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post #1 of 18 Old 01-17-2008, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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KLR w/ a makeover

So I've made a few changes to the ole' girl and I thought I should share.

jetblast and I swapped radiator shrouds to give the bikes a cleaner look. I also spooned on a set of Michelin Anakees for increased feedback and more on-road confidence. I have never been terrified by riding a motorcycle until I rode the KLR on the highway mounted with Karoos.

So here is the new look until I save more money to change the side plastic under the seat to black.


I took her out for a spin yesterday and experienced a first for me. The front tire that was just mounted is out-of-round. In as many two wheeled tires as I have been through, I have never seen one be out-of-round until now.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-17-2008, 06:27 AM
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that's odd, never seen it that bad before.

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You probably already have, but check again and make sure the bead is seated evenly all the way around.

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Also; did you spin just the rim without the tire?

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I rode it with the Karoos and the front was just fine (relatively). After switching to the Anakees, all of a sudden the front spins like this and I feel a noticeable bump when riding it.

No, I have not spun the rim by itself, but I cannot remotely think how the rim could have gotten warped from sitting in the garage. The clue that tipped me off was the spacing of the wheel weights when the shop balanced it. Never have I seen weights distributed so close together.


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You probably already have, but check again and make sure the bead is seated evenly all the way around.
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Oh it looks good with the silver shroud now!

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Hmmmmmm, did you check the spokes to see if any were over tightened to pull the rim out of round?




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The wheel will come off tonight and I'll have to spin it. The shop has already committed to fixing it.

As for the shrouds, here is a before and after shot:

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Thanks for answering my question




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Sorry. No I have not checked the spokes, but as w/ the rim, I don't see how they could change by just sitting still. The bike has 3K miles on it and thie is only the second set of tires.

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Sorry. No I have not checked the spokes, but as w/ the rim, I don't see how they could change by just sitting still. The bike has 3K miles on it and thie is only the second set of tires.

Sitting still wouldn't do anything, you and I both know that (potholes are a different story) I should have clarified, I meant some nipplehead (pun intended) could have tightened the nipples on the spokes when he did the weights and pulled the wheel out of round, I've actually done it myself before.




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Ridgerunner, She looks great in silver! Good luck with the wheel.

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Well it turns out it was a combination of HondaJim and my theory. The bead was not seated all the way around the rim, but the contributing factor to that was that the tire was out of round.

I took it back to the shop and the tech that mounted it put it on the balancer. Straight away, he saw the wobble and proceeded to deflate and reset the bead. After doing this four more times, he got it better, but the tire still had a wobble. The parts mgr ordered me a new tire (free of course) and it should be here on Monday. Oh well, there goes another weekend w/out being able to ride.

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Well, at least you've got it sorted.

Come to KY this weekend. I got something you can ride. You might want to dress really, really, really warm though.

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You have to be the only person I know, in the world, that gets good service and support from a variety of dealers... What gives? And don't give me any of that... "I'm such a nice guy deal, bla, bla, bla."

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Well, at least you've got it sorted.

Come to KY this weekend. I got something you can ride. You might want to dress really, really, really warm though.

That just sounds soooo wrong in soooo many ways.




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I give them beer, Corona 12 packs and a couple limes. I get shiit done so fast and so cheap it'll make your head spin. I tell them "You take care of me and after hour beverages are on me"

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I give them beer, Corona 12 packs and a couple limes. I get shiit done so fast and so cheap it'll make your head spin. I tell them "You take care of me and after hour beverages are on me"
I have a great relationship w/ our local shop. They went through some bumps w/ new ownership recently, but a few of the same old faces are there and I have bought five bikes from them. I basically put it to them like this: I can buy from the internet, or I can buy from you. They would rather me buy from them obviously as I have recommended parts sales to them, bike sales, volunteered at the AMA races in their tent and helped behind the scenes at their demo rides. I'm not just another blank face that walks in wanting a part and never to be seen again.

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That just sounds soooo wrong in soooo many ways.
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