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post #1 of 20 Old 09-01-2014, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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What should you do first?

I am in the process of purchasing a 2014 New Edition KLR. It is replacing a Nomad and I also own a Wing. I am wondering what mods-upgrades-additions people are doing to the KLR. Specifically for me, what should a person who is a long time rider but coming back to a dual purpose bike do? I am road orientated but want the option of going places that I just don't want to take my Wing.
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-01-2014, 04:57 PM
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I'm sure lot's of people will say do the doohickey, get a skid plate and nerf bars and all that good stuff. Me personally, I say put gas in it and ride!

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I did not like the temp gauge's wild warm up at stop signs. The thermo-bob was first for me.
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Like Stew says ride it for a while and see what you are missing. Having a Wing myself one of the first things I got was a throttle lock. Missed the cruise control. From there the sky is the limit to what you can do.

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Check the oil and tire pressure. Make sure the dealer didn't leave anything loose. Put gas in it. That's about all! Don't invent things to do, you'll find things to do later. Welcome to the world of KLR's

OH! Most important. Ride it down to get a for sale sign for the wing. The KLR will feel like a toy.

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post #6 of 20 Old 09-02-2014, 05:33 AM
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what about the two cent and the l-mod? also, bore that $#it to a 695!
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post #7 of 20 Old 09-02-2014, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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OK, so I have now learned that KLR riders have their own short cut version of English that I as a newbie don't know yet. I don't know what "doing the do" or the "thermo bob" or the "Doohickey" or the "two cent" or the "I-mod" are??? anyone car to explain them?

I already have a vista cruise (throttle lock) and a snap on palm rest for the throttle side grip. Figured after all these years of cruise adding one or both of those was required. I plan some crash bars and a set of bags (prob hard plastic) but both can wait till next summer as I have some soft luggage I can use for a short trip or two this fall. So any comments re bags and bars would also be helpful.
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Have a look here; see what interests you. If there's more you need to know we'll all be to tell you all about it and share experiences.

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post #9 of 20 Old 09-02-2014, 04:39 PM
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Congratulations on the bike and welcome. I did crash bars and skid plate for the off road portion.
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post #10 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 11:38 AM
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It'll take a bit to learn the complicated language of "KLR". Hit yourself on the head with a hammer a few times and huff some paint and it will all come clear.

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