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Old 12-19-2012, 05:31 PM   #841
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Kicking...

What I do, YMMV:

1) Make sure the carb mixture screw is adjusted right!

2) With kick stand down, stand on pegs, stiff leg on kicker, drop your weight on it.

3) Go ride!

If you can't rest it on the stand:

1) Push kicker down with bent knee until compression is felt. Quickly extend leg as you climb up on kicker. It may take more than one of these if the first try sucked.

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #842
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again,thanks for the input, I will find the manuals and into the valve adjustment. According to the owners manual the oil was changed at 500 and 3500 miles, as I stated before the bike doesn't appear to have been abused at all. I was just suprised the cam chain adjustment was so close to the end.
As far as kick starting it, guess I gotta beef up a little
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:38 AM   #843
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again,thanks for the input, I will find the manuals and into the valve adjustment. According to the owners manual the oil was changed at 500 and 3500 miles, as I stated before the bike doesn't appear to have been abused at all. I was just suprised the cam chain adjustment was so close to the end.
As far as kick starting it, guess I gotta beef up a little
Same here though with 15k on the kick lever it is pretty loose, might need replacing.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:10 AM   #844
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can it be replaced without a total tear down of the engine?
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:21 PM   #845
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Same here though with 15k on the kick lever it is pretty loose, might need replacing.
What can wear/need replacing with the kickstarter assembly?
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:55 PM   #846
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I think he was thinking cam chain
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:53 PM   #847
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Took a pleasure ride today. The little KLR is quite capable.


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Old 12-22-2012, 04:54 PM   #848
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Winter exploration

Nice looking ride. They are fun little exploration machines, aren't they? Both of my KLR250's are sleeping (minus their batteries) in my garage at the moment, but I did take my new '99 DR350SE out for an icy blast today. It hit about 30 degrees here, but it was sunny for a couple of hours so I decided to ride.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:59 PM   #849
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Both of my KLR250's are sleeping (minus their batteries) in my garage at the moment, . . .
Don't need no stinkin' batteries to run 'em, if I read the wiring diagram correctly.

Looks like an independent exciter coil on the stator powers the CDI, totally separate from the battery charging and storage circuit.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:25 PM   #850
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ive left my parking light on a time or two and totally drained the batt. still starts just fine. just an extra kick or two. the battery is just for the lights, i hear.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #851
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Yup, they'll start and run with no batteries. Believe lights and signals will work as well.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:46 PM   #852
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i removed signals a long time ago
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:26 PM   #853
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Took a pleasure ride today. The little KLR is quite capable.


Very nice Did you have the bike professionallly painted? Also, what is the cargo rack and bag you have on there? Also, arent you fecking freezing riding that thing?
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:10 PM   #854
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Very nice Did you have the bike professionallly painted? Also, what is the cargo rack and bag you have on there? Also, arent you fecking freezing riding that thing?

The PO rattle canned it flat black, looks good enough and easy to touch up. The cargo rack was on an old Honda CB200 that I cut down and modified to fit, then coated it with truck bedliner. The bag is an inexpensive Bilt from Cycle Gear.

With my homemade wind defelectors, windshield, heated grips and winter gear I'm comfortable in freezing temps..to a point. If it's 15 degrees or less the bike stays parked.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #855
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They grow 'em tough in WI.
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