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post #1 of 9 Old 02-26-2008, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Incipient KLR Owner Has Questions

Unless something goes horribly wrong, I am about to be the proud owner of the 2007 KLR650 shown in the link below. As such, I have some questions for anyone who will listen. I've read that the KLR can handle one high power device, like headlights or grip warmers. The former owner says he installed the driving lights to better spot deer. I live in Raleigh, NC where there aren't too many deer. Unless the headlight is terribly dim, something I haven't heard, do you think I really need these lights? I will occasionally be driving on the highway at night.

Also, I've heard a lot about replacing the "doohickey." I haven't previously owned a motorcycle nor have I worked on any. Is this something I could replace myself with a how-to guide or should I take it to the shop (something I'd rather not do.) I have a fair amount of tools, metric wrenches, sockets, etc. and some knowhow.

What are some other recommended mods that you guys do? I've read some complaints about the brakes needing more power. Is there an easy fix for this?

Finally, I will transport this bike from Pittsburgh to Raleigh in the bed of my GMC Sonoma. It's a 9 hour drive through parts of Appalachia. How do you recommend I secure the bike? Can I compress the forks and ratchet strap it down or will this totally screw the up?

Thanks for entertaining my questions.

Matt

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-26-2008, 05:04 PM
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Welcome to the forum Tag... As for the lights, If you don't need them just don't turn them on, High wattage consuming bulbs are kind of hard on the factory stator, as you need to be cranking I think about 3000 RPMs to get the amount of charge you would need to keep the battery up. "someone correct me on this if I am wrong." As for the doo, you can do it easily, you will just need to buy the pulling bolt and the doohickey and spring. You will need a 1 1/4 wrench to hold the flywheel when you torque it back on. We use an electric impact to remove the flywheel bolt and then also to remove the flywheel with the removal bolt. You will need a Torque wrench that will measure up to 130 "FOOT" lbs and you will need to purchase an "INCH" pound torque wrench also. The "INCH" wrench needs to measure between 20 and 200 inch pounds. Most all of the cover bolts are torqued to 72 inch pounds. I will post you a website that will have all the important MODS you will need to make other than the doo, with the Clutch and Kickstand bypass mods being the next two I would immediately and then the Carb T mod so that the bike won't stall on you in the rain or a heavy water crossing. I have no complaints with the brakes, but I think some guys are used to Super Rocket bikes being able to stop on a dime and are not as happy with the single piston calipers. As for transporting the bike, you can ratchet it down pretty good, but don't completely bottom out the shocks. You just do not want the front wheel to be able to turn and cause a strap to come loose. Some people have taken a 2X4 and cut it to fit between the tire and the fender to keep the front forks from compressing too much. By the way, Nice looking bike if I say so myself, hehehehe...I do like my black one.

Here is the link for the mods:
http://www.klr650.marknet.us/pdfdownloads.html
These are downloadable in PDF format, I printed out and made my own manual of everything I needed.
Sorry, the link for the doohickey and tools is:
www.arrowheadmotorsports.com or www.klr650.com

have fun and look forward to pics and reports.

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Google; klr650 FAQ and most of your questions will be answered.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-27-2008, 03:12 PM
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In my opinion the first thing to do is the front brake line. If you like to stop on a dime, Switch to stainless braided line then do the DOOHICKY. The rest is up to your needs
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-14-2008, 05:49 PM
 
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Matt,

Don't know if you've already bought, but I'd certainly tend to negotiate on that price a bit.

I'm in north Texas, and last weekend I called around to dealers anywhere between Austin and Oklahoma City. It wasn't too hard to find NEW 2007 KLRs for about 4200 + TTL. I think there's currently a rebate that helps them get the price down.

Of course, if you value the extras at about $500, it sounds like a pretty good deal. I'm not sure what the windshield and trunk go for.

best regards,

Marty

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Yeah, $4300 is a bit over the kelley blue book value. He didn't want to budge on the price but it came with decent upgrades and the bike was very well taken care of. I had been looking for a while and impatience tends to send your budget out the window. Still waiting for the title... If I have to look at this bike another week without riding I think I'm gonna snap.
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Kelley blue book only applies to unwanted vehicles. Low mileage KLR.1's instantly became rare as soon the 08KLR.2's started production. All KLR.1's are now worth more, but lower mileage makes them worth even more. I don't blame the guy for not budging.
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I agree with Wanderer, the 1st gen's are going to be worth more now and with low miles premium prices will be asked.

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