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KLE seat

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I picked up my KLE two weeks ago and the dealer recommended 30 psi in the front and 30 - 32 in the rear for road work. He said the manual recommends 21 but said the higher pressures would be better.

I am also getting my seat reshaped by an upholsterer, he is moving the "bump" back approx 3". It will mean that the pillion seat will be very short but I never carry a pillion for any great distance. You should be able to get an upholsterer to take a few inches out of the foam to lower the seat height. A friend had his KLR seat reshaped and lowered, he said it was great (he is only about 5'6"). No change to the seating comfort but the lower height makes it easier to place you feet.
thx I will try with seat reshaping
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cold start

Hi All
Thanx for all the info shared heare, for the docs and for the thoughts.
I could just have been (GOD I love these english verbs) a happy KLE owner...but after first seeing and likeing the bike, today when i was suposed to pick her up she just didn't start. i was feeding her with 12V from a car battery, the motor turned a couple of times...and nothing...not at least a little PUF. it was a cold evening (about 2 degrees Celsius) but 3 day ago the actual owner started it after 4-5 tries.
Have you experienced something like that....can u please give me a hint..please...i don't know if i'm going to buy the bike afterall.....help...hel..he...h...,..

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KLE starting prob.

Make sure your choke is working. Full choke, no throttle. As soon as she fires give a little throttle. Even in Summer mine struggles to fire without the choke.

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Make sure your choke is working. Full choke, no throttle. As soon as she fires give a little throttle. Even in Summer mine struggles to fire without the choke.

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Hi All, My KLE's the same, full choke and ease off gradualy not to soon, if i shut off the choke <5mins from cold it will stall, but 5mins and two/three miles up the road and she's fine......do they have a thermostat? hmm!
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I start mine on full choke, but I can take it off quite fast and it will tick over quite happy.

Wot rpm does your idle at ??
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I start mine on full choke, but I can take it off quite fast and it will tick over quite happy.

Wot rpm does your idle at ??
Hi Roy, About 1200rpm, which is wat it should be +/- 200 (accoring to the manuel)
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That seems quite a lot extra pressure to me, dont forget that the psi will go up quite a bit when the tyre gets hot.

I would stick to 21psi if I were you and 32psi in the rear.

If you go off road, you would lower those pressures.



good look!
I've done a bit of research on this after over a year of wearing out front tyres before rears. Apparently, the pressure in the manual is only for the OE tyres, not after market ones. Best to stick to the tyre manufacturer's recommendation as they are the only ones that tested it.
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Accessory fuse - permenently live.

I fitted heated grips to my KLE at the weekend. Noticed a spare fuse in junction box , I thought great - nice neat job and the grips will have a dedicated fuse with all the others. Ran a wire from the empty connection on the block connector up to the grips - only to discover the accessory fuse is permenantly live. Not suitable for heated grips because it is certain to lead to a drained battery when they are inevitably left switched on. I checked the wiring diagram and the accessory switch is fed from the same source as the radiator fan - yep I should have checked the diagram before I started DOH! I guess the fuse is for an alarm or something. I ended up breaking into the horn circuit down by the radiator and feeding the grips from there - nowhere near as neat a solution though. Is the 10amp horn fuse suitable for the grips ? , ran them for about 40 minutes and everything seemed O.K.
I certainly had nice warm hands when I took it for a test run.
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Hi All
Thanx for all the info shared heare, for the docs and for the thoughts.
I could just have been (GOD I love these english verbs) a happy KLE owner...but after first seeing and likeing the bike, today when i was suposed to pick her up she just didn't start. i was feeding her with 12V from a car battery, the motor turned a couple of times...and nothing...not at least a little PUF. it was a cold evening (about 2 degrees Celsius) but 3 day ago the actual owner started it after 4-5 tries.
Have you experienced something like that....can u please give me a hint..please...i don't know if i'm going to buy the bike afterall.....help...hel..he...h...,..

Thank you
The KLE floods easily IMHO, especially in the beginning when you don't know the bike, best not to touch the throttle at ALL unless it fires and wants to go.


Mine starts fine in summer without choke and a little bit of throttle, say 2k rpm.

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I am in the looking again for a dual sport touring bike. transalp too expensive and there is either a kle500 or a 660 tenere for handy money near me.

so the kle is 2000 year bike and i am looking to put a bill of parts together to turn it into a nice tourer.

so i walk up cash in hand what do i get?

i will be making my own panniers and rack.

what are the main mods or items to get?

oh nice thread by the way about time a decent kle500 forum was set up in english as i have been looking at this bike for some time now
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Query New Bike

Wondered if someone could give me some help -
New bike, just a few weeks old and seat is starting to ruck up (have loose material) where I sit. Is this normal?

Fitted centre stand (sw motech) and it came with 2 springs of similar length but different diameter. Can get smaller diameter on with struggle but cannot get larger one on. For those who have fitted stands did you get 2 springs and which did you use?

Running in - did people keep to 4000prm for 800km and then 6000rpm for a further 800km?

Any help greatly appreciated

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springs

hi nwil.
i got 2 springs the small one goes inside the big one.
hard work but u will manage

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Wondered if someone could give me some help -
New bike, just a few weeks old and seat is starting to ruck up (have loose material) where I sit. Is this normal?

Fitted centre stand (sw motech) and it came with 2 springs of similar length but different diameter. Can get smaller diameter on with struggle but cannot get larger one on. For those who have fitted stands did you get 2 springs and which did you use?

Running in - did people keep to 4000prm for 800km and then 6000rpm for a further 800km?

Any help greatly appreciated

Neil
Hi Neil,
Richard's (voleurs) got a pics of the centre stand showing 2 springs, the small one looks like inside the big spring.
Cheers. Dan
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Thanks Guys,


A bit of lateral thinking goes a long way!!!! Will start an exercise regime to build up enough strength for the task at hand

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running in

hi nwil
u are best to stick to 4000 revs.
if u use all the time round town u will soon have the miles on and get first service then take it up to 6000 revs.
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