post693569
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post #2 of 32 Old 12-08-2019, 10:06 AM
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Good "Frozen" Day to you too!
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Good "Frozen" Day to you too!
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Good to see you here too Ken. There's a few more Canucks here I notice, than on adv, or .net

Frozen is right - we woke up to -18C this morning, a quick drop in temp. Brrrr.
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Greetings and welcome from Alberta. Thankfully not as frozen as you. Former Goldwing owner myself. Gave it up for a Miata.

Unfortunate about your pictures. I’ve long given up on Photobucket. Maybe try and attach them to your post.

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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Greetings and welcome from Alberta. Thankfully not as frozen as you. Former Goldwing owner myself. Gave it up for a Miata.

Unfortunate about your pictures. Ive long given up on Photobucket. Maybe try and attach them to your post.

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Hi klr4evr. My buddy Reg, in that one pic, works at "The Fort", had the 1st KLR I built up. He's had a succession of other bikes since (they all become unloved :^)

Photobucket... they're playing silly bugger. I've been watching the threads, see they intentionally blur images, and then after a while they display normally. Dishonest IMO how they've done things, trying to ransom/extort you to subscribe, even tho you're within free hosting limits. Gotta find another free photo hosting service.

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Ive had good success with imgur.com for image hosting.




Not my bike.

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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Please fill me in on the side car ,, what gearing and what is needed to safely mount it.
I have a 2018 KLR.
What sidecar ,, is needed.
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Please fill me in on the side car ,, what gearing and what is needed to safely mount it.
I have a 2018 KLR.
What sidecar ,, is needed.
lineman1234, that's a Dauntless Motors (DMC) Enduro sidecar. I don't know if that was their prototype, but it was their shoptruck used by the production manager. They put it up for sale, $4K USD with the '92 tug, and I had it shipped to the border and imported it. They sell the subframe and struts needed to mount it: Enduro

Steering gets heavy when you hang a sidecar on a motorcycle, and there's a tendency for the front end to oscillate, which can get out of control quickly if you take your hands off the handlebars. Quirky things to set up and operate. I managed to buy a DMC leading link front end cheap (they are $2K USD new!), still working on getting the sidecar rig back together after a major overhaul.

I registered with Flickr, will post up some test pics, see how that goes.








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Imgur... let's try Imgur. The sidecar tug got overhauled, full frame up rebuild. Next I have to sand and repaint a good chunk of the sidecar frame:



Edit - it works! This is a '92, with that DMC subframe, leading link front end, and I hung a Gen 2 back end on it... engine is 705, on an '08 Gen 2 bottom end, ported Gen 1 head, OMG loud Staintune exhaust. You asked about gearing? 14T front/standard 43T rear. That's to help get moving from stopped (easier, effectively lower gearing). That gearing results in approx 4,700 rpm at 100 km/h (62 mph). Those aftermarket pistons eat that up, done right, no noticeable oil consumption (run that rpm all day).

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Daryl, with flickr you choose the link associated with 'bbcode', paste it into your post and trim it back to the [img] tags (so it doen'st post your flickr account name) like this:

Copy this:

[ url=https://flic.kr/p/2hWGMU2][ img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49189450493_cda6ecf7fa_b.jpg[/img][/url]IMG_20180830_1543143 by Dxxx Mxxxxl, on Flickr

paste it into your post and trim it to [ img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49189450493_cda6ecf7fa_b.jpg[/img]



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