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post #21 of 37 Old 04-21-2020, 09:03 PM
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I also hate the highway now, even in my pickup, and that's a 2500 diesel.
the klr is great for my use of it now. I really have no reason to take it on a trip over 100 or so miles.
Im lucky I survived the road bike trips I made.
Multiple trips one way was 360 miles from Manchester NH to Easton PA to visit my sister. All major highway with no mercy.
Easton PA to Agunquit Main once.
Im only 56, and still like tenting, so from now on, it will be back roads and less miles.
( im not a trailer queen, as I put the bike in the back of the truck) ha ha.
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post #22 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 10:03 AM
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this is my highway bike now, no issues with wobble even at 150mph and the panniers have lots of room ;-)


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post #23 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 12:54 PM
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In the past (long in the past), I've had my KLR up to 95ish, in long slightly downhill straight stretches. I didn't experience any wobble, but, it didn't seem safe. I do run Moose hand guards which are more rigid, and have less footprint. It wouldn't seem worth the effort to address to me. If I want to go 80+ I'll do it on my cruiser.
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post #24 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 06:20 PM
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I'm not a terribly experienced rider with my 2009 KLR being my first bike. I found that depending on wind and buffeting it can start getting a little loose once you start getting above 75mph indicated. I'm not comfortable past 85 or so on the top end. I did change out the factory front fender and that made a big difference to me in stability. I believe it is also better to ride a little loose and not grip the handlebars too tightly.
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post #25 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 07:35 PM
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After reading most of the responses I am surprised no one mentioned wheels. Find a good wheel builder and have your tuned up. Odds are you have loose spokes. A common problem with dirt bike wheels, when I was racing hare scrambles and cross country races I would have my wheels tuned up every year.
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post #26 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 08:43 PM
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After the wobble issues I suffered a few weeks back this thread has me a little scared. First month I had my KLR I took it up to 85 mph about twice and then didn't do that again for a long time. It felt fine but I knew the bike was near the top speed. I think 90-95 is top speed in the proper conditions. I have been riding mine every day in the neighborhood and on empty main roads. Getting up to 70-75 mph is no problem and feels great. I did recently run mine back up to to 80-ish mph and it felt OK but not good if that makes any sense.Past that, I feel like my bike just doesn't like going that fast. It is basically stock with a new nobbie front tire. I have not put the new back tire on yet.
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post #27 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 09:19 PM
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After reading most of the responses I am surprised no one mentioned wheels. .......................
Wait a minute, I posted above to change to a Goldwing or Versys 1000. That changes the wheels doesn't it?

The feeling of the wind in your face can lift your heart.
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post #28 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 09:37 PM
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After the wobble issues I suffered a few weeks back this thread has me a little scared. First month I had my KLR I took it up to 85 mph about twice and then didn't do that again for a long time. It felt fine but I knew the bike was near the top speed. I think 90-95 is top speed in the proper conditions. I have been riding mine every day in the neighborhood and on empty main roads. Getting up to 70-75 mph is no problem and feels great. I did recently run mine back up to to 80-ish mph and it felt OK but not good if that makes any sense.Past that, I feel like my bike just doesn't like going that fast. It is basically stock with a new nobbie front tire. I have not put the new back tire on yet.
For me, even on a brand new KLR, equipped with 100 percent top quality road only tires, I'd start to feel uneasy above 80 MPH. After that, my ass pucker would increase as every MPH added on. I've done 90 on my 2014.5 KLR before. Wasn't fun. Just not enough bike for me at that speed.

My Goldwing felt great at 120 but riding two up we were around 1400 pounds fully loaded (After Dairy Queen) with a full coffee in the cup holder.
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post #29 of 37 Old 04-22-2020, 10:52 PM
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Hi all,

I was just wondering if this was typical of the KLR 650 when it is up at 140-150km/h the bike sways in an unnatural way, I have had the wheels balanced and they are perfectly in line. Its a strange sensation it kind of sways constantly like a mild wobble. Thoughts?

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I have same issues. I put Anekee tires, windshield kit, and a 16 tooth sprocket. It's a bit better. Top speed 90mph. After that guaranteed wobble.
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post #30 of 37 Old 04-23-2020, 10:43 AM
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My KLR's don't wobble at any speed, even with knobbies at 24psi.......but I still don't like riding above 65-70mph on them. When I was young and braver, I tapped out a GSXR1150 at it's limited speed of around 300km/h (186mph) but I really do prefer much lower speeds. My Jag was limited to 186 as well but I don't think I ever had it much over 120mph

....must be getting old! LOL


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