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post #1 of 9 Old 05-25-2009, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Suggestions for Spare Parts on big trip

Hello All,

Myself and 3 buddies are all buying or have bought a KLR 650 this summer for a trip from Montreal to Newfoundland through Labrador. 4000 kilometers of which 1600 will be on dirt road in remote areas.

My question is what would you suggest we bring as spare parts in case of breakdown. My KLR is a 1997 with 30,000 kms on it. It is in very good mechanical shape with new wheel bearings, new chain and sprockets, new tires, new clutch cable, new speedo cable the doohickey mod.

Any suggestions will be helpful.

Thanks in advance,

Kevin
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-25-2009, 10:50 PM
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For most trips I only pack spare tubes and an air pump. However, an assortment of nuts/bolts, fuses, wire connectors, two part epoxy (patching radiators and tanks) and zipties can come in handy. Tools tend to be a greater limiting factor than parts but don't over pack. If one bike goes down you have two others to go for help/parts.
As a general rule you can find out what you "need" as far as tools by doing repairs on your bike at home with only the tools you carry. You should be able to remove both wheels, the seat, tank, front cowling, and repair electrical stuff with your onbike tools.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-26-2009, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Buildit!

I was thinking also a clutch cable. If we break a throttle cable, can we get away with only one of the two cables working? We were also thinking of some chain and a couple of connecting links. It will mess up our trip and our timing (booking of ferries etc...) if we had to go running around for parts when we are mid way between two stops that are 300 kms apart.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-26-2009, 09:06 AM
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A buddy and I are spending 6 to 8 weeks on the road in that part of the country starting in mid July thru Sept.We are traveling the James Bay,Route Du Nord,Trans Tiaga,and the Trans Lab.ferry from Goosebay to Cartwright,unless the road from GB to Cright is finished.This is a partial list of Equipment

Tires

21" tube
17"tube
3 tire spoons
Tube repair kit
tire valve removal tool
spare front and rear tire

Cables
Zip tying spare clutch cable to existing cable
Zip tying both throttle cables in place.

Tools
8,10,12,14 mm sockets in 1/4 drive
6,8,10 mm allen wrenches
8,10,12,14 mm wrenches
small cresent wrench
Leatherman tool

Misc.spares

Shifter
clutch/brake lever
oil
oil filters
waterbond (kinda like jbweld)
electrical tape
zip ties
electrical wire
spark Plug
tow strap
small motorcycle jumper cables (Home made)

Put new wheel bearings in,cheap insurance.New brake shoes also
Check your sub frame bolts and locktight them,foot peg bolts also need locktight on them.Good battery precheck.I went with a gel battery.
I'm gonna also look at the swingarm bushings while I'm at it.I went over every electrical wire to make sure there was no chafing going on and wrapped some electrical tape where they crossed over or under the frame.Probably a little to much,but would rather do it over a few beers in the evenings than along a desolate area with no help in sight

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Thanks Mike,

Looks like we will be crossing over some of the same territory. We are booked on the Goosebay - Cartwright Ferry in late July.

I can see you have done some detailed thinking about what to bring. Thanks for the input.

What are the "sub-frame" bolts exactly?
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Subframe bolts are what holds the rear frame to the front engine basket.Just under the rear of the gas tank on the top,and one on each side just behind the foot pegs on the rear frame rail coming down at an angle.Maybe someone can chime in here with a photo and some arrows,pointers.I have done several trips with the klr and it is a very dependable bike,just needs a little TLC before take off for a smooth trip

Which tires are you running? This round I'm runnin a Mefo explorer 99 on the rear with a TKC 80 front.

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Thanks again Mike,

I don't think I need photos with your description. Should I remove these bolts one at a time and apply thread locker or should I just torque them to spec.?

I just bought my 1997 KLR and it has a fresh set of King KT-966 tires front and back. What do think or know about those for a 4000 km trip?

So far, the 400 kms I've done on the bike tell me they seem OK but I am no connaiseur of dual sport tires. Most of my riding has been done on street bikes.
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On the sub frame bolts,you can pull one out at a time and locktight them.You will see everyone talking about bolt upgrades.As long as they are kept tight you should never have a problem.I still have the originals with no problems with 50,000 +.And I use my KLR off road a bunch.Locktight them in with Blue locktight.If you use red,you may never get them back out .I am not familiar with your tires,so can't give you an opinion.If you are not familiar with changing tires yourself,I would take the time to change them a few times,front and rear,till your comfortable with it.Along a desolate stretch of road is no place to start .One thing you may want to take with you is an air compressor or hand pump.I have a slime air compressor wired to the klr,but on long trips also carry a bicycle hand pump.It sounds silly,but pack your bike up with what your taking at the house,and for two whole days,just use what's on your bike to get by.On one of the days have someone,wife, friend,kid,let the air out of one of your tires,and you change it.You'll be surprised of what you don't need and what you don't have.Better to find out in the garage.I used this method several years ago and lightened my load considerably.

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Well said Mike. I might recommend changing the Jumper cables for a trickle charger connection and Trailer power outlet.


It keeps you from having to remove the seat and provides a quick power outlet when needed for an electric air pump.

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