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Old 04-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #4381
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Just avoid the "Energy Conserving" as listed in the API circle. Friction modifiers are not recommended for wet clutches.
Maybe, Wansfel; I've certainly seen the caution written elsewhere, but . . . to the best of my knowledge and belief, Kawasaki has no prohibition on "energy conserving," or even on friction modifiers, in any published guidance vis-a-vis KLR650s.

If someone has a reference or citation, please share!

Only API service codes and temperature-dependent viscosities are recommended for KLR650s by Kawasaki AFAIK.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #4382
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How do I know if I have a tubeless or tubed tire? Would it say on the tire?
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:47 PM   #4383
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Maybe, Wansfel; I've certainly seen the caution written elsewhere, but . . . to the best of my knowledge and belief, Kawasaki has no prohibition on "energy conserving," or even on friction modifiers, in any published guidance vis-a-vis KLR650s.

If someone has a reference or citation, please share!

Only API service codes and temperature-dependent viscosities are recommended for KLR650s by Kawasaki AFAIK.
On the Internet, you pays your money and you takes your chances! Perhaps this one for the Myth Busters.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:52 PM   #4384
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I do remember not long ago seeing an ad for their name brand oil and it was cheaper than I get it at a well known place that sells oil cheap.Cheap being the reoccurring thought,KLR ya know!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #4385
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Question about the euro switch assembly. I just picked one up from klr650.com, and it was the 2 position model, does anyone know where I can get ahold of the 3 position one? Or should the one I got have been 3 position.

Unrelated note, what's recommended for replacing the clutch? Mine seems like it's about to go. The EBC kit is reasonably priced, but it seemed to have plenty of bad reviews on Motorcycle Superstore.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #4386
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How do I know if I have a tubeless or tubed tire? Would it say on the tire?
Spokes usually means tubes unless somebody sealed the rims. Look at the valve stem. If it has a locking nut you have a tube in it which is 99% of the time...
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #4387
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Luggage not a oil thread

So lets stop the oil thread before it gets out of hand. Lets talk Luggage, preference hard or soft paniers. And brands. And does anyone one have any slightly used ones for sale.

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:00 AM   #4388
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So lets stop the oil thread before it gets out of hand. Lets talk Luggage, preference hard or soft paniers. And brands. And does anyone one have any slightly used ones for sale.

Nick
Pelican cases with Packrat rack.

Been hit by Honda and cases saved my leg and rack hasn't bent.

Got hit by cab (NYC) and again cases held up fine and provided protection for my legs.

I have the cases setup so they will pop out if my leg gets caught underneath them.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:11 AM   #4389
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I've been using a Dirt Bagz Ranger setup on the Pig. They have been great, but thinking of changing to something different, maybe more waterproof (the Dirt Bagz are "water resistant" and are ok for a brief shower or stream crossing, but not for constant rain).

http://www.dbzproducts.com/specs.htm

I've picked up a set or Ortliebs and may try those.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:18 AM   #4390
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So lets stop the oil thread before it gets out of hand. Lets talk Luggage, preference hard or soft paniers. And brands. And does anyone one have any slightly used ones for sale.

Nick
I think the most important feature in luggage (and often the most overlooked or least mentioned) is the ability to quickly remove them, like with a single twist of a key or half turn of a nut. I have givi cases on my KLR and am almost done with a trip to Panama (read: Guatemala, didn´t make it all the way south ) and the best thing about the givis was being able to take them off the bike to bring them into a hostel without having to unpack. Also I could instantly go riding around a city and split lanes or take a side trip without the weight/bulk. I was riding with a guy for a while who had cases that need unscrewing (from the inside) and he was always hesitant to remove them because it was such a hassle. Ended up riding with them and getting stuck in traffic a bunch and also took quite a while to pack and unpack.

But, the givis are way too wide I think so if I can scratch up the cash I´ll get the caribou pelican storm cases that mount to givi racks. Same quick release, much more narrow. I think I will always stick with hard panniers. The security of just leaving them on the bike while going to eat or wandering a market is priceless.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:28 AM   #4391
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If I had had hard panniers last year, I would also have had a broken leg . . . my Ortleibs will not be replaced, when the time comes, with anything harder than they are.

They also allow me to carry more wieght, if necessary (weighing less), and they are almost instantly removeable, when necessary.

Hard bags on teh street? You bet (my tTiger 1050 has Givis, and I love em), but any off roading -- soft bags for me.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:34 AM   #4392
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i run a givi trunk with soft sadlebags. not waterproof though.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:38 AM   #4393
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So lets stop the oil thread before it gets out of hand. Lets talk Luggage, preference hard or soft paniers. And brands. And does anyone one have any slightly used ones for sale.

Nick
Tank bags: I will choose none other than Wolfman. the Expedition Lite or the Rainier bag.
Panniers: I had some custom made by a welder but I like the Happy Trails ones I had before. Hard luggage may be heavier but when I dumped my bike going 140 km/h on the highway they sure saved my legs from being crushed. They serve as a rear crash bar almost. I've always had hard luggage and that's the way it's gonna stay
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:08 AM   #4394
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I think the most important feature in luggage (and often the most overlooked or least mentioned) is the ability to quickly remove them, like with a single twist of a key or half turn of a nut.

Yep, I use a quick release lever on my Pelicans. No tools required, open lever, spin out, case lifts right off. Takes about 10 seconds.




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Old 04-18-2013, 08:11 AM   #4395
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I like soft bags for many of the above reasons,and Wolfman is now making a bag called Monarch Pass,reasonable price,lotsa capacity,not waterproof but plastic bags resolve that problem.
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