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post #1 of 24 Old 07-30-2010, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Hi there. I am planning a trip to a to a very sandy place at the end of the year. I want to knoe if anyone knows of any grat mods that I ca ndo to my KLR to minimize the sand on the chain and sprockets?
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-30-2010, 11:12 AM
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I am new on the forum, I would like to know if any one has driven his/her KLR in sand before? How does it handle in the sand and what mods can I do to my KLR to minimize the sand on the chain and sprockets? I am planning a trip to a very sandy place end of the year.
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Hi there. I am planning a trip to a to a very sandy place at the end of the year. I want to knoe if anyone knows of any grat mods that I ca ndo to my KLR to minimize the sand on the chain and sprockets?

Avoid chain lubes that are sticky. I like Dupont Teflon Multi-Use.

Got to keep the speed up on the KLR in the sand, it will plow the front if you're not aggressive.

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Ok great, I will keep that in mind. Have driven your KLR in sand before? How does it do in the sand?
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Ok great, I will keep that in mind. Have driven your KLR in sand before? How does it do in the sand?

Compared to what? A real dirt bike? It sucks... A BMW GS? About the same I would guess.

The KLR is 400 lbs give or take and 35 horsepower. It can be ridden in soft sand efectively but requires work. Have you ridden off-road at all? It's more technique than bike too a point. In soft sand you have to be agressive. Don't use the brakes much at all the sand will slow you down when you let off the gas. Especially in turns give it more gas to turn or the front will plow into the sand and spit you off!

Some will say to keep your weight way back but for higher speeds what works better is to stand weight foward head past the tripple clamps. The front will track better and the back will drift around just the opposite of what happens with your weight on the rear.

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Ok great, I will keep that in mind. Have driven your KLR in sand before? How does it do in the sand?
It's a pig. And likes to wallow in sand. What's your riding background like and where is this sandy place?




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Ok great I will keep that in mind. I have not doen a lot of thick sand driving. I have doen a lot of off road riding in the past with my dirt bike, but this time I'm taking my KLR 650 to Mozambique. I guess the only way to truly learn sand driving is to just go out there and do it!!
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Ok great I will keep that in mind. I have not doen a lot of thick sand driving. I have doen a lot of off road riding in the past with my dirt bike, but this time I'm taking my KLR 650 to Mozambique. I guess the only way to truly learn sand driving is to just go out there and do it!!
Africa?? Mozambique? Wow,,thats DAKAR cross country race area. Carefull out there.
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Mozambique?!?
I'd give the ol KLR a test run in some dunes before you head on your trip.
The tips above are spot on - the only thing I could add is in the softer sand (silt) ride the bike standing up and throttle your way through it. Also, chain lube selection is very important. Maxima makes a good non-stick chain lube.
The KLR is heavy and hard to steer. With stock suspension it handles like a greased pig!
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Lose the KLR and get something 100 pounds lighter.
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