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post #1 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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First offroad ride and I lived to tell about it

So after having the bike since april and getting what I thought was very familiar with her. I met some buddies yesterday for a jaunt through the desert.. The morning started out beautiful with a great sunrise and everyone in high spirits. We all arrived at El Mirage in Adelanto which is a dry lake bed and saddled up for the day. We jumped out on to the dry lake and opened em up. This was awesome the lake bed is smoother than a freeway by far so I had the bike up to 95 with no wobble which is pretty sweet because I tend to get wobble on the freeway at about 73 or so. After a few I decided to put her out on some of the trails and she handled just as I anticipated big and strong. Not light and nimble. Wasn't dissappointed because that is what she is.
So we rode for about two hours or so and realized that it was starting to get pretty hot as well as one of the guys wasn't able to keep his bike running. So we decided to head back to the barn and pack it up with me happy as ever about the way my bike did her duty.
Thats when all hell broke loose. I decided to pull a wheelie. ( You can say dumbass right now) . Guess what happens in the dirt with lower tire pressure and a novice rider. Yes you guessed right up and over... And on top of that it is hard to hold up a big ass bike like that. So after the bike landed on its side on my ankle.... ( can you say ouch?) . I got to evaluate the damage. I damaged the left side fairing and bent the handlebars.
Any suggestions on replacement bars and risers for the 09 klr and where do I get a new fairing cheap. Guess the crash bars would have been a good idea. Well tha main thing is I had a great time twisted ankle and all and I learned a lot... So let me know where to get the stuf to fix her... Thanks

Curiosity killed the cat.. But for a while I was a suspect.....
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 12:19 PM
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We all arrived at El Mirage in Adelanto which is a dry lake bed and saddled up for the day. Thanks



We lived in Victorville for 5 years. Those were my Air Force days. I still miss that area in ways, particularly riding. Was always tearing up the desert on a 250 Kaw.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 04:08 PM
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Repair with duct tape. Then go out and try it again. It is a KLR. That is what they are for. And I think the duct tape repair is recommended in the manual.
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 05:17 PM
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Chalk another horror story up for that damn stupid new fairing. Had this been the original pre08 KLR you would only be worried about the handlebar right now. If I had the resources I would make transition kits for going back to a pre08 front end for all the people breaking fairings and want an alternate more reliable solution then paying $200 every time the bike drops. My 06 used to love naps at all different speeds while I was learning and have only broke the right mirror and the ball on the brake lever.

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post #5 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 11:39 PM
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Nerf bars

They make nerf bars dudes.

They are less than a new fairing and you keep the wind protection ... I got into KLRs recently so I don't have the connection to the older model. I see the attraction to both, I think a lot of the knocks against the new model mostly stem from visions/memories/fantasies accrued during 20+ years of the old one. It's not a bad looking bike, just different from before.
Everyone is into their farkles, if you're so worried about busting the fairings up, get some protection and forget about it. Or just let them break the hell off and you got your original back... right?

Out of curiousity, was the radiator more protected in the pre-08 models? or was the silloutte just narrower?

I can't understand why everyone so non-chalantly mentions all the upgrades every responsible KLR owner must undertake - doohickeys, washers in the carb, seats, drilling out pilot screws, etc., etc.. but we can't seem to come to overlook/deal with the trade-off with a new larger fairing.... I mean people honestly are completely comfortable with the idea that a NEW owner of a NEW KLR 650 should responsibly expect to undertake an almost complete disassembly of their bike to install a spring and a 4 oz piece of metal yet the size and shape of the stock fairing is addressed with shocking disbelief and sincere unacceptance.

we love the fact that the klr is competent and affordable, let's admit that everything is a measured compromise and as the bike develops and, hopefully, evolves the sides of the compromises shift and old benefits may shrink as new ones grow.

I think I love the KLR because it is the perfect combination of a Rhinocerous and a Ferrari - anyone who prefers a little more of either one is bound to be a little disappointed...

come on now!

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post #6 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 11:43 PM
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And another thing...

I might be a Junior Member , but that don't mean my Member is a Junior!

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post #7 of 19 Old 08-24-2009, 11:54 PM
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No need to get all defensive longjebsilver because you are welcome to add nerf bars and make the bike even heavier and wider and nobody is going to stop you. The radiator on pre08s was a concern for me seeing as I went down on that side a few times my first trip offroad. I ended up with happy trails internal rad guard which is far lighter and hidden compared to nerf bars. Nerf bars have always been an "Option" on pre08s, but now they have become a must on new KLRs if you do any offroading because even one small laydown can bust the very fragile fairing that is the wrong plastic for an offroad bike. And I don't think anyone expects non wrenchers to tackle the doo! You see most new owners being directed to tech days and such. I don't know where you get your information.

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post #8 of 19 Old 08-28-2009, 02:29 PM
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Thumbs up

Having seen a few '08+ KLRs with busted fairings (danged stupid hard plastic!), I wonder if KHI is out-of-touch with us hard-core KLRistas - they seem to regard the KLR like the V-Strom. Able to do dirt roads but rode mainly on asphalt. Yeah, many are - but it is the JEEP of the motorcycle world - it should be rugged enough to handle the occasional lay down.
Ah well - it seems many KLR owners like to tinker with their bikes - good thing! To know the KLR is to farkle her!
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-03-2009, 10:33 PM
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A KRL without dirt, dings and dents is a showroom mall cruiser..

LOL.. I do clean mine up after the weekend ride for sure.. but you can tell it's been off road some
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post #10 of 19 Old 09-03-2009, 11:32 PM
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Could also go with an IMS tank. Or would they have fitment issues on an 08?
As far as handle bars when I bent mine I just put a pipe over the handle and bet it back no problem. Zipties, Duct tape, and locktite. KLR stands for Keep Locktite Ready.

LongJ maybe you should go to the KLRnet they seem to like to rant and get their panties in a bunch. The guys were just stating that is an issue many said would be a problem offroad, especially in heavily forested areas. No need to flip out. Chill

You got red on you.
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