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Old 14 Oct 2021
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Replacing air filter

Yesterday I replaces the air filter on my Brazilian made Honda from 2003.
And do not try to convince me that it is not a reliable and robust bike. Even it is almost 20 years. It is even more robust and easier to maintain than "normal" Hondas, since it is targeted for the South American market.

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  • Lifted the seat
  • Remove 4 screws
  • Lifted the cover
  • Replace the filter
  • Back with 4 screws and seat

Time spent : 4 minutes
Tools needed: On PH2 screw driver
Total cost: 35 €

Picture 1: Element in bag
Picture 2: Air cleaner cover. You see 3 of the 4 screws
Picture 3: New filter element in place
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In defense of KLR I feel compelled to pipe up . It is a slow day , something to entertain .
My 2000 KLR now has well over 250 000km on it , the engine has never been out of the frame,the head has never been off . A bike- shop mechanic was called on for a bit of work only THREE times , and that was only because each occasion was while on a travel out of range of my own tools. Once in Texarkana to diagnose/half cure a misfire which,later back home , was found to be due to a perforated petcock diaprhagm , once to rebuild the water pump in Logan Utah (I had ignored the early symptom drip at home ), once to get a broken exhaust pipe support bracket welded in Tepic.NAY.

I have done all maintenance on it following directions of a Clymer manual ;" the doohicky ", replaced chains,sprockets , brake pads ,-disks ,tires , clutch cable and any broken levers, light bulbs ,battery , steering head bearings as needed . Exchange of valve shims is the most technical job , but easy enough after the first time and they are rarely needed when checking once every three or four years . Then it is a matter of either buying a shim of the required thickness or that can be a used shim from another valve position OR a used shim bought for $1 or free from the stock of used shims at a dealership . Do many of you know that several other brands of engines use the exact same size of shims ? Currently my KLR is running with a mix of Kawasaki ,Suzuki and Yamaha sourced shims .
.Oil & filter change is done at 7- to 10- thousand km interval with basic 10W40 . The engine balance spring (*doohicky) gets adjusted at every 5000km , a one-minute job at roadside . Grease the nipples on the suspension occasionally , give the bike a wash maybe twice a year , and a new spark plug after 2 or 3 years .
I once rode it home from Oaxaca in second gear because the tiny detent spring on the gear shifter had broken and I decided it was simpler and cheaper to ride for fun than to wait weeks for the $4 part AND required water pump O-rings and cover gaskets to show up .Now I carry a spare spring and will change it out when the water pump may need a rebuild.

The KLR is reliable , straightforward and cheap and simple enough to work on , quite not the layer-cake build up of parts to remove as air filter and check of valve shims on my V Strom ,or to fix the transmission or clutch on a GS 1100 .
http://advrider.com/index.php?thread....207964/page-5 then scroll down to post #93

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I can’t speak to the V-Strom for RTW, because I haven’t done it. I have taken 3 trips back and forth across the U.S. traveling through very remote areas. The trips were 4800 to 7300 miles each. Removing the tank for valves and the air filter is a reality, and a pain. But I’ll probably only do it three times in the life of the motorcycle - about every four years when the coolant needs to be changed.

For routine maintenance, all I do is lube the chain when I get gas, change the oil every 5,000, flush the brakes every 2 years, and do chain and sprockets every 30,000 miles or so. If the bike doesn’t break much, it doesn’t matter much that you have to take a bunch of plastic and the tank off to do the plugs and valves.

The bike is a 2015 DL650 with 57,000 miles on it. I did the valves, coolant, replaced the plugs and the air filter with a KN at ~22,000 miles. I’ll do it again at 75,000 miles. If I have the bike at 125,000 miles, I’ll do it again.

I put a Guglatech filter in the tank, so I won’t have issues with contaminants from bad gas.

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