Traveling Around Africa on a KLR650

Traveling Around Africa on a KLR650

I recently got a beautiful picture post card from Bill Kamps of South Padre Island, Texas. The photo is of Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, Cape Town South Africa:  Gorgeous stuff. Bill Kamps is one of several KLR world travelers that we have helped with bike set-up and prep.  I’ve never met Richard Kickbush of […]

Tale of Two Failed KLR650’s (Got an inspection hole?)

Tale of Two Failed KLR650’s (Got an inspection hole?)

I always chuckle a bit when I hear stories on the Internet about the Kawasaki’s “bullet-proof” KLR650. I have taken apart and studied more than 30 broken KLR engines in the past 17 years; most of them the victims of the poorly engineered balancer system or of faulty assembly at the factory. Pardon me if I’m a […]

Welcome to Fuel For Thought

Welcome to Fuel For Thought

Note: Due to time constraints, Webmaster Mark at www.multisurfacemotorcycling.com will no longer be adding a monthly “Fuel For Thought” article. He will however, continue to maintain the website with its treasure trove of informative articles, procedures, and all of the past Fuels. MMP will still operate its storefront from the site as well. We want […]

2008 KLR-650 Observations

2008 KLR-650 Observations

Over ten years ago I built a KLR650 using part of a KLR650B Tengai front end including larger disc (same diameter as the 2008); stoppier two-puck brake; and front fender which had a light, built-in fork brace. I used KLR650 inner fork tubes, progressive springs, and modified stock dampeners to improve action. I had fork […]

More on KLR650 Broken Subframe Bolt

More on KLR650 Broken Subframe Bolt

Note – We apologize for the late production of this month’s Technical Insights. We lost a member of our Top Gun family last week; we think you’ll understand that our priorities were with family. However, we hard at it and back to work. Look for product updates later this month!   Jay Bass’ KLR650 recently suffered a broken […]

Is There a New Engine Balancer System for the 2008 KLR650?

Is There a New Engine Balancer System for the 2008 KLR650?

To quote the factory, “New 2008 KLR650 refines on-road capabilities for improved touring performance”, is it true? Only if they have an all new engine balancer system. In you know anything about Kawasaki KLR600 and KLR650s you probably know that for 23 years they have been equipped with the most disastrous chain driven engine balancing […]

DR650 Potential Problems and Fixes

DR650 Potential Problems and Fixes

In the first half of 2005 I purchased two new motorcycles from House of Motorcycles in San Diego; a KLR650 and a DR650.The KLR650 stopped running at 11,000 miles due to faulty valve seals. Since I was under warranty I had “Vey” de La Cruz clean up the top end and install quality valve seals. Now at 15,500 […]

Compare and Contrast: The 650s

Compare and Contrast: The 650s

As you may know, the weather south of the border in Baja is getting to be just about  perfect for riding. Naturally, Elden and Pauline couldn’t pass up an opportunity and are  traveling to Mulege with several other riders. Someone, however, has to keep the place  running, so I’m filling in on Technical Insights with […]

Welcome to Technical Insights!

Welcome to Technical Insights!

Our webmaster at “topgunmotorcycles.com”, Todd Vosper, has asked me to revive the old  column that I used to do back in the 1990’s for “Kawasaki Dual sport News,” later called  “Dual Sport News.” The goal is to supply you with top quality, unbiased information that  you will not find anywhere else in this business-driven world […]