The Doohickey Revisited

The Doohickey Revisited

Never has such a frivolous word been used to describe such a dangerous motorcycle engine part. Yes, indeed the late Jake Jakeman of Sagebrush Engineering had a sense of humor. Who’s Jake Jakeman you ask? Well, he’s the guy who furnished the KLR650 world with the first good balancer adjustment lever. Hundred thousand mile plus […]

Fresh Engine and Hints

Fresh Engine and Hints

We just finished rebuilding the engine in my 1996 KLR650A and I wanted to share some things with other KLR owners. I’m the second owner of the bike which had 29,000 miles on it when I purchased it from a friend and original owner, Joe Carpenter. The bike had 55,610 mile on it when we […]

Banned From Site

Banned From Site

A customer recently sent me an e-mail that he had received his new KLR650 shock spring and absolutely loved it. He added a PS saying that he would never, ever buy anything from one particular vendor because of how he markets his s___ by corrupting forums. The customer had gone to a KLR Forum and […]

Multitasking… Really?

Multitasking… Really?

Honest… I had collected several articles for source material about multitasking but it seems that while I was reading those, emailing readers, doing my nails, and walking the dog… I managed to misplace them. Can I ask you to trust me? A few months back I had the idea to do an article on multitasking. […]

WHICH OIL TO USE

WHICH OIL TO USE

The question of which oil to use in a motorcycle has been discussed and cussed for as long as I can remember and still doesn’t have a definitive answer. Deciding on which type of oil to use is like picking out your clothes, what beer to drink, and the list goes on. You buy what […]

Doohickey

Doohickey

Real name: Balancer Chain Lever. The name doohickey was first coined by Jake Jakeman in 1987; the very first person to start making improvements on the KLR650. The story I heard was that the words balancer chain lever were too hard to remember and Jake referred to it as, “you know, that doohickey thing”. Jake […]

Choke It – But Don’t Kill It

Choke It – But Don’t Kill It

I learned about the downside of carbureted motorcycle enrichening systems the hard way. In the first instance I loaned my KL-650A to a former riding companion for a long ride in Baja. On the second day he rode the bike hard for 20+ miles with the choke full open. Oil consumption increased dramatically thereafter resulting […]

Choke It – But Don’t Kill It

Choke It – But Don’t Kill It

I learned about the downside of carbureted motorcycle enrichening systems the hard way. In the first instance I loaned my KL-650A to a former riding companion for a long ride in Baja. On the second day he rode the bike hard for 20+ miles with the choke full open. Oil consumption increased dramatically thereafter resulting […]

Dangerous EPA Mandate

Dangerous EPA Mandate

In the good old days before the Environmental Protection Agency got going, motorcycling was in some regards safer. For example; if your carburetor float valve should stick open, the fuel would go through the overflow tube in your carb’s float bowl and end up on the ground. Now it goes into your cylinder and ultimately […]

Hwy 94 – San Diego County

Hwy 94 – San Diego County

I’ve have the good fortune to live close to one of the best motorcycle roads in San Diego County; Hwy 94. The good parts start at Otay Lakes Rd. and Honey Springs Rd. and wander east for some 40+ miles through rough mountains that separate you from the Mexican border, although you can see the […]

Oil and/or Filter Changes

Oil and/or Filter Changes

Since I began riding motorcycles in the summer of 1955 there have probably been hundreds of millions of dollars (or more) worth of perfectly good oil filters thrown away at oil change time. How can that be you ask? Simple, because many people believe that if you change the oil you should also change the […]

KLR650 Fork Brace

KLR650 Fork Brace

For years some KLR650 owners have been installing a fork brace for the wrong reason and we’ve been writing about why not to install a fork brace on a KLR650 at any time. Lots of KLR650 owners have complained over the years about the KLR being unstable during windy conditions and cornering. Somewhere along the […]