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Old 05-04-2012, 07:25 PM   #2221
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(btw, anyone want a F650GS?)
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:07 AM   #2222
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:53 AM   #2223
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First and foremost is a doohicky . . . . Any opinions on that idea?

Second . . . the Clymer manual. It calls for 22 pounds front and 22 to 29 pounds rear. Does that seem low to anyone?
I'm no expert but there are no other responses yet. I assumed mine was not done and bought the doo, spring, and gaskets. Price of guessing wrong would have been selling an unused doo in the flea market. That's less than the possible price of guessing wrong the other way. Turns out that I could have adjusted the tension without opening the case, but now I don't have the feeling of uncertainty. I also wondered why my bike was so cheap and welcomed a reason to look inside. After 12,000 miles in 10 months I conclude the seller simply priced it to sell. It needed TLC, but no "fire sale" problems.

Those pressures sounded low to me a year ago, but they're not bad for my 155 Lbs. I run slightly higher for an all-road run and lower on gravel and off-road (down to about 15 psi). The KLR is 100 Lbs lighter than my road bikes.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:14 AM   #2224
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I am spending more time in the dirt these days and need to lose the Pirelli Scorpions. A trail tire that can handle sand but keep me on the black top in between is my goal. Anybody runnin' something that fits the description and liking it?
You want a tire that will work everywhere? Try this beast!! it's the Michelin AC 10. I run it on my TE 610 and I'm very pleased with how good it hooks up! It makes the front end very light in the dirt. The AC 10 shines in all kinds of terrain!!
I find that 12 psi - 15 psi works the best! I strongly suggest a rim lock with these tires! Reasonably priced too, I think I paid $68 delivered from BB.

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Old 05-05-2012, 05:54 AM   #2225
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You want a tire that will work everywhere? Try this beast!! it's the Michelin AC 10. I run it on my TE 610 and I'm very pleased with how good it hooks up! It makes the front end very light in the dirt. The AC 10 shines in all kinds of terrain!!
I find that 12 psi - 15 psi works the best! I strongly suggest a rim lock with these tires! Reasonably priced too, I think I paid $68 delivered from BB.

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Any experience with durability? I'd looked at them, but am reluctant to switch from T63's. I've got nearly 5k of mixed terrain on mine, and they are still working.

Besides, I cannot find this in a KLR size.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:44 AM   #2226
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AC10 is not made in 17" size to my knowledge
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:46 AM   #2227
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Free to anyone who makes me an offer I can't refuse.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:47 AM   #2228
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:52 AM   #2229
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Been lurking a while and have made a couple of comments. But now that I've bought a 2004 KLR650, I have a couple of real questions I haven't been able to find answers for.

First and foremost is a doohicky related one. I don't know if the mod has been done on my bike. My research indicates that I shouldn't loosen the bolt because if the adjuster is broken, loosening the bolt will let it fall apart. Any opinions on that idea?

Second question is about the tire pressures in the Clymer manual. It calls for 22 pounds front and 22 to 29 pounds rear. Does that seem low to anyone? If so, what should the pressures be for a 190 pound rider?

Thanks in advance for any help with these questions.

(btw, anyone want a F650GS?)
You can pull off the left side engine cover and look at the doo without buying anything as long as you don't damage the gasket.

Those tire pressures sound OK for your size.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:50 AM   #2230
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Need KLR mod help

My wife and I both like to ride, but we sold our Weestrom and F650gs to payoff some bills.
We have recovered to the point that we can buy one bike.

My question is, can the seat height of the KLR be lowered enough via links to accommadate her at 5'6", then easily be raised for 2 up riding?

I know it's not ideal, but if we are to ride I only see one bike in the immediate future.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:53 AM   #2231
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My wife and I both like to ride, but we sold our Weestrom and F650gs to payoff some bills.
We have recovered to the point that we can buy one bike.

My question is, can the seat height of the KLR be lowered enough via links to accommadate her at 5'6", then easily be raised for 2 up riding?

I know it's not ideal, but if we are to ride I only see one bike in the immediate future.

Thanks in advance.
How tall are you?
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:02 AM   #2232
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My question is, can the seat height of the KLR be lowered enough via links to accommadate her at 5'6", then easily be raised for 2 up riding?

I know it's not ideal, but if we are to ride I only see one bike in the immediate future.

Thanks in advance.
Let me make sure I understand how y'all will be riding:

Situation #1 - You ride the KLR solo (assume normal links)
Situation #2 - Your wife rides the KLR (needs short links)
Situation #3 - You both ride the KLR (needs normal links)

It's not terribly difficult to change out the lowering links, figure 30-45 mins your first time after which it will be quicker. Rough procedure is:
  1. Rase the KLR with a bike stand or centerstand
  2. Remove the two 22mm nuts that hold the links to the rocker arm and swingarm (remove rocker first)
  3. Push bolts out
  4. Install new links
  5. Put bolt and 22mm nuts back, tighten to 98Nm / 72 ftlbs

Oh, and wear gloves. You will get dirty.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:05 AM   #2233
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My wife and I both like to ride, but we sold our Weestrom and F650gs to payoff some bills.
We have recovered to the point that we can buy one bike.

My question is, can the seat height of the KLR be lowered enough via links to accommadate her at 5'6", then easily be raised for 2 up riding?

I know it's not ideal, but if we are to ride I only see one bike in the immediate future.

Thanks in advance.

they're pretty tall.
You could do it with 2" lowering links, and raise the forks up in the triple clamps. Softens the suspension considerably. Switching back & forth prolly take an hour or so once you got the hang of it. I'd consider changing the rear spring too.

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:10 AM   #2234
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What Newcastle said. You'd also need to lower or raise the forks in the triples.

If you can find a seat pan on Ebay, I'd also get the Seat Concepts low seat for her. You could probably build up the stock seat for you if you just wanted to just swap seats and kinds-sorta have things work. Plopping in or taking out a set of bar risers may also fix the ergs so you can both use the bike solo.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:17 AM   #2235
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^ All this sounds like a pain in the ass to me. That's the kind of frustration that will lead to
1) Her not riding unless the bike is tweaked for her (by you).
2) You not riding because the bike is currently set up for her and you don't want to take the time to do an hour of ride prep.
3) Her not joining you because the bike is not currently set up for 2-up.

See where I'm going with this?

The beauty of owning a motorcycle is the general freedom to just gear up and ride when the mood strikes.
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