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Old 09-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #3796
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A local buddy with an F800GS had a 10,000 mile K60 on his bike yesterday, said he loved it. I have a feeling it will be my next tire. It's twice as much as the Shinko 705, but I bet I get twice as much wear, and it is possibly a little better off road. Heck, even if they act the same, cost exactly twice as much and I only get exactly twice the mileage, it'll be nice not changing the tire every 4000 miles.
You might end up being disappointed. The tire on the F800GS is a different size than the KLR, with a solid strip of rubber all around the center. The 130/80-17 K60 doesn't have that and it wears out awfully quick. In my case, two rear K60's were done after ~2000 miles.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:56 PM   #3797
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You might end up being disappointed. The tire on the F800GS is a different size than the KLR, with a solid strip of rubber all around the center. The 130/80-17 K60 doesn't have that and it wears out awfully quick. In my case, two rear K60's were done after ~2000 miles.
I have over 5000km on my K60's with only minimal wear.
I think they are great tires. Good grip on pavement wet or dry and really good on gravel.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:34 AM   #3798
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I've ridden an older KLR by myself, how would it compare to the new ones, and do they work fine with a passenger and luggage?
The suspension is a bit better than the old model and the fairings help with wind. The stock springs are not up to the job though and would need to be upgraded with heavier springs. A re-valve wouldn't go astray either.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:50 AM   #3799
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you might end up being disappointed. The tire on the f800gs is a different size than the klr, with a solid strip of rubber all around the center. The 130/80-17 k60 doesn't have that and it wears out awfully quick. In my case, two rear k60's were done after ~2000 miles.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:21 AM   #3800
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You might end up being disappointed. The tire on the F800GS is a different size than the KLR, with a solid strip of rubber all around the center. The 130/80-17 K60 doesn't have that and it wears out awfully quick. In my case, two rear K60's were done after ~2000 miles.
Thanks for the heads up, the F800GS was indeed running the solid strip K60. I did some reading, interesting that they were so differently.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #3801
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Part or parts bike needed!!!

I'm on the road travelling ( truck and bike) , started in San Francisco and am currently in massachusetts... I have replaced the fork seal twice on my left side front fork leg and it still leaks! I am taking off on just the moto in a few weeks to ride Maine and Canada, I needto fix ASAP!
I am willing to travel to get part (fork leg) or spend up to $600 for a complete old running klr...
Anyone got any leads!?
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:15 PM   #3802
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I'm on the road travelling ( truck and bike) , started in San Francisco and am currently in massachusetts... I have replaced the fork seal twice on my left side front fork leg and it still leaks! I am taking off on just the moto in a few weeks to ride Maine and Canada, I needto fix ASAP!
I am willing to travel to get part (fork leg) or spend up to $600 for a complete old running klr...
Anyone got any leads!?
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:48 PM   #3803
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The suspension is a bit better than the old model and the fairings help with wind. The stock springs are not up to the job though and would need to be upgraded with heavier springs. A re-valve wouldn't go astray either.
As it turns out, I have just aquired an 82 CB900F ( in many, many, parts ), but it has come with a backrest and hondaline bags, so that will become my two-up mount. The plan is to also set it up to be capable of dirt roads, (tires, skid plate etc...)Not deep stuff, my skills aren't that great off-road.
So the KLR would more or less be a solo mount, leaving the Sherpa for my son for next year. So I would try it with the stock suspension first. I don't work it that hard off road, I just like the versatility
.And I really like the looks of the 2013.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #3804
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Rear Shock preload adjuster broken

recently discovered that the preload adjuster on the rear shock on my 06' KLR650 has quit working. Stuck on softest setting.

Does anyone know if this can be fixed?
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #3805
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recently discovered that the preload adjuster on the rear shock on my 06' KLR650 has quit working. Stuck on softest setting.

Does anyone know if this can be fixed?
I saw this video on youtube last week that describes a repair of the shock preload bolt.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYDM2UpnO4M
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #3806
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #3807
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I've been riding cruisers and choppers but when I get on the net all I do now is read KLR and other dual sport sites like this one and look at 650 dual sports on Kijiji.ca When I see a group of bikes I'm always draw to the adventure dual sport in the parking lot. So having never ridden off road much I'm thinking the KLR650 would be best. It fits (DR seems a little short in the legs) and I think it will be a long time before I can put a real off road worthy mount to good use. For now I just expect to get out on the gravel and dirt roads around home and out to the mountians (300kms from home) on overnighters.

I've got a nice Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate for sale ($2500-$3000) seems about right for the market in Alberta, but I've had no interest. A local dealer I like has this for sale:

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ395066306

He offered me a trade for my Goldwing plus $1000. I think he would take a little less as a counter offer but I'm not sure. I don't mind giving this dealer a little of my money as he has always helped me with little things on my chopper builds and I've never bought much more then a few parts from him.

So what should I ask and what should I look at closer on this KLR? It runs nice and I've ridden it around a little. If I remember right it seems a little more spirited then the 2009 I test drove last year(must be the modifications?) It seems to have a slight flat spot right around 3000rpms??? The asking price in the add is close to others in this area. I think my Goldwing plus $600 would be market value but as I said, I'd pay a little more to thank this dealer for all the free help he's given me over the years. How much are the farkles on this KLR worth and are the worth it?

This is getting long, Looking forward to your thoughts.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:38 AM   #3808
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recently discovered that the preload adjuster on the rear shock on my 06' KLR650 has quit working. Stuck on softest setting.

Does anyone know if this can be fixed?
Take it apart and find out what's wrong with the adjuster (might be seized). If you need just the adjuster I have a spare one.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:25 AM   #3809
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I did it! After all this time lurking I am now the proud owner of a 2005 KLR650.

Congrats! I hope you enjoy your '05 as much as I do mine.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:28 AM   #3810
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I just bought this bike yesterday afternoon. This is my first bike ever. I took it real easy yesterday, I have allot to learn. So far I like it.

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