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post #1 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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What changes would you suggest to improve the KLR650 without a large increase in the base price?



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post #2 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 02:08 AM
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produce the pre 2008 version again

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1) Give it a sixth gear.
2) Eagle Mike Doohickey. (Sorry, LJ - it's just too obvious!)
3) Change the plastics to the same more crash-forgiving type material as used pre-2008. ABS is too frangible.
4) Better headlight - make the Silverstar an OEM item.
5) Stiffer rear spring, for us BIG guys.
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I think I would only really change two things...

A proper doohickey, or at least a torsion spring setup like EM's
A true cure to the oil burning at higher RPM. Lol, factory 685 kit?

Other than those two things I'm very pleased with Kawasaki's offering, plus I'm pretty sure they could implement those with zero cost increase.

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I would dispense with the handlebar-mounted choke lever and just incorporate a small plunger-type lever on the side of the carb.

Quick-release fasteners on the side panels would also be nice.

A recessed, Allen-type engine oil drain plug, preferably on the side of the engine case, not the bottom. Or at least a functional skid plate not made out of plastic.



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I would dispense with the handlebar-mounted choke lever and just incorporate a small plunger-type lever on the side of the carb.

Quick-release fasteners on the side panels would also be nice.

A recessed, Allen-type engine oil drain plug, preferably on the side of the engine case, not the bottom. Or at least a functional skid plate not made out of plastic.
I like the allen head drain plug idea, would save it from impacts and probably result in a fraction of the stripped/broken threads that we see from the drain plugs being overtorqued.

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post #8 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 01:36 PM
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I'd say let the KLR go it's time is past. 20+ year old tech is not worth building on.

How about a 750cc twin, decent adjustable suspension, real brakes and a good size tank. <450lbs + <$8k = winner!

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post #9 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 02:47 PM
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Throw the Versy's engine in it... that cures a lot of problems right there. I wonder what that would add to the price.

I suspect the old plastics were polypropylene (same as most modern Kayak's), that is no more expensive than ABS... doesn't do as well in extended UV's though if I remember correctly , fades fast.
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post #10 of 34 Old 12-29-2011, 03:27 PM
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Pare the body work back so it looks like a dual sport again and replace the gas engine with a diesel from the Mule line. I see nothing so revolutionary as total replacement of bad stuff. I would dig getting 80-90 mpg and big torque. Oh, how about a gauge set from this century.

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