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post #1 of 23 Old 04-24-2007, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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What rpm?

What rpms do you guys cruise at. I normally drive a car and shift at 2500 and cruise around 1500. So on my klr im confused, i feel like im pushing it by doing 30 in 2nd, at 3000-3500rpm. Should i be shifting around 4000? What do you all do?
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-24-2007, 09:44 PM
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I usually hammer on my KLR a bit, and tend to shift around 4-5K when I'm accelerating to highway speeds. Around town I tend to short shift around 3-4K.

Now for my warning advice for the day. Your KLR doesn't have a rev-limiter like most current bikes do, so don't go past redline.

How's the practice coming along?? Getting the feel for the bike??
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Your car has 4-6 or 8 cylinders, your bike has ONE. It will run at higher rpms than your car. The KLR has a sweet spot between 3500 and 5000 rpms. That is where you get the best preformance/exceleration out of it. Maybe even a little higher.

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Ye im really alot more confident on the bike, and i dont shy away from hills or busy roads. I have my road test next tuesday, may 1st, so i've been out almost every day the past 2 weeks. Im expecting to do fairly well, i can do the figure eightsvery tight, and circles are a joke, i can circle a garbage can in my driveway. Providing i get my license i might take a trip to Arizona this summer, im not sure if i would ride it or find a way to ship my bike their. I've hear of trains that carry the bike on them, i'll have to look into it some more, but i def have to get out there because im moving there at the end of summer.
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Your car has 4-6 or 8 cylinders, your bike has ONE. It will run at higher rpms than your car. The KLR has a sweet spot between 3500 and 5000 rpms.
Not arguing that the KLR can run higher RPMs then a car, BUT it has nothing to do with only having one cylinder. Actually, a multi-cylinder engine can do higher RPMs, if it is engineered the same way. You can't compare a car engine against a motorcycle engine. A R6 (600cc 4 cylinder) will redline somewhere around 14,000 RPM, the KLR redlines around 7,500. The sweet spot of the KLR is somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.

Bottomline, compare apples to apples, and not car engines to motorcycle engines. Hey a marine diesel runs at around 100 RPM
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Ye im really alot more confident on the bike, and i dont shy away from hills or busy roads. I have my road test next tuesday, may 1st, so i've been out almost every day the past 2 weeks. Im expecting to do fairly well, i can do the figure eightsvery tight, and circles are a joke, i can circle a garbage can in my driveway. Providing i get my license i might take a trip to Arizona this summer, im not sure if i would ride it or find a way to ship my bike their. I've hear of trains that carry the bike on them, i'll have to look into it some more, but i def have to get out there because im moving there at the end of summer.
Good to hear.. Get all the practice in that you can.
I'm sure that the test has changed since I took mine in 1982 (Were you born yet?) but I've taken the ERC course a few times and the big thing they harp on is swerving, braking, swerving while braking, and braking while swerving.

Practice those, panic stops, and make sure you're comfortable with the same things that you run across in everyday driving of a car, and you should be golden..

I've shipped 2 bikes. One that I bought in Miami and one that I bought in So-Cal. Both times were a pain. The shipping company dropped my V Strom and did $800 worth of damage. Yes, it was insured, but I still had the anger of them dropping a bike that had 297 miles on it, and also the hassle of running it around to get it fixed. Of course, both times I bought bikes in the dead of winter and had to get them home in late Jan/early Feb. Not what you'd call prime riding time in this neck of the woods.

If you're going to take a trip out to AZ, and then move there, I'd suggest riding it out, flying home, and leaving it there until you move. I'm sure you've run a bunch of different options through your head on this. Anyway you go about it, it's a hassle.

Anyway, good luck on the test!!!!
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1982, 6 years before me. I was born in 88, so i'll be 19 in august. I considered the idea of riding out then leaving it but theft in Arizona is really really bad. Where i live now there is virtually no crime, you ca leave your car running for an hour and no one will steal it. But from what i've heard in arizona vehicles are stolen alot, and the majority of people have had it happen atleast once. Im thinking because its a major city i might just fly out to phoenix and take a cab to check out the apartments, then ride out once i've signed the deal. The trip will probably be over a month from actual move in time, so i cant be without a vehicle in NY that long.
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1982, 6 years before me. I was born in 88, so i'll be 19 in august.
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I considered the idea of riding out then leaving it but theft in Arizona is really really bad. Where i live now there is virtually no crime, you ca leave your car running for an hour and no one will steal it. But from what i've heard in arizona vehicles are stolen alot, and the majority of people have had it happen atleast once. Im thinking because its a major city i might just fly out to phoenix and take a cab to check out the apartments, then ride out once i've signed the deal. The trip will probably be over a month from actual move in time, so i cant be without a vehicle in NY that long.
Understood.. Unless it's an issue for you to get a rental car, renting a roller skate would be way cheaper than a cab. Phoenix is a pretty spread out city, and a cab would cost you a bunch.
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Given that you're moving to Phoenix, you might want to try to get ahold of John Osbek (Josbek on these boards as well as KLR650.net). He lives in Payson and would likely be more than happy to store your bike at his place if you rode it down.

When I did my IBA ride down to Mexico last fall, John let me stay at his place on my way back home, fed me, and helped me do some maintenance on my bike. He's a really great guy.



That's John on the left, I'm the one in the mesh jacket and camo.
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Fly to AZ to look for an apartment? Why not make the move, stay in a motel for a week while you look, unless your going to fly out to see if you really want to leave NY.

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