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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2018, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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KLR Newbie with Questions

Hi, new KLR owner here. A little about me, I started riding about five months ago at age 47. I tend to jump into the deep end with hobbies, so my first bike was a 2016 Honda CRF1000L/Africa Twin DCT model. I've put about 7,000 miles on it in the last five months on pavement, dirt, gravel, rocks, sand, whatever I could find. I decided I wanted to try a bit of a smaller bike that I could fit into the bed of my truck for more dual sport oriented rides, so first I got a Honda CRF250L, but sold it pretty quickly as it just felt too small for me.

So after a bit of research and testing riding on the dual sports that are out there, I ended up pulling the trigger on a new 2018 KLR yesterday. I got to put 78 miles on it last night and really enjoyed riding the bike. It's a different feel coming from a 600 lb, fuel injected, 90hp, 1,000cc bike, but in a good way.

So after my ride, I started thinking of a few questions and changes about the KLR I'd like to learn more about.

I've got these things on the way for the KLR:

Alba Racing Kawasaki KLR 650 Crash Bar Engine Guard 2008 to 2018

Krator FP008 Black Rest (Honda/Kawasaki Motocross MX Foot Pegs)

TMS Black Dual Sport Dirt Bike ATV MX Motocross Enduro Aluminum Inside Hand Brush Guards
(these may not fit now that I look closer at the bike. Might need another option for hand guards)

I'm wondering about taller wind screens. I've read a little about the KLR dash system. Is that the smart way to go?

What's a good option for aftermarket mirrors?

I wish the bike was a little more crispy/peppy in first gear, is there any way to achieve that without sacrificing anything else?

Also looking for a set of soft bags for it. I have tail and tank bags already, but wondering if there was a good option for soft side bags for the KLR. I don't really want to do a rack and metal boxes at this point. I looked at the Mosko Moto Reckless stuff, but wondered if there was anything else out there worth looking into.

Also, I plan on riding the bike once a week or so. Any general maintenance I need to do on it from a day to day perspective? I've got it on a battery tender.

Do I leave the fuel switch to on when its in the garage? Any post ride rituals? The dealer mechanic said leave the switch in the on position and forget about it unless I run out of gas.

Thanks for letting me into the forum. Looking forward to interacting with some other KLR owners here.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2018, 09:21 PM
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Welcome to KLR650 ownership and this excellent Forum!

Have a look at Happy Trails side racks and Wolfman saddlebags.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-08-2018, 04:42 AM
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Also, I plan on riding the bike once a week or so. Any general maintenance I need to do on it from a day to day perspective? I've got it on a battery tender.

Do I leave the fuel switch to on when its in the garage? Any post ride rituals? The dealer mechanic said leave the switch in the on position and forget about it unless I run out of gas.
Day to day, CHECK YOUR OIL LEVEL! Oil starvation KILLS KLR650s in a hurry.

Leave the "switch" (fuel petcock) ON? Stock petcock is vacuum-actuated; your dealer mechanic is correct. Except . . . if you SHOULD run out of gas, switch the petcock lever to RESERVE! (If you run out again, lean the bike over onto the petcock side, exploiting the fuel remaining in the KLR650's "secret" reserve!)
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Dude, you really did go off the deep end.

I'm 49, took 23 years off of riding while my wife was terrified of me dying and leaving her with 5 kids to raise alone. But I had ridden before, mostly small dirt bikes or touring bikes (a KZ1100 with a Windjammer, and full bags was my last bike to sell back then), there is no damn way I would have taken on an Africa Twin starting up again, and hesitated on the KLR. You either have lots of guts, are crazy or both!

Anyway, it sounds like you have money to fully equip, so here is my take...

1) decide how you are going to ride, that is are you commuting, touring, or riding around locally? I'm planning on far touring about 2k miles, but won't do that until late summer 2019, currently, I'm just getting my legs back, working up for 2-3 hour rides (mines a 98, intentionally because I'm planning on abuse that would kill me on a newer bike, and mods to change it to my purpose rather than inside the box.) As such, I've fabricated a skid plate and crash bars (were farmers, so some things are not pretty, but we can just about weld up anything), rear side guards for some soft gear bags/panniers, but that's it currently. I'm torn between doing a backrest or buying one, but currently, we're just figuring out what mods to make.

All that being said, I'm currently running a milk crate with a bunjie net for carrying my little bit of stuff.

I will say that when I stumbled into the KLR I had been looking for a V-Strom, but only because I thought it would be better getting me close to the dirt I really wanted to ride on, but having added 2000 on the clock to the KLR the only thing I think I will be figuring out how to add is cruise. But I will be changing to a less aggressive nobbie as these are great on loose dirt and mud, but they suck on gravel, in fact gravel for some reason makes ice look easy and if it's really loose/fresh I will take the ditch rather than the road to be safer.
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Dude, you really did go off the deep end.
Assuming the quoted comment is literary criticism, Toddnk, for whom is it intended?

And, for what?

Just askin'!
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Dude, you really did go off the deep end.
Assuming the quoted comment is literary criticism, Toddnk, for whom is it intended?

And, for what?

Just askin'! <img src="http://www.klrforum.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
The OP, is intended to be sarcastic since he stated he tended to "jump off the deep end". It was not intended to be critical, just an attempt at humor, with an intro to me as a fellow new KLR guy.
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The OP, is intended to be sarcastic since he stated he tended to "jump off the deep end". It was not intended to be critical, just an attempt at humor, with an intro to me as a fellow new KLR guy.
Cool, Toddnk!

The OP's, "deep end" comment escaped my consideration.

Even so, an inability to appreciate sarcasm, satire, irony, parody, send-up and similar themes as comedic devices may betray a lack of intelligence on my part!
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