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I'm thinking about getting an IMS tank, one thing I'm wondering is how do you check and add antifreeze, you have to take the left plastic piece off to check it normally, but the tank is the shroud also.
Also I have nelson riggs dry adventure bags and was thinking about getting panniers, I can't get past the price, so I need to be talked out of them, and last, my klr has never been off-road and probably never will be, is there a big difference in the stock and 16 tooth socket?
 

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Not much help on the paniers or the tank. As for the sprocket, some feel its great for the highway as it drops your rpms down when cruising. Personally I don't feel the need for it as my stock sprocket puts the rpms at 5 going 70. Don't really push the klr pass that. In all honesty, the only reason I chimed in was you said your klr has never been off road. Your really missing out on literally half of that bikes potential. Sure it's scary at first, but man, that's where the klr offers up. It's not great off road, nor on road, but you blend the two and that's where the klr really shines as a go anywhere, do anything. Do it justice and go off the pavement, slowly, and just explore the places that bike will take you. I promise you, it will make you smile.
 

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It's my commuter bike and has done Ironbutt rides, did a rally on it and doing another one in Oct, so it's a lot of interstate riding usually 75 to 80 mph, the reason I like to use it is because my voyager is so heavy and the klr can do a uturn on a dime and is not as tiring to ride, it's way better on gas and uses 87oct, the list goes on. I have no friends that ride off-road, it looks fun, I'd go down a gravel road or smooth fire trail, plus I don't think my insurance would like a claim if I were do crash it going off-road.
 

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Myself I'm a believer in the 16 tooth sprocket. For your type of riding I wouldn't be without it.

As to adding coolant. I don't recall ever having to do it. Had an IMS tank on a Gen 1 model and don't recall any issue. You can see the level from the front. Worst case you have to remove the seat and slide the tank back. Are you having issues with coolant loss?
 

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My question to you is do you need a 10 gallon tank?
Most rides can't burn the 6 gallons without stopping for some reason, if you can, Bravo!!

I ride 75-80 with the stock 15 tooth, Been wanting 16 but then thought I might just ride it 1 tooth faster and I don't need to do that.

You are missing out not going off-road, Only did a little bit myself, very light, I don't know any other off-road riders here yet (not safe alone).

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Unless you plain on traveling to areas that you won't have access to fuel the 10 gallon is a waste of time. As for panniers they are nice to have. I have wolfman soft bags and I also have GIVI hard bags on all my bikes.

I just finished measuring up a jig for drilling and installing the mounting hardware on my KLR to accept the my givi bags. I have been considering sharing with the community here since I don't belief givi makes racks for the gen 1 klr but do have for the gen 2

KLR650 '08-16' : PL448 - SIDECASE HARDWARE

With this system you can mount any givi I have the givi e21 for side cases, e40 for side cases and e55 for top case. To me for general riding and commuting the givi is just visually nicer and not quite as expensive.
Givi E22N Monokey 22L Cruiser Side Cases - RevZilla

Further thought on adventure panniers is, IMO anyway, they just dont serve a good purpose for the bikes they go on. First they are not very aerodynamic and, also IMO, quite fugly. Expensive square boxes to hold your stuff that don't come off easily unless you go high end. If you are on two track they can be difficult, on single track then no way! If you go down, which you will on dirt, who knows. I use givi side cases for commuting and touring but only soft bags when in dirt, gravel, etc.. On two track just a duffel bag is all that is really needed for short trips.
 

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I need to be talked out of them
If you need a reason not to get panners, I personally went with soft bags because I could see falling off road, getting my leg broken under them. JMO :surprise:
 

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With an IMS10 installed you will still be able to reach in and remove the radiator cap. A funnel like this is handy for filling the radiator.


The IMS10 has more utility than just carrying 11 gallons of gas.

It is considerably lighter than the stock tank and nerf bars. It does a better job of protecting the radiator than the typical nerf bars.

If you don't need 10 gallons of gas on board, put 6 in and have the advantage of carrying it far lower on the bike than the stock tank does. With 6 gallons in it, the fuel comes up to about the level of the top of the seat.

It also provides about an acre of storage surface for MOLLE bags...



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Tom,
Is that a 'fresh pic'? With 11:1 compression ratio.
Sorry Paul, that's an old picture.

Here's a current one.



It's together and I could start it, I suppose. Some other priorities right now.

Tom
 

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I've only added water once and that was when I first got it. I want the 10 gal tank because my eventual goal is to hopefully run in the Ironbutt rally, the rally I did last weekend, I had the bike loaded down and I could only get 170 miles out of a tank, it was almost all interstate, but when I was in Downton Indy and Louisville the klr was easy to handle if I had to find bonuses on gravel roads. The reason I wanted panniers is because I was at a hotel and was afraid someone was going to get into my bags, I have no way of locking them, they are Nelson Riggs survivor dry bags, the panniers are almost a grand, so it's an investment.
 

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Ss 1000

Ive done a few SS 1000's and 170 to 200 miles between fuel ups is plenty unless you want to go 250 or so. I would think the soft bags would be throw overs anyway. I always take my bags in the hotel hard or soft.

Its your choice but personally I just don't see the need. From my iron butt experiences having a heated jacket is worth much more than most other items. The best bag I own for SS 1000 is my wolfman duffle bag that doubles as a back rest. A MUST HAVE! Gerbing jacket, scala g9 comm (for radio, gps directions, and phone) are more must haves.

The ss 1000 is a 24 hour ride and you can easily make it in 17 hours at 65-70 mph. 200 miles between stops, 15 minute breaks with gas stop, get up and go. All of the stops in my last two ss 1000 were about 180 miles.

2 up on almost all gravel 500 mile weekend with my wife. Wolfman soft bags and givi e45 was plenty for the two of us.


I did this SS 1000 last October and went from St. Cloud, MN to Fort Smith, Ar. then to OKC in 17 hours. I left home at midnight and got to OKC at 5 pm.








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Frisco, Co. on da bandit


somewhere in Iowa. Yeah, we got really wet!






Honestly, IMHO, ss 1000 is not about the luggage or fuel but the experience. Get out and do it. If you need a riding partner maybe I will ride out your way and do the ss 1000 with you.



 

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Doing an ss 1000 or riding a KLR should have nothing to do with looks. That's what they make HD for, LOL!

If you have a gen 2 then givi racks are available and you can get e21 bags as well. All that and you can have a nice set of detachable bags for under $450. Plus, in the future, if you want larger givi bags there is no need for new racks. ALL givi monokey cases, trunks and side cases, fit onto the same rack system.
 

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I've done a ss on the klr, it didn't get the plate back until it earned it, I think they are excellent rally bikes, the only thing I wish it had are hazard signals, especially at night.
 

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Just ordered a 16t sprocket, should have it on next Thursday, if I can get better mileage on the highway I won't need the 10gal tank, got my fingers crossed.
 

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Would it be possible to move the straps to the top of the seat just for the long distance ride so that you could take the bags in.
 

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I could, If someone got in my bags all I keep in there is my rain gear, tools (not my expensive ones) things like zip ties, gloves, just stuff to work on the bike, the most expensive thing in there is my first aid kit, the other things like my camera, laptop and clothes are in the bag on my top rack, so it doesn't really matter, buddy the thought of someone going through my stuff would upset me a little. My Nelson Riggs bags cost $120, it will take a lot of them to equal the price of panniers.
 
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