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post #1 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Do all KLR650s vibrate?

I owned an '01 KLR650 for a short time and it had high engine vibration at cruising speeds on the highway. I've searched some and see a lot of threads that indicate the 650s vibrate quite a bit. Do the 1st gen models all vibrate a lot?

Might buy another one of these days.

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 05:20 PM
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My '01 is the first KLR I've owned. It surprised me how much vibration I felt in the grips, in spite of gel grips and the bars are filled with something. My hands would fall asleep on the highway after a short time.

I have since loosened my grip a bit and installed some Grip Puppies and a 16T sprocket. It's not too bad anymore.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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The one I had had a 16 tooth sprocket also but still vibed badly at highway speeds of 60 MPH and up. My DR650 is much much smoother and that was a surprise.
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It's one cylinder, the piston has to stop at top and bottom to change direction - how could it NOT vibrate....th' counter balancers help somewhat. More so IF the Dohicky is working!

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Short answer yes, but you can reduce it. My wife's stock '01 KLR vibrates more than my gen 1 '06.

Mine has a 16 tooth sprocket. At 60mph I am at around 4000 rpm. I find the vibration at that point of the tach to be about the same as my BMW F800GS at the same speed.

I do have different (Moose) bars and risers along with gel grips, bar end weights and Moose brand barkbusters. Some folks have filled their bars with items. I have heard everything from led shot to silicone to dampen vibration.
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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I own two thumpers presently and expect some vibes even with a balancer but the '01 KLR650 I had vibed a LOT more than I expected...





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It's one cylinder, the piston has to stop at top and bottom to change direction - how could it NOT vibrate....th' counter balancers help somewhat. More so IF the Dohicky is working!

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I own two thumpers presently and expect some vibes even with a balancer but the '01 KLR650 I had vibed a LOT more than I expected...
Just askin', thinairflyer; is your counterbalancer chain tensioning system operational and properly adjusted?

When did you last adjust balancer chain tension?

Again, just askin'!
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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I only had the bike for a short time and did not check balancer timing. The previous owner had an Eagle Mike doohickey installed at 19,000 miles just before he sold it to me. I have wondered if the shop that did the installation even checked the balancer timing. A very real possibility they didn't and it may have jumped time. I'll have to ride another KLR650 one of these days for comparison. The KLR650 I had vibrated far more than my DR650 does.
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 07:57 PM
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I have rubber inserts for the SWMotech footpegs on my '01 but I leave them off because the engine doesn't vibrate that much. It does vibrate more than my 4-cylinder, but less than either of my Honda twins.

I rode my '01 straight through to my dad's house a couple times and straight home from there more often. Each way is 1,025 to 1,050 miles (depending on route) in 21 or so hours. (Not rushing, just not stopping to sleep.) I never had trouble with numbness or vibrations. Some of those trips were with 15t and some 16t. All were stock piston.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-18-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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A friend bought the '01 KLR650 from me and loves it except for the vibration. Maybe this winter I'll get him to come up and we'll take a look at the balancer timing, I'm really curious about that now.
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