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post #2511 of 2705 Old 04-29-2015, 08:21 AM
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Extended Clutch Arm Update

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Installed an extended clutch arm yesterday and rode the bike to work today. Great clutch lever improvement!
Stalled the bike a couple of times on the way to work today. The increased engagement range brings the start of engagement closer to the grip so as the cable settled in, the clutch engagement got closer to the grip than I'm used to.

I'll take some slack out before I head home today.
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post #2512 of 2705 Old 04-29-2015, 10:59 AM
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We installed one on Mike's Gen1 last week so hoping that he will report also. <

My impression was that the lever action is lighter but since it wasn't an issue before I'm on the fence. I don't see any down side other than a dragging cable would be more likely to cause clutch slipping but attention will handle that.

I might become accustomed so will see how the hydraulic clutch project pans out and if not, then will likely try extending mine.

Please keep us posted and I'll push Mike to post impressions also.


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Stalled the bike a couple of times on the way to work today. The increased engagement range brings the start of engagement closer to the grip so as the cable settled in, the clutch engagement got closer to the grip than I'm used to.

I'll take some slack out before I head home today.
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post #2513 of 2705 Old 04-30-2015, 08:24 AM
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We installed one on Mike's Gen1 last week so hoping that he will report also. <

My impression was that the lever action is lighter but since it wasn't an issue before I'm on the fence. I don't see any down side other than a dragging cable would be more likely to cause clutch slipping but attention will handle that.

I might become accustomed so will see how the hydraulic clutch project pans out and if not, then will likely try extending mine.

Please keep us posted and I'll push Mike to post impressions also.
Adjusting my clutch cable did the trick. That the bike seems to shift well with partial clutch disengagement fooled me into thinking my earlier adjustment was okay. That plus the fact that I like to keep thumb and index finger around the grip when I work the clutch made me stall the bike at a couple of lights. (being in second gear didn't help)

Now I can easily recover from accidental second gear starts!

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post #2514 of 2705 Old 05-02-2015, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Installed a eBay purchased Kill Switch. Since the threads were stropped on the eBay purchase I had to use the mirror mount from my kill switch. Tight quarter getting to the connections.

Have bee running on the 3 year 10 month old gasoline. Little rough on the idle but not that bad... until I filled up with fresh Shell 87 octane and rode 50+ miles. Next morning I added Sea-Foam and rode the KLR for errands and coffee, 20 miles. Noticed when I got home the idle was high. Sea-Foam and new gasoline seem to be cleaning the carburetor. Need to take a 150-200 day ride.

Have a lot of small stuff to do.

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post #2515 of 2705 Old 05-02-2015, 08:52 AM
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Nice Tim. I good long ride sounds like it's just what you and the bike need.

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post #2516 of 2705 Old 05-02-2015, 10:58 AM
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I often wonder if the KLR is its own ultrasonic cleaner. Seriously, though...it might just be as effective if a small metal container were bolted solidly to the engine.....

Have a joyful ride!



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Installed a eBay purchased Kill Switch. Since the threads were stropped on the eBay purchase I had to use the mirror mount from my kill switch. Tight quarter getting to the connections.

Have bee running on the 3 year 10 month old gasoline. Little rough on the idle but not that bad... until I filled up with fresh Shell 87 octane and rode 50+ miles. Next morning I added Sea-Foam and rode the KLR for errands and coffee, 20 miles. Noticed when I got home the idle was high. Sea-Foam and new gasoline seem to be cleaning the carburetor. Need to take a 150-200 day ride.

Have a lot of small stuff to do.
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post #2517 of 2705 Old 05-13-2015, 09:52 AM
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This is sort of stretching the "today" part, but I've been busy going over the '08 I recently bought (5,600 miles on the clock), since its been snowing/cold/gray for the past few weeks.

Checked the oil intake strainer; some bits of sealant, but not too bad. Did the Doo; stock spring was slack, but not in danger of coming off. Checked valves; Ex. OK, both intakes right at Min; reshimmed. Added a braided steel front brake line (a little improvement), relocated the license plate, replaced the footpegs & shift lever w/ IMS items, added zerks to the rear shock linkage & lubed.

I also added a Thermo-bob, and have been very happy with it so far. On the few commutes I've done with it, ambient temps have been in the teens, but the gauge stays right around 190F, whereas it used to have barely moved by the time I got to work.

Since I've only put on a few hundred miles, I have yet to see if I have an oil burner, but the oil has gotten dark fairly quickly. I guess only time will tell. Now if only the weather would clear and they'd open the Forest Service roads, I'd go play :-).

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post #2518 of 2705 Old 05-13-2015, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday, rode the piss out of my KLR685 on some beautiful gold country roads. https://goo.gl/maps/7LFo2 Would have ridden further but it was cold and I was not wearing the proper jacket.

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post #2519 of 2705 Old 05-13-2015, 08:46 PM
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It is both desirable and normal for the oil to turn black quite quickly. The alternative is for the colloidal carbon to stay in the engine.



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This is sort of stretching the "today" part, but I've been busy going over the '08 I recently bought (5,600 miles on the clock), since its been snowing/cold/gray for the past few weeks.

Checked the oil intake strainer; some bits of sealant, but not too bad. Did the Doo; stock spring was slack, but not in danger of coming off. Checked valves; Ex. OK, both intakes right at Min; reshimmed. Added a braided steel front brake line (a little improvement), relocated the license plate, replaced the footpegs & shift lever w/ IMS items, added zerks to the rear shock linkage & lubed.

I also added a Thermo-bob, and have been very happy with it so far. On the few commutes I've done with it, ambient temps have been in the teens, but the gauge stays right around 190F, whereas it used to have barely moved by the time I got to work.

Since I've only put on a few hundred miles, I have yet to see if I have an oil burner, but the oil has gotten dark fairly quickly. I guess only time will tell. Now if only the weather would clear and they'd open the Forest Service roads, I'd go play :-).
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post #2520 of 2705 Old 05-14-2015, 06:55 PM
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It is both desirable and normal for the oil to turn black quite quickly. The alternative is for the colloidal carbon to stay in the engine.
I guess I'm just used to engines that don't produce quite that much carbon so quickly. My beemer's oil will turn dark over several thousand miles, not in 300. To be fair, this is my first oil change, so we'll see how it all looks after the next one.

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