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post #1 of 9 Old 07-08-2018, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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My first like ever. 1990 KLR 650

Well I had an old KX80 once. I have only been on a few motorcycles in my life most of the dirt bikes. But I like the idea of adventure riding. Been looking at KLR for a while pick this one up used for $1,000. It wasn't technically running the guy said it would run but needed a battery. Came with two sets of plastics The Originals, which were painted orange yuck. And some newer styled Plastics which painted flat black and a little broken up. Bought a new battery on the way home got home and installed it added about a half a gallon of fresh gas tank was pretty much empty. After little cranking it fired right up! Jackpot !! I got to running KLR with supposedly under 10,000 miles for under $1,000. Now what I don't have a lot of time to mess with this this summer. I plan on redoing all of the bearings and rebuilding the carburetor. I will need to make sure all the lights are working some of them them or not and get it inspected and time of on the road. Then I will practice on some dirt roads near my house until I get enough nerve to go take my motorcycle license test. And then who knows probably no Adventures till next year.
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Figured out how to attach pictures. They're not that impressive.
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Welcome to the forum!

That is an interesting bike. If you can get some high-res pictures that would be nice.

See, it might have been a Tengai! That shit is drool-worthy, even though you might not be able to restore it to Tengai. At first, I thought you had a UFO SuperBike fender (but the lines were just a bit off) on the front and some Acerbis brake rotor protection to go with it, but then I saw the dash, which is Tengai. So you've got some original Tengai plastics in that fender and brake protection. It would be interesting to see what the yucky orange ones look like... ;^)

I have a left nut that is just waiting to be traded for a Tengai.

This is why Tengai is drool-worthy:

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Yes I definitely is a tengai. I have all the original Plastics front fairing side Plastics and rear fender and two rear Plastics. Including the surround that goes around the gauges. It's just all f****** orange LOL. Not sure what I'm going to do with them they are epoxied together in a few places but in generally good shape. I'll probably sand them all down and paint them I don't really like the original colors. I'm guessing this was the blue because that's what color the wheel brake covers are. Yes and that front fender is still the original Fender just painted black. I don't think this bike is any different other than cosmetically then the others from what I've read.
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Yea, I spotted the cast aluminum passenger footrest brackets, the gauges, the front fender and brake rotor guard as well, Tom.

Mechanically your bike has a twin piston front brake caliper (which take their own style of pads) with a larger front brake disc, from the factory. And the other parts which Tom & I mentioned as 'different' from the run-of-the-mill KLR650-A series , as well.

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I can't see enough of the tank to know if the attach points for the plastics are there or if that is a KLR650 tank. Interesting that one of the POs tried to turn it into a KLR650 Gen 1.

Also would be interesting to see what is going on down there by the battery box. If you draw a line straight down from the lathe's power switch there looks like some sort of bottle strapped to the frame. edit: I guess that is just the shock that I'm seeing.

It's a worthy project!

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I have been reading about the differences between this bike and the model A I did not hear about the double piston brake caliper that's good news! Since I'm 300-plus lbs. I think the little thing you see on the frame is a cigarette lighter AC adapter. I think he put it on there so you could charge things. It's broken I haven't done anything with it cuz I'm not good with electronics I don't want to unhook anything and screw things up. I haven't done much to the bike I don't have much time to play with it this summer. Hopefully in September I can tinker. I did unscrew the top of one of the front fork tubes it appears to have stock Springs they were 18 in Long most of the progressive Replacements are much longer. Here is a picture of the original Plastics. I'm not much on Aesthetics but even as a Denver Broncos fan I can't justify this bull shit LOL. I have the rear fender and headlight assembly as well. These pictures were taken on high pixel setting but they got degraded by the site at download.
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I can see where the plastics are a bit rough, but all that is reparable. I don't think you can bring it back to Tengai because the graphics would be an enormous undertaking. It could look pretty good with a fair amount of prep and paint. Something along these lines:



Some imagination with the later Gen 1 graphics on a simple paint scheme like this would look good.

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That's a nice looking picture I like flat black anyway. I don't know that I really like the original color scheme I would imagine you could get the stickers butt if not you can have them custom cut. But the seat is a a replacement I don't have the old one but I'm cool with that.
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