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post #1 of 20 Old 11-19-2014, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Australian 2014 "New Edition" KLR650... Tortise model?

Hi all. I've recently bought a new 2014 model. At 1200km on the clock, on a long straight flat sealed road, it maxxes out at 120 kmh (somewhere round 70 mph). My mates Suzuki DR650 single, is heaps faster and more responsive.

Does any have tips to derestrict the so called Australian "New Edition"?

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-19-2014, 06:14 PM
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Remove the slide from the carburetor and plug the holes with JB Weld, or buy a new slide.

If you have mid 90s' Harley Davidson Sportsers down there, you should be able to go to a HD dealer and buy the slide more inexpensively than from the Kawasaki shop.

I think most everyone does the JB Weld plug job on them, though.

These are the two holes, and they serve to limit how fast and how far the slide can rise within the carb body, which limits how far out of the jet the needle came come. That restricts air and fuel, thus power and fun.


To further awaken the sleeping beast within, you might want to look into doing the 22cent mod or install a KLX needle. This video can help with the carb dismantling and the 22 cent mod.

And this is the second video in this stunningly well-produced and action-packed series, narrated by a guy with handsome hands and nasal polyps.

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Thank you Tom.
You are indeed a Gentleman and Samaritan. One doesn't Need to go faster than 120 kmh on a KLR, but every rider should feel he or she Could.
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You can also change the front sprocket to a 16 tooth model. That will get you more freeway legs but at the cost of some down low power. May or may not be an issue for you depending on the type of riding you do.
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Thank you Tom.
You are indeed a Gentleman and Samaritan. One doesn't Need to go faster than 120 mph on a KLR, but every rider should feel he or she Could.
Cheers
That just reads so much better.



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Tom,
Only 'Hunter', on "The Worlds Fastest KLR", has been able to achieve That!
To the best of my knowledge.

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yeah. agree with the slide mods.
I quite haven't got to the exact details, but the aussie KLR's come detuned for the LAMS 9learner approved) restrictions so it is probably that making it down on power. My 2003 model has been jetted and had a performance pipe fitted and I've had that up to 180k 9on the speedo in controlled circumstances of course lol). there is also a mod to the airbox I believe?
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MrSlowstick,
After you do this modification, could you tell us 'Yanks' whether or not the Australian models come with the 'anti-tamper' Plug, over the Idle Mixture Screw?

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...there is also a mod to the airbox I believe?
Yes there is, but it's not appropriate without some more serious mods to the carb and a more open exhaust.

If it is done without such mods you run the risk of putting the whole shebang back into a lean condition.

Installing a KLX needle and a freer flowing exhaust would make opening up the air box appropriate. Maybe.

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Thanks guys....... Have ordered replacement slide from local Harley agents here in Melbourne. Haven't pulled the carby down yet. Shall keep you posted as to what I find inside.
Interestingly, my KLR handbook lists max power output of 15.0 kW at 4,500 revs for the Australian model, compared to 32.0 kW at 6,500 revs for the Venezuelan model.
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