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post #1 of 4 Old 04-17-2008, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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What about Vibration?

OK looking on the Versys forum someone there was complaining about vibration from those. I know those are not these but is it a problem?

I know years ago the one lungers used to be called "thumpers" for that reason. I'm assuming that's what the "doo" does is to help smooth that out.

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-17-2008, 04:01 PM
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The KLR does thump quite a bit. How much it thumps depends on a number of things such as engine balance. Most of us end up with gel grips, mirror isolators (makes them merely wobble a bit rather than buzz to unusability) and just learn to enjoy a foot massage in our footpegs (not a problem w/the stock pegs, a bit more massage action if you switch to steel pegs for better traction with motocross boots). The 2008 model is supposedly re-balanced for a little less buzz. There's really no reason for the pre-2008 model to buzz like it does given dual counterbalancers, the Suzuki DR650 is smoother than a pre-2008 KLR even with only a single counterbalancer, I suspect that Kawasaki never re-balanced the KLR600's crank and counterbalancers when they bored it out to 650cc.

In short, if you want something smooth, buy a Goldwing . That said, with some simple measures even the pre-2008 KLR is quite acceptable for long trips despite all the thumpin' going on...
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-18-2008, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Years ago when I bought my Honda 750-4 it had mirrors that were almost unusable as it came from the factory. When I just had 100 miles on my new bike someone made a left turn in front of me from the right lane and I laid it down. When I hit him it did more damage to him that it did to me or the bike. One thing that did bite the dust though was the factory mirrors. Kawasaki at the time was making the K-1 IIRC. Their 1000cc that came with rubber mounted mirrors. I substituted the K-1 mirrors for my stock ones after the accident and I could see front and back.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-18-2008, 05:08 PM
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Vibration comes from many things on and in the KLR. Start properly tightening and torque EVERY nut and bolt, replace the soon to be defective parts, make sure the engine is running as smooth as it can.
- Eagle Doohickey
- Adjust the valves
- Uni air cleaner
- Spark plug
- Carb mod
- Proper chain (drive) adjustment
- New tires. If you run knobbies don't complain
- Eagle fork brace
- Handlebar grips
- Corbin seat
- Other thingies


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