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post #1 of 9 Old 04-01-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Another big guy

At 6 foot and 280+, you could say I'm big guy (Most people think I'm taller). The best thing about my klr, it fits me and handles my size well. I did add a Top Gun gray spring. There is also the fact that with a few simple tools you can can fix anything on it. And lets not forget, it's fun to ride.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-02-2011, 09:35 AM
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Welcome, big guy (I'm similar dimensions) and the KLR does fit those of us who are larger, very well..

My only suggestion is that you're probably noticing front end dive under braking, and if so, go with a set of Larry Roesler Progressive fork springs, and go with ATF type F for fork oil.. I've found 5w oil too light (that's factory weight) and I found 10w too stiff.. ATF type F is 7.5w, and works well for guys our size..
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-02-2011, 10:10 AM
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Let me throw out one more suspension upgrade option.

If we as a group were to be filmed riding, we'd look like Samoans riding Burros.

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post #4 of 9 Old 04-02-2011, 10:11 AM
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I'm currently on the "I'm not buying new riding gear because I don't fit in my current stuff" diet..
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-02-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suspension suggestion. As far as the diet is concerned, I know it well.
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-03-2011, 06:40 AM
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LOL, I am 6'2 and 308. Yep, we look kind of comical. I am glad I am not going to be the only one.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-03-2011, 07:45 AM
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It was mutually agreed upon at a recent gathering at Elkton, Va., that riders would no longer be referred to as "fat". We are simply fortunate enough to have wintered well.

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post #8 of 9 Old 04-03-2011, 04:23 PM
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ATF type F in forks

" go with ATF type F for fork oil.. I've found 5w oil too light (that's factory weight) and I found 10w too stiff.. ATF type F is 7.5w, and works well for guys our size..[/QUOTE]

Good suggestion. I'm 6'2.5"- the KLR suits me well. My only complaint it 1st gear should be lower.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-04-2011, 09:38 AM
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Don't forget for the big guys (count me in too. 6'3" 270) to cut down on fork sag and brake dive I put a 1" longer spacer in the forks. Use PVC and cut it longer than the factory spacer. It preloads the spring a little to cut down on sagging.

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