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  1. Hey KLR 650 Owners, newbe here. Not new to riding on or off road just new to the KLR650. I recently purchased a 2011 KLR 650 with less than 10k miles. It is in mint condition and bone stock. I am a long time rider of a Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 and I love that bike. Mine is pretty old 02 and has around 60k+ original miles all by me. But I wanted something that was a little lighter and more flickable offroad. When the KLR became available I snatched it! It is like a blank slate. So here is a list of my first to do's. Let me benefit from your experience and feedback. 1) doohicky thingy. 2) bar risers. I am a titch over 6' tall and like standing on a off road bike. 3) crash guards, skid plate, center stand, and decent hand guards, handle bars and grips. 4) luggage rack and carriers. 5) I already have a couple of tank bags. 6) some half way decent off road dual sport tires. 7) an extended shift lever to accommodate off road riding boots. 8) replace stock foot pegs with regular off-road style foot pegs. 9) stiffer springs more suited for off-road riding but that will still work while on short pavements rides. 10) a new and improved seat pad for longer excursions. 11) mounting system for GPS / CELL Phone / CB or Ham radio. 12) auxiliary power plug for on-board appliances. 13) Some decent dual sport tires. I got this bike at a very affordable price used from a private party. I have put about a hundred miles on it on local mountain twisties and easier jeep trails over the mountain. So far, I love it. My goal is to make it into a true adventure bike and more off-road worthy. I am looking forward to building up this bike and riding the heck out of it on some new adventures here locally and in the States. I know that you will all will be a wealth of information to help me accomplish those goals. Cheers! Paul
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    Wrangler owners

    Mine is a 2010 and so far so good.
  3. Back story. I was working on a contract that did not get renewed which ended 02/02/2014. I am 62 so decided to just retire early. Actually more like semi-retired since I will be expanding my small farm. While working, I worked long hours and couldn't exercise as much as I would have liked. I would try to take 30 minute walks at lunch but it was always on a flat ground and I never really felt like I got a good workout from it. Now fast forward. I decided that one of my goals of retirement is to exercise daily. I live in the high desert and am surrounded by hills and mountains. So I leave my house and within a few minutes I am climbing into the hills. The trails are jeep, two track, and some single tract. All up some very steep stuff and down and back up and so on. My starting elevation is 5000 feet. I have been hiking these trails daily pushing further and further. The hikes are typically 2 hours of intense hill work. Even when I am on more flat ground I am either walking up a mild grade or down one to and from my house. I am noticing some very good improvements. My blood pressure is down. My at rest pulse rate is down and I am able to walk further without stopping to rest for a minute except when climbing a very steep hill that is also long. My legs of course are sore so when I started my hike today, they were still a little sore from the hike yesterday. So now my question. Am I doing too much? Is it better to do my hikes every other day? What are the risk if any of doing what I am doing daily or almost every day? Thoughts, opinions, first hand experiences are all welcome. Thanks in advance.
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    KTM vs Jap bikes

    You may be correct I can't really say since I have been out of touch for a while on this stuff. My youngest son had a yz450 that was pretty reliable but he only used it for desert riding and not MX. Still, the desert guys ride pretty hard. I was just speaking from my experience. Since 2000, I've purchased a Yama WR400, DRZ400, a KTM 520 EXC, a Husky TE510, and a TE450. All of those bikes are still in use and running strong and they all have a lot of miles on them. But to qualify this, I don't race so the miles that I put on my bikes are not as extreme as someone who is racing. That and I try to take very good care of them with aggressive oil changes and so on.
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    KTM vs Jap bikes

    Not so sure about that. I've had several 4 strokes and they have all been reliable including my 02 KTM 520 EXC. I put a ton on miles on it and handed it down to a son who has handed it down to his brother who is still riding the damn thing. If I were younger and more competitive, I would own a 300 smoker. But all of my bikes for the last few years have been plated which is a huge benefit out here in Kali. My 07 Husky TE is still running strong as is my 510. But I am also not racing them much less every weekend so maybe that is why.
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    uptite

    Well crap! I guess that I've been away for too long. George was a great Husky resource. I presume that he still is. His shop was a mess but he always seemed to have what I needed when I needed it and his advice was always spot on.
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    Question about partially torn bicept

    Thanks DrMark. I will consult with a doctor about getting it repaired.
  8. many months ago I was lifting something very heavy over the side and out of the back of my pickup truck. part of the bicep muscle on my left arm tore away from the connecting tissue from the inside of the elbow. it wasn't a complete tear as some of the muscle is still attached. i waited too long to get it fixed. since then, i have not done any heavy lifting with it. it still feels strange but i have been increasingly using it more and have even been lifting light bar bells with that arm to prevent the remaining muscle from atrophying. my question is, can i begin to increase the lifting weight? I've been using a 25 lb bar bell but can easily curl it. Do you think it is safe to start increasing the weight? my right arm is much stronger and i would like to even them out as closely as possible. I do realize that my left arm may never be able to match the strength of my right arm. Any thoughts?
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    Cycle World Enduro Shootout

    Wide ratio six speed tranny.....would be a sweet option.
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    Cycle World Enduro Shootout

    Street legal is the key. I get the magazine and I read the article. Honestly, I am not surprised at the result. I've ridden all but one of the bikes tested and I've owned two out of the four, the KTM and the Husky. My experience isn't apples to apples since both my KTM and my Husky are a few years older. But my 07' TE450 is and extremely good dual sport bike. Even though it is plated which is nice. I primarily ride it off road. It is a very capable bike. It handles well, has good power, and is reliable. I've lost turn signals and even if I did plug them all back in they still wouldn't work. The horn bracket broke and I've never replaced it but the head light, tail light, and break light all still work. I mention this because the article mentioned it. The Husky is not quite as light as the KTM and the KTM does handle very well but still, I prefer the Husky for a few reasons. One is that I like the valves better on the Husky. The other is that I feel like the Husky holds up to the kind of abuse that I put it through just a titch better than the KTM does with a little less maintenance and repair. Also the Husky continues to look much better than a KTM would with all the scratches and trail abuse. I thought that this particular article was fair and pretty accurate based on my own experience with these bikes. While my 07 TE is still a carb and not injected, I have it dialed in the jetting department. I live at about 5k feet elevation and I ride from about 3k all the way to over 7k elevations. It is amazing to me how well my 07 TE450 performs across that altitude variation. I am also impressed with the fact that I can do all day dual sport or off road rides and I am not completely trashed afterwords. The seat is very good for stock although I do stand alot. I can ride it over some very challenging trails such as the rocky and whooped out single tracks and two track stuff up at Kennedy Meadows and it handles all of it with little drama. Even with my oversize IMS tank which adds weight, the bike still handles very well and the weight is well distributed and balanced giving the bike a pretty good neutral feel. The breaks work well, the clutch has an easy pull with little fade even after a long day of rocky technical riding. I am not a brand bigot. I will own any brand of bike. I just happen to have found a very very good bike in the new Huskies for the kind of riding that I do most of the time. I certainly wouldn't mind own several other brands and bikes but sadly my wife has put her foot down. Most of the previous articles that I've read about the Huskies both in Dirt Rider and elsewhere I thought were pretty accurate. As good as the Huskies are, when you compare them to the Bergs or KTM they may not win based on fair and accurate views of a variety of proficient riders / testers. But I've always thought that all Husky would need is a little more time and refinement and they would be right there. That time has finally arrived. No matter what brand bike you like, it will not please everyone. When ThumperTalk first started, many of us were riding the then new Yamaha WR400 or YZ400's. People have always complained about the WR400F as feeling top heavy or what ever. And they were probably right. But I really liked my 2k WR400. We still have it in the family. I got it plated and it is now used primarily as a dual sport bike. But that bike handles well enough that with a good rider riding it many folks are challenged to keep up. My youngest son owns it now. He is a very good rider. It is fun to see guys riding newer CRF450s, KTM's, or whatever struggling to keep up with him on the old WR400. The Husky brand will continue to improve and as it gets better and better it will be included in the shoot outs that are performed by the motorcycle mags and rags. After a while and it is already happening, Husky will become more and more common and mainstream. It will just become another bike to be tested along with Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawi, Honda, et cetera. That is really good for all of us because competition is a good thing. You know, I am 58 years old and still riding. I could be wrong but I suspect that part of the reason I am still able to ride as hard as I do for as long as I do is because the bikes have gotten so much better than when I first started off in the 60's. Sure I have to do my part by staying in some kind of shape but the new bikes and the phenominal technology that is evolving with them is also enabling me to ride better easier for longer. Not all that long ago, I was talking with Malcom Smith at his dealership and I asked him about what he thought about the future of the new Huskies. He is very optimistic. He rode them back in the day and he can pretty much ride anything he wants which he does, but even he thinks the new Huskies have a lot of promise. He also thinks the new Bergs are pretty awesome as well. Things are coming full circle in the cycling world. I am glad that I have been lucky enough to have seen it in the 60's all the way to today. What we are missing is OSSA, Montessa, Greeves, and a few others to make a come back. :-)
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    2007 450te back rim failure

    I almost didn't post this because it was so embarrassing. Different bikes have different issues. But all of them need to be checked after every ride. It can be loose spokes, sprocket bolts, whatever. The cliche' that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure applies to all modern off-road bikes. They are made lighter, faster, and usually better in every way. That is what we as consumers of these products ask for. But it is up to us to not take the maintenance schedule for granted. Folks who race know that after every race they check the bike top down. Many of us are more casual trail riders or weekend warriors. So it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that because we don't ride as hard our maintenance should be less. NOT SO! I don't race but I do ride pretty hard and pretty far sometimes. The bike needs the same TLC is if I raced 3 20 mile loops in the Nevada desert. Most of us know this already. Some of us like me forget that and risk ruining a great ride because we didn't take a few minutes to do our due dillengence. Also riding a plated bike means that we might be riding down the highway at 50+ mph. You definately don't want your sproket bolts coming loose then!
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    Husqy txc450 or crf450x?

    I have to echo this sentiment. Just one reason that I love my Husky so much is that it is so reliable. But there are at least a dozen other reasons that I am impressed with the new Huskies.
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    2007 450te back rim failure

    I am bringing this old thread up to share my experience with loose sprocket bolts. I normally pride myself for paying attention to detail as far as maintenance goes but I made a really stupid mistake a few weeks ago that I'd like to share. After I bought my 07 TE450, I went around and checked the torque on all of the bolts including the sprocket. I checked the sprocket a few times thereafter. Last November, I was involved in a pretty serious crash while on a ride. I couldn't ride for many months after that do to some injuries to internal organs and such. So in June I started doing some moderate rides again to build my strength and endurance back up. Before I rode the bike, I repaired the damage caused by the crash, cleaned it and checked the tightness of all the bolts except the sprocket bolts. Very dumb! Towards the end of the ride, it felt like I had a flat rear tire. The bike was kind of swerving back and forth and not handling correctly. I pulled over to see what was going on and found the rear sprocket missing a bold and the rest loose. So we tightened up the bolts and I was able to finish out the ride. Later I bought some replacement bolts with the idea in mind that I would just replace them all. The new set came with locktite. But a ride came up before I could replace them all so I replaced only the one that was missing and a second one that was damaged and made sure that all of them were tight. I got busy but did a few more rides without checking them. I got back from my last ride late so I just put the bike away dirty. When I pulled it out to clean it, I checked all the bolts again including the sprocket. I was amazed to find all of the original sprocket bolts loose again! I hope that others learn from my mistake. Even if you are not racing, don't get complacent. Check the bolts regularly! All of them! Now, if I could just get a new pair of knees.
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    exc 450 vs te 450

    I like both brands and if I didn't own one I'd own the other. And it's not that there are not other brands out there that are worth looking at. I am particularly fond of the Kawi 450 and the WR450. I know Hondas are good bikes too but I just have my silly preferences. But I like the handling characteristics of the Huskies especially my 07 TE450. The power is excellent, gearing, reliability, etc etc etc... I have it carburated perfectly for the altitudes that I live and ride in....and I LOVE having a plate on a very trail worthy off-road bike. I don't race, but I love technical riding desert and mountain single track. And I like dual sport. I am an older rider 58 and have been riding a very long time. I know there are faster more race oriented bikes out there but for my purposes, the TE450 or even a 310 is perfect for most of what I do. Having said that, there is no doubt in my mind that I could get along quite well with a KTM 450. The only thing I really long for now is a 200 or maybe a 250 smoker. A converted yz250 or a KTM 200/250 would be a sweet addition to my shrinking collection of bikes. P.S. A really competent fast rider would make any of these bikes look like a rocket ship on wheels.
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