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Old 07-09-2013, 04:09 AM   #7411
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New to the group with an '05 and some simple questions. Maybe someone will point me to the search function but it didn't turn up much for me.

I'm looking for some saddlebag/pannier racks and I have an OCD issue. I'm looking for a rack that holds the bags (soft in my case) equi-distant from the bike. Most of what I have seen, the left side is closer to the bike because the exhaust is on the right so everything appears off center from the rear. I know, OCD. Curious if anyone solved the/my issue.
Just for your consideration, here's Cyclerack's rack with pannier set (saddle bags and expandable top case):



The rig can be "accessorized" to accommodate an auxiliary fuel container inboard of the left saddle bag. The saddle bags hang equidistant from the bike's center line.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:58 AM   #7412
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Take a look at Packrat-close to centered, strong, and best bang for your buck IMHO


Yep, love mine ...... maybe not the best option for soft bags but symmetrical, plenty of room for a tool tube on the left.






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Old 07-09-2013, 06:28 AM   #7413
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ADVmonster.com for great LED lights. There's a thread for them that has plenty of info.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #7414
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I have found LED light prices are all over the place. I bought a 16ft. strip light from China through Pay Pal on eBay for $19.06 free shipping.
I've seen the same item priced as high as $180
from USA vendors. It took 17 days for me to get it but it was worth the wait.
BEFORE YOU BUY check eBay for the same light, priced in the "buy it now". Only pay with pay pal, not as easy to get ripped off.
Go by the amount of lumens the light puts out. I can't see me paying $80 for one of their small lights when they are most likely made in China and marked up 80 percent.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:32 AM   #7415
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I also leave my seat bolts out,1 time in the pouring rain about 9:00PM,fuses are much easier to get to now!
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:38 AM   #7416
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I have been considering swapping to a 16T gear. I've also heard that 3 teeth in the rear sprocket is equal to one tooth on the front, so I might just up the rear sprocket a tooth or two for better highway cruising...
I feel that its easier to change the front sprocket,its a lot less stuff to do than if you change the back 1,I do the front by myself pretty quick.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:51 AM   #7417
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Okay, this is a new 2012 klr just got it 3 weeks ago and I have 1200 miles on it. It had 2 when I got it. About 400 miles ago I started to here a noise that sounded like there is a bolt loose that has a washer rattling on it. If you have have ever had a old chevy that had a loose tail pipe that rattles when you gas it, it sounds a lot like that. But it only happens when I'm over 4000 rpm. I took it back to the dealership and the guy said he couldn't here anything(he was kinda busy) , just bring it back if it gets worse. He said it was more than likely my bag or the keys or something.

Has anyone had this noise or know what it may be? The only add on's are crash bars and a settlement seat. And yes everything I installed is tight. I installed everything at 500 miles and have gone back over it. I did check the tension on the chain is well it seems to be within tolerance.

I did get a new helmet two days before I started hearing he noise so I'm not sure if anything is wrong, all klr's may have the noise I'm not sure this is my first klr and first bike.

Any help would be great thanks.

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Old 07-09-2013, 07:56 AM   #7418
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When I bought mine new in Dec I noticed the dash rattling. Of course, the dealer.said they all do that.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:16 AM   #7419
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I think I might know what you mean. Mine only did that when I really gunned it (accelerated to pass) and only rarely. I think on mine (2002) it was the exhaust. Not sure how or what the mechanism was though... seemed tight when I'm stopped. I'd check the nuts that secure the header to the engine and check to see if there's a leak between the header and slip-on (black soot on pipe). On mine it sounded like exhaust gasses under great pressure escaping maybe? Hasn't happened in a long time...
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:28 AM   #7420
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Well I'm at the point now that I may take the tank and all the plastics off and lock tight all the frame bolts and everything I put back on. I'm not sure though if that'll fix it. I'm thinking it's more of a engine sound but I'm not sure. It's definitely a metallic sound whatever it is.

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:31 AM   #7421
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I think I might know what you mean. Mine only did that when I really gunned it (accelerated to pass) and only rarely. I think on mine (2002) it was the exhaust. Not sure how or what the mechanism was though... seemed tight when I'm stopped. I'd check the nuts that secure the header to the engine and check to see if there's a leak between the header and slip-on (black soot on pipe). On mine it sounded like exhaust gasses under great pressure escaping maybe? Hasn't happened in a long time...
I'll take a look at that and see if that fixes it

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #7422
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I also leave my seat bolts out,1 time in the pouring rain about 9:00PM,fuses are much easier to get to now!
Not sure if that is a good idea to ride without the seat properly secured? Having a seat come adrift in an emergency situation can make it a whole lot worse!

The only time I had a fuse go (reason unknown) was on a trip loaded for 2 weeks and about 350 miles from home. Found it and replaced it after removing the camping gear, hard panniers, side covers and seat - on the side of the road. When I got home I re-located the whole fuse assembly fromm under the seat to next to the main fuse behind the plastic cover above the starter. Now, one bolt to take the cover off. No need to remove the side covers unless doing other maintenance
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:44 AM   #7423
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Okay, this is a new 2012 klr just got it 3 weeks ago and I have 1200 miles on it. It had 2 when I got it. About 400 miles ago I started to here a noise that sounded like there is a bolt loose that has a washer rattling on it. If you have have ever had a old chevy that had a loose tail pipe that rattles when you gas it, it sounds a lot like that. But it only happens when I'm over 4000 rpm. I took it back to the dealership and the guy said he couldn't here anything(he was kinda busy) , just bring it back if it gets worse. He said it was more than likely my bag or the keys or something.

Has anyone had this noise or know what it may be? The only add on's are crash bars and a settlement seat. And yes everything I installed is tight. I installed everything at 500 miles and have gone back over it. I did check the tension on the chain is well it seems to be within tolerance.

I did get a new helmet two days before I started hearing he noise so I'm not sure if anything is wrong, all klr's may have the noise I'm not sure this is my first klr and first bike.

Any help would be great thanks.

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Threadlocker blue (Loctite, Permabond or the like) are your friends. As are a set of tools and torque wrench..

Some bikes have an harmonic resonance that sets up at certain revs - mine is at 3k rpm - usually at the lower revs in most. More of a buzz.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:38 AM   #7424
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Not sure if that is a good idea to ride without the seat properly secured? Having a seat come adrift in an emergency situation can make it a whole lot worse!
3K miles -- no seat restraining devices at all . . . .the fit of the threaded "ears" in the frame/body work is tight enough that the seat has never budged an iota . . . . .

if it's more than a day trip, I'll have the Ortleibs strapped on, and they will further locate the seat.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:25 PM   #7425
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Hi everyone. After saving every penny for almost a year I got a klr. IM in southern california and looking for easy good practice rides. Any ideas? IM I
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