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Author Topic: The farklefication of my KLR650  (Read 1586 times)

Offline Tim

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The farklefication of my KLR650
« on: Mar 03, 2017, 17:51:32 »
So - I splurged after a long year of transition / new job / turmoil and bought my newest most expensive motorcycle ever.  A 2013 KLR650 with 13,000KM on it.

One owner (motorcycle dealership mechanic).  Properly maintained and purely stock with the OEM saddlebags.  The rear tire has 3000KM on it, and it came with a new front IRC unit.  I'll probably replace both shortly with a decent 60/40 tire for pavement/dirt.

Got it for CAD $4800 which isn't too bad considering the year and ownership history.  New he would have paid about $7-$8K out the door.

Before I could stop myself, I've ordered some must-have farkles for the thing.

-Pro-taper SE (seven-eighths) ATV High bars in black
-SW Motech crash bars
-Oxford heated grips
-Galfer 320mm front disk conversion kit

The bars came today and I expect the remainder to be here Monday.  An SW Motech skid plate is next on the list and I'll likely order it so I don't have to put the stock plastic unit back on.

All set to crash it into some rocks and trees!

"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #1 on: Mar 03, 2017, 18:13:07 »
Farkle away!.  Congrats on the new(to you) bike Tim!
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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #2 on: Mar 03, 2017, 19:03:58 »
Very cool bud, have fun w it.


Offline Tim

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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #4 on: Mar 03, 2017, 19:37:40 »
The brake kit wasn't on the original plan, but when I was ordering things from Twisted Throttle, it came up on sale.

CAD$224 for a 320mm rotor, braided stainless line, pads and a caliper relocation bracket.  The kit lists at US$280 all day and $320 in Canada.  Not sure why it was discounted so much (Twisted Throttle in the US has it at US$290).

Seemed like a no-brainer for a much improved braking system over the stock 280mm rotor and they'd need replacing sooner than later anyhow.

"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #5 on: Mar 03, 2017, 19:58:57 »
Neat! Following along
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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #6 on: Mar 03, 2017, 21:55:04 »
I've ridden those bikes. They are great.

Offline Rider52

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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #7 on: Mar 03, 2017, 22:49:49 »
I've never owned one, but have a friend who commuted 100 miles a day for over 3 years with no problems. He ran Shinko tires the whole time.  He also did the doohickey fix on his and the usual ADV changes.
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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #8 on: Mar 03, 2017, 23:04:19 »
The doohickey has largely been resolved by Kawasaki, at least in terms of the integrity of the adjuster itself.  The spring is still too long from what people say.

So I'll order up the Eagle Mike kit and use the better doohickey.  It's a bit of a job with pulling the rotor etc.   I'll take care of that likely in the fall.

I'll be riding this to Kentucky in May so it may get new tires before that ride.  I'll see how it goes on some longer highway rides before hitting the highway for 2 days.
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

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Re: The farklefication of my KLR650
« Reply #9 on: Mar 03, 2017, 23:35:45 »
Welcome to the dark side  8)