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There's KLR's everywhere in Aus, where are u all?

I'm from Richmond NSW, & I got an '04 650 I bought new. It now has 50,000 k's on it & still going strong. Always used a bit of oil though (pain in the arse!) but I love it. I've had about 15 bikes over the years, mainly road bikes. I wouldn't swap my KLR for anything. It's a blast.

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Hi Barf

I'm on the Gold Coast. Had my '87 since April '90. It's now done over 145,000kms. I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I have just acquired a cylinder & head off low mileage bikes from the states. Will probably fit them over the xmas hols. Mine uses a lot of oil between changes so hopefully this will cure it.

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Markill68, they are tall & they aren't light for a dirt bike, but they drop a fair way when u sit on them & if u've ridden road bikes, the KLR feels light. Air the tires down to 15 or 17 psi in the dirt & it's easy to ride. Air them back up for the road though.
 

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Hi Griffo1962.
145000 k's is unreal. I hope I get that sort of life out of mine.
Just did a trip to the Imbil rally in Queensland. We did 3500 k's. First night Grafton, 2nd night Caboolture, 3rd night Imbil for the rally, 4th Maidenwell, 5th Grafton, 6th Walcha, 7th Stuart Town & home on the 8th.Bike used 400ml of oil, & the battery gave up at Grafton, but other than that it went like a train. Very comfortable bike on the road. Soaks up pot holes on back roads, steers easy & takes dirt roads well, and does it easy at 110 to 120 km/h. Faster if u want but how many pionts u have on your licence may keep your speed down. U still ride much?
 

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G'day, here i am, not actually an owner yet, still kicking tyres, but keep coming back to the KLR. I have a BMW R80ST. If I get a KLR, I might just take the panniers and screen off the R80 and make it a scratching bike. From what I have read here and elsewhere, I might get a top quality battery fitted from new.

How long does it take to change the front sprockets over? The gearing seems a bit tall to me I plan to ride to Victoria regularly (I'm from Bathurst, NSW) and will probably swap sprockets before I hit the dirt or maybe just run a 14 tooth all the time. Any ideas?
 

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Hi TheBaldNess & Snowymountainsmick.

I've played with gearing. I found the 14 tooth front OK for 100k's an hour, maybe 110, but any more than that seemed a bit cruel for any length of time. I ended up settling for 15\44, which is 1 more tooth on the back with a stock front. Top speed is more than it ever was & it's quite happy running around in top at 80k's.

Stock gearing was OK. I do most of my riding on the road though. Good on road, ok for fire trails, high for single track. I reckon even a 14 front would be to high for single track, or the stuff I've done on other dirt bikes anyway.

As far as the battery goes, I've got heated grips on my bike & my original battery lasted nearly 3 years & 52000 k's. Pretty good I reckon.

If you're thinking of buying 1, be aware of the oil consumption issues. If I had have been aware of them before I bought the bike, I would have bought a DR650. But I bought the KLR, & now I wouldn't swap it for anything. Mine uses about 400ml per 1000km around town, less on a run. I recently did the Imbil Rally at Queensland. 3500km round trip & I used about 600ml of oil. It's always used oil so I figure there's nothing to worry about. I probably didn't run it in hard enough to bed the rings.

The Baldness may be able to fill u in on his first impressions of the bike, he's just bought 1.
 

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Hi All,
Have had my '04 nice new and she's at 35000+ k's without a problem. Live on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. do mostly road riding around the coast plus a few trips to Brissie each week. Besides getting a new seat, what have you done to combat the numb bum syndrome. Would be good to try and get one of these walmart atv seat pads i see in many of the USA posts.
 

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Gday barf. how are you.recently bought an 08 and have done about 1200 kays.its good on the dirt roads around here .some of the fellas i work with have trail bikes and we are planning a ride to longreach on dirt and backroads.can any of you guys recomend a certerstand.cheers charlie
 

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Looked at that but could not get much of an idear from the single pic.
I've ordered one from arrowhead in the states,and will still land it here $50 cheaper than aus.How's your bike going.I've only done 1200 kays on mine,but it's getting better all the time.It handles the dirt road around CQ well.
 

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Hi All, Geoff here in Alice Springs. I have an 08 that was a demo model I purchased from Boltons Kawasaki in Adelaide in March 08.

I had an 04 as well, I really like both of them. Mine has 4200km now, uses a little oil. I replaced the doohickey last week and have fitted SW-Motech Bars, Alloy plate, Pannier Racks, Fork Brace, Braided Brake Lines, Centre Stand, R-Jays Topbox.

Have just ordered some Pelican side cases and will be fitting them next week, I only got small ones as I travel very light.

Look forward to hearing from you blokes interstate.
 

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Give us a look Geoff

How about some pic's Geoff........ i have an 04 and when i finally get my new shock for it i will be back hitting the trail's.
I see you did your doo, where did you get it from ? i wanna do mine just for peace of mind but don't know where to order it from.
cheers mate...
 

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Hi Bratski, I got my "doo" kit from www.KLR650.com in the States, it came with everything you need. I have been a mechanic since 1982 so it was easy for me to do with my experience, but having said that it is very straight forward.
I will post up some pictures of my bike soon.

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G'day all,
just found this site but am a member of a couple of other klr forums.
I'm from the Central Coast NSW & own an '08 KLR650
 

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Hi all, I'm from Ballarat, the coldest inland place in victoria, I have a 77 KL250, in the process of engine repairs, but when it's runnin, there's nothing like the freedom of cruising around the bush. I used to live on the south coast of NSW. big difference in temperature, but if you read my profile, there is one reason why i aint comin back north to live.
 

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Hi Bratski, I got my "doo" kit from www.KLR650.com in the States, it came with everything you need. I have been a mechanic since 1982 so it was easy for me to do with my experience, but having said that it is very straight forward.
I will post up some pictures of my bike soon.

Geoff.
Hi geoff
So you're a mechanic hey?
I hope you might be able to answer a question I have... recently I took the side cover off the engine to replace the oil filter, I had to move the bike, and only noticed the other day that the oil screen has gone missing. How important is it, as I have tried to get a new one and a secondhand one as a replacement but have had no success in finding one. So is it safe to run the bike without it, or what? If it is safe, I will still be hunting down that illusive part to eventually replace it, but till then, if it's not safe, then it will be some time till I get to go for a ride again.
 

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G day Barf,

Just been drafted,found the tent and toilets.
How do you message questions for everyone to read and get help.
I'm based in Sydney and have a 2003 C SERIES 650 KLR.
Trying to get help if the IMS 6.6 gallon plastic tanks fit on this model or if it requires mod's without too much hassle.It suits the A SERIES KLR.
Thanks and good to know we got ANZAC Riders for a change....

MangoSlap.
 
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