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Old 05-01-2013, 07:31 PM   #1111
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Bike has about 7K on it. I put an extra 1/2 click on the rear adjusters so they are at 3.75 or so and the chain slack seems to be within spec now and not as loose. It does seem like there is a tighter spot on the chain at one part of the rotation but some people seem to be saying this is normal. Comments? I guess it may come down to how tight one spot is. Figure I'll ride like that for a bit and see if it loosens up. Ebay has chain/sprocket combos for $110 or so. If it gets worse I'll grab a new set and stick them on.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:32 PM   #1112
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I'm about 195lbs, what weight fork oil do you all recommend?
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:39 PM   #1113
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I'm about 195lbs, what weight fork oil do you all recommend?
Similar body weight to yours; satisfied with the factory recommendation (10W-20) and Progressive front fork springs; I don't pressurize the front shocks myself (for "rough roads," Kawa recommends about 3-5 psi), YMMV!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #1114
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Similar body weight to yours; satisfied with the factory recommendation (10W-20) and Progressive front fork springs; I don't pressurize the front shocks myself (for "rough roads," Kawa recommends about 3-5 psi), YMMV!
Great, thanks for the quick reply!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:13 PM   #1115
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So when the chain is in spec on side stand my buddy noticed when I sit on it it is very tight, no slack, and is grinds while riding like this. The previous owner has the shock adjusted up so im on my toes sitting on it, 5 10 at 170 lbs. Ordered new chain and sprockets so we will see how they do.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:42 PM   #1116
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Whew, this was fun getting unstuck today (sarcasm)... My back seems to think I should have called someone to help me out with it. A couple ibuprofens and a few 12 oz pain pills seems to make it all better though.



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Old 05-03-2013, 10:07 PM   #1117
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Ok, so I've belched the cooling system, that helped for around town. Today I took it on some pretty slow and tight singletrack where the speeds were pretty low. The fan wouldn't come on until the temp needle actually touched the red. It didn't fully go into the red, but shouldn't the fan come on sooner than that? Once the fan came on the temp dropped to within proper range.

Am I just being silly? The only time it gets that hot is when sitting at idle or at very low speeds.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:21 AM   #1118
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Ok, so I've belched the cooling system, that helped for around town. Today I took it on some pretty slow and tight singletrack where the speeds were pretty low. The fan wouldn't come on until the temp needle actually touched the red. It didn't fully go into the red, but shouldn't the fan come on sooner than that? Once the fan came on the temp dropped to within proper range.

Am I just being silly? The only time it gets that hot is when sitting at idle or at very low speeds.
This is not how mine behaves. I get the needle to 2/3 and then the fan comes on. You could add a switch for the fan. It could be the thermostat but I'd look carefully at all the connections before changing any parts. You may be having an intermittent problem that just appears to be related to temp.

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Old 05-04-2013, 08:29 AM   #1119
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Mine comes on when it touches the red too, has since day one from the dealership. Don't see why this would be a problem, keeps it out of the red zone but allows it to run at optimal temperature without running the fan excessively.

It's not like the gauge is a thermometer giving you an exact reading, what temperature is it at really when the fan comes on? Who knows, who cares, that is what design engineers are for. They determine the optimal operating temperature and then design the rest of the system around it. Your fan switch is fine, stop worrying about it and go ride!


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Old 05-04-2013, 11:53 AM   #1120
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Ok, I'll just keep an eye on it. My KLR 650 would run hot too, just not quite as hot.

I'll go through it and check all the connections just to be sure.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:23 PM   #1121
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Whew, this was fun getting unstuck today (sarcasm)... My back seems to think I should have called someone to help me out with it. A couple ibuprofens and a few 12 oz pain pills seems to make it all better though.



That looks like fun
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:35 PM   #1122
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Klx250 tank on klr250?

I either need to swap back to the stock carb on my klr250 or fit a bigger tank. The pumper carb I fitted is good for wheelies but I don't like the need to fill up every day on my commute.
IMS is the only klr250 tank I know of, but it is pricey and only holds 3.2 gallons.

Does anyone know how similar the mounts are between the klr250 and the klx250? I can get a good deal on a klx250 tank and am wondering if I could get it to fit my klr250 with a little work?

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #1123
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Ok, I'll just keep an eye on it. My KLR 650 would run hot too, just not quite as hot.

I'll go through it and check all the connections just to be sure.
I agree with 3DChief's post above.

Had Kawasaki installed an "idiot light," versus a temperature gauge, you would feel no angst.

But then, there would be no Thermo-Bobs!
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:04 PM   #1124
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That looks like fun
It was fun right up until then. My back is still sore from having to lug it out. It was stuck good and only digging in deeper with the throttle. I ended up having to heft it out of there by hand. I had only intended to go for a quick half hour ride on the account of my ex-wife dropping my kids off for the weekend... And of course I had to get myself stuck 20 minutes into my ride. Normally I'd just wait around for an ATV to come down and pull me out, as the place I ride is crawling with them. However, I needed to get unstuck in a hurry, so I had to pull it myself. Fortunately I have a good relationship with my ex, since she was waiting at my house for about 30 minutes for me to show up!
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #1125
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It was fun right up until then. My back is still sore from having to lug it out. It was stuck good and only digging in deeper with the throttle. I ended up having to heft it out of there by hand. I had only intended to go for a quick half hour ride on the account of my ex-wife dropping my kids off for the weekend... And of course I had to get myself stuck 20 minutes into my ride. Normally I'd just wait around for an ATV to come down and pull me out, as the place I ride is crawling with them. However, I needed to get unstuck in a hurry, so I had to pull it myself. Fortunately I have a good relationship with my ex, since she was waiting at my house for about 30 minutes for me to show up!
I have found that type of extraction to be more easily done by pulling the bike sideways. I start by pulling the front up and then lay it on its side. Then a 90* turn gets it on top of the goo. After that I drag the back end towards shore.

Sometimes it takes a few cycles but it beats trying to go forward or backward.

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