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Old 04-21-2013, 06:40 PM   #6046
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Won't start with sidestand up clutch lever pulled in and in gear. Stall bike and there is no quick recovery as the gearbox has to go into neutral before the starter will engage.

Maybe the clutch safety can't tell if the lever is pulled in or not.


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I think i remember having this issue with a used KLR, either the clutch switch needs to be adjusted or, it was bypassed incorrectly, mine was bypassed incorrect, once bypassed correctly it would start with bike in gear and clutch pulled in.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:57 AM   #6047
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Ok. Managed to source a Harley carb slide for $58 from local HD dealer. If I replace the slide do I need to re-jet? And what is this 22 cent mod that everyone raves about? Should I also be doing this?
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:58 AM   #6048
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Hey guys I am looking at an 09.
The starter only works if the bike is in neutral. Is this normal? I would like it to work in gear with the clutch lever pulled in.

Thanks. Don
Dont bypass the clutch switch, clean it or replace it, it is just as easy as bypassing it. I have seen the results of bypassing it and if your parked in a row of other bikes when it happens, it will be costly and very aggravating for your fellow riders.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:22 AM   #6049
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Ok. Managed to source a Harley carb slide for $58 from local HD dealer. If I replace the slide do I need to re-jet? And what is this 22 cent mod that everyone raves about? Should I also be doing this?
No. You are using the same needle - that controls the mixture.

On the US models the small idle air screw mixture screw is capped so you cant adjust it- EPA issue. By reming the cap one is able to adjust. richen up the idle mixture. I dont beleive that the Aussie models are capped.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:34 AM   #6050
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No. You are using the same needle - that controls the mixture.

On the US models the small idle air screw mixture screw is capped so you cant adjust it- EPA issue. By reming the cap one is able to adjust. richen up the idle mixture. I dont beleive that the Aussie models are capped.
Thanks for that. So does that mean its simply a swap over and good to go?
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:43 AM   #6051
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Thanks for that. So does that mean its simply a swap over and good to go?
yep, but take care that the rubber is located correctly
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:47 AM   #6052
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Thanks for that. So does that mean its simply a swap over and good to go?
Essentially, YES! Your replacement slide is essentially, "DIRECT EXCHANGE."

The 22-cent mod consists of two elements; drilling the vacuum port in the slide to 7/64" diameter (in hope of enhancing throttle response), and shimming the needle (with one or two approximately 0.030"-thick washers, to fuel-enrich the air/fuel mixture from low through upper mid-range throttle excursion).

Why fuel-enrich the mixture when dominated by the needle and neelde jet? Some believe the mixture is sub-optimally fuel-lean as-built, to insure conformance with emissions standards.

Then again, I know of an '08 KLR650 with 55,000 miles of extensive northern and western hemisphere travel, with an absolutely stock-configured carburetor, and a happy rider! (Not I; but an inmate whose technical opinions I value.)

The idle mixture screw adjustment (proposed starting point: 1.75 turns out, at sea level, stock engine) seeks to compensate for factory adjustment, allegedly skewed for emissions compliance.

Your bike, rodmuzwa; whatever works for you, WORKS!

Congratulations on scoring the Harley slide.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:58 AM   #6053
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Can I just take the time to say you guys on here are pretty bloody awesome. Amazingly helpful and very patient particularly with a n00b dumbass like myself. I'm very glad I bought a KLR. Thanks again to all who helped answer my stupid questions!
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:07 AM   #6054
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Hey thanks XDragRacer for the quick,easy explanation on the carb mods,when I built my XS650 bobber I learned about carbs on motorcycles,I have been trying to leave the KLR alone but it sits in the garage screaming to be screwed with,it was good to hear of the guy with the 55000mile stock bike,but I'm a tinkerer so I know as soon as I yank that screw cover its no turning back,and at least there's only 1 Carb.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #6055
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And KLR's are very forgiving to us n00bs
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:31 AM   #6056
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What year was your first KLR and what did you pay? And how long did you own it?

What's your least favorite thing about your KLR? (2 if you got em)

What's the top 3 things you like about your KLR?

Doin some HW and just curious of some input. Thx in advance
Picked up my 92 in 2010 for $200. It had been left sitting in a backyard for over 12yrs with only 2450 miles on the odo. I was looking for a small project and figured this bike would be fun. The last few years I've found restoring bikes to be a fun hobby. I had just restored a 95 XR



and figured KLR would be fun. I'd never ridden one and frankly never gave much thought to the KLR as spec's wise its a lousy bike...over weight, under suspended old old technology.

Completed the restoration and took it for a few rides. For whatever reason I liked the bike. Something about being old school I guess. I did a few upgrades (brakes, suspension and motard wheels) and have since put nearly 40K miles on it. Even picked up an 08 last year though I must admit it mostly sits now. Still prefer the 92. The original paint is so ugly its almost cool now. Recently picked up a 94 Barbie for restoration. Its body paint is SO UGLY I'm not sure even I can find it cool in any way. lol. My better half stated she'd never be seen on the back of it.

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:53 AM   #6057
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I'm a huge fan of XR400's,you did a nice job on that 1,the only thing that stops um is running outta gas.Buy your Wife a Harley,park her at the end of the pavement and tell her you'll be back when you get enough mud on.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:04 AM   #6058
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I'm a huge fan of XR400's,you did a nice job on that 1,the only thing that stops um is running outta gas.Buy your Wife a Harley,park her at the end of the pavement and tell her you'll be back when you get enough mud on.
Thats a 600 actually but essentially the same bike. I just picked up a Honda Aero 750 for $1200 with 1400 miles. Its sat for nearly 10yrs now. She'd look good on that one but I'd prefer she was on the back with me.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:15 AM   #6059
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Whoops,they look so close and I had 400 on the brain,XR's are tough bikes
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:48 AM   #6060
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I think i remember having this issue with a used KLR, either the clutch switch needs to be adjusted or, it was bypassed incorrectly, mine was bypassed incorrect, once bypassed correctly it would start with bike in gear and clutch pulled in.
Wow, talk about timing! I had this issue yesterday on my 2012 KLR. Nothing's been bypassed or adjusted. Any ideas what might cause it not to start in gear with the clutch pulled in?
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