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I picked up my "new" 2008 KLR650 yesterday from Casper, WY and rode it in 50 degree weather almost to Sheridan, WY. A couple of comments about the bike:

1.) I'm a 53 year old geezer compared to many of you. This bike is tall! I am not yet confident of my ability to get astride the bike without falling over the other side in a heap. Once on, everything is good. It is not easy to do when wearing insulated Carhartt coveralls which were made necessary by the cold weather and threat of rain. Lowering links will arrive this week and I'll also lower the fork the equivalent 1.5" amount.

2.) 37hp is barely enough to hold 70mph at 4000 feet up a hill against the Wyoming wind carrying a single 195lb rider without any baggage. I was using full throttle for much of the trip. It will run 75mph all day long in relative comfort on level ground.

3.) Riding a small bike on the freeway is nuts. I will not do it often if I have any other option. At least in the winter in Wyoming there isn't much traffic. Wind gusts often scooted me into the other lane. Did I say it was windy? It is often windy in Wyoming "because Nebraska sucks" though in this case it was because Colorado sucks since the wind was coming out of the north.

4.) 50 degrees is fine riding weather. I wasn't cold at all. I need at least four more inches on that windscreen, though.

5.) Pulled off in Story, WY to take the back roads to Sheridan and fairly quickly had a flat on the rear tire. Darn. I haven't ordered the tire irons or center stand yet. Will trailer it home this afternoon and figure out a milk crate setup so I can get the wheel off.

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yes the KLR has been compared to a kite in the wind, try standing on the footpeg then throw a leg over to get on, just be mindful of where you park. there are a few better ways to get the bike up off the ground than a milkcrate, a simple 2x4 cut to leangth under the swingarm works. you may want to do the 22 cent mod for a little better throttle response. but bucking a headwind will slow you down, you should have no problems running 80 if need be. anyway welcome, glad you chose the KLR.
 

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Welcome to the forum Lots of good info here to help sort out some of the issues you mentioned and good people to help if you get stuck.
Regards....justjeff
 

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2.) 37hp is barely enough to hold 70mph at 4000 feet up a hill against the Wyoming wind carrying a single 195lb rider without any baggage. I was using full throttle for much of the trip. It will run 75mph all day long in relative comfort on level ground.
I can't speak for the 4000 feet part, but at sea level it'll haul my 210 lb ass and another 40 lbs of stuff up a freeway hill at 70.

In general, I don't run it over 5000 RPM on the freeway (stock sprockets), which my GPS tells me is 69 MPH (and my speedo says is 76 or something).

3.) Riding a small bike on the freeway is nuts. I will not do it often if I have any other option. At least in the winter in Wyoming there isn't much traffic. Wind gusts often scooted me into the other lane. Did I say it was windy? It is often windy in Wyoming "because Nebraska sucks" though in this case it was because Colorado sucks since the wind was coming out of the north.
I really don't have any comparison, because the only thing I've ever ridden on the freeway is a KLR, and mine has a 2006 fairing. There was a day crossing the Bay Bridge that I couldn't lanesplit in slow-and-go traffic because I was getting blasted all over. Another day I crossed the Carquinez Bridge and the crosswind just about pushed the bike out from under me, I felt.

The behavior of the bike in a cross wind seems to be that it gets pushed sideways under me, but continues to track pretty well.

I think, though, I don't get exposed to the same level of wind that you do.

4.) 50 degrees is fine riding weather. I wasn't cold at all. I need at least four more inches on that windscreen, though.
Wind blast hits me basically at nose-height with the stock 2006 screen. Living in California, I don't get much freezing weather, but I can bundle up good enough that in the mid-30s, the only thing that gets cold is my fingers after an hour or so. Better gloves or warmers would fix that, I'm sure.

5.) Pulled off in Story, WY to take the back roads to Sheridan and fairly quickly had a flat on the rear tire. Darn. I haven't ordered the tire irons or center stand yet. Will trailer it home this afternoon and figure out a milk crate setup so I can get the wheel off.
Man, that's bad luck! I'm still waiting for my first flat 9000 miles in.

I use two auto jackstands to prop my bike up, based on the work of a guy I saw on the Internet. I cut vinyl tubing that I put on the frame to protect it, and put one jackstand under the right side frame, and then the other under the leftside frame. After I put on my big-azz skidplate that blocked the frame, I put the vinyl on the jackstand heads to provide a little more "stick" between the jackstands and the skidplate. I've taken the front end off and the rear end off with this setup. Seems stable enough.

Alternately, you can just put a stick under the frame/skidplate on the right side and prop it up. Not quite as stable, but it's not too bad if you lock the front brake on. This is what I have with me when I'm riding.

This guy built a cheap lift that I totally dig, but I haven't made one myself: http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm

Have fun! :)
 

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I picked up my "new" 2008 KLR650 yesterday from Casper, WY and rode it in 50 degree weather almost to Sheridan, WY. A couple of comments about the bike:

1.) I'm a 53 year old geezer compared to many of you. This bike is tall! I am not yet confident of my ability to get astride the bike without falling over the other side in a heap. Once on, everything is good. It is not easy to do when wearing insulated Carhartt coveralls which were made necessary by the cold weather and threat of rain. Lowering links will arrive this week and I'll also lower the fork the equivalent 1.5" amount.

2.) 37hp is barely enough to hold 70mph at 4000 feet up a hill against the Wyoming wind carrying a single 195lb rider without any baggage. I was using full throttle for much of the trip. It will run 75mph all day long in relative comfort on level ground.

3.) Riding a small bike on the freeway is nuts. I will not do it often if I have any other option. At least in the winter in Wyoming there isn't much traffic. Wind gusts often scooted me into the other lane. Did I say it was windy? It is often windy in Wyoming "because Nebraska sucks" though in this case it was because Colorado sucks since the wind was coming out of the north.

4.) 50 degrees is fine riding weather. I wasn't cold at all. I need at least four more inches on that windscreen, though.

5.) Pulled off in Story, WY to take the back roads to Sheridan and fairly quickly had a flat on the rear tire. Darn. I haven't ordered the tire irons or center stand yet. Will trailer it home this afternoon and figure out a milk crate setup so I can get the wheel off.

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Welcome fellow Wyomingite, sorry to hear about your flat tire issue. We try to use the frontage and secondary roads when traveling the slab. If the wind stopped we'd all fall over here. There are several members here from Nebraska and Colorado on this forum, don't want to get on the wrong side of them, just saying. Ask away with any questions, there's plenty of knowledge here. Ride Safe.:c0125:
 

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welcome -

flats are a pain. Wheel removal instructions are in the owner's manual.

Crosswinds - I find if I am riding with a normal relaxed hold on the bars countersteering into the gusts keeps me in my lane. Most of our windy days are 30 to 40 mph I was out once in breezes up to 60 mph. The wind blows my Gold Wing around too. Bikes have poor aerodynamics and lots of side area compared to their tire patches.

Anti-buffeting, anti-cold, anti-bugs windshield - have a look at www.madstad.com as an option.
 

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Hello and welcome! :)
I just wanted to add as well, if your running it balls out all the time keep an eagle eye on your oil level. Some of them tend to sip oil when ran in the higher RPM ranges.
 

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Nice to see that you're still riding. Sounds like a lot of fun to ride around in WY. Welcome to the forum and I think you'll be alright. KLR is plenty of power for what we need it for.
 
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