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post #1 of 54 Old 09-21-2010, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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My 09 SUCKS!

Well as you can tell from the title, I am not happy with my bike. This is now the fourth (maybe 5th?) time that my 09 has left me stranded. Haven't had any problems with it since I finally fixed the worn wiring that was causing it to not run when its raining. Today I rode it to work as usual. Was making a turn and had the clutch in a bit and the engine died. Hit the starter button and it fired right up. Rode a couple miles more, came to a stop light so I pulled in the clutch and the engine died again. Tried starting it several times no dice. Pulled off the road and while hitting the starter button, I could hear the starter spin but it wasn't catching on anything. So it would seem some gear or something broke or fell out of where it should be. Can't wait to tear it open in the morning and see what damage there is.

I don't get it. I keep hearing the KLR is so reliable and bulletproof, and all I get is grief. So many design flaws with this bike (kick stand, front fender acts like a sail, wiring harness....), but too many miles on it no to get rid of it. Of all the miles on my Bandit, it only stranded me once because I shorted me main fuse when I installed crash bars. This thing just doesn't want to work. A piece of junk lemon

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A piece of junk lemon
I think you might have hit it on the head.. You might have a lemon..

My 02' has been reliable, almost to a fault (knock on wood) with several trips all over the Midwest, and in the end, I ride right back into my driveway, ready for the next ride.

I guess the occasional lemon gets out. Just sucks that someone ends up buying it without knowing..
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I think you might have hit it on the head.. You might have a lemon..

My 02' has been reliable, almost to a fault (knock on wood) with several trips all over the Midwest, and in the end, I ride right back into my driveway, ready for the next ride.

I guess the occasional lemon gets out. Just sucks that someone ends up buying it without knowing..
Everyone I know with the older models say the bike is great. That's why I bought this. I guess mine was made on a Friday. I wonder if Thailand allows pot smoking on the job?? Well, eventually all the faults will be fixed and maybe then it will be reliable.


Oh, and of course, all of these problems started AFTER the warranty expired.

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Everyone I know with the older models say the bike is great. That's why I bought this. I guess mine was made on a Friday. I wonder if Thailand allows pot smoking on the job?? Well, eventually all the faults will be fixed and maybe then it will be reliable.


Oh, and of course, all of these problems started AFTER the warranty expired.

Have you disabled the clutch and sidestand safety switches? Sounds like what is going on.

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It sounds like you should sell it ASAP and get a good bike like an HD that doesn't have any issues.

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Have you disabled the clutch and sidestand safety switches? Sounds like what is going on.
The starter will still make noise if these are malfunctioning??


I thought I found the issue. The flywheel bolt had come loose and I figured that made it so the, what is it, the starter clutch, didn't engage with the gears that are hooked up to the starter

EDIT: Well, the above DID NOT fix the issue. So, I tried the sidestand and clutch bypasses.

For the sidestand, I just cut the wires and soldered the two together. That's all to it, right??

For the clutch, popped out the plug and stuck in a 10a minifuse. Correct for that one, right?


So the starter still just WHIRRRRRRS along when I hit the starter button. If I can, I'll try posting a video of it, maybe the sound will help diagnose this.

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Lets try this:


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The safety switches will not allow the starter to turn so they aren't the problem.

You said that the rotor bolt was loose yes? The starter is not engaging the gear inside the case, you're going to have to take it apart and have a look.

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The safety switches will not allow the starter to turn so they aren't the problem.

You said that the rotor bolt was loose yes? The starter is not engaging the gear inside the case, you're going to have to take it apart and have a look.
Already did that part first. Everything is back in there nice and tight.

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I got nothing helpful to add, but hang in there, bud. I know it is super frustrating. Maybe you did get a lemon. I haven't had any problems to write home about.

Keep swinging. You'll beat it. Or sell it and move on.




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