UNI Air Filter and No Toil Oil…

Posted: August 27, 2014 in Maintenance
Tags: ,
Fresh Uni filter and No Toil oil...

Fresh Uni filter and No Toil oil…

I’ve been lazy and ignored my air filter despite riding a bunch of dusty forest service roads. So I knew it was time to get a fresh filter in my bike.

Stock filter...

Stock filter…

Stock filter and plastic frame removed from bike...

Stock filter and plastic frame removed from bike…

I found a brand new Uni filter in my parts box and picked up some No Toil filter oil as well as some rim grease.

Freshly oiled filter and rim grease...

Freshly oiled filter and rim grease…

Oiling the filter was easy and it installed into my bike with no fuss after applying some No Toil rim grease to the bottom of the filter.

Uni filter installed...

Uni filter installed…

I didn’t bother saving the stock filter. I’ll get another Uni filter so I have a spare ready to rock on longer trips.

I broke 10K…

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Commuting
New decals...

New decals…

Despite riding the KLR nearly daily this blog has been slow because the bike is working great, I’m not adding any farckles and I haven’t gone on any adventures of note. That said I did break 10,000kms recently! Living on an island it’s hard to rack up huge mileage so 10K is a nice milestone. :)

Taking apart the front fairing...

Taking apart the front fairing…

In honour of the occasion I figured I should do some maintenance on the bike. I replaced a burnt out head light which was quite a pain in the ass to get to! Changed the oil. Checked the air filter and started buying a replacement for it. I also installed some new tank fairing decals. I was bored with the old ones and I actually made 2 different sets so I had some spares.

Front view...

Front view…

All in all the bike has been running great.The stock motor is purring right along with regular oil changes. It’s mostly seeing commuting duties at the moment, but getting to ride for an hour or so each day is great even if I am not exploring Outer Mongolia! ;)

Don't lose any parts!

Don’t lose any parts!

Waiting for me to finish work...

Waiting for me to finish work…

My KLR adventures are mostly commutes to work these days, but I’d rather be riding the moto to work than not riding it at all. =)

KLR Commuter

Posted: January 18, 2014 in KLR650 2008+, Maintenance
Another oil change...

Another oil change…

I’ve got a new contract which requires me to drive out to the airport most days – ~50kms round trip. I’m not stoked to put the miles and pay the gas bills on my F150 so my KLR650 gets the call most days. – unless it’s raining fairly hard.

I’m no wet weather hero! ;)

The KLR is ideal for 25kms each way of low speed highway [~90-100kph]. It’s fun to ride and mobile to work through traffic. Weather on Southern Vancouver Island is excellent for riding even in the winter. I can ride 75% of the days in the winter and close to 100% in the summer without being super cold or wet.

Nice! :)

I decided I better do an oil change today as it’s been over 6 months since my last one. With my regular commute I’ll probably be doing oil changes every 3 months now. I’d rather stay on top of the oil than save a couple bucks now and end up with engine hassles later.

 

BMW GS with MTB...

BMW GS with MTB…

The only thing I like more than riding my moto is riding my mountain bike so if I can combine the two I would be very very happy! :)

I saw this setup down in Sedona AZ over Christmas and it looks ideal for what I need to do.

MTB rack attaches to rear of moto...

MTB rack attaches to rear of moto…

I’ll have to do a bit of research on this bike rack, but if it all looks good I think I’ll get one for the summer.

Fork close up...

Fork close up…

I need to confirm that it will work with my bikes that have 15mm & 20mm thru-axle forks as well as one that has a standard QR fork. Since those are all pretty common these days I’m assuming the rack can accommodate them.

Rear view...

Rear view…

KLR Business

Posted: September 10, 2013 in KLR Culture, Uncategorized
Off to a business meeting...

Off to a business meeting…

I ride my KLR for work whenever I can. It’s often a bit of a pain to show up at a business meeting looking professional when using the bike. Wearing heavy duty pants and boots limits my clothing options without doing a full change at my destination – which is too much hassle to consider. Carrying my computer and paperwork is less elegant on the bike than if I drove my truck and hauled it all in a leather briefcase. Plus I have to deal with my helmet and riding jacket at the meeting which is cumbersome.

So why bother when I have a truck I could use?

I spend enough time working that it only makes sense to use that time to do things I enjoy as much as possible. Getting in a few extra bike rides a week while getting paid to do things at work is a win-win situation. Not to mention it’s easier to find bike parking and cheaper to operate the KLR.

And that’s the bottomline – every KLR ride I can fit into my week is a bonus so I’m going to do it whenever I can.

Uraling the GDR with a Dog…

Posted: August 28, 2013 in ADV Ride
Tags:
Click to read RR...

Click to read RR…

Not KLR related, but Alex has posted a super fun ride report about his trip along the Great Divide with his dog. I’ve always been stoked on Ural’s and their sidecars. I don’t have the mechanical skills to keep one running properly, but I do enjoy reading about them.

ural

You can also check out Alex’s blog here.

ADV Pie Army!

Posted: August 28, 2013 in KLR Culture
Membership is free...

Membership is free…

Motorcycle Parking…

Posted: August 18, 2013 in KLR Culture
That's what I like to see...

That’s what I like to see…

KLR in the City…

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Vancouver Island
Getting errands done around town...

Getting errands done around town…

It’s been a bit of a boring summer KLR-wise. I’ve been riding around town a bunch, but no dirt exploring. I’m hoping that will change this fall. I need to check out some mountain bike touring routes up on the north part of Vancouver Island

I’ve also got a 50km round trip commute starting this fall that I will be doing with my pedal bike when I have time and my KLR when I need to make tracks.

Oil Leak…

Posted: July 22, 2013 in Maintenance, Uncategorized

Not good!

Not good!

In all my years of riding a KLR I’ve never had an oil leak or an oil burning issue. So when I started to notice my oil level dropping in the sight glass I was not happy. Initially I feared the worst – my bike was an oil burner – which has no easy or cheap fix. Then I noticed some oil on the gravel where I park my bike. I wasn’t sure if it was from the last oil change or if it was a leak so I threw something under the bike to catch any drops and confirmed the bike was leaking quite a bit of oil.

The stock plug...

The stock plug…

I had replaced the stock oil plug with a magnetic unit soon after buying the bike. I tried simply tightening the magnetic plug a bit, but while the leak slowed it didn’t stop. So advice from ADVrider.com told me the crush washer was likely toast. I decided to swap the stock plug back in for now and replace the crush washer on the magnetic plug at my leisure.

No more leak!

No more leak!

The stock plug fixed the oil leak. I’ll buy a new crush washer and try the magnetic plug again when I do my next oil change. I’ve got a magnet in my oil filter anyways so having a magnetic oil plug isn’t really necessary.

Use the same tools on the road and at home...

Use the same tools on the road and at home…

The only way you can be sure you’ll have the tools you need on the road is to use your bike’s tool kit at home. I know that’s a pain because the travelling tools are all nicely bundled up and you’ve got more tools at home that are easier to get to.

Don’t use ‘em!

Break out the on bike tool kit and use it for every repair you would want to be able to handle on the road. If you are missing something or your puny wrench won’t break a bolt loose better to find out at home than 50 miles from nowhere.

Husqvarna TR650 Terra..

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
In the desert...

In the desert…

I’m always looking for the next bike even when there is no next bike coming! ;) This Husqvarna TR650 Terra looks like a great update on the KLR. I love the video below – sad, but true that’s how my KLR gets ridden. I’m not some hot shot MXer.

There is a dealer up island from me so I may just have to saddle up the KLR and check it out!

In the forest...

In the forest…

Gas Guy's KLR650...

Gas Guy’s KLR650…

Click on the photo above to jump to a great thread on ADVrider.com – detailing one biker’s move from a BMW GSA to a tricked out KLR650. Just be ready to feel like you are neglecting your bike when you see the maintenance he does to it. ;)

Service Records…

Posted: June 1, 2013 in How To..., Maintenance
Service details...

Service details…

I keep a basic record of any service I do to my KLR more serious than lubing the chain as well as any farkles I install. Only takes a second to update and a year or two down the road it’s great to have this info when you need make some decisions about your bike or evaluate how something is working.

When I sell the KLR someday a buyer will be stoked to know what I’ve done to keep the bike running well which should result in a higher price.

T63 Tire Install…

Posted: May 31, 2013 in How To..., Maintenance
Tags:
T63 install...

T63 install…

It was sunny finally so I got my ass in gear and swapped the damaged T63 out for a fresh tire.

Fresh rubber...

Fresh rubber…

It’s not hard to do, but when you only mess with your tires once every year or two it’s worth reviewing how to do it so you aren’t so rusty.

Ready to ride...

Ready to ride…

I lubed the chain while I had the bike on the centre stand. Glad to get this maintenance done. I’ve got some trips planned to recon logging roads up north on the island.

Spring Oil Change…

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Maintenance
Fresh oil and filter...

Fresh oil and filter…

My KLR gets used lightly over the winter so the miles don’t rack up, but it still needs fresh oil to start the summer riding season off on the right foot. I feel better knowing the oil and filter are clean.

Fresh knobs...

Fresh knobs…

Picked up a fresh Michelin T63 tire for the front of my KLR to replace the damaged one. Now I just need a break in the rain to put it on.

I’ll probably do an oil change while I am at it.

Hopefully this one will last longer...

Hopefully this one will last longer…

Michelin T63 Tire KIA…

Posted: May 14, 2013 in Gear Reviews
Tags:

Tire damage...

Tire damage…

Walking around my KLR yesterday I noticed my front tire was damaged with some hard plastic debris jammed in deep. Not good! :( This tire is less than a year old with under 2500kms on it. I had hoped for another year out of the tire since I don’t ride high mileage.

Oh well – shit happens!

I’d rather find out about a damaged tire walking around in the parking lot than at 120kph on the highway when it blows out!

Back when she was freshly installed last June...

Back when she was freshly installed last June…

I liked the tire well enough I’ll order another and hope for the best.

Recycled Straps…

Posted: April 30, 2013 in How To...
Dakine strap...

Dakine strap…

I use a lot of straps to attach surfboards and kayaks to our vehicles. Straps wear and it’s important to take them out of service before they break in use and damage your expensive gear. As I inspect my straps I cut out damaged sections and save what’s left. At some point that doesn’t leave enough to strap a boat onto a vehicle. So I move the strap along and use it on my KLR650.

Handy for big boxes...

Handy for big boxes…

I leave a bungee net on my KLR for unexpected loads and I use it a lot, but it can only wrangle smaller items. I’ve started riding with the short strap tucked under the net so I can use it when bigger objects need hauling or when I need more security than a bungee net can offer.