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post #1 of 5 Old 06-01-2012, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Wash Board Blues...

What do you think of wash board roads? I've personally ruined a few perfectly good cars with all my trips to Utah and elsewhere on miles and miles of washboard dirt roads, knocked a couple mufflers off, rattled a few things loose etc... How do you approach the dreaded stuff with the KLR, and how does the KLR handle it?
Just thinking outloud...
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-01-2012, 02:39 AM
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for me


then just matter of suspension: race cars/lowered bikes have less room for travel, so is often a bit harder ride

more off-road types ,have more room/travel , to cushion bumps..

but all can be adjusted thro shock/spring set up..

as rideing style; start my saying have two klrs:

one: moto/lowered/low profile tires/stiffer shock =pretty bumpy on hard gravel roads,,end up kind of standing ,to cushion the blows...but,, get back on street,,an oh,,sticks to pavement curves ,holds road like sport bike!!

two: other is raised 1''; with stock shock on high/firmest setting ,almost stock size tires , full boxes around , highway pegs, skid plate,etc,, ,,just sit and enjoy the ride..only stand for jumps/big bumps!!! bad part : get this thing tilted to far on an hill ,or bit fast an low, thro a curve,,, an she goes down FAST !
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-01-2012, 09:03 AM
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Never had a problem on any bike on washboards. Always set a minimum speed at which I only touch the tops, and the road smooths right out.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-01-2012, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I am going over the bike with thread locker as it started rattling apart from day one. My ride got lowered last night so good idea I put on the HT skid plate. 1-1/2" back, 1" front. I think maybe a little too much, but I'll ride her around a little and see. It doen't tweek my hips so much getting on and off, and getting going, stopping etc.
Progressive front springs and brace, stiffen rear 2 clicks with gear on is the plan.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-01-2012, 09:32 PM
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I have a KLR650 2007 model and my brother has a KLR650 2012 and find the 2012 has a firmer ride which can be nice at speeds on ruff roads. The 2007 works better at lower speeds and when I have to finesse around stumps and rocks as I find the steering better. This is what I think, John
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