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post #1 of 24 Old 04-22-2020, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Atlantic Canada I Was a Member back in mid 2013. when I Bought my first 2008 Gen2 in April 2008 that one lasted less than one day the first one was an early Build. It would not start when I went to pick it up, had to go back the next day, drove it home,felt more like a 250, no Power, would not start the next day. Towed back to Dealership, gave it back to them. Turned out to be a trapped vent pipe from the Carb under the tank. I waited until more stock came in and got a KLR that was less than 2 weeks old from being built, it eventually Had 3 Recalls needed I went to the dealership and told them about the recalls they had not heard about them, when I worked at dealerships we always checked for recalls at least once a week, The Recalls were Exhaust bolts loose at silencer, signal lights with rotting rubber and Wires rubbing under Gas Tank. I have driven Motorcycles for 40 plus years and I am a Retired Automotive Mechanic, I enjoy the KLR I do all my own repairs, and oil changes, only the first oil change was done at the Dealership and the Drain Plug was Loose and Leaking when I picked up the Bike. I have carried out many other Mods most people have The Doohickey was the First, Drill through Long Sub Frame Bolt, lower sub frame bolt mod, Eagle Mike Fork Brace,Accerbis lower front Fender, Carburettor KLX Jet and Slide Drill out mod, THANK YOU Eagle Mike First class service and Parts. I have Just finished Re shimming valves and have fitted new front fork oil and New Progressive front springs, and shortened the side stand. Have Just read the Post on oil consumption and modifying the banjo Bolts still have the Bike in Pieces so will be doing that Tomorrow. Thank you Glad to be back on the KLR Forum.com

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post #2 of 24 Old 04-23-2020, 10:17 AM
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Welcome Back! How many miles have you acquired on 2008 #2?

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post #3 of 24 Old 04-23-2020, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi There ,I have 18,003 Km approx 11,186 miles I did not ride the KLR last year at all this is not my only motorcycle, my first year of riding the Klr I Did nearly 9, 000km I do not ride from November 20th to April 20th too cold wet snow and once the Bike is away for the winter I do not get it out until weather clears up. I Did do a Correct Run in Procedure with the KLR it does not burn oil as yet but I do not travel at High Speed Or Provincial speed Limit is 90 km Per Hr which is 56 km per hr so it has not been thrashed or driven at a constant high speed. The oil and filter is changed at the end of each yrs driving before I put the Bike away for the winter irrespective of how many Kms or Miles I do. Thanks for your Question hope this Answer Helps??
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post #4 of 24 Old 04-23-2020, 03:02 PM
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Welcome back!

Being in Northern California I take for granted the opportunities to ride year round.
I admit to having thrown the KLR down pretty hard in icy conditions, mostly due to youthful exuberance and invincibility mode. Fortunately most such antics are in the rear view mirror now.
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post #5 of 24 Old 04-23-2020, 03:23 PM
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welcome. i have a lucky 08 too🤪
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post #6 of 24 Old 04-23-2020, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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When I lived in Northern England I rode year round as well, I only missed about a week or two in odd days if we had a bad winter and it really snowed always had a Back up 4 wheel Drive Vehicle and Motorcycle at work and at home so never got stuck if the weather changed. In Atlantic Canada where I live there is always Wind Blowing, at Times it can blow from Several different Directions at the same time. that was one of the Reasons for removing the Factory front sail of a Mud Guard (Fender) I got blown across from my lane of traffic to the other side of the road in very Gusty Conditions luckily it was on a Sunday with very little traffic. I installed the Eagle Mike front Fork Brace removed the Factory Fender and installed a Black Plastic Acerbis superMotard fender right on top of the Fork Brace with appropriate spaces and Hard wear Never had that Problem Since. Keep Yourself well and Healthy and Travel safe.. PS.. I am Going to do the Oil Line Banjo bolt mod Tonight.
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post #7 of 24 Old 04-24-2020, 01:07 AM
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I took my 2008 to Cliff's Powersports in Bremerton within a week of purchase form a local private seller. It had about 5K miles on it but needed a new front tube and an oil change. I'd normally do those myself but I had the dealership do it because I wanted them to give it a good inspection. I've been dealing with Cliff's for years and they are top notch. Cliff was still riding off road into his 80s before passing away.

Mine is in great shape but the service manager noted that there were three recalls on it, the ones Triumph Tiger mentioned. The only one I was concerned about was the wires under the tank. They'd already ordered the new exhaust clamps and asked that I set up a return visit for installation of the clamps and inspection for the other two.

The guy I bought it from commented in his ad that the doohicky had been done by the original owner. I'll have to confirm that when I take the time to educate myself on just what it is by reading the relevant threads on the forum. At this point I don't even know what to look for.

And welcome back. I'm a newbie on the forum myself and a first time KLR owner. It's a fun machine.

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post #8 of 24 Old 04-24-2020, 11:36 AM
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The guy I bought it from commented in his ad that the doohicky had been done by the original owner. I'll have to confirm that when I take the time to educate myself on just what it is by reading the relevant threads on the forum. At this point I don't even know what to look for.

And welcome back. I'm a newbie on the forum myself and a first time KLR owner. It's a fun machine.
Here are the first round of educational materials that you need.

https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...ng-spring.html
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post #9 of 24 Old 04-24-2020, 11:40 AM
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And here is the most complete and accurate Doo-Hickey expose y that I know of.

https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...bout/doohickey

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post #10 of 24 Old 04-24-2020, 06:40 PM
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Hiya Tiger, welcome back. Hope this time lasts longer than the first. This place is a blast with plenty friendly people that are extremely knowledgeable. They’ve helped me quite a bit already and I plan on sticking around and helping out when I can.
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