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Old 05-16-2013, 03:12 AM   #1
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Used KLR650, how can I tell what mods have been done

HI all,

Last week I picked up a used 2009 KLR650. When I took it for a test ride, I was impressed with the fact that it zipped right up to 80mph, had more to give and didn't have any vibrations.

I had taken a new 2012 out the week prior to that and it seemed to give out at 65mph and had vibrations at that speed.

I purchased the 2009 and have been loving it on my daily commute. Now, my question is, how can I tell what mods have been done to the bike? Is this normal for a 2009 KLR650?

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:51 AM   #2
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Meet me in Minneapolis and I will tell you....

Hmm, where to start.

How many miles? Typically there is a rough "farkles per mile" estimate where as, the more miles, the probability of more dickery would normally be possible. Just my observation of my own KLR in the garage.

The snappiness you imply is hard to measure. Could be a front sprocket change, airbox and carb/needle mods, or the wind may have been at your back.... they do actually snort right along. The 1/4 mile stats not fast by bike standards, but it is a fraction of a second faster than a new Dodge Durango...

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:58 AM   #3
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That is normal for my '10 - but what do you care - if it seems great, "enjoy the ride!"
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:24 AM   #4
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That is normal for my '10 - but what do you care - if it seems great, "enjoy the ride!"
+1.

Everyone has a 'butt' dyno that is used the measure, in particular, useless farkles and must have add-ons (particularly if they make more noise or are bigger than what is already in the bike) that are dictated by the fashionistas of the KLR world. You will, no doubt, develop your own needs and wants.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:32 AM   #5
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take it apart like we all did
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