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Author Topic: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.  (Read 14627 times)

Offline farmer92

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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #390 on: May 20, 2018, 11:51:12 »
Great info mate, cheers fella, makes sense.  Is there a way to find out if the plug is operating at peak temperature?  I'm going to switch out the plug for a new one anyway, but I wonder if maybe the old one is operating too cold and therefore is fouling more often?  Could it be that the plug was just old and therefore not doing its job properly?

The petcock fix has held so far - I found some nylon washers and the newly-tapped nuts in the tank are holding.  So far, so good.

Once they start to foul, you can never really clean them. You can make them work but they will foul a lot easier. best bet is to change it and go for a lengthy ride.
Should be a nice tan brown colour when you check it.

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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #391 on: May 20, 2018, 12:09:30 »
No local Napa has the Iridium plug in stock but do have the regular one - think it'll do the job?  Would the iridium plug provide a significant performance improvement?
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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #392 on: May 20, 2018, 12:16:34 »
From what ive read iridium is more for lasting longer than performance. You get 20k out of standard and 80-100k out of iridium, unless you foul it etc then you just wasted $$
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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #393 on: May 20, 2018, 12:26:27 »
Think Iíll just pick up a few regulars then. Until I know Iím not gonna keep fouling the things anyway


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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #394 on: May 20, 2018, 12:26:55 »
Thats what I'd do too.
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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #395 on: May 20, 2018, 12:48:08 »
You can also look if they have a P type also, the nose protrudes a bit and so they run a touch hotter, but not a full heat range, kinda like halfway between.

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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #396 on: May 21, 2018, 11:37:50 »
Picked up a few NGK spark plugs yesterday from the local Napa, and while I'm blethering away with the guy there I see this torch (aka "flashlight") on the counter -



I always take the piss out of my wife for being a "point-of-sale girl", meaning she has a hard time walking through the aisle at the checkout without grabbing some useless shit for $15.  But there I was, torch in hand, thinking I gotta make this mine.  No ordinary torch you see, behold! -



- pull down the bulb part a smidge and a little stem pops out - give that thing a pull and wonder-of-wonders a 2ft telescopic magnet with a flexible head is revealed in all its telescopic magnetic glory.  "That sucker's coming home with me", I thought to myself, "ironic point-of-sale purchase be damned".  And it did.

In less important news, got a new plug installed and went for a ride.  Definitely feels crisper, no doubt.  But still need to do these "plug chops" which is a new one for me.  Today's a holiday here, my wife is threatening to drag me up a mountain for some "fresh air" but if that plan goes south then I know what I'm doing.

 

 
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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #397 on: May 22, 2018, 10:51:50 »
Nice, those things come in very handy sometimes. I got to do one last ride on the CX yesterday, delivered it to the new owner, new rider. Was an hour ride along the river, a little sad to see her go, she's running perfect but needed the $$ and have the GL.
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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #398 on: May 22, 2018, 11:03:32 »
Happy for you mate - it's always a little bittersweet selling a bike but sounds like your CX went to a good home.  Glad you got a decent ride in to see her off.  I got Rhonda's new seat installed and wheeled her out ready for her inaugural ride - as soon as I turned the gas on at the petcock it pissed all over the starter motor.  Leaky inline fuel filter, one of those fancy glass ones.  So much for that - have 6 cheapo ones from FortNine on their way for $10 (Bikemaster), hopefully they'll be here tomorrow and I can take the old girl out for a waltz.

The KLR is running pretty good, but still need to do the plug chops.  I'll be going back in this thread to read again what the procedure is and hopefully get it down in the next day or so.  Also wondering about the bars I chose.  Picked up some Moose bars from a local guy here - they look great and are thick-walled aluminium so they perform great too.  But they're a little narrow, and I'm not sure they're high enough either.  I tricked out the grips to give me a few extra inches of width, but thinking I may need risers or different bars entirely to make long distance riding more comfy. 

For example, every time I apply the front brake (the back brake not so much) I get a lot of pressure on my left hand.  Think it must be because of the bar position - if they were a little higher (and certainly wider) it would make for a more comfy riding position.  Any suggestions for some decent bars?  I still have a $100 gift certificate from the guys at Dime City so maybe could splurge on a new set.

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Re: KLR You Experienced? Err, kinda not really.
« Reply #399 on: May 22, 2018, 11:07:33 »
Bars are hard to do, I generally try and find a set that measures in the areas I want different, most have height, width and pull back measurements and if you know the current, look for a set that adds to the dimension you want different.
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"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Thomas Jefferson