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post #1 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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Is it just me...

Not a complaint, but just a couple early observations.

Is it just me, or does the KLR seem to put out some serious heat on the right leg? Even @ 70MPH!

Also, the speedo is off on my 2011, by at least 7 mph (slower) over 50, and about 4 mph (slower) under 50, kinda makes me wonder if the tach is correct also.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 03:09 AM
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hey ,,
wrap that pipe!!! go get exhaust wrap,sealent,and ties = have to take off exhaust to do right...
but will cut heat to your leg and also cool bike temp down as well!!!!

any napa,autozone auto store..should have,,,check directions= need special spray paint(should be right beside pipe wrap and the ties) after finshed wraped to better seal product form/for dirt..
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hey ,,
wrap that pipe!!! go get exhaust wrap,sealent,and ties = have to take off exhaust to do right...
but will cut heat to your leg and also cool bike temp down as well!!!!

any napa,autozone auto store..should have,,,check directions= need special spray paint(should be right beside pipe wrap and the ties) after finshed wraped to better seal product form/for dirt..
Great idea! Thanks.

Any idea on how to calibrate the speedo?
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 06:43 AM
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Any idea on how to calibrate the speedo?
I've ignored mine for 8 years now, and used my GPS for a true MPH reading..

Mine's normally off by about 4.5mph, but right now my tires are severely worn (but safe) and I've found my speedo off by 6-7mph..
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 08:44 AM
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I've never noticed any heat on my right leg, but my pants are fairly thick.

I've never checked my speedometer against a GPS because it really doesn't matter to me. I don't do long rides and don't ride on the Interstate that much. When I do, I figure if more than a few people pass me, I'm probably going too slow and will speed it up a little to keep a safe distance between cars.

I might only be doing 55, but if the speed limit on a road is 60, I ride with the speedometer pointed at 60.

If I took longer trips, I'd probably get a GPS for an accurate speed indication so as not to waste time riding for hours at what could be well under the posted speed limit.



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post #6 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 08:56 AM
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I know what you are talking about with the heat I just live with it as its not a big deal for me. As far as the speedo issue aI just took my GPS out and figured out my speedo needs to read 75 for me to really be going 70. I keep that in mind and just ride with it.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 09:25 AM
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The heat is worse if you're running tank panniers. If you block the only vent up there on the left hand side, the hot air is forced under the cowling.. I ended up making a triangle out of lexan to hold the pannier about 1" away from the cowling, allowing the vent to work as designed. Much less heat than if covered.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 09:40 AM
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Not a complaint, but just a couple early observations.

Is it just me, or does the KLR seem to put out some serious heat on the right leg? Even @ 70MPH!

Also, the speedo is off on my 2011, by at least 7 mph (slower) over 50, and about 4 mph (slower) under 50, kinda makes me wonder if the tach is correct also.

Yea the exhaust gets hot. Have you done the .22 mod? The bike is lean stock. I don't remember if doing the mod made it run any cooler, in theory though it should. Is your bike new? I do remember the exhaust being hot and smelling like burned paint for quite awhile.

The speedo has a magnetic pickup type deal in the instrument cluster. (The odo is directly gear driven.) That's why the speedo is not acurate. Watt-man has a procedure to fix it but you can break the needle. Here's his page scroll down to KLR related articles and open Recalibrating your KLR650 Speedometer (Watt-man's method)

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 04:15 PM
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I never owned a bike with an accurate speedo. It has worked in my favor TWICE in getting out of speeding tickets. Yes, I have slowed down as I have gotten older & wiser--well..at least older!

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-23-2012, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies.. I reckon I can live with some heat and a less than accurate speedo, I will look into the .22 mod.

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