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Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   07-11-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 548
Posted By Surfersami
I have hit reserve twice on my bike, both times I...

I have hit reserve twice on my bike, both times I found a gas station within a mile or two of switching over. Both times I put 4.9 - 5.1 gallons. So I am thinking I had about a gallon left which =...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   07-11-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,851
Posted By Surfersami
I'm 6'3" 220ish maybe a little more than 230...

I'm 6'3" 220ish maybe a little more than 230 dressed to ride. I ride with the preload on 5, stock seat and I can flat foot the bike. 34" - 35" inseam, it is a tall bike for sure.
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   07-11-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 26,626
Posted By Surfersami
I ride with Tusk panniers, I am very happy with...

I ride with Tusk panniers, I am very happy with them.
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   06-21-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,631
Posted By Surfersami
I have a 2009 KLR 650, just past 70,700 miles....

I have a 2009 KLR 650, just past 70,700 miles. When I got the bike with 2000 miles on it the oil had be changed once at a dealer. Since then I had only run Rotella T 15-40 non-synthetic. I had the...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   06-13-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,104
Posted By Surfersami
Totally right, your rpm at a given speed will be...

Totally right, your rpm at a given speed will be lower, but your speedo will react the same. For some reason, running Shinko 705s F/R my speedo is almost dead on with my GPS. As my front tire wears...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   06-12-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,478
Posted By Surfersami
If you are riding mostly highway, a 16t front and...

If you are riding mostly highway, a 16t front and 42t rear really gets the rpm down for interstate travel. I run this setup all the time as 90% of my riding is on rode. 58 to 62 mpg depending on...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   05-30-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,027
Posted By Surfersami
In most states (Southern, FL, GA, SC, NC, TN) I...

In most states (Southern, FL, GA, SC, NC, TN) I have driven off-road in, the trail system is designated for motorcycle/ATV only, or for all off-road vehicles (including licensed 4x4s like...
Forum: How To's & Tech Guides   02-22-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 63
  Rotella
Views: 3,306
Posted By Surfersami
On a Norton forum, there is a guy who is doing...

On a Norton forum, there is a guy who is doing some ongoing testing of different oils for motorcycles. He classifies them as to what would be good in an air-cooled, water-cooled, dry clutch, wet...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   02-07-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By Surfersami
If you adjust your rear axle adjusters unevenly...

If you adjust your rear axle adjusters unevenly the rear tire will not track straight with the center-line of the bike, this will also cause your brake disc to be misaligned to the caliper. If not...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   02-07-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By Surfersami
Also check your rear brake pads, if they are...

Also check your rear brake pads, if they are wearing crooked the rear wheel may be out of alignment and the front is adjusting for it. Don't ask how I know this. I really thought I measured the...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   01-28-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,478
Posted By Surfersami
I sold my car and now the KLR is my only vehicle....

I sold my car and now the KLR is my only vehicle. Bought with 2000 miles in January 2012, at 66730 this morning. Like to ride.
Forum: Deep South Riders   01-24-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By Surfersami
Then ride it like ya stole it! Just kidding,...

Then ride it like ya stole it! Just kidding, double check fuel lines ti make sure they are not dry rotted, if they used ethanol fuels, this could have dried out the rubber hoses. Same thing with the...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   01-24-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,478
Posted By Surfersami
I routinely take rides leaving at 6 am and...

I routinely take rides leaving at 6 am and returning home at 11 pm averaging 750+ miles, but I have never done 1000 in 24 hrs. I ride from south of Charlotte, NC to the Tail of the Dragon and back in...
Forum: 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods   01-10-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 29
  Tires
Views: 1,298
Posted By Surfersami
I have used bike master for a long time, never...

I have used bike master for a long time, never use HD, I have only had one problem, and have never had to balance my tires (Shinko 705s).
Forum: 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods   01-10-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Surfersami
I ride mostly road all the time, I run Shinko...

I ride mostly road all the time, I run Shinko 705s, they handle really well wet and dry, and they do gravel/dry dirt with no problem. I also get a lot of miles 8,000 on the rear and 18,000 on the...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   11-01-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,291
Posted By Surfersami
You are correct that it isn't just weight, Tires...

You are correct that it isn't just weight, Tires will make a big difference as will the kind of gravel. My Honda V65 Sabre was really bad on the gravel as well. Maybe I have just gotten use to my...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   10-31-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,291
Posted By Surfersami
Anything that is over 400 lbs, and top heavy will...

Anything that is over 400 lbs, and top heavy will feel squirrely on gravel. Some tires make a difference, but you probably have more grip than you think. I ride a mile on gravel every day to get to a...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   10-25-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By Surfersami
It is like anything else with vehicles of any...

It is like anything else with vehicles of any kind, sitting is bad, moving is good. I have seen cars sit in storage for more than a year with ethanol free fuel in the tank. stick a battery in and it...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   10-25-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By Surfersami
No it isn't a still, when you are a missionary...

No it isn't a still, when you are a missionary with a christian mission organization you can't have a still...

It's an alternative fuels refinery. (Cough, cough,wink, wink) :-)

PS - We did have...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   10-25-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By Surfersami
Another side affect of ethanol in the fuel is...

Another side affect of ethanol in the fuel is that it is hydro-scopic, it collects water from the atmosphere. In ground storage tanks that are not filled often (gas stations in remote areas or that...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   08-23-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,291
Posted By Surfersami
I live a mile back on a gravel road. I have had...

I live a mile back on a gravel road. I have had street tires, Shinko 244s, and Shinko 705s they all squirrel around on the gravel. I have learned to let the bike find its way, don't over tighten your...
Forum: KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion   08-23-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,698
Posted By Surfersami
Went over 300 several times in the 6 years since...

Went over 300 several times in the 6 years since I bought my 09. Used secret/super secret reserve once at 345, filled up 4 miles later. (who knew that station was just around the corner?)
Usually...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   07-18-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 26,907
Posted By Surfersami
When I did this mod, I was running a 15/42 setup....

When I did this mod, I was running a 15/42 setup. Even so the difference was quite noticeable. The engine revs easier, it pulls strong across the whole rev range, and it seems to crank easier. Some...
Forum: 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions   07-15-2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 26,907
Posted By Surfersami
I did this mod on a bone stock 09 KLR 650, it...

I did this mod on a bone stock 09 KLR 650, it makes a big difference in power, seems to rev faster as well. Never dyno'd, but it pulls really well up and down NC/SC hills. No drop in feul economy...
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