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Old 10-21-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Before i start....

lets get one thing straight i love my klr (i own a 88 klr600).

BUT

so far this year the engine made some very nasty noises so i went on ebay and sourced another engine . i stripped the engine out and thought i know while it's out why not strip it completly and spruce up the tired looking running gear. it came apart quite easy until i got to the suspension where the bolt that runs through the footpegs and part of the suspension had siezed solid. it took three weeks, a cut down sledge hammer, a load of heat and a trip to A&E before the bolt gave up.
finally got the frame & suspension all sprayed up put the new engine in got the bike back together where it then took three days going through butchered electrics just to get the headlight to work aaaarrrrrggghh.
i had a whole month of biking bliss riding through the local tracks and trails before the engine decided to sieze solid (no overheating no playing up first no warning signs what so ever just going well to siezed solid).
now i've got my bike in bits again done the doo on my original engine set the valves put fresh oil and filter in fitted it back in the bike and started a refresh on the tired paintwork fitted a new seat cover and i'm in the process of making my own decals for the tank and side panels (couldn't find anywhere that done decals for the 600 and i'm doing non stock colours).
my woman thinks i should just move into the shed because i spend all my spare time there anyway and the kids have taken to coming into the shed just to spend time with their dad.
is this an unusual thing with klr's???? i doubt it reading of other peoples woes on this site with doo-hickies, thermo bobs etc etc etc.
i also own a 93 gsx1100f powerscreen (katana in the states) and in the last 2 years i've changed the battery and the front tyre both suspect when i bought the bike. it's taken me all over france, belgium, holland and of course england and never missed a beat hmmmm.......
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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You have a 1988 machine. It is somewhere around 24 years old. You bought a used engine, also probably in its 20's... Without more details on what these motors have endured in their lifetimes, I can's say whether you've been unlucky with engines or not. Some bits of the story give me pause...

I realize that it's just exasperation talking, but if there are complaints about how much time you're spending on the bike, why take the time to strip it down and repaint it? Seems like the repainting caused more downtime than the engines...

I appreciate your and your families' frustrations, however, much of this seems self inflicted to me...

Sounds like it's time for a priority check. If the bike is taking too much time/effort, maybe you should think about moving on. Sell the bike to someone with more time to deal with the issues.
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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hahaha oops!!!!

maybe my post come across as a big moan fest when it was meant more tongue in cheek lol.
yes i've spent a lot of time and effort to make my bike look good, yes i've been a bit unlucky with engines and yes my woman moans a little bit when she sees me heading for the shed.
let me put it in a bit more perspective

main point at the top of the post I LOVE MY KLR so no it won't be leaving me any time soon

i run my own business with my good lady so she sees me all day at work and because we can choose our own hours we also take the kids to school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon usually taking them to the local park for an hour for some family time, like i said in my post i spend my spare time in the shed and don't completely neglect my family lol.

also you don't buy a 24 year old bike with 50,000 miles on the clock and not expect problems but i've always liked the look of the klr600 and was gonna have one and i'm glad i have.
of course i could of bought a 2011 klr and spent my evenings sat on forums stating the obvious to people (just kidding lol)
i've spent time making my bike my own and you can't beat the sense of achievement every time you complete something (this is the first bike i have completely stripped and getting it all back together and working even just for a month was a fantastic feeling).
when i finish this rebuild i'll have a unique personal bike that i can look at and think I DONE THAT but it'll never be finished coz i'll always want to change and improve things

most people on here make there klr's personal to them often spending more time and money on their bikes than the value of the bike deserves and this is more the point i was making my klr is a time and money pit and i bet a lot of people on the site find the same thing but is it worth it to me HELL YEAH
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:40 AM   #4
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:43 AM   #5
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I enjoyed the write up, sounds like the "fun" I've had with my wife's '88 250, although that was just top end and a butt-load of carb tinkering?
I guess my interest was peaked when you said '88 600?
I thought they(Kawasaki) dis-continued the KL600 in '86 to introduce the new '87 KLR 650...or is that just US?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #6
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Phew i'm not alone lol.
Kawasaki uk hardly ever let a new model in the range stop them selling the old model for a few years often just discounting the old bikes until stock ran out. in the case of the klr i believe you could still buy them until the early 90's
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #8
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most people on here make there klr's personal to them often spending more time and money on their bikes than the value of the bike deserves
yup!

where's Banbury and do you get the bike offroad?

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Phew i'm not alone lol.
Kawasaki uk hardly ever let a new model in the range stop them selling the old model for a few years often just discounting the old bikes until stock ran out. in the case of the klr i believe you could still buy them until the early 90's
That's awesome, I know MOPAR did the same thing. When they stopped making parts, they would just keep putting them on cars until the shelf was empty of them!?
You could actually get a Valiant with a 225, but also end up with an 8 3/4 rearend!
I'm curious...what does it say on your frame?
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:29 PM   #10
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yup!

where's Banbury and do you get the bike offroad?

Riding offroad was the main reason for buying my klr, i got my youngest a pw50 for his fourth birthday and he took to it straight away but i had to tell him to stay close in case he fell off which spoiled his fun a bit so i bought the klr so he could ride where he wanted and i'd always be close by.
I live near oxford in the uk and mainly ride the local woods or friendly local farmers fields.
My lad is five now and wants a new bike because his is too slow and doesn't wheelie (a boy to be proud of lol). I've clocked his pw at 30mph up the fields and he's been layed on the tank wringing every last ounce of power out of it haha
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I'm curious...what does it say on your frame?
It's a kl600 b4 model with kick and e start.

Could i ask everyone's opinion on my new paint???
I've got the first stripe in and i don't know whether the top stripe should be black ( my first choice) or the more i look at it i think maybe a darker green??? I'm still making the templates up for the top stripe which will have kawasaki cut out the tank stripe so the lettering will show up white and klr on the side panel showing up in white. any input welcomed thanks
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I live near oxford in the uk and mainly ride the local woods or friendly local farmers fields.
Have a cousin from Southampton who lived in Bristol for awhile
Old man's a scouser

In the general vicinity of where I live in Massachusetts is Gloucester, Worcester, Andover, Salisbury, Bedford and I lived in Reading until I was three. All the good offroad riding has been developed on since then.

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Kldrumr
all our good people go to america
bad to australia obviously lol.
Unfortunatly lots of good offroad land gets developed on.
the woodsi ride in has a big sign saying no motorcycles so sooner or later i'll have to plead dyslexia haha.
On a side note i bought my klr from reading hows that for a coincidence
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On a side note i bought my klr from reading hows that for a coincidence
Blows my mind

Mine was bought from North Reading

Can't make that up
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Well said kless.
I knew i couldn't be alone. like i said in my first post i have 2 bikes and if i ever had to sell one it wouldn't be the klr
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Could i ask everyone's opinion on my new paint???
I've got the first stripe in and i don't know whether the top stripe should be black
Here's an '88 250 and you know, the KL600 is the same bike...basically
Notice I didn't have Kawasaki Green!?




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Here's an '88 250 and you know, the KL600 is the same bike...basically
Notice I didn't have Kawasaki Green!?
nice improv lets be honest who the hell does have kawasaki green???????
i've been back to the vinyl shop today and went for flourescent (can't spell lol) green i couldn't get kawasaki green either. was gonna cut out the lettering but couldn't make it look good so i'm gonna cheat and get it in white to go over the top
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new graphics nearly sorted just got the fenders to paint
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