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Old 11-25-2012, 05:52 AM   #4366
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Speed wobble on on 05? Front fender is a sail. Change it. Spindly fork legs. Put a EM fork brace on. That is as good as it will get but it won't be perfect above 90. Ever. But yeah, a tall shield could add to it and bring the number down to 75. Take the shield off and ride it to top speed. If that doesn't fix it to your liking, do the above.

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:25 PM   #4367
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Just curious. I picked up a new to me 2009 KLR 650 this afternoon, rode it about 13 miles, and noticed the temperature gauge didn't move. Is this a normal thing, or do I need to start checking connections?
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:48 PM   #4368
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Sounds normal. It doesn't move much. Don't worry about it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:56 PM   #4369
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Just curious. I picked up a new to me 2009 KLR 650 this afternoon, rode it about 13 miles, and noticed the temperature gauge didn't move. Is this a normal thing, or do I need to start checking connections?
If it literally didn't move at all, you probably have a problem.

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:08 PM   #4370
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I was wondering how long it would take for someone to suggest that.

OK, you're also going to NEED a doohickey, fork brace, lowering links, raising links, 16t sprocket, extended shifter, sarg seat, heat, offroad pegs, new tires, gps outlet, bar risers, locktite, highway pegs, 705 kit, tall shield and on and on. Better sell it now. They're all lemons and NEED another $1500 dumped into them to keep them on the road.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #4371
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:37 PM   #4372
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If I were to leave a KLR650 as stock as possible, no matter what I'd still want to upgrade the doohickey with EM parts, upgrade the subframe bolts, and install a Thermobob, and adjust the idle mixture screw...all those mods go a long way while still keeping things as simple as possible. That's all just my opinion. And I myself think Watt-man's site makes a pretty damn good case for the Thermobob especially if you do any cold-weather riding.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:55 AM   #4373
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I was wondering how long it would take for someone to suggest that.

OK, you're also going to NEED a doohickey, fork brace, lowering links, raising links, 16t sprocket, extended shifter, sarg seat, heat, offroad pegs, new tires, gps outlet, bar risers, locktite, highway pegs, 705 kit, tall shield and on and on. Better sell it now. They're all lemons and NEED another $1500 dumped into them to keep them on the road.
$1,500.00 will cover all that? I don't think so.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:42 AM   #4374
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Speed wobble on on 05? Front fender is a sail. Change it. Spindly fork legs. Put a EM fork brace on. That is as good as it will get but it won't be perfect above 90. Ever. But yeah, a tall shield could add to it and bring the number down to 75. Take the shield off and ride it to top speed. If that doesn't fix it to your liking, do the above.
I'm not too worried about stability at 90mph. 75 would be nice though.

When (if) we get a somewhat nice day here I'll pull the windshield off and try it, then after that pull the front fender and try again. Can't hurt to try it. I keep hearing good things about the fork brace, I'll probably get one over the winter depending on how work goes.

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Jules, look for signs of suspension leaks while you are diagnosing. Leaking rear could sure induce a wobble. One more thing, are you a "heavier than normal" fella? I weigh 250 and the Eagle Mike raising links helped me a bunch.
There are no leaks that I can see. I'm only 150lbs, shouldn't be an issue. The suspension still feels soft to me though, I'm used to motocross bikes.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:05 AM   #4375
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I corner real hard and you can see the forks flex without the fork brace.

But if it wobbles even riding more "sedately" I think it is likely the big honking shield. My wobble didn't come until well past 75 with the stock shield and/or fender.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:13 AM   #4376
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:15 PM   #4377
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Does anyone else's klr get this weird 'speed wobble' thing on the highway? At around 75 indicated my bike starts getting this lazy wobble back and forth. I played with rear preload and it didn't seem to change anything. I typically stay below 70 anyways, so its not a major issue, but that will probably change next summer when I use the bike more for longer rides. Running kenda big blocks, front at 95% rear at about 60% ish. Both were new 700 miles ago.

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I had a wobble on my 99 KLR that disappeared when I had the front wheel balanced and a fork brace put on.
Although I don't think the fork brace would have mattered. I believe it was truly an out of balance problem.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:13 PM   #4378
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Ahhh. That brings up another hopefully remote possibility. Jules. Have you checked your spokes? I had to have my Big Ugly BMW GSAdv wheel re-trued to get rid of a disconcerting wobble. I have had a spoked wheel collapse on me before. Not fun. That'll make you shit yourself.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:14 PM   #4379
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Can anyone tell me if a 1st Gen rear shock will fit on a 2nd Gen KLR?

I can get a Cogent shock from a 1 Gen for a good price but need to know if it will fit my 2nd Gen. I've heard the only difference is a longer lower bolt.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #4380
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Can anyone tell me if a 1st Gen rear shock will fit on a 2nd Gen KLR?

I can get a Cogent shock from a 1 Gen for a good price but need to know if it will fit my 2nd Gen. I've heard the only difference is a longer lower bolt.
They list different shocks for Gen 1 and Gen 2 bikes on their website. I'd call them, if they don't know the answer off-hand someone should be able to look at both and tell you if they are compatible.
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