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Those that know me know that if I like something, I'll say so, and vice versa.

Here's one I like.

If you've ridden with me, you can testify that every time I go for a ride I fall down.

Thing is, more often than not I ride alone and I tend to be a bit more cautious when I'm alone 'cuz somebody like SLO-KLR ain't around to pick the thing up off of me and save my poorly skilled butt.

I'll walk (push, pull, cajole, curse) the bike though a really sketchy part if I have to, but I need something to hold onto. My bike has the Turbo City rack on it but that's always covered up with bags and gear and there's only a little hoop I can get a finger through to help hoist the thing along.

I've always wanted something solid to grab onto.

This was something I tumbled onto - it's a center stand handle made by a guy up San Jose way. He advertised it as fitting up through '07 KLRs. I sent him an e-mail asking why it wouldn't fit '08+ bikes. His response was 'I haven't tried it on one, and I'm not gonna advertise it fits something I haven't tried'. Seemed like a pretty forthright response.

We traded a few e-mails. One thing lead to another and I found myself in San Jose at his shop where we installed it. Fits like a champ.

While I haven't had a chance to go get stuck in deep sand, I have lived with it for about three weeks now. I find it very handy, even for pulling the bike into it's narrow parking spot beside the garage where it has to go over a decent size bump.

It's well made from 6061 aluminum. Nicely machined and with an ingenious detent design that solidly holds it either folded up or extended. It's been anodized so it won't get all oxidized and cruddy and the hardware is good stainless stuff. It's really sturdy - you can give it a good yank and trust it.

I don't have a center stand, but it seems just the ticket for pulling the bike up onto one. For me the utility of having a handle on the bike is great. With it folded up I've never noticed it was there, having ridden about 2500 miles with it in place.

It's not terribly spendy at $80 (I don't know what the shipping costs are, as I picked mine up at the shop) for the quality of workmanship that's gone into it.

We installed it in about 5 minutes and it fit very nicely - even with my accessory panel in the way.

You can find it here and get more info. The guy that makes it is really friendly. He's a biker who has ridden a lot of off road and does a fair bit of riding on his K100.

On the mod scale, I rate it

Difficulty 1
Satisfaction 5
Importance 4 (more if you have a center stand, maybe less if you don't fall down a lot:))
Cost 6

and give it a solid thumbs up.

Here are a couple of photos





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I bent my rack when I did that a couple weekends back.

At least you're not stuck under it...:)

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I saw the handle when it still had that new handle smell.

You OK, D?
 

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Oh yeah, no big deal on my part just stepped off as it fell to my left. I rode a good wheely for about fifty feet just before my get off. :) You can see the bump below that sent me into wheely mode.
Good deal brother. Say hi to the family for me.
 

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Is it a loose swinging hinge or is there some friction to it keeping it flush? Also, I am wondering how it will do falling on that side and it being out in impact?
 

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Is it a loose swinging hinge or is there some friction to it keeping it flush? Also, I am wondering how it will do falling on that side and it being out in impact?
RB -

It's got detents, man, detents.

No, not dilettante, détente, nor débutante, but detents!

It clicks into the open position, and clicks back into the closed position.

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RB -

It's got detents, man, detents.

No, not dilettante, détente, nor débutante, but detents!

It clicks into the open position, and clicks back into the closed position.

Tom
Very cool! I see them now and get how it works. I am totally sold just add it to the list and maybe see a set in a couple years of saving up. lol

I wonder if they will fit a KTM? My friend is a 3rd my mass, with only a center stand no side stand, and it is a good laugh every time we stop watching him try to get it up.
 

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... it is a good laugh every time we stop watching him try to get it up.
Family forum buddy. Watch it....

If the KTM has a frame tube diameter the same as the KLR, then it's likely it will fit.

Just need to find a good spot to install it so that he would have proper leverage.

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Looks handy,, a little spendy, but it could be nice in a pinch.
 

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It is a handy thing. I still like it!

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Looks good, I would like a little more info on the accessory panel if you don't mind


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timothys687 -

It is an ABS panel that I made from 1/8" ABS sheet. The swtich kills the headlight; it's easier on the battery when the thing gets flooded from, uh, taking a nap in the dirt and when it doesn't want to start on a cold morning at high altitude. That sort of thing.

The socket is a Powerlet (aka a BMW plug) that is wired directly to the battery and fused at 15A. I use it to run my compressor.

The mess below all that is the valve for the chain oiler.

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Thanks Tom, you're a GENIUS!!! I hope you don't mind me copying.


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