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post #1 of 5 Old 01-01-2011, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Wee wrenchability

I'm set on a Wee, come Spring. But my one lingering hangup is that it won't be as wrenchable as the old KLR. I'm no mechanic, but always managed the basics by myself, including the doohickey, t-bob, and 22-cent mod (apologies for KLR lingo...must...resist). I love almost everything about the v-twin, but think I'll miss the dead-simpleness of a thumper. Would I have to take the DL650 in for servicing more regularly than my KLR (which was never)?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-01-2011, 04:20 PM
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having owned and enjoyed a klr, my current ride is a wee. if you have done the doo procedure you will have no problem wrenching on a wee. keep in mind though that other than installing all the fine upgrade aftermarket items to improve the bike there won't be much wrenching required.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-04-2011, 11:48 AM
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... there won't be much wrenching required.
For reelz. If you can change oil you should be set for a while. The hardest part is deciding which oil and filter to use.


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post #4 of 5 Old 01-04-2011, 02:37 PM
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it won't be as wrenchable as the old KLR
Just a bit more tedious. While there isn't much needed, the jobs may take a bit more time and a bit more inventiveness to get the socket on the bolt head, maybe an additional extension or a wobbly socket. A couple of sizes of hex bits will be useful. You can do it.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-04-2011, 05:39 PM
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There are a couple of things that are tricky - setting up some of the sensors for example, but they need that if they need replacing, and they don't fail often.

But mostly it's just having to take the plastics off to do a throttle body sync or change plugs that's a pain.

On the flip side, it's unlikely you'll ever need to go deep into the engine - checking valve clearances at very infrequent intervals is about as far in as you should need to go.

Basically - more work to get there, but compared to a KLR it should need a lot less attention and for a relatively modern bike it's pretty straightforward.

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