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post #1 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Re motor and tank guards....

I bought tank and engine guards a couple of weeks ago from a nice guy up in Washington State a couple of weeks ago for $230, including the shipping cost. (He got 'em to me in only like 3 days, though he said it might take 2 weeks.)

They come with folding hi-way foot-pegs on 'em and are laminated with some type of black paint. They'll be adding 15 pounds to the bike, which includes the hardware, of course.

They feel and look to be of quality construction, though the foot-pegs themselves don't look super-duper in that regard, but good enough. My question is do you think the added heft and what these things cost was worth it? Would you put 'em on your bike?

The salesman pointed out that a little extra weight up front helps the bike maintain better control in windy conditions when traveling down the Interstate.

I wonder too how those hi-way pegs are going to workout? Should be interesting!

As always, thanks for your time!!
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 06:46 AM
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I wouldn't be concerned about the weight.. The front of my bike is wearing a radiator guard, forward pegs with a tool tube mounted below it (with heavy tools in it), a tank bag, tank panniers, and a bag on the front fender with a couple waterproof items in it..

And the forward pegs are very handy for just changing your position when on the bike for extended periods of time..
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I wouldn't be concerned about the weight.. The front of my bike is wearing a radiator guard, forward pegs with a tool tube mounted below it (with heavy tools in it), a tank bag, tank panniers, and a bag on the front fender with a couple waterproof items in it..

And the forward pegs are very handy for just changing your position when on the bike for extended periods of time..
That's all good to know, thanks!!
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And the forward pegs are very handy for just changing your position when on the bike for extended periods of time..
Full disclosure: I have HT PD nerfs/engine guard/highway pegs/bash plate installed on my '07 KLR650.

Weight, on this 400-pound rig, is of no further consequence, IMHO.

While I've been no particular fan of highway pegs, because in my view use of these pegs limits vigilance and delays response time to the controls, after a 3-day ride of the southern Appalahians through parts of NC/TN/GA, I must conclude: THEY HAVE THEIR PLACE!

Specifically, highway pegs can relieve leg cramping on long trips. One can't actuate foot controls at all, if those lower extremities are PARALYZED from cramps or having, "gone to sleep."

So, for long-distance touring, I shall not knock highway pegs.

BTW, if you're installing HT nerfs on a pre-'08, put the upper left nerf's bolt through from the RIGHT side of the frame; then, you can access the radiator cap by simply removing one 10 mm nut and hinging the nerf away (rather than removing the entire bolt and having to spear the hole upon reassembly.)

Guess where we are:



Some bikes on the ride; "Bikezilla," 1800 cc V-Twin Honda at left; proud and valiant KLR650 in center:


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There junk and far too heavy for the front of your bike…. You should box them up and send them directly to me so I can put them on my bike….. UUUmmm I mean “So I can discard them properly”

You will love them, I am willing to bet six months from now you will be adding more….?
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There junk and far too heavy for the front of your bike…. You should box them up and send them directly to me so I can put them on my bike….. UUUmmm I mean “So I can discard them properly”

You will love them, I am willing to bet six months from now you will be adding more….?
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For a second, you scared me there, buddy!
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Full disclosure: I have HT PD nerfs/engine guard/highway pegs/bash plate installed on my '07 KLR650.

Weight, on this 400-pound rig, is of no further consequence, IMHO.

While I've been no particular fan of highway pegs, because in my view use of these pegs limits vigilance and delays response time to the controls, after a 3-day ride of the southern Appalahians through parts of NC/TN/GA, I must conclude: THEY HAVE THEIR PLACE!

Specifically, highway pegs can relieve leg cramping on long trips. One can't actuate foot controls at all, if those lower extremities are PARALYZED from cramps or having, "gone to sleep."

So, for long-distance touring, I shall not knock highway pegs.

BTW, if you're installing HT nerfs on a pre-'08, put the upper left nerf's bolt through from the RIGHT side of the frame; then, you can access the radiator cap by simply removing one 10 mm nut and hinging the nerf away (rather than removing the entire bolt and having to spear the hole upon reassembly.)

Guess where we are:



Some bikes on the ride; "Bikezilla," 1800 cc V-Twin Honda at left; proud and valiant KLR650 in center:

That's great to know!

Thanks for sharing all of that!
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-02-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Found the invoice

Cleaning through some of the mess around here, I stumble on the invoice and it says that I paid $208.17.

A fellow at KLR650DOTcom named "Kelly" sold them to me (and hope it's okay that I give out said info in here).

Btw, that included the shipping.
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A fellow at KLR650DOTcom . . .
I think disguising, camouflaging, obfuscating links is UNNECESSARY on this website, AlvinTostig!

On another KLR website which shall remain nameless: Maybe so!
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I think disguising, camouflaging, obfuscating links is UNNECESSARY on this website, AlvinTostig!

On another KLR website which shall remain nameless: Maybe so!
Ouch!
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