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post #1 of 2 Old 06-15-2015, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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My observations on the KLR 650 after 1500 miles

I bought a new 0 mile 2013 KLR back in April, I really like the bike. It has plenty of power for a 160lb man and a 120lb passenger.
I'd love for it to have a 6 speed, as 1st gear is not really low enough for putting slowly, some off road circumstances require very slow speeds.

I also started wondereing if it had hazard lights, and wondered where the switch would be, so I pushed in on the turn signal switch and discovered that is how to cancel the turn signals.

It does not want to stay started after the first time, so I am using the starter motor more than I'd like to every time I start the bike almost. Choke or no choke.

The back tire is wearing out rather quickly, I'll be using the search engine to find out what tires you folks recommend.

My last bike was a Yamaha WR400Fm with a street lighting kit on it, much faster and lighter than the KLR, but not near as forgiving!
This is my 1st Kawasaki, and I am very pleased so far.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-16-2015, 09:21 AM
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Regarding reluctant starting, have you adjusted your fuel (idle mixture) screw? Found beneath a temper-resistant cap at the bottom and on the engine side of the carburetor. 1-3/4 turns out (from a SOFT bottoming), I think, is a good starting point for a stock engine.

Your choice of tires should be driven by your riding style and environment, IMHO. Diverse opinions abound, even so; further--affordability may enter the tire choice equation.

If you want hazard lights, connect any two right-and-left turn signal hot wires, put a single-pole, single-throw switch between them, and . . . whenever you throw the switch closed and signal either left or right, you have four-way hazard lights. Open the switch, and you are in stock configuration.

Glad you're pleased to be in the KLR fraternity; the bike will . . . "Git 'er done!"
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