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Old 11-09-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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The new owner of my sweet ride took a spill on it. He's ok but the bike was totaled! The good news is that any oil burning issue is resolved!





He suffered a little road rash...But he's healing. It started as a tank slapper that got out of control fast. He was going 65mph, the weather conditions were lots of wind and he had a new over inflated dirt tire on the front. The sad thing is he was on a great adventure to Panama from Seattle. The good is that he wrecked in the States….It could be bad to be wrecked and hurt on foreign soil!

Here's my baby before the crash...
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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That's a shop vac for sure.

Hate to see that. Glad he is ok.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:27 PM   #3
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A tank slapper at 65mph on a straight road, sheesh!
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:57 PM   #4
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I almost called you when you had the bike for sale (saw it on Craigslist if I remember correctly).
Too bad about the bike. That's a yard sale for sure.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:28 PM   #5
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i guess i am not hip with the lingo, but what is a "tank slapper"?
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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i guess i am not hip with the lingo, but what is a "tank slapper"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUBwCX_Mv2Q


If it happens, apply the rear brake, I guess that guy in the film clip did not know this.

A Shop Vac is a description of an event that both sucks and blows.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:57 PM   #7
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A Shop Vac is a description of an event that both sucks and blows.
Now that's funny!
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #8
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oh, the front end wobble! i know about that, lol. i had a bit of that when i first got the bike, but i found out then that the dealer put 40 psi in the front tire. no more wobble after that was fixed. i also installed a fork brace shortly after that. thanks for the info Scott.
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:36 PM   #9
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A tank slapper at 65mph on a straight road, sheesh!
It is what happens when you overload the a$$ end with too much weight. Front end gets light, wind and bumps distort the harmonic balance...
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:53 PM   #10
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It is what happens when you overload the a$$ end with too much weight.
Yes I agree. A harder suspension setting would have stopped that, as I am sure you already know, unless it was grossly overloaded. It's just awkward reading about a tank slapper at 65mph on an 08 KLR, if you know what I mean.

Of course tank slappers happen for other reasons too but not in this case. IMO.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:04 PM   #11
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np, nomilk4u.

They have a six percent milk here in the springs. It's unbelievably good.

The KLR V1 bikes (and probably the V2 bikes) need to have their steering head set up right to be stable at high speeds. My steering head had loosened up(V1) and at 70-75, if I hit grooves in the highway or had a cross wind the front end would start the dreaded tank slapper.

After tensioning the steering head nut right it was solid as a rock under the same circumstance.

Having a loaded rear exasperates the tank slapper. I carry a lot of weight on the nerf bars and tool tube, and some on the fairing with a hefty tank bag. That helps a lot when I have weight in the rear.

Of course, I pack light so it's usually not a problem.



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Old 11-10-2008, 05:39 PM   #12
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SRA, Does the pirate mask deter tailgaters???
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:26 AM   #13
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A life is a life, and a machine is just a machine...but I remember when you had that bike for sale just reading all that you had done was so impressive...life is weird...
If I have saddlebags and a tail bag with a weekend's worth of clothes and my (125 lb) wife on the back, do I need to be concerned about this (assuming my rear suspension is "cranked" to a 5?)
Seems like bull$#!* to me...
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:00 AM   #14
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Jacking pre-load up and tightening everything up helps but does not eliminate the problem.

Load your bike up and then at a standstill, shake the handle bars - and take a look at what happens to the front wheel, forks and tripple tree - you will see where the wobble, shakes or call it what you like comes from!
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:16 AM   #15
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How much for the radiator ;-)
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:19 PM   #16
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Glad the guys' okay.

I'd love to get my hands on that headlight guard if possible!!!

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Old 11-11-2008, 09:23 PM   #17
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I think the factors listed were all contributors - loose steering head, wind(especially with those panniers), over inflated tire and overloaded rear. Also, I'm willing to bet he was low on fuel at the time too. It never hurts to load the front with a full tank of gas to balance the load before hitting the slab.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:27 AM   #18
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glad the guys ok
just curious....
how did those Happy trails Nerf Bars hold up?
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:36 AM   #19
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glad the guys ok
just curious....
how did those Happy trails Nerf Bars hold up?
He told me that the HT bars did the trick!
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:58 AM   #20
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Probably. It did attract a couple of very nice hotties.

I think I'll bring ole Jolly Roger along on all my trips.
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