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Well I made an impulse buy yesterday and now have bone stock 2018 KLR650 with zero miles on it sitting my garage.

Current plan is to run it 800-1000 miles at first without doing any sort of mods or adjustments to it.   Give it time for a nice break-in period and make sure any mods I decide to try later are worth the trouble etc.

Thought I would check with you experts, just to see if there are any basic free or almost free tweaks you would do to the thing right away before even using it.

 

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Better tires grease steering head and rear suspension linkage and swing arm

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Thanks for the replies.

Dealer has seen it.  (That's where I bought it at...)

Been a LONG time since bought anything brand new that actually had 0 miles on it, so I went a bit crazy and wasted the extra cash for full warranty plan etc etc.

 

Yesterday I just did a quick check on it to make sure they had at least put oil and brake fluids in the thing and took a short 16 mile warmup ride.  Zero issues.

As time and the weather permit here, I will give it a very good examination.   Check all fasteners/fluids etc.    And do a lightly over-kill lube/grease job.

 

Re:   Tires.   Intending on just running the stock rubber until they run into slicks.

The plan for this KLR650 is to keep it at 90-95% + street use.    Will try to keep it in near mint-condition with nothing but light riding around town and maybe a very short 'tour' ride if I get feeling  more energetic this spring and decide to take a short trip somewhere..

(Got a nice pair of old KL250's ready to go if I decide to do any winter conditions or trails locally this winter....)

I do have a brand new KLR650 Tail bag sitting here, and will be tossing that on the thing.   That and a hand/wind-guard set I have sitting in a box here somewhere will be going on it soon.   But no other mods/adjustment are planned for it yet.

Is there any need to put a center-stand on one of these things?   Or would it just add weight/bulk for no good reason?    Stock unit seems pretty sturdy.....

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The number one mod for your LKR is a center stand (in mho) and I really like my SW-Motec.

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I didn't have a centerstand on mine nor any of my current bikes , a few situations they would come in handy but most times , for me , they'd just be in the way and add more weight though down low. I do have an atv jack so tire changing isn't an issue which the stand would be very handy for if I didn't . I'd say it depends what you really plan on using the bike for and where . With the new models having all that plastic , crash guards may be near the top for any time it decides to lay down .

For preventative stuff , any new toy,auto, trailer , whatever I buy the first thing I do is go through all electrical connections and fill with dielectric grease . Then many of the bolts and such that will be taken off in a few years or longer , I'll take them out and antisieze everything , usually getting rid of that irritating loctite crap that some think is needed . Doing that to my truck when new has paid for itself tenfold now that things are getting rusted , yet fasteners come off with ease . It's a pain though and non rust areas of the country it'snot a big deal .

I also get a sheet of 3m chip guard and put strips over painted areas that will see rubbing or possible wear . This will keep the frame nice and "new " looking for a long time . Parts that are not painted but look like will rust easy get taken off and powdercoated (I have my own setup), but even a good paint with clear coat will go a long ways to helping out .

 

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