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10-19-2008 04:57 PM
Xtreme Initially I let the stealership do the work for warranty, they screwed it up more than once and wanted to keep the bike for weeks waiting for the parts to come in, I said no.

I have had a LOT of trouble with my bike but now I repair it myself.. No young spotty faced kids are ever touching my bike again and I told the stealership the same thing.

I got this bike because it is simple and does not require what I would call special tools to work on.

My point is that the only way to get any bike as reliable as it should be is to do the work on it yourself. I have owned and worked on many bikes of different makes and it doesn't matter who makes it so much as who works on it.

I'm sorry your bike is in the shop. My bike was using a quart of oil every 3 or 4 hundred miles. I broke it in by the book because of the warranty. Kawasaki replaced the piston, cylinder, rings and valve stem seals and it still used a quart of oil every 3 or 4 hundred miles. I was there at the rebuild and took a day off work to watch it being done, to see it was done right.

I put hastings rings in it and broke it in old school, it still uses a little oil but not much.

I am currently working on a 692 big bore kit with total seal gapless rings, napier second ring and industry standard 10 pound oil control ring... kinda excited about it.

Take control, do the work yourself and build it the way you want it.
10-19-2008 03:35 PM
ScareCrow Ghetto_racer....If you find a KLR difficult too deal with maybe you shouldn't be around motorcycles. The KLR is such an easy bike to maintain and repair that anyone who finds it troublesome should be looking at Honda Civics for transportation, or maybe a mini-van.
10-03-2008 08:20 AM
bicyclekid the older klrs are way better than the new ones .... but then again my ktm 690 is the best
09-22-2008 05:57 PM
Originally Posted by cyoung View Post
(upon proofreading I must advise you that I am a 56 year old curmudgeon, so, if you are offended, consider the source.)
I like curmudgeons.. They taste like chicken!!

I know exactly what you're talking about.. I've got a local dealer that I wouldn't let fix my favorite rock, let alone a motorcycle!! Luckily, I've got a Kawi/Honda dealer 30 miles from me that's owned by a former co-worker, who's always treated me right.. I've also got a few local guys who are extremely knowledgeable (and cheap) and aren't afraid of partial payment in beer, so that works out quite well.

I and Double A have figured out most work by ourselves, but we occasionally find it's more comforting if someone who's done it before is hired for a job that could easily go wrong, like a valve adjustment..

Since many of us save money by changing our own tires/oil/etc, I don't feel bad about hiring someone qualified to do work I'm not comfortable with, as long as I trust the person doing the work.
09-22-2008 02:01 PM
cyoung Gee, I have to agree with everyone, sort of. My 2001 has been flawless, even with the prior owner goof ups (no center tube on the oil filter, speedometer hooked up wrong-bent, bolts stripped, broken) I just bought the manuals and jumped in. Sadly, I have not seen a great dealer. Some good ones for parts. Mainly in parts dept.s I see pimpley teens with tatoos and peircings and a big hat on sideways who judge dualsports as beneath them (only MX or streetracers are worthy) and sales staff with goatees and baggy shorts who are authorities on something they heve never attempted. When I told a sales guy at the Suzuki/Kawasaki shop I was considering riding my KLR to Alaska he said only a fool would ride less than a V-Strom 1000,. Sheesh.
I guess the bottom line is get the thing fixed, hopefully by the factory, then get the manuals, AND NEVER GO BACK!
(upon proofreading I must advise you that I am a 56 year old curmudgeon, so, if you are offended, consider the source.)
09-13-2008 11:43 AM
Harvester I hope you get everything worked out and your opinions on your bike changes. My 95' has been the most dependable bike I've owned in 30 years.
09-13-2008 03:19 AM
MangoSlap I feel ya Ghetto racer,

I used to work at a high performance V 8 dealership and we gotta saying:

Never buy a vehicle built on a Monday or Friday,always one during the week,thats when the factory workers are switched on!
Anyhow keep us posted on the situation.....


from Down Under...there!
09-13-2008 01:14 AM
oldx I read the link you posted and though it was kinda funny because I looked at the Honda XLs before buying the KLR. The two things I didn't like about the XL was the small gas tank and not being water cooled. I guess just goes to show it's different strokes for different folks.
I haven't had any issues with my 08 yet, but I never bought it thinking it would be a good dirt bike.
09-12-2008 10:57 PM
Daddyjoe Sounds like the ground fixed it the first time, could it be the problem again? If so it could be an easy fix. (locktite)

Everyone has their opinion of each bike. I agree the Honda is better suited for a dirt bike than the KLR, as is the DR, but the KLR beats them both on the road.

As for the capabilities of the KLR, it is much more capable than most of its' riders. Holycaveman rides a KLR in motocross races in Ohio, I've seen videos of him taking the KLR places the "dirt bikes" had trouble going.

I do hope the "dealer" gets your bike straightened out for you.
09-12-2008 10:06 PM
Enjoytheride what are the differences from 07 to 08?
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