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post #1 of 6 Old 03-02-2020, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Many thanks as a new user

I'm new to riding (six months) and have a 2004 Gen1 KLR. I've been doing lots of work on the bike, with the expert help of my brother with 30 years riding not to mention a day job running operations on a couple of high end business jets and a eurocopter.

I've of course been reading forums like crazy and doing as much as I can on my own. Many thanks to many people that shared valuable knowledge. Someday, I won't be a noobie anymore!

Work so far:
- front tire
- speedo lubed and ears fixed
- front fork seals and new fluid
- petcock
- 685 upgrade
- doohickey
- stronger frame bolt
- watt man's thermobob
- center stand added
- tusk panniers
- new metal choke plunger right on the carb replacing the cable
- custom cut accessory dash, replacing old wiring with a power point, QC3.0 usb, hi/low switch for grip warmers and a switch for fog lights.
- tusk grip warmers

Still have the fog lights to mount, and maybe some paint to do yet to the new aluminum dash. I also plan to eliminate the dumb manual switch for the turn indicators, that does not have a center 'reset'.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-02-2020, 08:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Itarian.

Have you read this in regards to speedometer drive maintenance, post #12?

Or this in regards to General Maintenance?

Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-02-2020, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum, Itarian.

Have you read this in regards to speedometer drive maintenance, post #12?

Or this in regards to General Maintenance?
(links removed due to being new)

When I was having speedo issues (shortly after purchase) it was one of the first things that got investigated. I did read many posts, but not that one. No washing was done, and it was properly re-packed with grease. With the 'ears' straight again, she was running fine.

I've been getting trained on proper maintenance, like checking oil and tire pressure frequently, cleaning things, checking things, and of course using a torque wrench from my professional brother. Of course, my KLR is not flying close to the speed of sound at 40,000 feet, but that is the perspective he has. It's already paid off, and it's amazing how regular attention to detail affects the health of the bike. Without access to his tools today, I went out and bought a 3/8 torque wrench just to change my oil. It will get used more. It is a fantastic list though, and I've been compiling some of my own off other people's top lists.

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Pictures hosted at Google don’t work well on forums. It’s a Google control thing.

Also the new member, 15 post requirement. There are work arounds. Pictures attached.

2004 - my favourite year.

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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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post #5 of 6 Old 03-03-2020, 12:23 PM
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welcome from east georgia.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-31-2020, 05:54 PM
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nice looking bike right there
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