Posts Tagged ‘Bajaworx’

No longer stock...

I figured a thread that lists all the farckles done to my Kawasaki KLR650 dualsport motorcycle would be useful. I’ll keep this post updated and move it back to the top when I add something new to her.

Body/Comfort:

  • stripped decals
  • custom decals
  • Bajaworx Dakar windscreen [pulled off]
  • Happy Traill Rallye Kit + stock KLR windscreen
  • 30mm bar risers
  • Happy Trail highway pegs
  • Blindspot mirrors [fail!]
  • JNS large side stand plate
  • Moose Racing Offset foot pegs
  • KTM Super Moto fender
  • Happy Trail centerstand
Protection:
  • Barkbusters Storm hand guards
  • Happy Trail engine guards
  • Happy Trail crash bars
  • Happy Trail skid plate
  • rear master cylinder guard
  • JNS radiator guard
Engine:
  • rare earth magnet on oil filter
  • magnetic drain plug
  • 16T sprocket
  • fuel filter
Electrical
  • maintenance free sealed battery
Suspension:
  • Happy Trail fork brace
Navigation:
  • Garmin Vista CX GPS
  • Touratech GPS mount
  • SPOT Messenger
  • RAM SPOT mount
Luggage:
  • Happy Trail soft luggage racks
  • Aerostich large tank panniers
  • Ortlieb motorcycle panniers
  • Seal Line 70L dry bag
  • Rok ajustable MC straps
  • small bungee net
Clothing/Gear:
  • Joe Rocket Ballistic 10.0 jacket
  • Olympia Moto-X jacket and pants
  • Icon Interceptor visibility vest
  • Aerostich heated vest [not installed]
  • Five MC gloves
  • Oakley sunglasses Gascan large
  • Buff neck warmer
  • BMW Santiago boots
  • Respro Hump reflective backpack cover
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Note the sharp fairing points on each side of windscreen...

The Bajaworx Dakar windscreen bolts right onto a KLR650 with some minor filing of the mounting holes to get the stock well-nuts in. However, as you can see above the different shape of the Dakar compared to the stock screen means that there are two sharp points on the fairing aimed right at the rider.

Not ideal!

So I went about removing them.

Dremel time!

I marked the cut line with a sharpie and a ruler. Pulled off the Dakar and used a Dremel tool to cut off the excess material.

Cut and sanded...

After cutting off the point I used a sanding wheel to remove any sharp edges. I didn’t get too detailed as this is KLR not a BMW! It just has to work. It doesn’t have to impress anyone…=-)

The finished product...

After the extra points were removed I reinstalled the Dakar. The bike looks better and I can still use the stock screen if I feel like a lower unit at some point.

Bajaworx Dakar windscreen on my KLR650…

I wanted a taller windscreen on my KLR650 for highway riding. The low stock windscreen puts the air flow right at helmet level which is noisy and results in lots of buffeting. The Bajaworx Dakar is considerably taller than the stock unit and quite vertical.

Stock KLR650 windshield…

The Dakar bolts right on to the KLR using the same 4 mounting bolts as the OEM unit. There are two sharp points on the front fairing that need to be cut off with the Dakar, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. They are visible in the top photo.

OEM on left and Dakar on right…

Although the Dakar is quite tall I am looking over it when riding. At highway speeds it pushes the air to a level about at the top of my helmet – I’m 5’11”. This eliminates any buffeting, but it’s still quite noisy. If I lean forward slightly or slouch down I can get into a pocket of silent air. The Dakar provides lots of protection from bugs and cold air.

Side view…

Overall the Dakar is a definite improvement on the stock KLR windshield. If I was 1″- 2″ shorter it would be perfect. I’d like to have a quieter ride on the highway so I am going to look at a removable spoiler from Touratech or maybe the Happy Trail Rallye Windscreen Kit.

Dakar on my KLR...

I should note that getting a Bajaworx Dakar shipped to Canada was no problem and Gerald at Bajaworx was very easy to deal with. I’ll post a long term review at the end of the year.

Happy to be done Part 1 of the Farckle Party!

There were a few accessories [aka farckles] that I wanted to add to my KLR650 before I took her onto the dirt. It took a while to get them in from the US, get them powder coated and installed, but she’s [mostly] ready to rumble now.

What she looked liked fresh from the dealer...

I’ve still got a few things I want to add to the bike:

  • magnetic oil drain plug
  • Barkbuster hand guards
  • Continental TKC80 tires
  • Progressive springs
  • Happy Trail metal top box
  • Master cylinder guard
  • 16T sprocket
  • Uni air filter
  • Doohickey & spring upgrade
  • Headlight rock guard
  • Centerstand
These will all get added slowly before next summer.

Thank you Farckle Fairy!

Here is what I’ve done so far:

  • Happy Trail skid plate
  • HT engine guard and highway pegs
  • HT crash bars
  • HT soft luggage racks
  • Bajaworx Dakar windscreen
  • Ortlieb saddle bags
  • Aerostich tank panniers
  • Custom decals

I’ll post details of each mod to this blog as I get time.

Bajaworx Dakar Windshield…

Posted: July 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Bajaworx Dakar windshield...

The KLR650 has a fairly useless mid-height windshield. Too low to provide good protection and too high to prevent buffeting at the helmet for most riders.

Side view...

My KLR will be on the highway a lot so I wanted something taller than the stock windshield and heard good things about the Bajaworx Dakar windshield. I’ve got one on the way so I’ll report how well it works after I’ve used it a bit.

Front view...

You can see the stock KLR650 windshield below for a comparison.

Stock windshield...