Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB

Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB (http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/)
-   Kawasaki (http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/kawasaki/)
-   -   Do you have a KLR 650 in the UK? Can you help? (http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/kawasaki/do-you-have-klr-650-a-32146)

Stretcher Monkey 8 Jan 2008 13:34

Do you have a KLR 650 in the UK? Can you help?
My KLR lives in South America and so do I, most of the time. Some of you may be familiar with my tale of woe and incompetence, (mainly mine), which is detailed in the thread below:


Currently, I am in the UK with the bike's cylinder and carburettor. The former has had a rebore and the carb. a once-over and thorough clean.

Thing is, I am convinced there's still something going on with the carb. and I won't know until I'm reunited with my bike at the end of the month.

Will anyone let me try it out on their bike, or is there any way I can thoroughly test the thing before I return?

Thanks, oh, and happy new year.

phoenix 8 Jan 2008 13:48

I can help, if London is within range for you. I have 2 KLRs here at the minute (a B and a C), and you're welcome to come play for as long as you need.

phoenix 8 Jan 2008 13:52

You might want to check out the fuel tap as well.. the vacuum mechanism is a bit iffy, and if u lose the vacuum, you lose the fuel supply to the carb.

Stretcher Monkey 8 Jan 2008 13:52

My God Phoenix! An offer of help within 5 minutes! I am in London too, and I'll take you up on the offer. I'll PM you soonish.


Stretcher Monkey 8 Jan 2008 13:54

Re: fuel tap
Yeah, if I remember rightly, we checked that.

phoenix 8 Jan 2008 14:00

Cool.. Is your bike an A model? If so, we can compare it to the carb on my Tengai, which has a few minor differences from that on the C (which has an additional engine coolant feed to prevent carb icing).

No probs.. PM me or mail me.

I don't have a workshop or power, but for what we need to do, we shouldn't need it.

phoenix 8 Jan 2008 14:22

Sorry to flood u, but I just read your post in the other thread.. Might not necessarily be a carb issue at all..


but on letting out the clutch, there's no, (read sometimes), power
The sidestand switch could be iffy (and they are known to be), which means the bike will start, and idle ok in either neutral, or in gear with the clutch in, and rev ok in those circumstances too, but as soon as you let the clutch out, the engine dies. If this is how it behaves, look at the sidestand switch, and prepare to bypass it if necessary.

phoenix 29 Jan 2008 13:09

Apparently, for gummed up or dysfunctional carbs / injectors, the best way to really give them a really good cleaning is using an ultrasonic cleaner (advice courtesy of Merton College). This gets at all the ports, chambers, jets, etc that you can't get at properly using just the aerosol carb cleaner products and an old toothbrush.

Check this out.. apparently a bunch of workshops in the UK have them. Not sure about Colombia, but you might be lucky in Bogota.

Ultrasonic Cleaner - Motorcycle Carburettor & Injector Cleaner

Stretcher Monkey 29 Jan 2008 18:43

Oi Oi Saveloy!

You just won't let it lie will ya? I decided to jetison the carb. in Blighty. I bought another nearly new on ebay and it is being shipped direct from Canada to Bogota. I'd just had enough buggering about, and I, (or you!), can always play with it at a later date.

Seriously though, I really appreciate all your time and inconvenience - diamond geezer!

phoenix 29 Jan 2008 19:24

The process of fitting the "new" one should be a breeze now, at least. :) I certainly wouldn't be afraid of tacking a suspected carb issue on the road now... I should be thanking you! I owe you a set of jump leads too, by the way.. Happy travels!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:16.