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I didn't even see it either when I bought the bike. When I replaced the airbox with an Ebay unit, the new one came with a metal plate mounted to the box right in that spot that the original either didn't have or lost at some point.
All the air boxes came with a heat shield, unfortunately they are still about an inch short of protecting the plastic box from the jet blast of a failed oem joint gasket (happened to mine in about '88-'89) or a poor fitting aftermarket 'slip-on' muffler.
Our fearless leader Tom Schmitz, aka Souperdoo has the fix tho,

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He has lots of great stuff on his personal site!
 
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ooooooooh, That is a pretty one!! Didn't know they ever made that color combination.

Treat her kindly and welcome to the forum, 10-guy.
The only problem is I can’t find crash bars over here and I know I’m going to drop it in the dirt!
 

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All the air boxes came with a heat shield, unfortunately they are still about an inch short of protecting the plastic box from the jet blast of a failed oem joint gasket (happened to mine in about '88-'89) or a poor fitting aftermarket 'slip-on' muffler.
Our fearless leader Tom Schmitz, aka Souperdoo has the fix tho,

click here--> Post Page

He has lots of great stuff on his personal site!
Paul, thanks for the link to Souperdoo!
That site is now a permanent bookmark in my KLR folder.
 

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The only problem is I can’t find crash bars over here and I know I’m going to drop it in the dirt!
If you remove the original 'Air-Dam / skidplate' several of the 2008-2018 Gen 2 style crash guards should work.
I've seen it on Facebook KLR sites.

Crash guards sticking out a little wider than normal would probably be a good thing.
 

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Hi all, new to the KLR650, I,ve had and still do Z1 900 -Z1R's 1973-1980's all my life, looking at setting up a new 650 for long distance travels around Australia in retirement coming up in a few years, l,m in Perth. Western Australia.
 

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Hello all, FNG from Maine.
Just picked up an 09 KLR a few weeks ago, though i have considered the KLR " THE" bike for me since reading about it in a book or two in the 90's.
But it turns out I ended up buying a cruiser, and rode that for 5-6 seasons.....and after the first year, rode past old dirt roads and 4 wheeler trails with a longing for a bike that could take me where i REALLY wanted to go.
The KLR i have is pretty nice and well farkled by its previous owner, but i'm adding the low profile drain plug,skid plate and subframe bolt upgrade. All the plastics are RED...but in good shape, so it cools my urge to give it a a few coats of OD Krylon. But i just may do it, as i'll enjoy the bike more.
The KLR is my fourth bike, and the third ive bought in the last 12 months ( the others are an old Suzuki RS175 that needs a bit of TLC, and an 83 KZ750 twin i bought cheap and worked on until it was road worthy, going to ride it in the spring)

Ive ridden a variety of other, larger bikes: Indians, harleys, Triumphs...and tried to talk myself into a payment but just could not, as none were as off road capable, or capable of hauling enough luggage, or just too damn expensive for what they were.
The KLR is going to fill the bill for a while.
 

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Hey everyone. Name is Jerry. Been lurking for awhile and decided to join. Yall have been answering questions for me for some time now simply by Google constantly directing me to forum topics. Love my '08 KLR650. Love to wrench on it almost as much as ride.
 

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Jerry and other newbies, be sure to read this:
 

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Jerry and other newbies, be sure to read this:
Funny man. I JUST read that post.
 

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Hello from Manitoba. Have had my '08 KLR for two summers now. Fortunate to get it with many add-ons. Used to race mx as a kid. Got our kids into mx and me back into it. But was finding as a 40 yr old, I was getting too sore to go to work the next Monday morning. Got back into street riding but missed the 'off road' type of riding. Knowing my knees and wrists wouldn't be happy to be on a track again, I sought a KLR. It now gets back on the occasional trail and gravel road riding which has been alot of fun. Still have my Ninja 1000 and a mid 90's Goldwing. All are fun but the 'ol KLR probably puts the biggest smile on my face. Here to gain more KLR knowledge and share tips/ideas with everyone else.
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Greetings! Old SC sasquatch here with new (to me) 2018 KLR 650 with less that 2700 miles. I came for the knowledge and the fellowship of the like minded
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Welcome folks ... newish here myself but find it a great community ...
 

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Hello all, I’m a new rider and in the market for a KLR 650 2007 or older as I love that boxier look to the older models. Doing as much research as I can and that’s how I wound up here. Any recs for searching for a bike or what to look for? Cheers
 

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Welcome to the forum, guitarkarl.

I'll recommend that you use this do's & don'ts list as a guide for inspecting the bike & questioning the owner.
 

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Hey guys and gals! I'm Thomas. I'm from Los Angeles, currently living in Portland, OR.

I have a 2013 KLR that I bought brand-new. It has just about every upgrade except...I guess a recluse clutch? I ride all kinds of motorcycles, especially vintage bikes, but I love my KLR for long touring trips with camping. I call it the Winnebago--although I do everything I can to lighten it vs. making it heavier and try to use (mostly) my lightweight backpacking camping gear to keep my luggage light, too.

I'm sick of Portland winter, which feels like two in a row this year and am looking forward to riding the wheels off of it this summer!
 

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Howdy. I'm Rick from northern Colorado. I bought a 2015 KLR 650 in May 2019 - it had 1,500 miles on the clock. This one was pretty well equipped with hard bags, engine guard, skid plate, and windshield. I was going in for double knee replacement in June and bought the bike as incentive to get recovered and get to riding. Of course, by the time I was fit to ride 2020 came around, so not many miles on the bike just yet. My brother and a buddy each bought KLR's so we are hoping to get some off-road miles in this year.

I was introduced to KLR's back in the 90's when I was on a tac bike unit on a police department. There were 20 of us and we rode those things everywhere. I fell in love with them and have wanted one of my own for years. I ride street bikes regularly and have traveled to both coasts and Canada on BMW's and Harleys. My current touring bike is a Road Glide and I'm in the market for a sport tourer to add to my little fleet (Harleys are fun but I miss the thrill of BMW's).

Anyway, nice to be here.

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