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Old 03-29-2013, 08:10 PM   #5686
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Seeing as there are mostly American riders on this thread and I am Canadian, do any of you have any pointers when going through large cities like Chicago? Everybody has been telling me to go around these places because they're too crazy but I say fuck that

I want to experience Chicago and Detroit and whatever other cities we're going through. So if anybody has any tips for what to look for please PM me so I can add it to my plans! I'm looking for what to do/what not to do, touresty places we should visit, good hotels, etc.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:03 PM   #5687
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this is the best advice i can give you just rember when you are on your bike down here that every one is out to get you meaning run you over or off the road or try and t bone you if you keep this attitude youll do just fine its how i see things and kept me in one peace so far ah yea one more thing tail gaters will run you over cause they cant stop as fast as you
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #5688
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Seeing as there are mostly American riders on this thread and I am Canadian, do any of you have any pointers when going through large cities like Chicago? Everybody has been telling me to go around these places because they're too crazy but I say fuck that

I want to experience Chicago and Detroit and whatever other cities we're going through. So if anybody has any tips for what to look for please PM me so I can add it to my plans! I'm looking for what to do/what not to do, touresty places we should visit, good hotels, etc.

Thanks

Get a headlight modulator... Americans are fascinated with technology and the majority of cage drivers drive with their heads up their rears.

It is the worst in the major cities and here in LAS about one rider a week, yes, one a week is taken out by some asshat turning in front of them.
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:11 AM   #5689
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Is your carb stock ? Or possibly the pilot jet is partially plugged ? Or old fuel.

I would pull the pilot jet out and make sure it isn't restricted and I would also remove the idle mixture screw plug if it has not been already and see where it is set and adjust it to a recommended setting or get a extended one you can adjust while the bike is running and set it to the spot that achieves the highest idle, then go back and set idle to spec with the idle speed screw.

And I would make sure the fuel is fresh.
Agreed with GasGuy on everything he's said here. The pilot screw being set to the right setting is a big factor in both starting and low-throttle-level (up to about 1/4 throttle) running of the engine.
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:17 AM   #5690
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Seeing as there are mostly American riders on this thread and I am Canadian, do any of you have any pointers when going through large cities like Chicago? Everybody has been telling me to go around these places because they're too crazy but I say fuck that

I want to experience Chicago and Detroit and whatever other cities we're going through. So if anybody has any tips for what to look for please PM me so I can add it to my plans! I'm looking for what to do/what not to do, touresty places we should visit, good hotels, etc.

Thanks
Martin Luther King Jr is a famous person in the US, roads named after him in large cities generally don't take you to monuments or scenic riding, possibly adventurous however.
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:26 AM   #5691
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Riding through American cities could be the greatest adventure of all. If you survive, please write your tales here.
We love Canadian riders here, its like they're from a whole different country.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:18 AM   #5692
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Martin Luther King Jr is a famous person in the US, roads named after him in large cities generally don't take you to monuments or scenic riding, possibly adventurous however.

This and keep your head on a pivot , its not unheard of to have people take a rider off his bike and take it up in the large urban areas . I have to work in some minor large cities at night in some of the not so great neighbor hoods so its not uncommon for me to unholster my 45 and lay it in my lap when Im in my work van . If I was on a bike I would try my damnedist not to stop rolling in the sketchy areas even if it means not fully obeying traffic laws .
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:55 AM   #5693
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I want to experience Chicago and Detroit and whatever other cities we're going through. So if anybody has any tips for what to look for please PM me so I can add it to my plans! I'm looking for what to do/what not to do, touresty places we should visit, good hotels, etc.
I suggest that you ask in the Central regional forum for those cities and other regional forums for other cities. Perhaps even start one new thread per city. The average KLR rider may not be a big fan of big cities the way Ducati riders might be.

My best experiences in cities are when I go to a particular neighborhood. Most cities have decent areas around the city proper and the areas will have different flavors depending on when they were "rehabbed". When I've gone into cities without a plan it's generally hell. But the plan may be as simple as "see Cambridge, not Tremont"

You mention 2 cities. My random sample of Detroit on a bicycle didn't include "touristy places we should visit". I can't tell if you'll be going through other cities that I know more about.. For me, random samples of Boston and NYC have been more successful.

And you may need to specify a budget; hotels in cities will be more expensive and "good hotels" may be $500/night but you may find something tolerable for $200.

Good luck.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:59 AM   #5694
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Read every comment, thanks everyone. To avoid any confrontations, we'll be staying in the touresty places. On bikes we are vulnerable so we don't want to ask for trouble by stopping in the sketchier areas. I think we're gonna park the bikes somewhere and bus/walk to our destinations. We wanna see some music, eat some good food, see some historic attractions and continue on our adventure to the East coast.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:44 AM   #5695
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I think you've got the right idea. When I go to a big city, I have a hotel with secure indoor parking set up in advance, get there, and use the local public transportation. Unfamiliar big cities (even the ones in Canada) are no fun to ride around or to park (securely) in for me.


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Old 03-30-2013, 06:12 PM   #5696
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Throttle tube sticking.

Noticed my throttle sticking today. Stays where it is when you let go.
I removed the throttle tube from the throttle assembly.
The carb goes from full open to closed throttle with plenty of spring tenstion to snap it closed. Cables are fine, grip isn't rubbing on the throttle assembly, grip isn't pushed on to far, rubbing on end of bar.

the tube itself is tight on the bar. I put the throttle tube on the bar, disconnected from the throttle assembly and even just the tube sticks.
I cleaned inside the tube and outside of the bar with methylated sprits and greased it with spray white lithium, no go, cleaned again, lubed with bearing grease, no go, cleaned again and lubed with spray silicone lube...same thing.
It's "grabby" as it rotates.

The bar doesn't seem squat/oval.... it just seems too tight.

Advice??

Should the bar have anything on it? I was thinking a wrap of thin teflon tape.
A bearing on the bar end...something.

Can I fill the throttle tube with boiling water and drive a tight fitting dowel in it and let it cool?
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:26 PM   #5697
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Ohhh...planted, tracks like it's on a rail, sticks to corners; all words I didn't understand, until today.

Just got back from a ride after putting a k60 on the rear (coming from stock tires), a tkc80 on the front, a ricor rear shock on, and ricor intiminators....

...HOLY.SHIT!

Doing that all at once really highlighted the shortcomings of a newer gen KLR! Rode some twisties (boulder canyon, and some off road. I feel like I gained 5 years of experience. The gravel roads that I have been running under the speed limit on I was taking at 35mph+! The tkc tracks great in the gravely mud.

Now I get "hooked up"...
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:15 PM   #5698
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Seeing as there are mostly American riders on this thread and I am Canadian, do any of you have any pointers when going through large cities like Chicago? Everybody has been telling me to go around these places because they're too crazy but I say fuck that

I want to experience Chicago and Detroit and whatever other cities we're going through. So if anybody has any tips for what to look for please PM me so I can add it to my plans! I'm looking for what to do/what not to do, touresty places we should visit, good hotels, etc.

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Watch out for the toll road around Chi-town. I almost got stuck on that once. In 2011 I rode my KLR into Chicago, through a not very good area and made it downtown. My goal was to get a photo in front of the fountain shown at the beginning of "Married with Children". I never left the bike since I had too much crap strapped to it, BUT, the place wasn't as bad as I expected. If you really want to see it, I would follow the advise of finding a secure hotel and just taking some other form of transport to what you want to see
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #5699
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Thumb 685

Earlier this weekend, I just finished installing my 685 kit. Complete with a FMF Q4 , FMF powerbomb, and a ported by myself cylinder head.

Yup the 685 kit is as nice as people say it is. Smoother engine and more power.
I only have about 100 km on it, but so far it has been worth the money.
I just wish that i could have ridden the bike with the old cylinder more recently, so that i could have a better before / after comparison. The previous ride was in August, due to broken ribs, work, and winter.

The Q4 is about as loud as i would want. I had a stock can with the cheap exhaust mod done to it.

Now that's IT. No MORE MODS to the KLR. I have to buy a new bike if i want to play in the garage from now on!



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Old 03-31-2013, 10:58 AM   #5700
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Noticed my throttle sticking today. Stays where it is when you let go.
I removed the throttle tube from the throttle assembly.
The carb goes from full open to closed throttle with plenty of spring tenstion to snap it closed. Cables are fine, grip isn't rubbing on the throttle assembly, grip isn't pushed on to far, rubbing on end of bar.

the tube itself is tight on the bar. I put the throttle tube on the bar, disconnected from the throttle assembly and even just the tube sticks.
I cleaned inside the tube and outside of the bar with methylated sprits and greased it with spray white lithium, no go, cleaned again, lubed with bearing grease, no go, cleaned again and lubed with spray silicone lube...same thing.
It's "grabby" as it rotates.

The bar doesn't seem squat/oval.... it just seems too tight.

Advice??

Should the bar have anything on it? I was thinking a wrap of thin teflon tape.
A bearing on the bar end...something.

Can I fill the throttle tube with boiling water and drive a tight fitting dowel in it and let it cool?
Had that issue a couple of times, installing guards, cables, etc. Everytime I just made sure that no burrs were causing drag, nothing too tight and binding then sprayed some Slick50 from the bar end and freed it up...
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