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post #1 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped the bike today...Ahhh

I was riding around my block with my uncle helping me learn some stuff(he was on his harley). Went up to the top of the hill on my culdisac, signaled right, came to a full stop, and when i hit the gas i stalled but the bike was already leaning right. Couldnt catch it and figured i should just let it down easy. He had to help me get it up(i'm really weak, all skin and bones). Now i'm so damn nervous about coming to a stop and having to make a turn. Now i'm starting to develop a bad habit of just slowing down and going right through the turn. He recommended pointing the bike in the direction of the turn so its less of a lean when i take off but im still freaking at stops!! Im mostly afraid of looking like an idiot and not being able to pick the bike up if im alone.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 07:23 PM
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It sounds to me like you should invest in a motorcycle safty course before you ride.

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, Daddyjoe, everyone keeps saying that. Its like an echo. Well im taking it in May, so even if i have my license by then its still a very good thing to have taken.

Real quick question to all....i know my shift level can be raised by loosening the nut and moving the shifter up. Can the brake pedal move. I cant see how i can move it, but it is about an inch or two low, and i actually cant really operate the brake. Does the brake cyclinder need to be adjusted or something?
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 08:53 PM
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When I was in High School I had a XR600 for a summer. I was showing off for some friends and tried to do a wheelie after riding up a hill that went from our backyard to our front yard.

I got the front wheel up, Paniced and bailed off the rear. The bike kept going and fell over in the street infront of our house. I went over, picked it up and someone in a minivan pulled up. With a very puzzled look on their face they asked for directions to the high school.

That was the last time I tried a wheelie. LOL
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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"But if life gives you lemonade be careful.... Its probabaly pee!"

Haha, love it, gotta remember that one.
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 09:05 PM
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I can't tell by the pictures I have. But...
If the shaft that the rear brake lever rotates on is splined, you should be able to slide the lever off, rotate it a little, and slip it back on. If there isn't enough travel in the lever that will fix the problem.

But there might be some linkage between the lever and what it pulls when you push the lever down with your foot. The adjustment could be there. Go look at the lever and follow it back to the rear brake, just kinda get an idea of what does what. If there is adjustment there, it should be a nut or two that makes a part of the linkage longer and shorter. That might be the adjustment.

Not haveing one its kinda hard to say though.

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post #7 of 13 Old 03-31-2007, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Ye in your case i would say it would be very difficult to help. I'll look again in a few minutes. I need to adjust both the shifter and the brake, both up more. Cant get my foot out from under the shifter, and cant push down the rear brake enough comfortably.
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-01-2007, 12:34 AM
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Picking up a bike is not about strength, it's about technique.





Now, if you are off-roading with several other buddies and just plain wore out and your buddies don't want to wait till you are refreshed enough to pick it up and they are also sick of you dropping your bike, then it's ok for them to help... don't ask how I know!

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-01-2007, 07:05 AM
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You can do it

Don't be discouraged, although the Klr is a great bike, its not easy to learn on. Most of us started out on much smaller bikes, or at least bikes that are lower to the ground. Also, single cylinder bikes are more difficult to take off from a dead stop. The characteristics that make the Klr a great adventure bike also make it a little harder to ride. One reason you see so many Harley's or cruisers on the road, is that they are Easier to Ride. A whole lot of people never get to the end of their driveway on their new bike before they give up. The learning curve is steep at first. A big empty parking lot is a good place to practice slow maneurvering. The Motorcycle Safety Course will teach you technique, glad you signed up for it. Good luck!
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-01-2007, 07:02 PM
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Brian steered you in the right direction on the shifter. On some, you have to pull the screw all the way out before it'll come off the spines, where on other shifters, loosen it up and it'll slide right off.

My 02' makes me take the greasy bolt out, where my buddy's 98' slides right out.

The brake's adjust able with a screw/locknut configuration.

Since we're on the subject, how much fork tube is sticking out the top of your triple clamp? If your dealer's an idiot, there will be 3-4" sticking out. If not, it'll be flush with the cap. If it's not flush with the cap, take it back to the idiot and tell him to do it right.

WHEN YOU CHANGE OIL, make SURE you put the tube back in the filter. There's a metal tube that goes into the filter, before puting the new filter in the bike. If the tube gets dumped with the dirty oil, you're not filtering oil in your bike anymore.

Anybody have suggestions??
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