Shearing Forces and the KLR650

Shearing Forces and the KLR650

At first I wondered why Pauline and I with our gear all loaded onto the KLR650 never broke a stock upper sub-frame bolt. With over 40,000 miles two-up on and off- road carrying approximately 375lbs on the sub-frame, we should – according to the so called experts on the Internet – have been bitten by […]

Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

Kurt Grife has passed 125,000 miles on KLR650s.  For 70,000 miles he’s had a Jake Doohickey and spring in his engine and we recently added a Wexman/Carl inspection port. Kurt’s engine history includes a stock balancer lever failure and a broken cam chain both of which caused serious engine problems. The moral of the story […]

KLR650 Oil Consumption

KLR650 Oil Consumption

This month Elden answers a “burning” question about oil consumption… Q. My 1987 KLR650 has only 24,000 miles on the odometer but it is using lots of  oil, much of which is being blown out the vent. What’s my problem? A. You probably have a combination of factors contributing to your oil consumption problem, but […]