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post #1 of 17 Old 12-29-2010, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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My amazing wife got me an '09 with 7 miles on it for Christmas. I have tons of questions but here's a start...

* Has the Doohickey issue been fixed for the '09s?
* I've heard you have to break in an engine. What does that look like?
*What would be the first thing to switch out? Skid plate?
* How long should you let the engine run before you can cook a tinfoil corndog on it?

Any guidance would be most appreciated.
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-29-2010, 10:40 PM
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First, I would highly recommend you get some kind of decent training. Then I would accept that spending a thousand or so on protective gear MUST happen. Then I would search for the doo process, find someone in your area, check the spring tension. Then ride. Worry about the rest after you have some miles under your belt. The 'DOO' is not a problem on the new bikes, but the spring can be an issue.

If you've never ridden a MC, your stock skid plate is the last of your worries. Welcome to the world of two wheels. It's a fun one, but its worth doing right. You owe your wife that for the best present EVER.




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My amazing wife got me an '09 with 7 miles on it for Christmas. I have tons of questions but here's a start...

* Has the Doohickey issue been fixed for the '09s? Sure, just like the 08, 07, 06 and 05.
* I've heard you have to break in an engine. What does that look like? It's the metal part below the gas tank. Please do not break it in by hitting it. Ride 400-500 mi keeping the rpm below 5000rpm at different speeds and up and down hills if possible. Vary the speed and torque.
*What would be the first thing to switch out? Skid plate? First thing to switch out will be the oil and filter at 4-500 miles. Everything else is just eye candy and farkles.
* How long should you let the engine run before you can cook a tinfoil corndog on it? Bake at 2000 rpm for 30 min at sea level.

Any guidance would be most appreciated.
Like Lockjaw said, training if needed. But before you even do that get the gear. Bike will never run right again if you can't ride it.

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* Has the Doohickey issue been fixed for the '09s?

In truth, there never was a Doohicky. It was invented around a campfire some years ago as a kind of novice thing. Sort of the KLR snipe hunt. Now that you know, don't tell anyone. After 15 posts, you learn the secret handshake.

* I've heard you have to break in an engine. What does that look like?

Another fallacy! The brakes are actually in the front and rear wheels.

*What would be the first thing to switch out? Skid plate?

Depends on how much skidding you plan to do. I generally remove the foreign air
from the tires and replace it with helium. Gets the bike closer to what the manual says it ought to weigh.

How long should you let the engine run before you can cook a tinfoil corndog on it?

Because of the configuration of the engine, this is a little difficult. I'd reccomend
wedging it between the right side panel and the muffler. Remember to rotate it every five miles or so.
Hope this answers your questions....
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Moral of the story, man...and don't take this the wrong way...it is said because we want you to live. Based upon your queries it is quite obvious that you don't know
a whole lot about motorcycles. Or you are messing with us. If it is the former, for the love of god, get the gear, get the training and don't become a statistic.




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...In truth, there never was a Doohicky... Sort of the KLR snipe hunt. Now that you know, don't tell anyone...
Wait, I thought that was the 6th gear...
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My amazing wife got me an '09 with 7 miles on it for Christmas. I have tons of questions but here's a start...

* Has the Doohickey issue been fixed for the '09s?

The Doohicky is now safe in the '08 and newer models. The spring that tension's it is weak, and should be replaced, with suggestions for replacement to be done before the 10K mile mark. DIY, tools and more advice than would be wise to use available, only here on KLRforum.com.

* I've heard you have to break in an engine. What does that look like?

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

http://www.ntnoa.org/enginebreakin.htm


Read, study, draw your own conclusions. Engine break in procedures have been the cause of duels, assassinations, and the formulation of task forces to control violence on motorcycle forums. This is a "Don't ask, don't tell" situation.

*What would be the first thing to switch out? Skid plate?

Don't do a damn thing to it for the first thousand miles, except oil changes, maintenance and adding gasoline. You don't have a clue what you or the bike needs. Determine what you need for comfort, we can guide you to inexpensive, DIY performance modifications.

* How long should you let the engine run before you can cook a tinfoil corndog on it?

What is this "corndog" you speak of? Isn't that what little girls on banana bikes eat? If you want to venture into the world of the adventurous nomads, the rough and carefree lifestyle of a KLR rider, you need to eat like one. Those men eat bacon. You never have to apologize or explain that you are eating bacon. Hungry for bacon. Need bacon grease to function. We don't cook good bacon on the exhaust. It deserves it's own fire. Fire is another respected institution here. We haven't progressed much beyond fire, so we do revere and worship it a little. We'll cover fire in another thread, maybe in February

Lemme give you your first real meaningful lesson on motorcycle safety. On the right side of the bike [that'd be yer spoon hand when yer sittin' on it] is an exhaust pipe that runs across the upper section of the engine to the muffler. A hot exhaust pipe looks just like a cold exhaust pipe. Make a note of that.

Any guidance would be most appreciated.

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What is this "corndog" you speak of? Isn't that what little girls on banana bikes eat? If you want to venture into the world of the adventurous nomads, the rough and carefree lifestyle of a KLR rider, you need to eat like one. Those men eat bacon. You never have to apologize or explain that you are eating bacon. Hungry for bacon. Need bacon grease to function. We don't cook good bacon on the exhaust. It deserves it's own fire. Fire is another respected institution here. We haven't progressed much beyond fire, so we do revere and worship it a little. We'll cover fire in another thread, maybe in February
Bacon wrapped corndogs..

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Just wait till he learns about tweety!

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I have limited experince on a KLR of yet, but a few tips in addition to what others have said.

-This is a fairly safe first bike. Get a lot of experience driving slowly in a field or something.
-When your ready to go above 20, try and find a safe location to do so, and slowly work your way up from there.
-Experience>Training, however at the same time they complement each other. Don't have the stats right now, but a large portion of motorcycle accidents are caused by inexperienced/underqualified drivers. While experience will play a large role in your reaction, understanding what a bike physically can and can't do will jump start this process.

Essentially take it slow, and you should have a long happy KLR life.
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