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post #1 of 39 Old 03-07-2020, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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New to KLR 650

Hi all. Just picked up a 2006 KLR 650 today. Bike seems to be in very good shape with only 14000km on it. I have been riding on and off for 28yrs. Scooter to GSXR to naked bikes to cruiser now this. Anything I should know about these before the bike season start here? I live in Atlantic Canada. It’s a balmy -6 Celsius today. I also test drive the bike today lol.
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post #2 of 39 Old 03-07-2020, 07:47 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Cslang77. Have you read this yet? https://www.klrforum.com/introductio...kes-avoid.html

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post #3 of 39 Old 03-07-2020, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Just did. Thanks for that. I have some time to play around with things before my riding season starts. The bike came with both the stock and supertapp mufflers. Any pros/cons to one vs the other. My last bike was a cruiser and it was jetted with cobra slash cuts. I found it really loud and it kinda droned on when on the highway. Also I have read about people changing out the front sprocket to a 16 tooth one. Is this a complete front, rear and new chain deal or just the sprocket? Thanks
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post #4 of 39 Old 03-08-2020, 09:24 AM
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Welcome to the forum!
I installed a sixteen tooth sprocket on my KLR a couple weeks back It has 5000km on it.
If your chain has a lot of kilometres/wear its probably not a good idea to just replace the front sprocket.
I usually replace chains and front sprockets before the rear sprocket starts to show wear.
Running a new front sprocket with a worn chain could be a problem.
At 14000km might be a good idea to replace the chain if the front sprocket teeth are starting to wear.

Loosen the rear axle loosen the chain adjusters, remove the sprocket cover and remove the sprocket nut.
I strongly recommend nitrile gloves when handling the parts under the cover as they can be greasy and dirty.
Swap the sprocket out and reassemble. Torque the sprocket nut holding the rear brake on. make sure and properly adjust the chain.

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post #5 of 39 Old 03-08-2020, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. Any suggestion on where to get a decent sprocket? Fortnine? Or just go to the dealer?
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post #6 of 39 Old 03-08-2020, 07:05 PM
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Fortnine is a great place to deal with. I buy a lot of stuff from them.

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post #7 of 39 Old 03-09-2020, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I will order one from there. There is very little wear on the current set up as it is.
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post #8 of 39 Old 03-09-2020, 10:00 AM
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It is best to Loosen the front sprocket nut while the rear axle & chain adjusters are still Tight.

You will need to slide the rear adjusters FULLY Forward to have enough chain slack to get the old sprocket off & larger one on. Then lightly snug the rear axle and evenly adjust the chain adjusters until the lower run of chain can be lifted to 'just touch' the rear tip of the rubber underslider.

Now Torque the front nut, double check the chain slack, (I then wade up a rag or slip a screwdriver between chain & rear sprocket to pull the axle Hard into the adjusters and bearings) then tighten rear axle & snug adjusters.

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post #9 of 39 Old 03-09-2020, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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That’s a great tip. Thanks so much. Does the sprocket make a noticeable difference while riding? How are these bikes on the highway. My m50 was great and my sons ninja is fun (except I am getting to old for speed). I have never owned a dual purpose bike.
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post #10 of 39 Old 03-09-2020, 10:32 AM
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............... Does the sprocket make a noticeable difference while riding? How are these bikes on the highway.................... I have never owned a dual purpose bike.
Some, I think it calculates to about 6% difference.

They will get you there & back. They are not a crotch-rocket, nor a barca-lounger.
I've ridden 748 miles of asphalt in one day, on my KLR. And many 300, 400 & 500 mile days.

They will allow you / encourage you to explore all the side roads and dirt roads that you have been passing by.
You will never know if it is a dead-end until you find the end and you now have enough fuel to find out.

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