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post #1 of 19 Old 05-02-2012, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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First of all, great site, I have really enjoyed the reading.

I have a new 2011 KLR 650 that I have yet to pick up, and I'm a little torn on something. It will be my first bike, so I am new as can be.

From everything I've read, I can expect to lay this thing down plenty. I've seen everything from slow turning, front braking at low speeds, to uneven ground off road, etc, so it sounds like with the top heaviness, its just a fact for a new rider on this bike.

So what I'm wondering about is a set of SW motech crash bars. Part of me says, no mods, just ride the bike bone stock for a season, learn about what I like and don't like, before starting any sort of mod process. Get to know the bike as is, before changing things.

But on the other hand, I dont want to spend that first season wrecking my plastics, radiator, and whatever else, only to add the crash bars later after the damage is done.

1. New riders. Did you lay it down plenty in the first year, or maybe still do? What part of the bike does this generally affect, fairings, bars, etc?

2. Do you think I should just go for it and put them on right away?

BTW, I will not be doing any offroading for the first season, until I feel totally competent on the road, if that makes a difference.

Thanks All.
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I've had mine 2 years now and the only time it went down was it fell off the kickstand in the driveway the first day I had it and broke the clutch lever. It is my first bike so I've had the whole learning curve. For what it's worth I'd ride it awhile and see what you need. I'm adding happy trails bars to mine but that's mainly for the highway pegs and I like the look of them.


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First of all, great site, I have really enjoyed the reading.

I have a new 2011 KLR 650 that I have yet to pick up, and I'm a little torn on something. It will be my first bike, so I am new as can be.

From everything I've read, I can expect to lay this thing down plenty. I've seen everything from slow turning, front braking at low speeds, to uneven ground off road, etc, so it sounds like with the top heaviness, its just a fact for a new rider on this bike.

So what I'm wondering about is a set of SW motech crash bars. Part of me says, no mods, just ride the bike bone stock for a season, learn about what I like and don't like, before starting any sort of mod process. Get to know the bike as is, before changing things.

But on the other hand, I dont want to spend that first season wrecking my plastics, radiator, and whatever else, only to add the crash bars later after the damage is done.

1. New riders. Did you lay it down plenty in the first year, or maybe still do? What part of the bike does this generally affect, fairings, bars, etc?

2. Do you think I should just go for it and put them on right away?

BTW, I will not be doing any offroading for the first season, until I feel totally competent on the road, if that makes a difference.

Thanks All.

Welcome.

Have you had any rider training? The MSF Basic Rider Course is a good place to start.

1st bike yea you will drop it more than likely. Even if it's a low speed tip over you can bust the plastics, turn signals, etc. The crash bars will protect the side panels on the tank (about $175) and the radiator $700. You decide what's more cost effective. Any higher speed crash is probably going to be more expensive.

Speaking of which have you got riding gear, all of it? Helmet, gloves, and jacket at a minimum, boots and pants will prevent injuries also. Don't ride at all without wearing gear. Plenty of stories of riders just going a short distance so they didn't wear the gear and wound up getting hurt. Hospitals cost lots more than motorcycle gear!

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Thanks for the suggestions.

Yes, my MSF BRC course is scheduled for next week. I will likely also do the BRC2.

Yes on the gear as well, I won't be riding without it period.

What I'm mainly worried about is the low, or zero speed stuff when I'm just learning. Say for example, I'm in a parking lot practicing low speed turns and lay it down. I could end up with $200 in damage pretty quick right, where the crash bars are like $300.
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You know, as I think a little more about this, I think some of the concern on this might be due to the height of the bike, and my inseam. On the stock bike, I can only put toes down on both sides at the same time.

I think maybe instead of spending the $300 on crash bars, maybe I would be better served by getting a corbin or sargent Low seat, this might address the problem from a different angle (helping me keep it off the ground altogether, lol)

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I have dumped my bike plenty and wished I had the side gaurds. They were well worth it. There are a few different style gaurds out there and we'll worth the investment right away. Your gonna get them eventually so ya might aswell skip the broken plastics and slap em on if you have the money. It will save you lots in the long run. That bike is like a beer, As soon as you get it you will want to keep on going and putting more miles an more gear on it. Just shop around and look at the different tank gaurds and see what you like. There are many types on the market

Enjoy your new wheels and try to keep the shiny side up.

PS I give you 3 weeks and you will be going off road somewhere! LOL


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You know, as I think a little more about this, I think some of the concern on this might be due to the height of the bike, and my inseam. On the stock bike, I can only put toes down on both sides at the same time.

I think maybe instead of spending the $300 on crash bars, maybe I would be better served by getting a corbin or sargent Low seat, this might address the problem from a different angle (helping me keep it off the ground altogether, lol)

K

On bikes with high seat height only put one foot down. Lean the bike slightly towards that foot. Much more stable than trying to tippy toe it. I most always put my left foot down so I can use my right for the brake.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

Yes, my MSF BRC course is scheduled for next week. I will likely also do the BRC2.

Yes on the gear as well, I won't be riding without it period.

What I'm mainly worried about is the low, or zero speed stuff when I'm just learning. Say for example, I'm in a parking lot practicing low speed turns and lay it down. I could end up with $200 in damage pretty quick right, where the crash bars are like $300.

Good on ya!

The BRC will teach about low speed riding, using the clutch friction zone and the back brake.

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I'm 51yrs old and thought i was an experianced off-roader. But i didn't even have 25miles on mine when i was nearly at a stand still and the front end slipped out from under me, took a corner out of one of the front rad shrouds. I didn't bother with replacing it, but did immediatly go out and order a set of SW bars. Have dumped it plenty of times since (maybe i'm just a crappy rider) and don't regret at all investing in the extra protection.

Doesn't matter how much riding time a fella has, if you're doing any kind of off roading your bike is going to end up in the dirt.
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Your bike, RKLR, but . . . for survival, I'd recommend nerfs plus handguards (protecting brake and clutch levers).

Maybe you don't care about cracked plastic; dented tank; but . . . you'll need a radiator to get back home.

Go trick seat if you like, but . . . no seat will save you from all possible lay-downs.
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