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01-27-2011 06:03 PM
Originally Posted by POLECAT View Post
the tires i put on are the avon distanza. i change the oil and put rotola 15-40 so far use no oil i think the po use 10w30
I've never used dastanzas but I hear they are better than the gripsters. Glad the oil loss is gone.
01-27-2011 12:43 AM
POLECAT the tires i put on are the avon distanza. i change the oil and put rotola 15-40 so far use no oil i think the po use 10w30
01-26-2011 10:50 PM
newcomer21 I have the Garmin Nuvi 550 GPS and it works well. The price is much lower than the Zumi. I got mine for 199.00. I also have the Corbin dish seat (Happy Trials version) and found it reasonable when I use fleece for a little more comfort on all day rides. The seat foam is quite firm and I am hoping that it gradually softens up. I needed to lower the seat height and it works well enough. I made a 3000 km trek from Calgary Alberta to La Quinta CA in October and I got used to the seat and the ergos of the KLR. You don't buy these bikes for comfort. If that was the priority we would all have Goldwings. What impressed me the most was getting into MOAB and emptying the panniers and removing the top case and taking it out on a trail. The KLR is torquey and smooth and gets through some interesting terrain. I became a KLR convert right there. If I can cruise all day at 75 mph and then hit a trail, this impresses me.
01-26-2011 10:29 PM
i put the avon tires in the klr how will they do offroad lite stuff

Avon gripsters will do okay on dry gravel and dry compacted dirt, but they are useless in mud. They clay rich soil down there will be like ice with them so be carefull and don't get into an area the bike can't get out of in the hills.

As for oil usage, I am a bit surprised at the 1 quart in under 1000mi! I run my 06' 2,000mi on avg between changes and never lose an ounce. How do I know? I use the old containers to pour the used oil back into for recycling. I don't have a single bike that loses oil at a noticable level, even the two cylinder bikes.
01-26-2011 12:38 PM
POLECAT the windshild that is in pic is off i went with a smaller one that bolt like the factry one.
01-26-2011 12:01 PM
vatrader To each their own I guess, but if it 'twer me, I'd be experimenting with a smaller sliding glass patio door for a windshield. "Aerodynamic" and "your bike' really shouldn't be used in the same paragraph. While getting to the 'Gap, rolling east, for you is very likely, the trip home against a prevailing west wind might be interesting. You might want to get a 12 tooth sprocket to deal with a head wind if you run that windshield. I have found a method for cutting my road speed RPM's that works for me. I leave home an hour earlier. Then just cut back 5 MPH. I have other bikes for "get there quick". This bike is in the stable to cover all bases. It ain't a street fighter. It ain't a Barcalounger. Nor is it a show bike. It's a low horsepower hybrid that will do it all if you need it to. It won't do 140. It will do half that all day and cross a creek. There are some trade offs for that kind of flexibility.
01-26-2011 10:49 AM
Originally Posted by POLECAT View Post
. . . from what im reading klr just use a lil oil
Maybe so, POLECAT; but--no big deal. You posted you bought a case of oil; that oughta do it!

Besides, two-strokes burn oil routinely; require it at every fill-up.

And, after all--doesn't gasoline come from oil?

"Don't worry; be happy!"
01-26-2011 10:17 AM
POLECAT i put 750 miles on a 16 tooth it used 1qt of oil on the trip. i was thinking that 17 tooth would help but from what im reading klr just use a lil oil
01-26-2011 08:33 AM
Damocles No offense intended, expressing my opinion (freeway speed limit operation with stock gearing does no significant harm to KLR engines). Regrets for any offense given.

Stating my opinion and reasons for it, no infallibility claimed: Contrary opinions remain as valid as mine, and receive my respect.
01-25-2011 10:57 PM
Originally Posted by POLECAT View Post
thats why im asking for advice 2 months befor my trip. ya'll ride this style of bikes im not trying to start a
Its winter. Most can't or won't ride. So they bench race. This will digress to "mine's bigger", and sometime mid February we can look forward to the "I'll show you mine if you show me yours' threads. I'll take it over punk polka.
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