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  1. I just lucked into a free, low mileage , 1985 KLR600! The bike has been sitting in a garage since 1996. I was told someone started to work on it back in the early 2000s but didn't get much further than taking off the tank and plastic and installing a new battery. The bike is great shape and is mostly complete. The only thing missing that I've seen is the petcock. I'm going to post my progress and experiences getting this bike back into ridable shape here.
  2. Well persistence pays off! I let the bike sit for a while while I took care some other things but was thinking about what could be wrong. It was so obvious, the new aftermarket CDI I bought was garbage. I popped the old one back in and it fired right up. Only the coil had gone bad. The readings in the CDI don't match whats in the manual but whatever...I just put 5 trouble free miles on the bike. Only thing that needs attention is the speedo cable, it shrieks over 40mph. I'll have that taken care of in no time. Everything else works like a charm. Bike shifts easy and accurately, clutch is smooth. Brakes.......work haha. I've been spoiled by dual disk, dual piston Brembos for quite a while now, it did get better as it started to bed in and the crap started to wear off the rotor. All in all very pleased with myself! Here's the vid of its first ride in 21 years. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B74n5zSfHlifbDdtV2JLT05HNm8/view?usp=sharing
  3. So after letting it sit for a few days I decided to try again. This time it sputtered a few times and I actually thought it was going to start. It didn't though and I had to give the starter a break after a while. By messing with the idle screw and not giving it any throttle I can get it to sputter or even run for a second or 2 but thats the best I can seem to get out of it. I have much better results when it's hooked to the jeep while its idling, seems to like the extra voltage. Using the choke doesn't help. It actually will do nothing at all when its on so maybe there's an issue with it? Also, what I though was popping seems to be the bike firing once but not doing anything resulting in the starter disengaging and then engaging again. Sooooooooo....any input would be really appreciated. Keep in mind it ran fine before suddenly losing spark. Putting a new CDI and coil on it seems to have fixed the spark but these were both the aftermarket parts I linked to a few posts back.
  4. Well it now has spark and is getting fuel. Cranks fine although I think the starter clutch may be going out as I'm starting to hear a loud pop on the left side when it cranks...maybe the battery is low from all the cranking and the starter is disengaging, haven't checked yet. Still nothing, not even a sputter. I'm not sure where to go from here or if its worth continuing putting money into this thing.
  5. Heh I've played the shitty fuse box game before. My old 1984 FJ600 had one that Satan himself designed. I had all my lights go out at 1AM on the freeway once. Never could get it sorted out other than if I pounded on the block with my hand they would work for a few days. Sold the bike soon after that. Looks like the CDI is out for delivery!
  6. Yeah I tried that during the initial troubleshoot. Replacement coil came today. Aftermarket so not an exact fit but pretty close. I had to make a little ground jumper from it to the frame. CDI will be here tomorrow or Thursday.
  7. Fuses are good. Fuse holder seems like it's in fine shape. From what I've read in the manual there are only 2 right? The ones that hang off the airbox? Or is there another block somewhere I'm not aware of?
  8. Checked the resistances. Coil is off but close. CDI is way off on a few of the pins. I have replacements for both on the way. I guess it's not all that uncommon for these to just give up the ghost.
  9. Well I have bigger problems now. For some reason there is no spark anymore. Literally one minute to the next, I changed nothing with the electrical system or ignition system. I pulled the coil and checked all the connections...everything seems fine. I took apart the spark plug wire and it all seems good as well. I removed the resistor in the wire and replaced it with a bit of metal just to see if that had gone bad, but no, nothing. Super frustrating! Any Ideas? New Coil? New CDI? It seems both are not very expensive. Would like some opinions before opening my wallet though. Found this: automotivepartsfactory.com/p/Caltric-Cdi-Module-Fits-Kawasaki-Kl600-Klr600-600cc-Engine-1985-1986-Motorcycle-93064222.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw5PDLBRB0EiwAh-27MiOQsNy3cl6hy1TRT_eQpwEdTFl3840X7lBBr3QC5w9OK_qbAiX5RRoCz6cQAvD_BwE And this: ebay.com/itm/NEW-IGNITION-COIL-FOR-KAWASAKI-KLR600-KL600-ZZR250-EX250-MOTORCYCLE-84-85-86-07-/172719020408?hash=item2836db1978
  10. They do look almost the same. I bought a set of cheapies just to get it passed inspection. Will look into getting some originals eventually though.
  11. It Runs! Put some gas in with a bottle I have rigged up and it fired after after some cranking. Was way easier to get going than I thought it would be, then again with a completely refreshed carb I suppose it should have been easy. It's getting very close to test ride worthy. I gave it an oil and filter change after this video was shot. Last night I replaced the master cylinder and flushed out the line and caliper before refilling with some fresh DOT3 and putting on new brake pads. The only bigish job left is to clean out the tank, I've decided to go the electrolysis route on that one. After that, it's install new petcock, turn signals, the new battery and then take it for a spin!
  12. I have brake pads, a new master cylinder, new air filter, and a carb rebuild kit on the way. Once I get it started, running and stopping ok, I'm going to replace/fix the turn signals and start on the DMV paperwork. I verified that it's not in the California DMV system so it shouldn't be to hard to get a new title for it with a bill of sale. Is there a way to replace just the rubber stalk pieces that rotted away in the heat rather than put aftermarket signals on? I want to keep it as original looking as I can.
  13. I've been riding trails for about 5 years now and just recently got on a motocross track for the first time. I'm not sure why I never tried it earlier but man I'm having a blast! Trouble is, My KTM XCW 250 smoker just isn't meant for this kind of riding. The gearings all wrong, the suspension is set up for trails etc. What would be a good bike for me to jump to? I have no intention of ever competing. At 33 with a career, hobbies, and a Fiance, I could never dedicate that much time, I just wanna go to the local tracks on the weekends and have some fun. Sooooo.....I'm thinking of picking up a 450 something or other...what do you guys think? Gonna keep the KTM around for trails.
  14. I hear ya. Honestly, I think I just want to try something different. It'll depend on what pops up in my area too.
  15. Looking for something with a linkage. The years I would be looking at are all PDS. Plus I'd really like some better suspension then the WP.
  16. He's asking 3200. Actually not to keen on it anymore. lots of pictures of him racing it..
  17. There's an 08 rmz in my budget pretty close to me. How's that early FI on these bikes?
  18. Looking to spend about 3k or so. Figure something 06 and up. Any gems or lemons in that range I should be aware of? I do all the work on my current bikes and have rebuilt motos from the ground up before...still. I'd rather ride than wrench
  19. I've got a 625SXC that absolutely rips around town. It's good for fire roads and such but is really to heavy for anything tighter than that. It makes one hell of an urban exploration bike though!
  20. I run a filter on my old bike. The petcock tubes and screen disintegrated so I replaced the tubes with some aluminum stock from OSH, and then installed a filter. No flow issues and they do pick up lots of crap, I clean my tank out every season too. Somehow, a bee flew into my tank at some point, his pieces all ended up in the filter. That was funny to see!
  21. A 2 stroke is the easiest way to get comfortable working on a bike. You'll be surprised how simple they are once you get into them. I knew absolutely ziltch about motors when I melted the piston in my RMX. A good manual, Thumpertalk, Youtube, and a few trips down to the local shop for advice, helped me get her put back together the right way, and she's still singing! I ended up having to take the motor completely appart due to melted aluminum getting into all the crank bearings. so I went from knowing nothing to being able to rebuild the trans (it had some chipped gears) and sweat new bearings into the cases. The best advice I can give is ALWAYS use the correct tool! A case splitter, and crank puller along with the right flywheel puller for your bike will set you back some cash but will ensure you get the job done right and save you hours of cursing. If you find yourself reaching for a hammer or prybar.....STOP! There's probably a better way to go about it. Also I always have a supply of big ziplock bags handy. When you take something off, like say the clutch plates and basket, put everything in the same bag and label it "clutch" This way you don't accidentally use the hardware in the wrong place. One last thing. My grandfathers been an engineer since he was in his 20s, that guy can straight up design and build an engine of his own from scratch. He taught me that If you find yourself completely stumped by something and frustration is taking control, put down your manual and tools and walk away from the bike. Do something else, read a good book, or go for a run, or whatever, but try NOT to think about it. What you'll find is that your subconscious is still cranking away at the problem. A few hours later or maybe the following morning, you'll suddenly have a solution come to you seemingly out of the blue. At the least you'll have a different strategy to try. This has always worked for me!
  22. I cut the levers on my XCW. Had no choice really. If you look at the back of the lever, chances are there's 2 little notches in it. I was told it's a kind of break off point, but I don't know for sure. I always just cut them off at those marks with a hacksaw and clean up with a file/sandpaper/grinder/garage floor. They're much less prone to breaking that way too, I've only had to replace one.