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post #1 of 19 Old 02-10-2015, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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hello i am new to the forum, been riding big cruisers for years, but always yearned to head cross country, so i just picked up a 2005 KLR 650,
i took the seat off the other day and noticed two fuel ports coming out of the tank, the one one the right was plugged with a screw, could someone explain to me why, did a previous owner plug reserve? other then this the bike is in great shape.

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post #2 of 19 Old 02-10-2015, 09:29 PM
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Your bike is/was a California model.
Does it still have the 'rectangular' charcoal canister opposite of the muffler?

If not, the previous owner 'plugged' the return line.

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that would explain it,there is no canister, so is this a normal mod, or something i need to worry about,
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By the way, those are not fuel ports. The remaining one is a tank vent. Open the fuel tank cap. The center has a vent system with some umbrella slosh valves which allow air into and out of the tank, but restrict liquid slosh-out. The cap vent is connected to a little nipple on the right side facing down when the cap is closed. The nipple fits into a dimple in the top of the tank. Inside the tank a tube is connected to the dimple and runs out the back of the tank under the seat. A rubber hose runs from there down behind the engine to vent the tank.

That is all my 49 state KLR has. The California KLRs have a second tube which goes to charcoal canister and vapor control system. Some folks remover that system if the bike is not registered in California.
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thanks for the feedback, the beauty of buying a used bike, i should probably search ebay for an owners manual.
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...Some folks remover that system if the bike is not registered in California.
There's no vehicle inspection in California, so some people remove that stuff even if the bike is registered in California.

California has so many laws, and most of them are stupid, that it is said that the average Californian is a felon three times over by the time lunch rolls around.

"Committing misdemeanors is simply a way of life here", Tom scoffed.

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thanks for the feedback, the beauty of buying a used bike, i should probably search ebay for an owners manual.
I believe Owners' Manuals are available free on-line from Kawasaki.

The Clymer's Service Manual ain't bad; disagree with a couple of things in it (e.g., fuel screw setup; I prefer 1.75 turns out vs. what they say), but . . . overall, rather useful, IMHO.

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The cognoscenti may correct me, but . . . does even the California model 2005 KLR650 have SEPARATE fuel lines for MAIN and RESERVE? My modest supposition, rather than a reserve fuel line connection on the petcock plugged with a screw, the PO may have converted to a MANUAL ACTIVATION ONLY petcock, removed the vacuum line, and plugged the now-obsolete orifice. (Vacuum connection on carburetor should be plugged or capped, also.)

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There's no vehicle inspection in California, so some people remove that stuff even if the bike is registered in California.

California has so many laws, and most of them are stupid, that it is said that the average Californian is a felon three times over by the time lunch rolls around.

"Committing misdemeanors is simply a way of life here", Tom scoffed.

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I did not want to leave myself open to being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a Californian since I occasionally pass through the Northeast corner your felonious state while ridding the TAT.
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The OP is talking about the two hard lines coming out of the back of the tank, one of which is plugged with a screw. The DPO had mad skillz.

These two lines, as Gomotor points out, are vent line and overflow line for the California evaporative emissions control.

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I did not want to leave myself open to being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a Californian since I occasionally pass through the Northeast corner your felonious state while ridding the TAT.
This is a heavily blue state and them idjits all enjoy being told what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and that they can't do it.

The rest of us are all delinquents who simply enjoy the weather and good riding.

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