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|06-10-2012 02:59 AM|
Learning to fix flats is a good idea; you might carry an electric compressor (and a way to hook it up) or bicycle pump, a spare tube (front size, can be stuffed into the rear in an emergency), and a patch kit (should you puncture the tube with the tire spoons you'll carry); a little vial of dish soap helps lubricate the tire bead on re-installation.
Here's a useful video on motorcycle tire-changing:
Here's a $ 10 (Target) compressor:
PAY ATTENTION to how the tire hub components go together, which spacers, speedometer mechanism, etc., goes where; a print of the hub fiches might be a good idea to carry on-board.
A Clymer service manual might be handy; look it over and scan-and-print a page or two to carry (e.g., electrical diagram; also available on the 'Net).
Carry spare fuses; learn where they are so you can change 'em (substituing a 15-amp fuse for the 10-amp OEM headlight fuse might be a good idea; little thing tends to blow when HIGH/LOW beams inadvertently engage simultaneously).
For trail survival, I'd recommend handguards (to protect clutch and brake levers; spare levers on board might be a good idea, also), nerf bars (to protect radiator, tank, and plastics), and a proper bash plate (i.e., aluminum, replacing the stock plastic skid plate).
There's no limit to the mods you might perform, and the accessories you might add; I've tried to distill things to essentials.
Start out with the bike in good shape, preventive maintenance (e.g., oil-and-filter changes, air cleaner cleaned and lubricated, etc.) performed, and you'll be fine, armed with the preparations mentioned.
(Some will insist upon upgrading your doohickey (if it hasn't been done); from Bayesian probability, on a bike as old as yours, I'd bet you survive without this modification, although it's sound maintenance/insurance.)
Regardless, get out and ride that KLR; your insurance (perhaps through your AMA membership) will give you a tow if you need it!
|06-10-2012 01:52 AM|
Learn to change\ repair a tube maybe change a chain link. Meh it's a KLR. It won't break! LoL. I had to do the tube in the woods once. That's about it other then minor things a zip tie and some wire couldn't fix.
'Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways,totally worn out, shouting, 'Holy shit .... What a Ride!
|06-09-2012 10:58 PM|
Looking for List of Trail Repairs to Learn & SoCal Club to Join
I bought a 1993 KLR-650 9 months ago and have put a hundred miles or so of solo fire roads behind me here in Southern California. I skipped the last 25 years riding a bike at my wife's request but put 60,000 miles on a 500cc street bike in college.
I'm interested in doing the Topaz 600 promoted at dualsportwest.com but am trying to first educate myself about the trail repairs I need to know how to do first.
Can anyone recommend a list of repairs to teach myself and/or a book, workshop or DVD that educates someone on how to do these repairs?
Also can anyone recommend a riding club to join in the 951 area code?
Thanks for the help.