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What Did You Do To Your KLR Today - 2023??

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It's a new year, so we start a new thread. Who is doing something to their KLR today?
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Installed Oxford heated grips, Warp 9 shorty levers (scared the shit out of myself installing said levers thinking I broke the clutch and cover), a cool cup holder mounted to the crash bar, a tusk handlebar bag turned onto a cool tail bag because I didn't like it on the handlebars and I still need to install 1 more piece of Kawa green bling - a NiceCNC oil filter cover/cap. All of these were Christmas gifts! 2023 is off to a good start! I'm almost done installing farkles!! :p:p馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ
What do you think of the levers? I'm waiting for them to come back into stock.

Thanks,

Willie
I held onto the handle bars as it pulled me hard down.... the ICE COVERED STREET! My Snowblower that is! Freezing Rain and a 2-stage Snowblower made for a combo where I was able to hold the Bars of it last night and it pulled me down the road! That's what you get when you remove the heavy wet snow! It started as freezing rain.

It needed more Horsepower though. It didn't have good acceleration off the line! ;)

3-5 more inches of SNOW today (after the heavy wet 8+ I moved last night)!!! We are 4 days into January an it's heading towards one of the SNOWIEST on record.... we have been getting Slurpies from the sky almost weekly it seems. Come on SPRING!!! :cry:

Willie
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LMAO Willie, running my snowblower reminds me of spending a couple hours on the ole Buell. Hands are numb and forearms tinkle. Can't even drink a beer cause I'm still shaking.
I had a Buell S1 Lightning! The Hands weren't the ONLY thing that went numb after a longer ride! It took quite awhile before the old "manhood" got feeling back! ;)

It sure was fun to ride though!!!

Willie
You should identify as a snow bird and go south to avoid all that nonsense馃ぃ
Twas not cold causing the numbness.... on the Buell S1 Lightning! :eek:

With snow storm after snow storm this year, I do agree on the snowbird thing!!! After Snow Blowing today, the snowbank on our corner lot is within a foot or so of the Stop Sign at the top of the pole! The joys of owning the corner lot! ;)

Willie
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After an extended period of rain, fog, and damp roads with construction muck tracked all over the damn place, I treated the Great Pumpkin to a proper cleaning..
Looking good!

BE CAREFUL when applying "Protectorate" to Motorcycle surfaces! TIRES, Seats and Grips are major NO-NO's in most peoples books. The risk of losing control is increased due to the slickness the products create on the surfaces they are applied to. Even though care was used to keep it from the tread, some can get on the tread surface and cause traction issues when cornering/turning.

A VERY nice looking ride!

Willie
Good thing to do is call highway police to notify them about it

They would show up and check that out specially if the responsible truck is around

That could save lives
In Minnesota, some Farmers have a Harvesting Company come in and Harvest the crops for them using many machined at once. These Companies travel from Field/Job to Field/Job on the roads in a convoy. There is the little town that is down on the River where the Bike Riders LOVE to gather for a beverage and B.S. session. I was visiting a friend that lived in the area one fall day. I was on my way home which took me through this little town. The hill into town is fairly steep (for MN standards) and twisty. Well.... one of the pieces of Equipment barfed Hydraulic Oil all over 1 & 1/2 of the lanes of the road width for a block or two.

All I could think was:

1.) I PRAY no Biker gets hurt!

2.) Thank God I didn't ride out to my friends!

YES.... Law Enforcement and the County were on site.

That's my oil on road story!

Willie
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Your selling dealership Was Supposed to adjust the headlight focus during Preparation before even setting it out on the sales floor!
We/I did for over 40 years that I worked in a Kawasaki Dealership.
But any replacement assy would probably still need some fine tuning.
Mine was prepped for Raccoon Huntin'! It's high!

Willie
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Installed my camping saw/machete a few days ago. I know it decreases clearance between the crash bars and Tupperware, but for now I can鈥檛 think of a better place to mount it. It might get strapped to my GL Tillamook for my upcoming camping trip. View attachment 40215
What brand Highway Pegs are those?

Thanks!

Willie
I鈥檓 still not sure I鈥檓 gonna leave them mounted in that position. I鈥檇 like to have them fold if they hit dirt, but I highly doubt I鈥檒l have them extended when riding off highway.

How do you like them?

Thank you!

Willie
They do the job intended. They don鈥檛 slip/bend and give my knees a break on longer rides. For $18 I鈥檇 recommend them for sure.
:) (y)

Thank you!

Willie
Stay away from road rage !

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Kinda like Captain Jack Sparrow meets Road Warrior! Throttle in one hand and a Machete in the other!

Now.... where to put that Parrot? ;)

Willie
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FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC my Brother!!! :ROFLMAO:(y)

Willie
Sweet looking ride! You like that Yoshi?
Yes it is and.... my vote is YES!

Willie
Love mine also, and it came with the bike馃憡馃徏.
Dealership installed (package deal....) or Used Bike?

Willie
I change the filter every other time as well.
I gotta ask.... why are you guys NOT changing the Filter with the Oil EVERY time? To each their own, I'm just wondering.

Willie
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@MN Willie @Gen3piglet some new car manufacturers allow filter changes every other oil change. Subaru is one, FWIW.

From a logical argument, if you go 6000 miles and just add oil to top off, would you think the filter would stop up? I鈥檓 assuming (and might make an a$$ of myself馃ぃ) that if filters clogged/exploded/etc after double the mileage, they would have lots of lawsuits for damaged engines.

I don鈥檛 always skip filter replacement, but if I want to change it in a hurry I will.

Would love to hear what some of the sages on here think. I know what @pdwestman says 鈥溾.at your own risk 鈥!
Oil & Filters ARE CHEAP.... when you compare to Engine Parts, Labor, Down Time, Towing, Lost work.....

Big Rigs will SAMPLE OIL, Change FILTERS, ADD OIL and Wait for Sample results if everything else is "Normal"!

Most "Extended" Oil Changes you find these days (keep in mind it was not long ago it was every 3000mi for Cars) are there because of improvements in OIL Tech over the years. The Oil Filter Tech has not improved MUCH. Food for thought!!!

Sage.... I'm not! Some claim opinionated, they don't know what they are talking about! ;)

Willie
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No - I stand it up vertically and usually tip it back and forth a few times to drain as much old oil as I can, but I recognize the fact that I'm not clearing out all the old oil and I am not surprised when it gets very dark, very quickly. I'd never thought of rotating the crankshaft to drain the last dregs, but I may do that next time I forsake the oil filter change.

FWIW, the oil filter that I removed (around 9 K miles) looked good; no visible damage, no glitter, and still has the oil filter bypass tube (valve). :D
I would wonder how much oil is going through the filter AND how much Oil is going through the Bypass later in your Oil Filter's life. As Filters Plug, they CAN go into "Bypass" to continue feeding Oil to the engine. The Oil going through the "Bypass" is "Dirty" Oil.

I get it, you have had good luck with your methods. I think you COULD be MUCH "luckier" with more frequent Filter changes IF the Filter is going into "Bypass".

Willie
A paper media oil filter would need to look worse than many properly oiled, yet dusty foam air filters before the oil filter by-pass valve allowed anything other that the first few seconds of Cold oil thru it, IMO.

Read here, OIL Pressure, How much Ya got?

Better yet, read the entire thread. :)
I'm reading the VERY COOL Post! I'm going to find time to sit down and read from end to end. Thank you!

From what I've read thus far, the Filter Bypass is JUST for Cold Start-up Protection of the Oil Filter to EQUALIZE Pressure to prevent CRUSHING. Am I Tracking correctly? Can it prevent "Crushing" if the Filter PLUGS while in operation?

Willie
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I "Drilled" out the Bung Hole to a MUCH LARGER diameter the other day!

Automotive tire Automotive design Bicycle part Carbon Rim


Drum Yellow Automotive lighting Gas Auto part


Wednesday is TIG Time!!!

Willie
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In the last month I did a lot! 685 honed, lapped the valves, new valve seals, new rings, MC mod, shims (of course), iridium spark plug, fixed lots of small issues, new front and rear sprocket, new chain. Have run it in, and now onto full synthetic oil. Results? So good. MC mod well worth it, bike no longer burning oil, and weirdly the oil seems to stay clean in the sight glass for a bit, it used to get dirty so quick!
Just me but.... I'd do the FIRST oil as a REGULAR Oil, NOT Synthetic. While many NEW, HIGH PERFORMANCE engines (Vette....) are coming from the factory these days WITH Synthetic Oil, regular Motor Oil can aid in the proper seating of the Rings and such.

I use a good quality 10W40 Oil designed for the Motorcycle Application (think Wet Clutch) for "Break-in" of a Fresh Top End/Rebuild and then a Synthetic after.

How do you like the 685? Where did you get it/what flavor?

Willie
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