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Old 08-21-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Klr 650 opinions

Just got a klr650. Great first bike. My questions are for the experienced people, I purchased a dished Corbin seat my wife and I rode on it for about a month and it was so uncomfortable that we sold it and put stock back on for now with atv seat cover still not fun for rides longer than hour. Are there any seats that you guys would swear by as far as comfort goes for 2 people. Also what is a good after market shock? Me and her ride all the time and bumps are pretty bad I have the shock all the way on 5 and the damping screw I have played with but have been unable to make the shock absorption any better. With me on the bike and some gear I am probably looking at 370 lbs on the bike. Any suggestions would be much appreciated all thanks a bunch.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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I have a progressive rear shock and I think it's great but I don't do any 2-up riding. I also have a sargent low seat and I can ride for hours on end though I've read it's a bit stiff for a passenger.

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Old 08-21-2014, 05:53 PM   #3
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Klr opinions

I am in western Pennsylvania. Thanks for the opinion.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:58 PM   #4
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Try the stiffest rear shock spring you can get (about $100) and put PVC spacers/progressive front springs to the front fork springs. I got my spring from TopGun--these are good people. Get the 8.0 Kg spring.

Resign to the fact that seats for KLR650 (or any motorcycle) are not comfortable--that is why you have to get on the pegs every 15-30 minutes for a few seconds. That is what I have to do even with my $400 Corbin seat. Highway bars will help.

At the end of the day the number 1 complaint for all riders with all different bike models is always the seat. It is just part of the deal--train your legs and joints and butts and you will get 'used' to the discomfort.


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Old 08-21-2014, 06:45 PM   #5
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First you can try the heaviest spring available on the stock shock, unless you don't mind spending on a new shock.
I think it is a 550 inch pound.
Check out Happy Trails website.They sell Eibach springs and have a nice chart.
But it can be a bear to install unless you have a shop press or the right tools or know someone.
Cogent sells a nice shock along with Racetech and now Nitron offers one also.

The Sargent or Corbin Flat is the best off the shelf option, I feel.
A sheepskin on top of one of the above may help also.
I run a Corbin Flat with an Alaskan leather sheepskin.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:13 PM   #6
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A budget rear suspension fix is to buy the heaviest spring from Top Gun motorcycle products.

A true fix is to have Cogent make you a suspension suited for two-up.

The best seat you'll ever spend your money on is a Russell Day Long. Trust me, it's worth the money. Your wife will thank you, as long as you get both driver and passenger portions made for the two of you.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:45 PM   #7
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I'd say go for the Cogent rear, I have the stock seat and the ATV pad and by but does get sore on a long day. They say the Alaskan Sheepskin will add a 100 miles to your day, I think it will be my next purchase.
The KLR is a hell of a bike, I've ridden over 12K since the end of May.
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Old Yesterday, 04:42 AM   #8
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Sargent seat, the best i have found......
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Old Yesterday, 05:09 AM   #9
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Tried the Corbin, not much better than stock, hard and not the right shape. Tried the Sargent, great quality but not the right shape for me.

Russel day long, a real keeper! Have 50K miles on it. Other great seats are made by the likes of Meyer - got one on my Beemer.

Some guys can do all day on a stock-I am about 45 minutes! Everyone and every seat meets different needs.

If you are going to spend a lot of time on the bike, a good custom seat, expensive, but it is more than worth the investment.

A spring weight fix is necessary. Again, a shock combination like the Cogent with the world class damping, is essential if you are spending a lot ot time riding. Had a Cogent a little longer than the Russel.
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Old Yesterday, 07:34 AM   #10
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You might consider Seat Concepts. You can call and talk to them about your specific needs.

As to the rear suspension. The rear stock shock is utter garbage. Go aftermarket. A heavier spring will not solve the problem of bad valving and cheap build to price quality (or lack thereof). I would also suggest using a raising linkage. Raise the rear suspension via aftermarket "dogbones" by 1", which doesn't actually translate to a full 1". This increases the geometry of the linkage suspension system and will help with the ride and handling by a ton.
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Old Yesterday, 07:37 AM   #11
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You might consider Seat Concepts. You can call and talk to them about your specific needs.
This is a great budget fix . . . at 65 cash dollars american, it's a good stepping stone even if it isn't your final seat on the bike.
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Old Yesterday, 07:40 AM   #12
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I put 60,000 miles on my 2004. Stock seat the whole time. I just settled in to requirement of stopping every hour or so to walk around a bit. It's a motorcycle thing. Never did two up so I can't advise you there.
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Old Yesterday, 12:48 PM   #13
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I'm using the Corbin flat seat for the KLR and like it a lot.
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