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post #21 of 26 Old 09-06-2016, 04:55 PM
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Thanks, it's a 320mm EBC with an Eaglemike SV caliper adaptor and a Suzuki SV650 twin piston caliper and SS brake line (both bikes have the same mods). Much better stopping power LOL!

I just rode an F800GS a couple weeks ago with the K60's on it; nice tires. :-)

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post #22 of 26 Old 09-06-2016, 11:56 PM
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Having done the Continental Divide bicycle trail ("ride the divide") -see the three completed (out of 4 planned) videos on my YouTube channel; TheInsaneFrame - I would include in the list of advisable modifications to a 2005 KLR the following; Short the side stand safety switch, as it will fail after not a lot of dirt and water. Clean your clutch neutral switch by disassembling it, cleaning it and reassembling it (Cylmer/Haynes says to do this every 2000 km !). I have done a lot of damage to my seriously thick bash plate - enough to impact the drain plug, so a slim drain plug is a good idea. Carrying luggage/riding aggressively off-road? Put on a stiffer rear spring! Engine guards. Hand guards for sure. I've done the fan switch addition - carry an extra fuse for that circuit as I've had the glass fuse fail. As to tires, I love my D606's. Well balanced and properly inflated on pavement, they've lasted about 9000 km (6000 on them now, and maybe 1/2 tread worn). My previous set only went about 6000 k on the front as they were not well balanced and they should have had more air in them for the highway parts home. Progressive springs up front with a fork brace as well.

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post #23 of 26 Old 09-07-2016, 10:08 AM
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I'm definitely going to add the fan switch, and carrying an extra fuse is a great idea, thank you. I'm also going to do the sub-frame bolt upgrade kit, and a good, metal skid plate.

I'm not an aggressive rider in any way, shape, or form. After being a paramedic for some time many years ago, and then search and rescue for the last 10 years, I tend to be pretty much a turtle. Slow and steady, and probably overly cautious.

Mostly because I just don't heal as fast as I used to.
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post #24 of 26 Old 09-08-2016, 09:02 PM
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^ I went with an SW-Motech bash plate at the same time as their engine crash bars. It was pretty expensive but I certainly don't regret it now as it's one tough sucker and seriously engineered. Plus anything is better than the stock plastic token gesture. I am also not a fast or serious offroad rider, but it's good to have that extra protection.


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I would include in the list of advisable modifications to a 2005 KLR the following;

Short the side stand safety switch, as it will fail after not a lot of dirt and water.

Clean your clutch neutral switch by disassembling it, cleaning it and reassembling it (Cylmer/Haynes says to do this every 2000 km !).

I've done the fan switch addition - carry an extra fuse for that circuit as I've had the glass fuse fail.
Well there's a few more little jobs to add to my growing list of KLR things to do!

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post #25 of 26 Old 09-10-2016, 10:41 PM
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Smile Off-roading upgrades :)

Oh yes definitely - I did my sub frame upgrade with the through-bolt. That one YouTube video of the broken upper bolt(s) was enough for me, especially since I regularly ride (and put the vast majority of my distance) well loaded down with gear and ride serious off-road rough. As to the hard-core skid plate, I have successfully bent mine so badly that I have a gouge out of the drain bolt that (luckily) turned it loose - not stripping the threads - in the high back country of Arizona this summer. I pushed that plate right up against my engine cases. I've seen others do the same. I can only imagine the hole that would have been my engine cases!

I've also replaced the rear spring with a more robust one, as once I load my 150 lb body, camping gear, tools and such on the bike (really, less than 50 lbs on top of body weight is enough to bottom out my KLR) it is much too easy to bottom out the suspension (hands up anyone who has a bent license plate) hard.

While we're at it, hand guards save knuckles and levers. better rear brake and clutch shift levers, off-road foot pegs... the list gets fairly long - and it depends on how "hard core off-road" you go. Some people upgrade rims... I haven't.

Having said all that, even after spending that money 9assuming you do the labour) you have a pretty good 'do it all well' machine for a lot less money than a fancy adv machine that won't do quite so well in some things but will do 75 mph all day on an interstate. It just depends on how you plan to use it. I lean to the abused dirt-bike range of use myself.

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post #26 of 26 Old 09-11-2016, 04:07 AM
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I'm no hardcore off-roader and don't expect to put many large dents in my SW-Motech bash plate! I do like to be well protected though and am slowly getting it all sorted. The stock suspension on my Gen II seems good enough for me so far. It does struggle a little when I ride 2-up with the wife on the back. Our combined weight is only around 260 pounds and I am yet to bottom it out.


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... better rear brake and clutch shift levers, off-road foot pegs... the list gets fairly long - and it depends on how "hard core off-road" you go.
Better pegs are on the list. What upgraded brake/clutch levers would you recommend?
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