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Old 02-17-2013, 01:35 PM   #5161
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can you flat foot it? Or nearly so? I'm a 28/29'' inseam
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:38 PM   #5162
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can you flat foot it? Or nearly so? I'm a 28/29'' inseam
Hell no.
I usually just slide my ass to one side of the seat and flat foot one foot.
If I need both feet down, I'm on tip toes.
That's why I bought the lowering links.
But as I said, I never put them on and probably won't.
There was an inmate selling a lowered seat on here, but after waiting for over 2 months, he still hasn't priced the shipping for me.
I told him to forget it, but there are lowered seats that pop up on here every now and then.
Keep an eye out in the flea market.
Or you can always shave your seat down yourself, or send it out to have it done.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:44 PM   #5163
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What do you mean shave the seat down? Cut out some of the foam?

How are the headlights on it?
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:49 PM   #5164
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What do you mean shave the seat down? Cut out some of the foam?

How are the headlights on it?
Yes. You can un-staple the seat cover from the pan, which is plastic.
Then you can shave down the top and a little of the sides of the foam and re-staple the seat cover.
There is only one headlight on the Gen I KLR.
The Gen II has two lights. A low beam and high beam.
The Gen I light is not that bright.
Supposedly you can change the wiring harness under the dash on the Gen I that allows more current to flow and make it brighter.
Other guys have installed an HID kits.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:08 PM   #5165
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can you flat foot it? Or nearly so? I'm a 28/29'' inseam
My limited view is that if you are going to be doing a lot of off-road riding on more gnarly (technical) tracks you'll want to be able to get your feet down. If you are more likely to be doing road and easier smooth trails, it's not so much of an issue....

Not sure how much you can compare to BMWs.... all I know is that it is easier to find the oil filter on the KLR!

It sure is easy to do the basic servicing on the KLR.... cheap, too :)
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #5166
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good. Yeah I noticed it has a carb vs fuel injection. Probably a BIG reason it is soo cheap.

But for me ease of maintenance is a biggy. I'd rather not bring a bike into the mechanic when I don't have to.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:20 PM   #5167
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So I'll try this again:
Anyone have any idea where the most common wear through points are on the Gen II wiring harnesses?
I've had it replaced on recall but I would like to make double sure that I never have an issue.
Thanks guys!
I found a spot behind the dash. Had to remove the windshield to find it. I think it was rubbing against the speedo cable knurled ending (the piece that connects the cable to the housing). I used to have problems with the bike shortly after I got it. Once I dug through it and found rub spots, I haven't had a lick of trouble with my 09
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #5168
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I traded this bike

In on this bike

They don't look too much different, do they?
Wow! Which is which? I'm confused?!
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:18 PM   #5169
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I believe that the seat height on the Gen 2 KLR is shorter than the Gen 1. The Gen 2 is more friendly for the road (but I'm not saying it's less capable on gravel).

I have often read that the Gen 1 headlight is not so good. I've done a few rides straight through from Ohio to Maine where I hit the Vermont border at about sunset so the deer-infested mountain roads of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are all at night. Just ride slower than light (about 1.02 billion kilometers per hour .) But seriously, even when I'm riding just over 1,000 miles I don't need to ride faster than I can see to stop.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #5170
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Havent ridden a Gen 1, but I can say that my Gen 2 has been places it shouldn't.... That said, it isn't the best bike to learn dirt skills cos it is heavy....

Suggest very strongly if you are planning to crash it (like me) you do something about those stupid stupid silly plastics of asking for trouble !!!!
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #5171
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Yeah, the um engine guards are totally going on it, but thats a given.

Keep in mind this is a long term project.

Maybe in a year or two.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:54 PM   #5172
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Yeah, the um engine guards are totally going on it, but thats a given.

Keep in mind this is a long term project.

Maybe in a year or two.
Everything has a place in the priority queue. They are more like plastic guards than engine guards

I guess if you aren't pretending that you are riding a dirt bike into hazardous places like me, then the guards aren't that necessary..... if you do though, you'll discover that the panels get damaged very easily, at low speed tumbles.....

My favourite "mod" is the exhaust system, closely followed by better suspension....
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:20 PM   #5173
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... I have often read that the Gen 1 headlight is not so good ...
.. TRUTH ..

.. an HID swap (H4 lamp) or at least add some good aux LED lighting will GREATLY help your survival .. seriously .. that 1978 tech (Gen I headlight) sucks ..
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #5174
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whats the benefit of the improved exhaust?

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Everything has a place in the priority queue. They are more like plastic guards than engine guards

I guess if you aren't pretending that you are riding a dirt bike into hazardous places like me, then the guards aren't that necessary..... if you do though, you'll discover that the panels get damaged very easily, at low speed tumbles.....

My favourite "mod" is the exhaust system, closely followed by better suspension....
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:50 PM   #5175
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Wow! Which is which? I'm confused?!


Hey, they both have 30 something horsepower per cylinder.
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