I'm the accidental owner (took as part-ex on a truck I sold) of a red 08 non-ABS with 10k miles, (with a backfiring Two Bros aftermarket exhaust) a few weeks ago (I had an older KLR 650 a couple of years ago).
I'm on an island 15 miles long, 5 miles wide and if I'm not going up hill, I'm either going down hill or round a bend.
To the best of my knowledge, I'm the 3rd owner, 2nd had owned for 3 years and didn't really know much about history, beyond that, don't believe he did any maintenance, which included checking tire pressures, when I took possession pressures were 24Fr, 9.5Rr (handling was squirly to say the least and rear Michelin PR3 was toast, the softer sides having been totally worn away, tire has ruts where the side grip should be!
Read various posts here about brake longevity, which should be well beyond my 10K miles, but ordered new EBC pads anyways as mine looked pretty worn.
They arrived today and I had planned to wait til my new rear tire (Michelin PR4) arrives and do all at once - but I had some spare time and decided to put them on - what a breeze, all three sets in less than 20 mins
Anyways, the brakes I took off were EBC, not the Toyo??? (sp) brand that was original equip, so both tires and brakes have been replaced and worn out again with 10K!!!!
It is widely accepted that the cost of living in the islands is high, but this is just another factor, motorcycle tires and brakes last about 5K miles!.
Regarding brake discs, I'm thinking these are in my future, they are smooth, but there are definite concentric smooth ridges.
Given this, I'm a little concerned about chain and sprockets, chain slack is at the upper limit and I had planned to correct to mid range when I replace the tire, rear sprocket doesn't look too bad, worn, but not terrible.
Have already done,
1. Oil & filter change
3. Custom Panniers (cheap)
Anyways, have the following immediate future planned,
1. New rear tire
2. Rim reflective tape
3. New Spark Plugs
4. Clean Air Box
5. New Air Filter
6. Adjust Throttle Sensor
7. Pair Valves
8. Connect throttle bodies
9. 12V Gauge & Socket.
10. Additional LED brake light.
1. Back Off lights.
2. Back rack
When I have the tank off, what else should I do? don't want to get too deep (or any deep) into the engine right now.
Anyways, thanks in advance for any assistance and thanks for all the assistance this site has already provided.
St Thomas VI