The chain slack is 1.75 inches (spec is 1.40 inches to 1.80 inches). The lower run of the chain can be raised to 0.25 inches of the chain guide on the bottom of the swing arm. That's at least in spec.
Three washers got the muffler off the Continental TKC80 enough to prevent it from rubbing any more.
My son and I took the new KLR and the Versys out for a 200 mile loop yesterday. We looped Green Swamp, which has some dreadful road conditions. However, we kept to the paved surfaces.
Some early observations:
Thereís a minor but distinct wobble in the front at speeds north of 65. It might be the Contiís. I took delivery of this bike with the Contiís. But I test rode a 2015 before I bought this one and it didnít have any of that. Thereís a fairly simple steering play inspection procedure in the Service Manual that Iíll check on later.
Gearing might be a little too tall in the lower gears. It seemed that I had to drop it down to 2nd for the most minor maneuvering. Iím not sure thatís going to be very effective when it sees sandy conditions, which is about every condition once off pavement.
Shifting seems very heavy. That is, hard to shift both up and down. Could be that Iím too used to the V. Maybe changing the mineral oil out for synthetic will help a little? The shift lever seems short, too.
The temperature gauge seemed wonky, although upon further research it may be okay. Essentially, when riding the motorcycle, the pin would drop to just above the C-line. Then when stopped and idling, it would work up to mid-range between C and H.
The Service Manual says that mid range on the gauge is 100c/212F, but didnít offer any info on the temps otherwise along the range. Then I found a temp reading overlay offered by watt-man that provides an indication of temps along the range of the gauge (see below). So, running in ambient temps of 65-70, at speeds of 50-65, Iím going to estimate that I was running at a temp as low as 165. That seems low, but the manual also says that the thermostat is set to open at 157-163. Anyway, then when I stopped and idled the pin slowly rose to 210-220. Overall, although I thought it looked weird on the road yesterday, Iím inclined to think allís well here in KLRville unless I hear otherwise from you.
Honestly, the suspension didn't seem all that bad for what it is. Dirt Bike Mag, in a link in this forum, said that Kawa has equipped the 2016 with stiffer springs. Suspension takes a long time to figure out and get acclimated to and dialed in. For now, I'll just say it's better than I thought I was going to get.
Similarly, the seat is supposed to have been improved in 2016. I thought the seat was perfectly fine for the four hours we were out on it yesterday. However, seats are another thing that take some time to figure out, but similar to the suspension, I'd say it's better that what I thought I was going to get.
So far, so good!