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post #1 of 41 Old 11-04-2007, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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KLR me!!!

The Husqvarna is gone, sold, new owner picked it up just hours ago. Yes, it's bittersweet but I'll be very happy to be back on an ADV bike.
2 weeks until my first Kawasaki!
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The KLR is a fine choice.

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Here's an interesting discussion about that bike (from the ADVrider forum):

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=280332

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By virtue of this sale, the Husqy will now be disqualified from the BOTM contest

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2 weeks until my first Kawasaki!
KLR ME!!!
Congrats, now you are a Ninja Warrior!

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The Husqvarna is gone, sold, new owner picked it up just hours ago. Yes, it's bittersweet but I'll be very happy to be back on an ADV bike.
2 weeks until my first Kawasaki!
KLR ME!!!
Wow, nice going. You must be getting the that kid at Christmas feeling.
Remember to post some pictures!

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will do.
spending a few minutes at youtube can be expensive.

yes, people have supermoto'd KLR650s. Yes they have.
hmmmmm, trackdays may not be over just yet.

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Sweet! Big load off your shoulders now with the Husqy gone. Two more weeks!

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Congrats on the sale and Bring on the new MODS!!!



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will do.
spending a few minutes at youtube can be expensive.

yes, people have supermoto'd KLR650s. Yes they have.
hmmmmm, trackdays may not be over just yet.
Uh post some links lets see that

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I'm not interested in hearing about the KLR, what I want to know is what bike you are going to get in January when you trade the KLR in.

That's the bike I'm curious about

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point taken.

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hahah, couldn't resist.

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hahah, couldn't resist.
Don't hate because you only have one bike and it's in pieces...

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see, where there is Jetblast there is sure to be Ridgerunner eagerly bringing up the rear like a puppy.

Should have known you'd be along.

You're a bike whore too!

Kevin, you know damn good and well you won't be able to give up trackdays. We've been down this road before.

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BMW tempts me with the F800GS but I would still feel odd taking it offroad, those things aren't cheap to fix or farkle out.

James & I need to start a KLR development thread. I see a need for luggage, a humane seat, nerf bars, supplemental lighting, heated grips and 12v power.

E - I have an alternative to full blown trackdays. SM/Minimoto CRF150 on short tracks, kart tracks. Going to give that a try and see how I like it. Much cheaper and far closer to home.

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yeah, trackdays are expensive, no doubt.

I've been considering some dirt riding. Seems that we have a lot of tracks in the area.

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see, where there is Jetblast there is sure to be Ridgerunner eagerly bringing up the rear like a puppy.

Should have known you'd be along.

You're a bike whore too!

Kevin, you know damn good and well you won't be able to give up trackdays. We've been down this road before.
Jealousy paints an ugly face on you E.

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Congrats on the move to the KLR Kevin! I forsee in your future many happy adventuring miles.




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Jealousy paints an ugly face on you E.
hahah, jealous?? Not quite there buddy. Its just fun poking you with a stick.

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Kev, why'd ya ditch the Husky???

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Never had one...just thought this pic was cool in light of Jet's upcoming purchase.

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I rode to work today for the first time in a long time.

This saddle will have to go. It's nice for about 5 miles until the hotspots start attacking das butt. I suspect the brakes, while weak, if improved would over exaggerate the fork dive so that should be a tandem upgrade. Braided brake lines = progressive fork springs with a heavier oil.

I noticed the skinny 21" front wheel tended to find every groove in the road and want to track with it. A little simulation testing makes me think a tankslapper could be easily induced.

There was no want for more power, 70mph came easily enough and with fewer vibes than I expected. Kept searching for a 6th gear but that's just a mental habit I'll get over in time.

The shock is at its very softest setting right now, maybe this weekend I'll feel like wrenching a bit and stiffen her up. For now my right shoulder is still hurting too much to use the arm well. I should get this checked out if I'm still hurting come Monday.

I like this bike. It has a physical presence not unlike the GS, it's almost as ugly too (I can ugly it up some more) and it's far lighter.

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The Karoos have exacerbated the front wheel tracking issue. Perfect solution would be two sets of wheels & tires. One for road/commuting and the other for everything else.

I have a box of goodies almost ready to be shipped your way.

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I rode to work today for the first time in a long time.

This saddle will have to go. It's nice for about 5 miles until the hotspots start attacking das butt. I suspect the brakes, while weak, if improved would over exaggerate the fork dive so that should be a tandem upgrade. Braided brake lines = progressive fork springs with a heavier oil.

I noticed the skinny 21" front wheel tended to find every groove in the road and want to track with it. A little simulation testing makes me think a tankslapper could be easily induced.

There was no want for more power, 70mph came easily enough and with fewer vibes than I expected. Kept searching for a 6th gear but that's just a mental habit I'll get over in time.

The shock is at its very softest setting right now, maybe this weekend I'll feel like wrenching a bit and stiffen her up. For now my right shoulder is still hurting too much to use the arm well. I should get this checked out if I'm still hurting come Monday.

I like this bike. It has a physical presence not unlike the GS, it's almost as ugly too (I can ugly it up some more) and it's far lighter.
How about a picture?

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haven't gotten that far yet, it doesn't really look much different than stock except it has the tall windscreen, a heavy duty bash plate and meat shredder pegs.

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i did get a little laugh this morning when I picked up my open face helmet. I haven't picked it up since the BMW went away, flipped it over and there was my WTA sticker on the back right where I left it.
Had forgotten it was there but something felt "right" again.

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Sadly, my WTA sticker went with the Strom. I know how you feel about that "right" feeling.

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IMO: the KLR is far from ugly. I really like it. Long live WTA

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I got ya covered James.

Thanks Mike, I can ugly it up!

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Something like Ninja Barbarian would suit KLR better...

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Well, with the modest power contained within the statuesque KLR, perhaps
"NINJA Spongecake!" would be technically accurate.





PS I like spongecake with strawberries.

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Did a bit of running around today. I'm really digging this bike.
It's too slow to get in real trouble, the 40mph-70mph surge allows plenty of time to rethink things.

Went to the mall. No parking spots anywhere? suuuuuuure. Front row spot, nestled nicely between a couple of cars. What a sportbike views as a curb to be avoided, the KLR says, awe how cute, a bump. Suckers sitting in gridlocked traffic waiting to get to the intersection or find a parking spot hahaha, sucks to be you.

Couple thoughts. Aftermarket exhaust? ehhhhhh maybe not. Don't really see a need. Significantly louder for 2hp gain? nah. Sure it'll lose 8-10lbs but really, don't think it'll make a difference.

Looking through solutions kayakers use to keep gear dry. Some webbing and straps with clips and a bit of engineering and a sewing machine and maybe old school pannier bags are in order. Still investigating but thinking outside the box. Why spend $750+ on racks & panniers adding all that weight only to be really pissed when it eventually falls over. A well designed harness to hold $30.00 kayak gear bags is sounding good. Think Wolfman luggage without Wolfman prices.

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oh yeah, about a hundred years ago I had a bike with a metal tank, and I bought a Teknic medium size tank bag with magnets. For some reason I never sold it or threw it away after moving to all the plastic tank bikes, just left it in a box in the garage.

Guess what? perfect fit.

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Couple thoughts. Aftermarket exhaust? ehhhhhh maybe not. Don't really see a need. Significantly louder for 2hp gain? nah. Sure it'll lose 8-10lbs but really, don't think it'll make a difference.
Some forum thread i read had a movie evaulating that exhaust you were thinking and it wasn't all that much louder maybe 4db. I'm trying to find it again. I was just interested in it to reduce the weight a little more! Just trying to fuel your need to MOD

Found a movie but not the one i was looking for here

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Don't need to really convince me to mod anything, love modding anything. But I'm placing some limitations on myself (yes, that's very odd for me to do to me). $325 for an exhaust that may give me a slight gain in hp and reduction in weight or $325 in fuel that will get me about 3600 miles, easily my fuel costs for the trip out west.

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Still not what i had found but this is from KLR world my memory was a little off it was only 1db louder.

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Performance gain over stock - 3 hp

Measured sound levels-

Stock - 95 db
E2 - 96 db
XCR - 96db

96 db is the USFS maximum, and it's really not that loud. Different yes, more throaty and louder at the very high RPMs.

Price- that's up to the dealers. I'll find out what the MSRP is.

I just finished a 100 mile ride, dirt- I will never put the stock pipe back on.

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Don't need to really convince me to mod anything, love modding anything. But I'm placing some limitations on myself (yes, that's very odd for me to do to me). $325 for an exhaust that may give me a slight gain in hp and reduction in weight or $325 in fuel that will get me about 3600 miles, easily my fuel costs for the trip out west.


Still haven't found many posts about after the exhausts and tuning how much the final mpg ended up changing


but it looks better

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This weekend I modded my KLR by starting an old set of bags on fire with the exhaust system. I had these bags stored in the garage from my old trusty CB750, they are gone now. I was up in Dade City when I noticed the right bag flopping around at 70 mph. I reached back to grab it while slowing down and realized it was on fire. Oops.

Took about 30 minutes to scrap all of the melted plastic off the end of the muffler last night.

Oh yeah, and the left rear turn signal broke off too. Right one at 122 miles, left one at 250 miles. I love this bike.

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