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post #1 of 4 Old 06-22-2017, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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Klr650 beginner question

Hey there guys I just have a quick question I'm very new to riding I have about a weeks worth of experience and Ive been looking at a 2012 klr650 from a buddy of mine I've been driving it around and I've only ridden motorcycles a few times but I can come to almost a crawl in 2nd gear and take back off, I'm not to familiar with dual sports but is it normal to stall in 2nd if you going to slow like do you always have to downshift to first under let's say 10mph sorry for the newbie question just curious if it's normal or not thanks again
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-22-2017, 08:06 AM
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My son learned to ride on my KLR and for some reason he didn't go into first gear to start off either...until he stalled it a few times and I told him to. So yeah, I would say pretty normal to stall in second, but feathing the clutch with some throttle can prevent it.

Me personally I usually don't downshift into first until I'm stopped. Smoother and less clunky that way.

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Down-shift.

RPM is safety, not unlike altitude in flying an airplane, I imagine. Down-shifting provides the dual advantages of, 1. Increased torque multiplication from the drivetrain (gear ratio), and, 2. Greater horsepower/torque (usually) from greater rpm (from the ability to process additional air/fuel mixture per unit time).

If your bike stalls in second gear, you've received a subtle message you should be in FIRST.

And . . . clutches don't particularly like to be slipped; wears 'em out, even robust KLR650 clutches. Feathering the clutch is sometimes essential/necessary, but . . . discretion in the practice promotes longevity/reliability.
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I'll add that if you do any slower off highway riding, mastering the clutch/throttle relation feathering the clutch properly with engine rpm without overdoing it is essential on this high torque engine in first gear. Trying to go slow without feathering the clutch will get you into trouble easily.
A good practice in an empty parking lot is slow turns left and right, to improve your balance and coordination of clutch and throttle. Riding the rear brake helps a lot here but of course don't go nuts with it to keep from burning stuff up lol.
Do these practices on an 800+ pound loaded Goldwing and you'll see how much these practices can and will improve your confidence and skill!
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