It’s so nice to be rolling again on the KLR. Not having a moto during the summer sucks. I may have to re-evaluate my 1 bike policy in light of this downtime. ;)
Glad to announce my bike is rolling again! :) Got everything I need to done – for now.
I’ll swap out those rear turn signals next time I have a free wrenching day.
I did a sort test ride, The bike feels way different with that much fuel on board and sounds different with the plastic tank.
Got a lot done on the KLR today:
- Tank mounted [took 3 guys to “encourage” everything to line up!]
- Tank fuel lines installed using existing external fuel filter
- Partially filled to check for leaks [so far so good!]
- Upper rad bracket fabricated and installed
- Seat reinstalled
- Side guards reinstalled
- Trail Tech Vapor dash mounted to back of fairing
- Tach sensor wired in
- Engine temp sensor wired in
- Turn signals wired and tested
Tomorrow should be the last day of work:
- Replace upper triple bolts with longer ones
- Wire in speedo
- Test Vapor dash
- Test fuel delivery
- Fill tank
- Add coolant
- Bolt on fairing
- Test ride
I’m going to also swap in matching small flexy rear turn signals, but I’ll tackle that another weekend. I just want to get the KLR back on the road.
Got a little further today. Mostly wiring which you can’t see.
But I got everything fitted so I can see what it will look like.
One of the things I love about the KLR is the ergonomics. The bike fits me very well.
I’m trucking away at the install of the Britannia Composites fairing and Safari Tank on my KLR650. Not done yet, but at least it’s starting to look like a new machine.
Probably 2 more weeks until I am done as I can only work on it sporadically.
Here is a sneak peak of my Britannia Composites Lynx R fairing that’s going on my KLR650. Two features I am stoked about are the powerful dual lights and adjustable screen.
THe stock 2008+ KLR lights are fine, but nothing amazing when it gets dark. Couple that with my aging eyes and I’ve been wanting more lumens on the road. Accessory lights are a cheap and cheerful way to add brightness to your lights, but I hate having extra stuff hanging off the bike that’s most likely going to be ripped off first time the bike takes a nap. With powerful main lights they are clean, simple and protected from all, but the worst crashes.
No single fairing will work for everyone so it’s a total crapshoot if you buy a fairing whether it will be better or worse than what you currently have. At least with an adjustable fairing you can find the sweet spot that works best for protection and reduction in wind noise. For a dualsport it’s also great that you can lower it out of the way for offroad riding.
I’m hoping to get this installed in the next couple weeks.
My local Ducati dealer finally got their first few Ducati Scramblers in so I went down to test sit on them. The fit wasn’t as small as I feared it might be. I think with a bit of work to the seat foam to raise the riding position I could be comfortable on one of these.
They only had the Icon model in stock and no test rides yet so the jury is still out on the important details, but the fit and finish is what you’d expect from a $9K bike. It feels quite light and nimble unlike the Triumph Scrambler.
If I were to spend any money on one of these bikes it would be on the Urban Enduro model. So far those haven’t shown up at any North American dealers. I guess my bank account is still safe for a while. ;)
I just rec’d a 8.2 gal Safari Tank for my 2010 KLR650 as part of an overhaul I’m planning. Since it’s taking a while longer to get everything together for this project and fit the wrenching work into my schedule I’ll post about the major components I’m adding to the bike to fill the dead air on this blog.
Safari Tank Specs
- capacity =
8.2 gal or 31Lseveral current owners claim the capacity is in fact 10.5 Gal or 39.7 L
- weight = TBD
- dual gravity petcocks are supplied
- colours white or black
- non-locking cap
- works with stock 2008+ fairing
- Cost $581USD
- Shipping to Canada = $75USD
I ordered this tank from Safari Tanks USA. They took my money and dropped shipped the tank from Australia. From payment to receiving the tank was ~6 weeks. Initially getting updates on my order was a bit slow, but after I called and followed up with some emails they took care of me. I wouldn’t hesitate to order another tank from them.
The tank arrived in Canada from OZ with no taxes or duty owing. It just was delivered by Canada Post to my office like a domestic parcel.
The tank is very large and feels quite robust. All the parts and instructions seem to be included although I have to confirm this when I do the install.
Two issues with this tank you should be aware of:
- for 2008+ bikes you have to remove the air injector system [AIS]
- petcocks are above the bottom of the tank
The AIS system is not required and removing it is fairly simple, but it’s an extra step you need to do before you install the tank.
The placement of the petcocks is driven by the location of the carb vs. the tank. Safari says they’ve tested it and the normal riding motion of the bike sloshes fuel around and gets the gas to the carb. I’ll have to test that out and see how well it works.
I’ll take a picture of all the parts and add it to this post when I am doing the install. I may not get to it for a couple weeks and I don’t want to misplace anything in the meantime.
Checkout a KLR650 riding real singletrack! :)
Good thing I don’t have $3K burning a hole in my pocket or I’d be GromADVenturing! ;)
Nice to see a KLR rider helping out another motorcyclist in a crisis. :)
I’m just leaving this on my blog so I can find it later when I need new signal lights.
I installed Michelin T63 tires on my KLR650 in the summer of 2012 because I wanted better handling on the dirt and deep gravel of the forest service roads I was using to get out to Lake Nihtnat kiteboarding. These tires have proven to work very well for that purpose and doing great on pavement as well. My rear tire has over 10,000kms on it with at lest 7,000kms of paved riding and it still has 30%-40% of the tread left.
That is pretty amazing.
I wasn’t sure how these knobbies would do on pavement, but I’ve been riding them pretty hard wet and dry with no issues at all.
I paid under $100 per tire back in 2012.
When these tires wear out I’ll be buying more. :)
I’ve decided to upgrade the KLR650 a little. I’m getting a Britania Composites Lynx R fairing like the one shown above.
I’ll be replacing the stock tank with a 31L Safari Tank.
The stock instrument cluster will be replaced by a Trail Tech Vapor dash.
Once I get the new parts installed I’ll be selling all the bits that come off for 50% of their cost:
- Happy Trails Rallye Kit [$70 USD]
- Happy Trails Crash Bars [$150 USD]
- Stock instrument cluster
- Stock front fairing
- Stock gas tank
- Stock front fender [$25 USD]
- Baja Worx Dakar windscreen [$75 USD]
- shipping extra
I went Ducati shopping with my friend this weekend that resulted in a new Hypermotard getting a deposit. Sweet bike! I was able to resist the temptation to trade in my KLR. The most interesting looking bike was a Triumph 800 XC. I’m sure it would be amazing, but I’m not buying any bike I can’t pay cash for and the XC would probably be $15K out the door.
The KLR may not be the latest greatest wunder bike. On the other hand it’s paid for! =)
If you have a SPOT Mk2 and want this mount let me know. I’ll send it to you for free.
If I get a local Victoria, BC pick up they get first priority otherwise if I have to mail it then whomever comments first asking for it will get it.
It’s in near mint condition.
It’s been great riding weather all through January on Vancouver Island. I’m getting to ride the KLR 2-3 days a week to my client’s office as well as some weekend riding. I stay off the bike if it’s really raining, but there are many dry or just misty days like the photo above for pleasant KLR riding.
The bike is doing well. I have over 7000kms on the Michelin T63 rear tire and it’s only 60% used up. The bike needs an oil change I hope to get done this weekend.
I love this time of year because we’ve gotten past the hump of winter and fine spring weather is nearly here. Each day is longer, warmer and drier than the one before it. :)