ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Some Assembly Required
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-06-2013, 06:48 AM   #196
Dallara
Creaks When Walks...
 
Dallara's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: South Texas
Oddometer: 1,718
Talking Good Luck & Have FUN!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by KLRsys View Post
We may ride to the store to get some tie downs but that's it. Willy's heading back to McKinney today, he wants to be on the road by 11am at the latest. I'll be in the shop prepping the 09 bike for the trip. It still needs a skid plate, cruise control, panniers and trunk. I'm hoping I can get all that done by the end of tomorrow because I still need to get all my gear together, I haven't started packing at all.

Sounds like you guys have a full plate then, and you don't need me there in the middle of it slowing you down. I really wanted to see this latest build up close, especially since it's my favorite KLR color-combo (just like my '03), but alas it looks like it was not to be.

I'll just have to get down there to see your '09 after you get back.

Again, as always, kudos to you for building one of the most amazing bikes on the planet, and especially for making it look so *factory*. Nobody does it better.

Have a great trip, take care, and ride safe!!!

Dallara



~
__________________
~

You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist's office

~
Dallara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 08:38 AM   #197
Hotmamaandme
Wishing I was riding RTW
 
Hotmamaandme's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Gardnerville NV
Oddometer: 2,620
excellent build. travel safe and make more!
__________________
My screen name is kind of long. I am the "ME" part, my name is Cory.

Jimmy Lewis quote: "Those KLRs are full of potential. Just takes a rider..."
Hotmamaandme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #198
vtwinwilly
Adventurer
 
vtwinwilly's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: North Texas
Oddometer: 32
Report from the KLRsys Garage

Well the latest masterpiece out of the KRLsys garage has made it back to my place in North Texas. I thought I'd post an update for those that have been following this build.

First off, I can never find the words to express my gratitude to KLRsys for the amount time, dedication, and general TLC he put into building this bike. So to Fritz (aka, KLRsys) my friend, a huge, huge Thank You! I don't know how this one ever gets repaid.

For those that have been thinking of visiting the KLRsys garage, I recommend it. You just can't appreciate the level of effort it takes to build one until you've been there and seen it yourself. The number of custom fabricated parts is significant, and each one requires care and attention to detail to get it right.

Speaking of getting it right. Here's the most impressive thing. I went to test ride the bike for the first time. ... and when I say "first time" I mean the very first time. No one had ridden the bike at all. It fired right up, then ran and rode perfectly. On this first ride I just wanted to stay close to the garage so I rode a few miles within the confines of the neighborhood. If something were to go wrong, I didn't want to have to push it too far to get it home. ... but nothing went wrong. Nothing! Zilch! Nada! No problems at all! No clacks, clinks or grinds. No wobbles or weird feelings. No electrical issues. No leaks. It worked perfectly right out of the box! I rode back to the garage and WE ADJUSTED NOTHING!!! It was perfect the way it was.

... again, I was mighty impressed!

After the test ride KLRsys and I went back to work finishing up the last few items on the list. Adding new grips, taller windshield, mounting the cruise control panel, and the most difficult... fabricating a skid plate.

It was working with KLRsys on the skid plate that I started to fully understand and appreciate the amount of time and attention to detail that goes into the custom fabrication on this bike. ... and there is a lot of it (did I say that already?). We finished up working on it just after midnight on Saturday morning. 42 days from start to finish.

Now I've got to get the bike packed up, prepped and ready for what is the shake down trip of a lifetime. The Barely Alaska Ride. I was really hoping to have more time in the saddle before we left on this trip, but as it stands, I've only put about 8 miles on the bike since build completion.

You know, I was just goofin when I said the shake down cruise would be the 350 mile section of the Barely Alaska Ride from my house to Amarillo, but it's looking like that may be the case.

... One last note, and surely the most important!
I want to extent a very special thank you to Mrs. KLRsys. Without her support and encouragement none of this would have been possible. I want to thank her for all the evenings she gave up with her husband while he worked on a bike for me. I want to thank her for the times she was running errands for KLRsys while he worked on a bike for me. Mrs KLRsys your sacrifice is recognized and deeply appreciated.

vtwinwilly screwed with this post 07-08-2013 at 07:50 PM
vtwinwilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 08:53 AM   #199
slowoldguy
Tire Tester
 
slowoldguy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: West of Waco, Texas
Oddometer: 8,136
Aah....8 mile shakedown? Good to go. No leaks. No vibrations. Hey. It's not like you are going to Alaska. Oh, wait. You are. My bad. ;)

Y'all have a great time and enjoy! Fritz. As always I am in awe of your dedication to craftsmanship and attention to detail.
__________________
RTB V- The Texas ADV Rally- Hurry before we fuck this up!
http://www.rollthebonesrally.com/
"If you can't fix it with a hammer you can damn sure teach it a lesson".
slowoldguy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2013, 05:59 AM   #200
jwdub
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Oddometer: 526
Truly amazing!
jwdub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 01:12 PM   #201
KLRsys OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
KLRsys's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Deep south Texas
Oddometer: 126
The shake down run is done! We've made it to Amarillo with no issues other than its hotter than he!!
__________________
KLRsys build Versys powered KLR's
KLRsys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #202
eakins
Butler Maps
 
eakins's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2002
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Oddometer: 17,438
sweet. if this can be done by guys in their garage why can't Kawi figure it out to make one???
__________________
Butler Maps - motorcycle maps for riders by riders -
Alaska
AZ map COBDR AZBDR IDBDR South East map
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=598717
Cycle World Adventure Rally:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=956350
eakins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 02:46 PM   #203
16VGTIDave
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
Oddometer: 352
+1! I'd be all over that like a fat kid in a candy store! Kawasaki would probably sell a boat load of them. But I don't have a degree in marketing, so what do I know?!


Sent from my iPhone 4S
16VGTIDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2013, 08:18 PM   #204
KLRsys OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
KLRsys's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Deep south Texas
Oddometer: 126
After leaving Amarillo Willy did have a bike issue. Apparently running 75mph into a strong headwind with the temperature over 100 heated up the fuel in the tank to the point where it was either boiling or percolating air out of the fuel. That caused too much air in the pump housing and it would starve for fuel. It was only a minor problem, we would pull over and open the vent valve for 30 seconds or so and it would fire right up. I think I need to insulate the bottom of the tank. The 09 bike has insulation so I'm thinking Kawasaki recognized it as a problem. So far it hasn't slowed us down, we made it to Durango today, on schedule. Tomorrow we head for Vernal, UT. *
__________________
KLRsys build Versys powered KLR's
KLRsys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #205
sierraoffroad
Beastly Adventurer
 
sierraoffroad's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Granville, ma
Oddometer: 1,291
beautiful work and good luck to you guys out there. enjoy.
__________________
It's a Jungle out there.
2007 Blue Weestrom
2004 Yamaha Wr250f
sierraoffroad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2013, 10:24 PM   #206
vtwinwilly
Adventurer
 
vtwinwilly's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: North Texas
Oddometer: 32
Barely Alaska Ride - Ride Report

I have started a Ride Report at: http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...4#post21884644

I'm already behind and there will be updates as internet connectivity allows.
vtwinwilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2013, 07:14 AM   #207
Gizzaride
Banned
 
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Ozarks
Oddometer: 191
Thumb

Glad to hear you've started your trip, keep drinking the water!!!
Gizzaride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #208
KLRsys OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
KLRsys's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Deep south Texas
Oddometer: 126
Ride results

We've made it to Cranbrook, BC, Canada without any major bike issues, at least related to the build. Willy got run off a gravel road by a trailer towing pickup on the Ashton Flagg ranch road north of the Grand Tetons and scratched up the bike a bit and Rex had a blowout north of Grand Junction and had an exciting get-off that tore the bike up more than we expected, but both guys escaped without a scratch.*
Otherwise the bikes are doing great. We had the fuel boiling issue early on but it hasn't repeated since we got into cooler weather, not that it's been all that cool but it hasn't been 106 like it was getting out of Texas. *The only other issue was fuel mileage on the two newer bikes, Willy was doing low 30's early on and the 09 bike was getting high 30's - low 40's. So we've been tweaking the Powercommander fuel mapping and finally got both of them up into the low 50mpg range.*

I'm really enjoying riding the bike. It's really nice to be able to ride down some not so smooth gravel/rocky roads and then get back on the highway, wind it up to 70 or so and hit the cruise. And even loaded up like I have it now (which is pretty overloaded, i always bring too much stuff) the weight is not a big issue. *The Cogent Dynamics suspension pieces work great, the rear shock keeps the rear end planted very well and the front springs and Racetech pieces have cut down on brake dive quite a bit. *It has a real nice ride to it that doesn't beat you up or wear you out. *The only thing I want to add is a heat shield on the header pipes near my leg. *The heat isn't much of a problem but I did burn my riding pants on them somehow. *One more thing, insulate the bottom of the fuel tanks to keep the fuel cooler.*

One other nice benefit of it still being a KLR, when we were fixing the damage on the 05 bike we went to the Kawasaki dealer in Grand Junction. They didn't have any of the parts we needed in stock but they had an 08 KLR in the shop with a blown engine and they let us rob parts off of it as long as we paid for replacements. *I doubt we would have had that kind of luck had we been riding one of several other brands I can think of. *

Time to go find dinner. More results down the road.*
__________________
KLRsys build Versys powered KLR's
KLRsys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #209
Mava
---
 
Mava's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Virginia
Oddometer: 150
This is a great thread. True craftsmanship. You have a small following at klr650.net forums where I said this:
"If I happened to be in the market in a few years and Kaw was making this bike, roughly based on a Gen2 framework (metaphorically), I would strongly consider it. I would be able to switch over many of my current farkles and return my '08 to stock."

This is great work, but obviously laborious on a small scale and probably quite expensive to achieve. I really hope Kawasaki catches on to this.
Mava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #210
PacificPT
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Monterey, CA
Oddometer: 979
Love this thread.
__________________
2000 KLR650

There's roads and there's roads and they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth and roads of the spirit. The best roads of all are the ones that aren't certain. One of those is where you'll find me till they drop the big curtain. Bruce Cockburn
PacificPT is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 04:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014