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post #1 of 11 Old 01-10-2008, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Questions about the KLR - any help apprec

Ok, paperwork done, officially own bike as of today. Help with these questions appreciated.

1) I see spots where people "replace the doohickey." Exactly what are they talking about or referring too? I havent owned a bike in 15 years although I have ridden others since. Please explain the doohickey thing..... What does it entail?

2) I have read reviews on the 2008. Sounds like it has been improved to do better on the road. I am more of a trail rider but will put miles on the roads...just not heavily travelled paved roads... I got the 07. I am wondering if I got the right model or if I should have bought the 08 with the improvements? Just a few second thoughts but I am excited since I officially now own the bike.

3) There seem to be little things people are suggesting I do to the bike like tightening nuts with lock tite and stuff like that. Is there a short list of things I can do myself to improve the performance of my new bike? I wont pick it up for another month or two but I want to prepare myself so I am ready to go come spring.


Any info appreciated.....all the best....

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-10-2008, 09:00 PM
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And info on replacing the doo..
http://klr6500.tripod.com/doohickey.htm

As far as 07 to 08, the 08 is stated to be better for the road, but the 07 is no just fine, also..

I've done several 300-500 mile days on my bike, only to ride it again the next day.. I've done everything from single track trails to open interstate on it and it just asks for more.. My only real issue with the bike is that it's far from my first choice as a bike for 2-up riding, but it'll do that also..

There's a ton of goodies out there to set your bike up to do whatever you want it to do for you, from touring bike to open woods bike. It's not perfect for any of these things, but as is with any bike, it's a compromise...

I doubt if you'll regret it, but there's always people who don't like a bike for different reasons.

My favorite things about the bike are that it's simple, has a great fuel range, can carry a lot of stuff, and that there's so many things that you can do to the bike to do any kind of riding you want.

Again, no bike is perfect, but the KLR is a great bike to make it whatever you want it to be, and then some..
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Thanks! Now as far as the doohickey...

1) If I call the dealer where MY bike is now sitting, is there a chance that I could order the part and have it sent to him and he would change it before I pick it up? Will dealerships do this or have you heard of dealerships doing this?

2) Would you highly recommend I just do this before I ever start er up?
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I have heard of some dealers changing out the lever for the Eagle one...pretty rare I think.

Just get it taken care of in the first couple thousand miles or so. It's best to NOT adjust it until you can change it out.
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Thanks! Now as far as the doohickey...

1) If I call the dealer where MY bike is now sitting, is there a chance that I could order the part and have it sent to him and he would change it before I pick it up? Will dealerships do this or have you heard of dealerships doing this?

2) Would you highly recommend I just do this before I ever start er up?
In a perfect world, you wouldn't need to do the Doo, and "most" dealers will blow off this as a non-issue... I've (and most here) have seen at least one broken Doo or spring, and the parts are only $40, so it's pretty cheap Peace of Mind when you look at it that way..

If it were me, I'd take delivery and ride it. The bike's covered under warranty, so if you did have a problem, it's covered.. Ride it and bring it, your tent, and some beer to Mogwai's in July, along with the parts to fix it and you can watch and help guys who've done dozens of Doos work their magic..

It's actually pretty easy to do, and even easier when someone who's done it several times either helps or guides you through it. We've already got the tools to perform the work, and the parts are available from Arrowhead Motorsports for $40 plus shipping from Utah..

The part is fully machined and the spring is of far superior quality than the factory spring (which is known to break) , and the guy that makes them (Eagle Mike) not only stands behind his product, but uses it also. He's also one of the absolute best at Customer service if you're doing it yourself, which wouldn't be an issue.

Ride it, enjoy it, and come July we'll make it as bullet proof as could be..
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I guess I should also mention that this is a very small issue with the bike, and has been an issue with them for 20 years. There's a bunch of bikes out there that have never had an issue with this part, but there's also bikes that have.

It's a fairly simple part to replace, and there's a ton of support available for info on the replacement.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's no perfect machine or motorcycle, and this issue shouldn't be something to keep you from enjoying a very fun bike. Just like any upgrade, it makes the machine better, and in this case, more reliable and it eliminates something that could be in your head while riding that detracts you from the true fun of the bike and ride.

Fix it and forget it. Hell it's a lot cheaper than the hassle I went through to try to get my old BMW R1100R from surging at city speeds!! But just as I finally solved that issue and then continued to enjoy the bike for years, so can everyone with the KLR.. It'd be nice if Kawi would have addressed it years ago, but they didn't so we get to, instead..
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Awesome info! Thanx much for the help. Now if spring would get here I would go pick er up right now. But need to be smart. She is tough and rugged yet needs to be treated with respect and care. Bringing her home thru salted roads in the back of a truck isnt the way to treat her.
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There's got to be someone in Rhinelander that has an enclosed trailer for sleds..

Also, I'm going to move this to the KLR discussions for more answers and to be a bit more on topic. Just wanted you to know in case you didn't see it in the introduction area.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-12-2008, 01:33 AM
 
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I order my from eaglemike, you con cheich the parts (or somtin like that) thakes 2hrs and you can see the diferens of the om to the eagemike the price dont remember but not to $$$$$ and if you are planing to travel alot its a pice of mine to reast for the trip if you like more info on the doohickey let see if a can fine more.
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