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Old 12-14-2012, 03:36 PM   #6391
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Here is my 08 KLR after a little visual make-over. It's a green bike under the PlastiDip. My shrouds were scuffed up and the bike was looking a little tired. I decided to take a little inspiration from the Rolling Stones and paint it black. What do you guys think?

Now do the rims red.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:20 PM   #6392
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Almost done with my blacked out KLR. Painting the rear right now, have one more coat to add then I'll stick it back on.



When it clears up I'll try to get some pics
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:06 PM   #6393
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Put some mods, skid plate, bar risers, supermoto front fender.

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Old 12-14-2012, 06:03 PM   #6394
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Almost done with my blacked out KLR. Painting the rear right now, have one more coat to add then I'll stick it back on.



When it clears up I'll try to get some pics
All that work so you don't see the soot from the exhaust, eh?
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:20 PM   #6395
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Nah, my fender's been trimmed, soot barely gets it now.

Bike's back together now:



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Old 12-14-2012, 09:27 PM   #6396
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What aux lights? I was coming down a dirt road a couple weeks ago after dark and man I wanted extra light!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:07 PM   #6397
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Those be Rigid Industries Duallys, spot pattern. They are my high beams, throws more light than most modern car headlights.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:45 PM   #6398
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The Tiger XC I traded in on it was all black also. Always wanted a KLR and when I saw this one in a showroom I pulled the trigger. Think Kawasaki was paying attention to the sales numbers for the Triple Black GS's and Tiger all black?

Ordered some farkles, skid plate, KLR tail bag and tank bag, 16 tooth cs, RoxRisers.
Puut a battery tender wire and heated gear wire in today and added this.

That looks a little more like the $149 version, or is it the non clamp style?
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:55 PM   #6399
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She's wearing Hayes Diversified new take-off body work that has spent a few years riding around in the South Carolina sun... where do I start?

Mikuni TM41mm ProSeries flatslide carb w/stock location choke via custom cable; Magura Duo314 quick throttle w/custom cable; Megacycle x5 Camshafts w/KACR; R&D valve springs w/titanium tops shim/over type; Cylinder head mild porting & polished exhaust; custom Kibblewhite stainless steel valves; intake manifold spacer for float bowl/starter motor clearance; stock airbox w/modified openings & airbox/carb boot; K&N prefilter & K&N gauze-type filter; OEM kickstarter option; 3/5 Barnett HD clutch springs; KLR600 muffler; K&N air/fuel ratio monitor w/sensor bung welded to header; ]Magura Jack hydraulic clutch w/custom line & slave cylinder bracket[/URL], spiral metal heat guard, running 2.5wt suspension fluid; Lindemann custom fork springs; RaceTech Gold Valve emulators; custom Fox Twin-Clicker rear shock w/remote resorvoir; Tengai rear caliper carrier & disc protectors; DR650 serrated footpegs on stock welded-to-frame brackets; FZR1000 front turn signals; '88 FZR1000 dual headlight bucket w/custom carrier, relay-protected wiring harness & PIAA Intense White H4 bulbs; Euro headlight switch assembly; FIAMM dual horns w/relay-protection; Renthal Desert CR bars w/ 3/4" removed each end; Maier WoodsPro heavy duty full metal barkbusters; Maier large handguard/cups; EBC 320mm full floater front brake disc; ZX600A3 front brake master cylinder; ZX750A4 BACR-front brake caliper; custom stainless steel brake lines front & rear; 80-LED rear brake/running light bar under luggage rack; 32-LED 1157 rear bulb; Napoleon LH mirror short stem on KLR600 mirror bracket; ScotOiler w/dual-injector mounted in place of LH starter motor solenoid/bracket; redundant wiring & cables ziptied in place for easy trail or road-side replacement; 2RS bearings throughout; FT500 Ascot rear turn signals; unknown brand saddlebag guards in picture now hanging on the wall; Moose bash plate; stupid footpeg-equipped "engine protector" off the bike- a real p-o-s bent into my radiator hose and almost cut it when we fell at 0mph on hydraulic fluid at a stop sign- needs triangulation the square-tubing just kinks (hey it was free); Eagle Mike doohickey & torsion spring; custom 350w stator; Accel HT lead; Electrosport HD regulator/rectifier in custom location; custom engine mount plates & brackets; through-bolts on luggage rack (but not sub-frame!); Renthal RS4 chain w/rivet clip currently geared -1front +3rear running D606 DOT knobbies front & rear (D607s on in this photo w/+1front) An important addition: I used the internals from a ZX600A1 petcock in mine- now I have on, reserve and the all-important PRIME so I don't kill the battery sucking the fuel valve diaphragm back when I run out of gas... and we know how fast singles run out of gas, don't we?

She has worn ProCircuit 496s & a SuperTrapp w/19discs before- great power, just too loud for my liking as I've gotten older, now with the KLR600 muffler the bike is SO quiet I can sneak around at night and no-one's the wiser With the SuperTrapp & exhaust gas analysis I was able to double my stock horsepower and gained almost a 3rd more torque on Factory Racing's Mustang eddy-flow dyno in San Rafael California (thanks Marc!)

She's seen 122mph on flat ground many times (verified off other bikes), now I have a KTM950 Adventure for all that foolishness and max out just over 90 with the lower gearing

All in all the best bike I've ever owned, and has taken me more places and helped me do things I could never have done on another bike.

When my first doohickey failed in 1991, there wasn't even a nickname for this part. The cam chain jumped timing so it came apart @ 18,751 and that is when ALL the engine work was done (by me) with the exception of the 3-angle valve job by Mike Crowther of Engine Dynamics fame on a then-state of the art SERDI Valve Machine (I would eventually work for him years later). I went ahead and put a +0.5mm (1st over) OEM piston as I could get dealer prices back then.

I DON'T use or believe in the PCV valve "fix" (see my "Hoax" post) and she doesn't use oil, period. Having spent thousands of hours in the saddle brings confidence and I ride this thing hard all the time, unless I'm in stealth mode which usually means in a park illegally at night.

I have gotten as high as 57mpg when cruising on the slab... I have a universal windscreen that clamps to the handlebars and attaches in seconds and a throttle lock for making time easy...

This bike has run from the police (successfully 100%) 64 times and been crashed more times than I can remember. I looped a wheelie @ 60mph right after I put the carb on and was running rich- it cartwheeled down the street like it was in a Hollywood action flick- when it was over, I folded out the pegs and rode her home. Try that on a sportbike!

I've ridden cross-country, done Cal24hrs, Nevada1100 & Utah1000 on her, ridden in snow, sand, ice, across rivers and up creeks. I've dualsported her with knobs to the top of 14 states... couriered, Sunday Morning Ride (the original in SF CA), roadraced, barrel raced, track dayed, and taken some girls for the ride of their lives (thanks for being such a good passenger mount, adds to their confidence too)

I know when I get on stock KLRs (any year) I don't like how they feel and can't see how people can own one without modding the hell out of them- mine just fits me SO well now, so well planted

Speaking of I forgot the Fox Twin Clicker is off and a White Power fully adjustable is on her now, so much more compliance offroad as I had the Fox setup for hard, fast street riding in Northern California

she's no garage queen and I wear every scar and dirt with the pride of having been somewhere the guys in the SUVs & Jeeps haven't, and while putting myself at real risk

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I am humbled and in awe of your badassness. I too am the proud owner of a KLR and it is my main transportation throughout Alask and the Yukon. I only don't ride when it's too icey, which in south east Alaska, that's not very often.

We are not worthy....
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:14 AM   #6400
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That looks a little more like the $149 version, or is it the non clamp style?
That is the clamp on.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:12 AM   #6401
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Black looks good when new, but I think it will be hard to keep looking good once mud gets caked on.
Kawi spray bombs everything black, then they leave the same ugly gray seat cover. Come on Kawi get it together!
Every KLR looks good with Mud caked on....
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:26 AM   #6402
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Another shot of my beast during a December "cold weather gear test" as I start making plans and preparation for the Alcan 5000. Only change I plan to make is to add a Rekluse clutch and change the rear rack up a bit. Going change it around for a couple options and integrate some saddle bag racks.

I love this bike, built perfect for what I do.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:36 AM   #6403
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And, my riding Chum "Herm" with his 2009 KLR

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Old 12-16-2012, 05:49 AM   #6404
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I love the blacked out look of the newer bikes!
I agree. Looks sweet!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:00 AM   #6405
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Here is my 08 KLR after a little visual make-over. It's a green bike under the PlastiDip. My shrouds were scuffed up and the bike was looking a little tired. I decided to take a little inspiration from the Rolling Stones and paint it black. What do you guys think?

Very nice job. I had a Kawi green KLR that I was ready to paint black as well but I bought a new bike and sold it. I researched painting the plastic and it seemed it could be done okay. I like your choice of flat black. That's great. Easy to touch up as well.
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