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  1. groundhog

    synthetic nessesary?

    Synthetic oils have improved characteristics over other oils including viscosity stabilization and heat transfer (which the KTM depends on). You would probably be just fine with a good mineral oil but you would be that much closer to problems. KTM added oil cooling to the piston a few years back - I imagine to cure/avoid a heat related problem. I change my oil at about 1/2 recommended interval when riding hard (regular intervals with less severe riding) with synthetic and the filters every other oil change. Never had a problem. Maybe I would not have a problem using another oil, but buying my bike set me back quite a lot. For the few dollars savings (not much oil in there after all) why chance it?
  2. groundhog

    Q: 640 LC4 enduro (dual sport)

    crazybrit- I got a 640 Adventure about 2 months ago and sold my 650KLR (and 426YZF). All the issues I had with the KLR (which, as you say does everything - but nothing real well) seem to be solved or at least very much better with the KTM. Power and suspension are much better - up there where it needs to be. Weight I think is pretty close, but the KTM has the weight better distributed. Overall build and design quality are worlds apart. I had all the suspension & power mods that seemed worthwhile on the KLR and it never came close to the stock Adventure. My inseam is about 29". No problem with the height in the woods, but I had problems getting on & off and at stop lights (I have bad hips though). Kuoba links, sliding the forks up a little, a side stand and a Renazco wedge seat from Creeper solved all of that. So far no problems bottoming out. The seat helped with vibration too (originally about the same as a KLR).
  3. groundhog

    Just saying hello

    Andy, I just got my new LC4 Adventure a few days ago. Have gotten a lot of info at www.ktmtalk.com - both before purchase and advice on setup now that I have it. I too new to KTMs to be of any help to you though. I still have my KLR 650 (for sale) and just sold the YZF 426. The Klr got me into dual sport but it is kinda of an outdated old girl. I think the Adventure is going to make me real happy!
  4. groundhog

    KLR 650 soft panniers

    I have a pair of Nelson-Rigg. Good 'nuff bags. However, the only thing that is waterproof is the bottoms. Good for keeping the water IN, but not too good at keeping it out. Made my own racks from 1/4 rod and made custom mount straps from webbing & buckles bought at Ace.
  5. Ditto on the TrailTech. I have one on my YZF & it is great. It can hold data for 2 bikes so Will eventually get another mount kit for my KLR. I spent the extra bucks for the billet mount on the YZF - makes it bulletproof.
  6. groundhog

    2000 KLR 650 barely running

    I agree with previous posts. Sounds like a carb problem. Thought I would offer this trick I learned somewhere along the way that might help you pinpoint a problem. To test the circuits in a carb take an old style ball point pen apart & use the bottom part of the barrel like a straw. Blow through each circuit & make sure you are getting air flow. The plastic pen barrel will seat tightly against the small holes in the carb body. Spray a tad bit of carb cleaner into each circuit after blowing to get rid of any moisture.
  7. groundhog

    650 lemon?

    My '05 blew the rear shock at about 2,500 miles. I,m 190lb, but was riding single track that I should have been using the YZF on - beating the s**t out of it. Dealer replaced entire shock assy. in about 1 hour on warranty. No other troubles now in 7,000 miles.
  8. groundhog

    What to adjust?

    Ditto the air leak
  9. groundhog

    Preserve our rights to ride - Take action now!

    Done. Thanks for the heads up.
  10. groundhog

    Tire help

    I put a set of IRC GP-110s on when the stockers wore out (at 3,000 miles). I like the tire for all around street/dirt performance (I ride about 50/50 too). They are a lot better than the stock tires in my opinion. Most of my street riding is highway at 70+ mph., the dirt ranges from dirt roads & fire trails to single track. 2 problems though. 1) they howl when cornering. 2) I just ordered another rear with only 3,000 (again) miles on the tire. I run air pressures for the dirt knowing my wear will be greater but they seem to work good on the street at those pressures (15/18 psi). I'm not sure there is a tire that will give good performance in dirt and not wear bad on the street at lower pressures and high speeds. Hope some else has better news!
  11. groundhog

    KLR ridders

    Hey Oldmanb, Like everyone else said - you just described the KLR's meaning in life. I bought one in Aug. Most enjoyable bike I have in years. I'm in my mid 50s and have had a few to compare. I also have a YZF 426 for the serious dirt. The KLR works well on the pavement but I have had it some places I would think twice about with the YZF. Like someone else said, it will do the tough stuff - just not real easy. If you are an old dirt rider I think you will be supprised where you CAN ride it. The operative word here is ride - not race! I'm in Idaho & ride betwen 4,200' and 7,000. I haven't re-jetted (except for idle jet) & it seems OK. In short - get it! If you make it to SE Idaho drop me a line & we will ride some great trails. Groundhog
  12. groundhog

    Ooops!! Dropped my brand new KLR :-(

    JB Weld it! Always worked for me. We had a portable welder fall off a truck at work. Broke the carb flange off the head. Built the flange up with JB Weld (using duct tape for a mold), used Heli-Coils in the JB Weld for the threads. Carb is still on the sucker - that was 7 years ago!
  13. groundhog

    Something seems fishy with 2005 KLR

    Skip, I bought a '05 in Aug. I watched the dealer uncrate it. It has red hand guards, dark green side stand spring and dark green (almost black) shifter. They have one sitting on the show room floor they got in Jan or so. You got me curious, so I'll swing by tomorrow & check it out. If I don't report back that means the one at the dealer is the same as ours.
  14. groundhog

    New Owner of KLR650!

    The 500 mile service is basically an oil change, close checking of everything and a valve clearance check. At a dealer you might not get much other than the oil change and (hopefully) valves checked. Everything is basic and listed in your owners manual (chart & how-to) except the valve check. I would recommend that someone check the valves (several places on the web give step by step instructions if you don't have a service manual). Usually not a problem, but if they need adjustment and don't get it you may burn a valve. Also, I personally reccomend an oil & filter change at 200 - 250 miles and again at 500. Oil is cheap and the most particles the engine will produce are in those first few miles (unless you blow it!). Good luck, ride safe & have fun! Groundhog
  15. groundhog

    Klx 650 R

    Sorry, My old eyes and feeble mind mistook KLX for KLR. I was talking about the KLR.
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