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post #1 of 6 Old 05-28-2011, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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New to the Club 2007 KLR 650 2250miles.

Good Evening All, It took a few months but I found a fantastic KLR 650 within my price range. I found, viewed and purchased a 2007 KLR 650 for $4000 with only 2250 miles. The entire bike is clean, with no drops. The engine is strong and smooth. I have purchased the riding boots, 3/4 touring jacket and the Modular Helmet. I am ready to go.

I would like some advice and general direction as to the upgrades that must be done, could be done and shoud not be done. If you have the time or the inclination your advice/opinions are welcome.

I would like to put on the 20 mm ammo can panbnier's and change the fairing/headlight.

Life is a ride that should be thouroughly enjoyed. ATGATT!

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Renthal Bars, Happy Trails Racks, SW Motech Crash Bars, Center Stand, Bash Plate, Yana Shinka HID headlight, Rigid LED Spots, Leo Vince X-3 Pipe, 20mm Ammo Can panniers, Cryca Brush Bars, GPS Ram Mount, Truck Air Horn, LED Brake Light Bar, Tool Tube, Done the "Do", Winner 2012 Mark B (4) Bolt award..

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-28-2011, 07:28 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Snakeboy66. Very good looking bike you paired up with there. Your possibilities are endless from here. Provided you and the bike remain intact.

I'm a supporter of the idea that increased rider skill level = increased miles and enjoyment. Get all the training and information about safe, effective riding you can. Many of us are self taught riders. We were drawn like a magnet to the road, and the wind, and some of us found that the whole world looks different from a motorcycle seat, and became addicted to that view. And off we went. In my case, I developed some bad riding habits that I substituted for skill. I grew up on the Great Plains, where the roads are flat and straight, and our road engineers prided themselves on building 90 degree turns with no more banking than was necessary to get rain water to eventually run off. I didn't learn how to turn. I eventually ended up living in a mountain region, where the two predominate directions are up and down, and little more than goat paths to get there. My lack of skill on these roads and trails limited me to great extent, and well, I don't ride motorcycles to enjoy limitations. I have spent more time, money and effort improving my riding abilities the past 20 years than I did the first 20 years. I'm grateful I lived through the first 20, and wonder how much I missed due to my lack of riding ability.

The First Commandment in the world of two wheels is this: Do not limit thyself.

Ignorance is the biggest and most deadly limitation. Get rid of it.

Your bike needs little more right now than you on it and about thirty gallons of gasoline ran through it. By the time you run through that gasoline, you will know what the bike needs to be safer, more comfortable, and improve performance in places you can appreciate it. Little is needed to improve the reliability of the KLR. The Gen I [1987-2007 models] have a weak engine balancer system component that can be replaced by the owner or a shop, is available from a number of sources, and once changed out, becomes the foundation for all further growth and meaningful interaction in the KLR world. This part is reverently referred to as "The Doohickey".

And there is more to "it" than just "changing it out". It is a Rite of Passage. Some day, anthropologists will discuss the social phenomenons of our time, listing the sacred rituals of the Masons, the Knights of Columbus, baptism, the Marine Corps Crucible, and the changing of the KLR Doohickey. Also. Your social status and position on the tribal Totem Pole will be determined by what farkles you put on your motorcycle. [Farkle. Function + Sparkle = Farkle]

Choose your farkles wisely, Grasshoppa.

Enjoy the journey.

“many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased”- Steinbeck, [I]"Travels with Charlie"

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-31-2011, 01:34 PM
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That was great,I to have been self taught. I subscribe to the same as most ( get rid of Ignorance). It will kill you.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-01-2011, 08:14 AM
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The world of education!

Don't forget " Mistakes "

If you make them and don't learn: Oh Well "sorry"

If you make them and do learn:

Ageing Gracefully

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-16-2011, 11:13 PM
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I'd do the thermobob early.

Read through this, it is interesting.

Word to the wise though: Don't start the Thermobob installation at 9:30 at night when you have work the next day because you can't wait to install it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-17-2011, 02:56 PM
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Welcome to our family, Snakeboy66. I am on my third KLR. I have had bikes in between my KLRs but I keep coming back to my first love. They are tough, dependable, and are referred to as the SUV of motorcycles. You will enjoy yours. I noticed you were wanting to put some ammo cases on your KLR. I have a pair of 40mm ammo cases in my garage. If you are interested, let me know. Enjoy your KLR, and again, welcome.

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