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Forum: Thumpers 12-22-2014, 03:24 PM
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Posted By Tsotsie
Now does one do that? I am told I had an...

Now does one do that? I am told I had an accident. I wake up 70 miles from where I was riding- that last 70 miles ride was then in a chopper, I am told lying 'butt nekked' (in those fancy hospital...
Forum: Thumpers 12-19-2014, 06:10 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
I have negligible vibrations except when on the...

I have negligible vibrations except when on the power hard and that is power strokes. Much less than my Oilhead.

A Russell Day-long looks after that other rear important department!

...
Forum: Thumpers 12-18-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
IBA on a KLR.

For those distractors who say that the KLR is not a bike that one can do distance on, in comfort, here is a message ; A 2008 Gen 2 with 60k miles on it (of all the models decried!) with a 67 year...
Forum: Equipment 12-17-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,799
Posted By Tsotsie
And, "loud pipes save lives", that and...

And, "loud pipes save lives", that and conspicuity discussion goes on... I recall a discussion on a Beemer site several years ago. The one poster was an EMS driver. With lights flashing, sirens...
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
Go to the flea market section - try there. ...

Go to the flea market section - try there.

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Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 05:45 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
Is there a need for one? Tank slappers...

Is there a need for one?

Tank slappers can occur at speed if there is not enough weight forward, side winds and carrying panniers, but otherwise?
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
Fan on, flashing LED Mod.

I have not published this mod before. I have also not seen anyone with one. It is useful. I wanted to know when the fan turned on. For those who would like it, here goes. It was done 6 years...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2014, 05:45 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
In actual cylinder head temp of about 230-240...

In actual cylinder head temp of about 230-240 degrees F that your gauge indicates. With the correct proportion of anti-freeze/coolant in you are still well below boiling.

Fan is controlled...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
Nasty pics! What does not come up in most...

Nasty pics!

What does not come up in most discussions on the DOO is the breakage of the springs as well. A lot about length.

EM early on realized what was the reason, something we here at...
Forum: Ride reports 12-10-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,370
Posted By Tsotsie
Sorry, cant give tips about your island needs. ...

Sorry, cant give tips about your island needs. But, universal bits of advice;

1. It is what you carry between your ears that is the most valuable preparation you can make - bike and trip....
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 05:55 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
[QUOTE=Aprilia;25678667]You must have grip...

[QUOTE=Aprilia;25678667]You must have grip strength of my neighbor....knuckle dragging HD rider lol. /QUOTE]

He, he! Never been called that before! That is a good one. An old fhart yes, but...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
Broken doohickey? That is just a myth! No such...

Broken doohickey? That is just a myth! No such thing ever happens! That is all internet talk! Consult your local dealer and they will confirm that!:lol3
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 05:47 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
Welcome! If your speeds are low (10mph) and...

Welcome!

If your speeds are low (10mph) and there is not enough air flow through the radiator, the gauge will go 2/3 up until the fan comes on. Completely normal. The temp is measured in the head....
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
+1 Don't concern yourself about their...

+1

Don't concern yourself about their length or compare them to originals. XDrag is correct. I have Barnett's and they are great! Not much difference in the grip strength to the original as I ...
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 09:05 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
Adding to the others, how old is the bike? Brake...

Adding to the others, how old is the bike? Brake fluid should be changed every 2 years at the latest as well as coolant.
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2014, 08:55 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
"Both the KLR and KLX have been described as...

"Both the KLR and KLX have been described as having poor oiling systems……so messing with an already suspect system is something I wouldn’t do."

Pumps adequate for the original design and yes,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-08-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3,631
Views: 575,272
Posted By Tsotsie
Oil cooler.

I happened to open this thread. I don't have a KLX and so do not pretend to know it. I do have a KLR with 60k miles on it. I do not inhabit the KLR.net site, but looked at the link.

Back at the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-08-2014, 06:51 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
Thumbs down Looks pretty tough. Several observations....

Looks pretty tough.

Several observations.

Bash plates do restrict cooling air to the cases. Seldom discussed and even less measured, but if ridden hard in air temps around 100F, oil...
Forum: Thumpers 12-05-2014, 07:21 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
Welcome!

Welcome!
Forum: Thumpers 12-03-2014, 08:39 AM
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Posted By Tsotsie
UGH! "Another" oil based discussion! Please,...

UGH!

"Another" oil based discussion! Please, NOT? These go on forever and ever and seem to appear ever year or so. Same old, same old!

I have a simple outlook. Apart from low or no oil...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
In my opinion, "tribal knowledge" that re-appears...

In my opinion, "tribal knowledge" that re-appears from time to time and will not die! Speculative opinion, no measurable results.

What it did on mine when I tried it back in 07 was fill the oil...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
I am at work so don't have it in front on me....

I am at work so don't have it in front on me. From memory. Reference the Kawasaki 2008 Factory Workshop Manual. Check the assembly process of the starter clutch onto the crankshaft/alternator, as...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 495
Views: 81,432
Posted By Tsotsie
Plunger, Welcome to the discussion. As you...

Plunger,
Welcome to the discussion. As you are already aware the bike is what it is and we enjoy not only riding it, but also wrenching. With a little work it can be made to do anything you want...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
While a manual may not specifically authorize and...

While a manual may not specifically authorize and OK the use of energy conserving oil, the Kawasaki workshop manual specifically, in several assembly processes, states that Moly based greases and...
Forum: Thumpers 12-01-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By Tsotsie
Your biggest hurdle is going to have to negotiate...

Your biggest hurdle is going to have to negotiate all the "tribal knowledge" (read BS) that gets regurgitated and endlessly repeated every time a KLR is mentioned and in particular the 2008 model....
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
"According to all the responses, it looks like...

"According to all the responses, it looks like the best combo would be to get OEM plates ($115 with shipping), and Barnett MT-58-6 springs ($18)"

+1.

The original springs on my clutch...
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 495
Views: 81,432
Posted By Tsotsie
Welcome Cat! It is interesting that when...

Welcome Cat!

It is interesting that when ever the KLR is mentioned other brand owners have to jump in and try to trash it. Is this what KLR owners do to those owners rides? I think it is KLR...
Forum: Thumpers 11-28-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14,870
Views: 1,604,914
Posted By Tsotsie
We have answered these questions many times. ...

We have answered these questions many times.

The pre 08's piston was inclined to break the land between the rings. For 08 they redesigned the piston and rings. However, there was not enough ring...
Forum: Thumpers 11-26-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,512
Posted By Tsotsie
What a fuss and big deal is made out of valve...

What a fuss and big deal is made out of valve adjustment! I reset my KLR's at 2k miles. Now at 60k miles they are still way in adjustment!
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,512
Posted By Tsotsie
Those riders that have the other bike will...

Those riders that have the other bike will understate the issues on their bike and overstate the issues and capabilities on the other make. Both have some issues and detail that needs taking care of...
Forum: Thumpers 11-24-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
44-48 loaded and 70mph+true. 50 in mixed riding....

44-48 loaded and 70mph+true. 50 in mixed riding. 38-42 in 80-85mph true(not indicated). Worst, 32 going into a 50-60mph headwind approaching Glacier. Best 58 with a tailwind through FL and AL. ...
Forum: Thumpers 11-23-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
I checked and re-shimmed my my valve cleances to...

I checked and re-shimmed my my valve cleances to max at 2K miles - factory set 3 tight. At 10K I stuck in a 685. Just cleaned the inside of the head of carbon, did not take the valve gear apart. Now...
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
Seen that happen a few times. As recently...

Seen that happen a few times.

As recently as September, had I not had hard panniers my right leg would have been very badly mangled! The AL pannier is now. Not a mark on my leg. The Acerbis bark...
Forum: Thumpers 11-21-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
And even the best of us has pinched a tube in the...

And even the best of us has pinched a tube in the middle of nowhere or 1000 miles from home where a CC is of no value! Or, by the time (several hours) the expensive wrecker has arrived, I have...
Forum: Thumpers 11-20-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
The pre 08 pistons had a tendency to break a land...

The pre 08 pistons had a tendency to break a land between the rings, probably the main cause for the initial re-design.

Cary was in a long series of discussions with JE. I have no...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
The credit for the design, testing and use of the...

The credit for the design, testing and use of the 685 (and 705) goes to EM's late friend, Cary Aspy, who was with Schintz Racing. However, the two would share notes and collaborate. One in NC and the...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
It is not only 'expected', but ridden that way....

It is not only 'expected', but ridden that way. 50,000 + miles already on a 685. At least 5 800 mile + rides in 1 day. Most of my riding is at or above 5k rpm.

Completed an IBA 1000 in September...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 14,870
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Posted By Tsotsie
I had the panniers powder coated silver to match...

I had the panniers powder coated silver to match the bike.

The carpet squares come with small glue strips. I then used 3M super 77 adhesive available from most hardware stores on the carpet and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14,870
Views: 1,604,914
Posted By Tsotsie
That is neat. Thank you. I like the idea of ...

That is neat. Thank you. I like the idea of the beeper one too. Is it also for LED's?
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14,870
Views: 1,604,914
Posted By Tsotsie
Do you use their relay too?

Do you use their relay too?
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