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post #1 of 9 Old 03-05-2015, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question about KLR lights

Iím getting back into dual sport riding after a few years off. I used to ride 200 miles a day with as much off road as possible (80%) on both Honda XL 500ís and XL 600ís and after the wife had kids I had to stop. I did have a RM 250 for a few years and rode a bit but that pittled away too. So I decided that I should quit wishing I could ride again and just do it. Iíve not been totally out of riding since where I work I have a 250 Honda scooter that I ride everyday putting between 1000 and 1500 miles a year on but, though it is a motorcycle, itís not what you would consider something to take seriously.
I bought a 2004 KLR 650 from some guy who never really rode it I got it super bowl Sunday and it had 880 miles on it with the tires still having the nubs on it. It looks nearly new and had been garaged the whole time. He said he road it every couple of weeks or so to keep it going. I guess he was into street bikes and is pretty short and had a hard time touching his feet to the ground. Iíve since run the odometer up to 1400 miles. Even with the rain that we have had in So Cal.

The question I have is with this bike the light switch has an on/off slide on the left part of the light switch assembly. I know that even some of the bikes that Iíve restored (post 1975) and owned had the headlight stay on all the time.

Where would this come from? It is a non US bike? It has a California plate and I had no problem registering it.
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The 2004 KLRs in Canada and the USA had no on/off switch for the head light. In other countries they had the switch.

Does your switch look like part #46091 here http://www.kawasakipartsnation.com/o...0484/handlebar

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Aftermarket, "Euro-switches" are sold for US-model KLRs; these accessories have headlight OFF switch functions.

http://www.tpimotorcycleparts.com/on...category_id=45

Also, a plain ol' headlight switch is available as an aftermarket accessory:

http://www.tpimotorcycleparts.com/on...category_id=50

Given the previous owner's limited use of the KLR, seems unlikely to me he went to the effort to modify the lighting system; could be a non-USA model.
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The assembly has a lever to flash the high beams. It seems to me to be a Euro thing but I'm not sure. I have a picture of it but I guess since I'm new can't post them yet.

I guess if there is a data base, I could look up the vin number to see where it was shipped to but I'm guessing he swapped it out.

I think he had a couple of small issues, besides not being able to put his feet down. He must have gotten a flat because the rear tire is on in the wrong direction (directional tire going backwards) It looks like he dropped it a couple of times while either parked or in the driveway because the brush guards have scratches in them. No other signs of damage, and the front sprocket cover was missing. The screws are in place but the cover was missing. When I first got it the neutral light wouldn't come on intermittently. I looked at the connector, cleaned the oil off it and it has worked fine. He may not have been able to figure out what the problem was. I had to get a new cover though. The bike looks almost brand new with only a couple of the tank faring stickers starting to curl a little. I got it cheap so I'm happy so far.
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I'll guess that due to the previous owners short legs, that in one of his tip-overs he managed to break the L.H. mirror Mount OFF of the L.H. electrical control housing. Maybe even broke the mirror.
Any ways, he probably found it was less expensive to use the aftermarket Euro style switch assembly and a separate mirror mount and choke mount.

Sounds like you found a good deal, Enjoy the ride!

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Very plausible scenario, pdwestman!

I found the TPI caveat about non-DOT certification hilarious.

One might add, "Closed course, professional rider, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!"
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One other thing. Since I've never really been around the KLR in a lot of years, I have a question that might be related about the ignition key switch. There is the normal on / off / Turn the bars all the way and lock position. But past the lock position there is a parking light position. When you lock the bars you can have the tail light on. I found this out (didn't pay attention to the switch) when I parked it outside my house Friday night and noticed the tail light on. I looked at the key switch and noticed the park position. Is this normal on all KLR's
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Is this normal on all KLR's
It is on yours!

My Generation 1 is so configured.

European influence; streets in some European towns are so narrow that cars must park half in the street and half up on the curb/sidewalk; the countermeasure to collisions: persistently-on parking lamps.

Keep an eye on the key position; otherwise, you WILL run down your battery (please do NOT ask me how I know this!).
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One other thing. Since I've never really been around the KLR in a lot of years, I have a question that might be related about the ignition key switch. There is the normal on / off / Turn the bars all the way and lock position. But past the lock position there is a parking light position. When you lock the bars you can have the tail light on. I found this out (didn't pay attention to the switch) when I parked it outside my house Friday night and noticed the tail light on. I looked at the key switch and noticed the park position. Is this normal on all KLR's
That "PARK" position is on the gen1 or 2007 and earlier only.
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