I used to have a KLR but did not feel it had the power I wanted once loaded up and so I got rid of it. I have had numerous bikes since but I cannot seem to get away from the simplicity of the KLR. I am now considering trading in my Harley on another one but will I just be disappointed again? It seems the Tiger and Africa Twin are too expensive if they were to be dropped and there is so much tech on them. I also am taking three day a trip across country in May from NC to CA and wondering if that is possible with the KLR? Anyone here done a stretch like that?
I've no idea how well or poorly your previous KLR ran. Or why. But with half the engine size of the average HD, shouldn't one expect half the power?
The KLR650 is probably the 1st choice of ride by more around the world travelers & inter-continental travelers than the next 3 models of bikes combined. So the bike is capable if the rider is capable.
There are 2 very simple things which severely affect the overall performance of the average KLR650.
#1, Tire pressures.
With a touring load & solo rider I would recommend a minimum of 34-36 psi in the Front tire and 32-34 in the Rear tire. The skinny front tire NEEDS more psi than the wider rear tire.
#2, Drive chain Slack.
Coming from street bikes, most all new KLR riders take TOO Much slack out of the drive chain! Then when one sets on the bike & the suspension compresses the chain is Bow String Tight, which again steals hp.
With the rear shock topped out while either on the side stand or a work stand/center stand, the drive chain NEEDS to be Loose Enough to push the lower run up & just touch the rear tip of the rubber slider.
Do Not re-adjust until one can nearly touch metal Behind the rubber slider.
And I'll recommend that all KLR owners read & heed these 8 common owner errors,