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Old 08-22-2013, 05:40 AM   #8311
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Anybody have any ideas for a decent street biased DS tire for the KLX? I've promised Mrs. Stain no more off road till next year and I rode mine for the first time tonight. What a fun little bike - but the big assed knobby tires on it are LOUD and it seems a shame to ruin good knobbies on tarmac...
I use shinko 244s and pretty happy with on/off road performance. They exceed my riding capability on the street. If I were to go more street biased, I would check out the 705s.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:11 AM   #8312
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Posted this in another thread. Hope for more answers here.

Im becoming comfortable enough with my bike now to begin considering taking my camera. (As this is my part time gig.) But I'd rather not have to deal with a backpack, unless I absolutely have to.
I was thinking about going with a pelican on a luggage rack. This leaving room on the side to maybe add a gas tank or saddle bags in the future.
My question about the Pelican case and luggage rack is two parts really.
1. What rack and Pelican?
2. Can the padding inside a Pelican case absorb enough of the bouncing and vibrations associated with riding offroad and protect my gear?

I know the suspension on these bikes make this smoother for the rider, but how much does the rack and case bounce around?
I'd be looking to haul around a full body DSLR, 1 maybe 2 lenses, and some other small stuff.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:38 AM   #8313
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Im becoming comfortable enough with my bike now to begin considering taking my camera. (As this is my part time gig.) But I'd rather not have to deal with a backpack, unless I absolutely have to.
I was thinking about going with a pelican on a luggage rack. This leaving room on the side to maybe add a gas tank or saddle bags in the future.
My question about the Pelican case and luggage rack is two parts really.
1. What rack and Pelican?
2. Can the padding inside a Pelican case absorb enough of the bouncing and vibrations associated with riding offroad and protect my gear?

I know the suspension on these bikes make this smoother for the rider, but how much does the rack and case bounce around?
I'd be looking to haul around a full body DSLR, 1 maybe 2 lenses, and some other small stuff.
Pelican 1500 case should be adequate and I believe comes with foam.

Look at http://www.pmracks.com. Their stuff is nice and I ordered a set for myself.

I can't comment on the bouncing, but a pelican with the foam should provide enough protection for camera gear.

Good luck.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:07 AM   #8314
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Anybody have any ideas for a decent street biased DS tire for the KLX? I've promised Mrs. Stain no more off road till next year and I rode mine for the first time tonight. What a fun little bike - but the big assed knobby tires on it are LOUD and it seems a shame to ruin good knobbies on tarmac...

Another vote for the Shinko244's. Only have about 400 miles on them but got caught in the rain twice. Not as squirly as full knobbies on the street in rain.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:34 AM   #8315
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Anybody have any ideas for a decent street biased DS tire for the KLX? I've promised Mrs. Stain no more off road till next year and I rode mine for the first time tonight. What a fun little bike - but the big assed knobby tires on it are LOUD and it seems a shame to ruin good knobbies on tarmac...
How far to the street side do you want to go? Kenda K761 would be smooth on the street.

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #8316
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How far to the street side do you want to go? Kenda K761 would be smooth on the street.

Thanks! .

Those might just do the trick - I'll check the books at the shop when I'm back on Tuesday - and probably order myself a set.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:21 PM   #8317
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Thanks! .

Those might just do the trick - I'll check the books at the shop when I'm back on Tuesday - and probably order myself a set.
Shinko 705 is very similar also, and a bit cheaper.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #8318
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Just ordered the Bill Blue 351 kit for my 06 that I picked up a few months ago. I recently added the fmf q4 muffler and power bomb header.



Also I mounted up the pegs I made.



Stock vs new pegs. New ones are 2 3/8" x 3 7/8" made from 3/16 x 1 steel with teeth cut every 3/8 of an inch.





I also picked up a kick start kit that I will be installing when I do the 351 big bore kit. I'm going to turn this bike into a short to medium range adventure bike. More to follow in the coming months.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:16 PM   #8319
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Just ordered the Bill Blue 351 kit for my 06 that I picked up a few months ago. I recently added the fmf q4 muffler and power bomb header.



Also I mounted up the pegs I made.



Stock vs new pegs. New ones are 2 3/8" x 3 7/8" made from 3/16 x 1 steel with teeth cut every 3/8 of an inch.
Those pegs are Bad Ass dude. Nice work.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:39 AM   #8320
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Im becoming comfortable enough with my bike now to begin considering taking my camera. (As this is my part time gig.) But I'd rather not have to deal with a backpack, unless I absolutely have to.
I was thinking about going with a pelican on a luggage rack. This leaving room on the side to maybe add a gas tank or saddle bags in the future.
My question about the Pelican case and luggage rack is two parts really.
1. What rack and Pelican?
2. Can the padding inside a Pelican case absorb enough of the bouncing and vibrations associated with riding offroad and protect my gear?

I know the suspension on these bikes make this smoother for the rider, but how much does the rack and case bounce around?
I'd be looking to haul around a full body DSLR, 1 maybe 2 lenses, and some other small stuff.
Here's what I got
http://m.kawasakiforums.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=40398
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:42 AM   #8321
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Anybody have any ideas for a decent street biased DS tire for the KLX? I've promised Mrs. Stain no more off road till next year and I rode mine for the first time tonight. What a fun little bike - but the big assed knobby tires on it are LOUD and it seems a shame to ruin good knobbies on tarmac...

Another vote for the Shinko244's. Only have about 400 miles on them but got caught in the rain twice. Not as squirly as full knobbies on the street in rain.
I put Pirelli Scorpion MT/90's on my bike and love them. Here's some more info on them.
http://m.kawasakiforums.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=38762
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:41 PM   #8322
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I used to have good things to say about the Kenda Trakmaster II's. But the rear tire I put on not too long ago, that has about 300 miles on it, is chunking. Most of the center knobs are starting to tear off. Gonna replace it with a Pirelli MT43.

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Old 08-24-2013, 05:40 PM   #8323
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Those pegs are Bad Ass dude. Nice work.
Thanks for the compliment. I'll be posting up more pictures soon. I'm going to add the kick start kit when I do the 351 big bore kit. It's already a fun bike but the 100 extra cc's should really be a blast.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #8324
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Well, the whole family has dirt bikes, except ol' Sweetwater...figured this would do well on the trails and be fun in the mountains:



I see there's a lot to read here, but the new-to-me bike already got an oil change and a tank flush and fresh 93 octane today. It ran very well when I viewed it this morning, but it had been sitting over a year. Really didn't think it would crank on that old gas, but it did, and you could smell it

My first lesson in KLXness was laying the bike gently on its left side to get the filter spring back into place during oil change. Worked like a charm and the bike is pleasantly light.

My second lesson was that the bar plugs are D E E P! No way to mount my Cycra guards without getting new bars, unless I'm missing something. Any comments on that? I already drilled 2" deep trying to bust plugs out and I even employed the hammer to no avail. New bars wouldn't hurt my feelings since the OEMs are just slightly tweaked by PO.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:03 PM   #8325
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My second lesson was that the bar plugs are D E E P! No way to mount my Cycra guards without getting new bars, unless I'm missing something. Any comments on that? I already drilled 2" deep trying to bust plugs out and I even employed the hammer to no avail. New bars wouldn't hurt my feelings since the OEMs are just slightly tweaked by PO.
New bars, drill and tap, or cut 1/8" around the end of the bar with a dremel and pull the weights out. I did the latter and used cycra ends with my highway dirt bike guards. Works fine for me.
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