The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
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We hauled from Ky. to near Glaicer Park in Mt. Unloaded and riding was great while it lasted. After Watson Lake to Carmacks on the Cambell Hwy.and camping beside the Yucon I smelled oil burning. Naturally I blamed it on the Honda in front of me after all hadn't I bragged to the Harley guys we had met about the legenary reliabilty of KLRs?But after lunch break a cloud of smoke rose from my bike and back on the trailer it went. Pulled apart for a peak in Dawson City I wondered what this new vent hole in the cam cover was about.The bearing surfaces for the ex. cam were so worn away the decompressor unit punched the hole.I flew home from Anchorage according to the plan,but didn't store the KLR for my return trip.It's still on the way home on the trailer,so deeper investagation will have to wait.
P.S. I had to eat plenty of humble pie because I was adamant that we didn't need no stinking support truck!
Please do let us know what the cause of this catastrophic failure turns out to be. It sounds like there may have been a failure of oil delivery to this part of the engine for some reason. Thanks for the report.
Well now I know and have acceped that I am responsable for murdering my engine.No real excuses I just failed to keep an eye on the oil level.
When the bike got home I drained the oil and only got 1.5 qt.s out of it.Now I've bought a '06 motor off E-bay so I'll plug and play hopefully.
Oh yeah I'm going to put a Check oil EVERYDAY note to self near the Instruments.
The 1.5 qt.s that came out includes .75 qt. that I put in just before the end.Even without oil the sight glass is dark and hard to see through.
I'm not so paitenly waiting for the delivery of my E-bay purchased 1000 mile '06 motor.I will take better care with it ,I promise. I got it for $1350.00,try that with a F-650!
I forgot to talk about my riding style. I tend to have a heavy throttle hand ,the day before I finished killing it we rode the Richardson Highway,400 miles of mostly gravel.If I got in front and failed to chaeck the mirrors I would eventually look back and find myself alone.Nothing too extreme,65to70 on gravel I'm comfortable running 70-75 allday on hardsurface. This likely factors into the oil disappearing somewhat.
I know the damage on the KLR 650 from one of my own vehicles but have not seen it happening myself as it was before I took over Le Cap.
The disintegrating cam journal is caused by lack of oil. The ex cam on the decompressor side is furthest from the oil feed into te cam journals and will thereby be affected by intermittend oil supply first. The location on the hot side of the cylinder head might contribute as well.
The fit of the decompressor under the valve cover is quite tight and the decompressor quickly knocks a hole into the valve cover once the journal goes. I would put the low oil level as culprit and the hole in the valve cover as sign of the engine exitus.
All my older KLR's (KL650C) started to use oil after 55000 to 60000 km. The oil consumption would reach 1.5l / 1000 km at around 70000 to 75000 km making a rebore necessary. On my lower mileage engines (KL 650A 2004 / 2005 +/- 30000 km) the oil consumption is still marginal.
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