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post #1 of 19 Old 06-18-2017, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Help me ID this bike.

Greetings all! First post around here.

I'm a European bike guy kinda guy and mainly ride KTM and Ducati. But I've also had a few Kawis over the years and think they're great motos.

Yesterday I was at a BBQ with some good family friends and they told me about a bike they came across hiding deep in a garage. It's part of the estate of a recently deceased family member of theirs.

Supposedly the reg sticker on the plate says 96 so it should be out of CAs DMV system. they gave me a few pics of what looks like the VIN and an engine stamp, don't think thats an engine number though. They also had one, dark, photo of the bike off in the background...looks like a KLR to me but I could be mistaken, sadly I don't have that pic. I do have some others though which I've attached.

Sticker on the frame says KL600B but that number was used for a variety of bikes if my limited Googling proves correct?

They've offered this thing to me for free, all I have to do is drive an hour to pick it up. They will give a bill of sale. I've wrenched on a lot of old thumpers over the years so I'm sure could get it going. Supposedly ran perfect with about 18k miles on the clock when it was parked. And was fired up briefly in 2005ish.

So I'd love to hear what you can tell me about it and if it's worth my time. I've been thinking about picking something up for fire roads and maybe some camping...maybe this could do the job?

(Well I guess I can't post pics or links...)

Visible numbers are:

Sticker on steering head: JKAKL4B1 4FA000058 (KL600B)
Stamp on Motor: 0.564e

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-18-2017, 04:46 PM
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What you apparently have access to there, is a 1985 KL600-B1 (KLR600).
Second year for the KL600, but now with Electric start. (1st year was KL600-A1, kickstart only.) Therefore the model # change from A to B.

The 600 was actually only 564cc of displacement. or 0.564liter on the cylinder base casting. They are a more dirt oriented bike than the KLR650 series, but will easily run 70mph all day long if desired/required.

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post #3 of 19 Old 06-18-2017, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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What you apparently have access to there, is a 1985 KL600-B1 (KLR600).
Second year for the KL600, but now with Electric start. (1st year was KL600-A1, kickstart only.) Therefore the model # change from A to B.

The 600 was actually only 564cc of displacement. or 0.564liter on the cylinder base casting. They are a more dirt oriented bike than the KLR650 series, but will easily run 70mph all day long if desired/required.
Awesome. Thanks for the info. I'm trying to get more pics of it sent over. Impossible to tell what kind of shape it's in from what I've seen. About all I can tell is it's white and the tank and seat are off of it.

Anything I should be looking out for on these?

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Awesome. Thanks for the info. I'm trying to get more pics of it sent over. Impossible to tell what kind of shape it's in from what I've seen. About all I can tell is it's white and the tank and seat are off of it.

Anything I should be looking out for on these?
It would be a good thing to install an Eagle Mfg (Eagle Mike) Doo-hickey with Torsion spring into the Engine Balancer chain adjuster system, because the original balancer adjuster locking lever (doo-hickey) is just a soft steel stamped metal part which is Very Easily distorted by exceeding the 69 inch pounds of recommended torque on the locking bolt.

Check that the foam air filter was properly oiled way back when and not dry, therefore sucking dust and destroying the engine cylinder, piston, rings & valves. Air filter box may currently be a 'mouse nest' and the filter chewed up.

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It would be a good thing to install an Eagle Mfg (Eagle Mike) Doo-hickey with Torsion spring into the Engine Balancer chain adjuster system, because the original balancer adjuster locking lever (doo-hickey) is just a soft steel stamped metal part which is Very Easily distorted by exceeding the 69 inch pounds of recommended torque on the locking bolt.

Check that the foam air filter was properly oiled way back when and not dry, therefore sucking dust and destroying the engine cylinder, piston, rings & valves. Air filter box may currently be a 'mouse nest' and the filter chewed up.
So the doohickey is a problem on these to eh? Is it the exact same part that's available for the later KLR650s? Was chatting direct with the family member this morning...sounds like they really want this gone so it may be happening in the next few weeks.

How's parts availability on these? Every bike of this age I've ever messed with has needed at minimum a new petcock, air filter and a carb rebuild. I'm hoping the tank isn't a rusted out hulk either...
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Just get it! No matter what condition it's in, you should be able to re-sell it for parts, if nothing else. If it turns out to be fixable, you will have made out like a bandit at the asking price. (Free)

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I've requested more info and pictures twice now. Still no response from them...we'll see if this actually goes through or not. I'm starting to have my doubts. Will def let you all know if I do end up with it.
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Well finally got some more info and pictures today. Looks like the bike is in pretty good shape for sitting a few decades. They say the tank and "other body stuff" is there, just not pictured. Chance I might get it this weekend, if not it'll have to wait a few weeks due to a busy schedule.

Pics in the link:

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I'm with larry31. Unless you have to drive a tank to go get it, your way ahead. Even if it turns out to be a ford pinto! 20$ is 20$'s
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I would love to own that bike. Not kidding even a little bit. I'd jump on that with both feet and fight anyone that tried to stop me.
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