My 2002 KLR650

2002 KLR 650 685 with 65,000+ kms.

• Upgraded to 685cc from Eagle Mike, machining completed at Nova Automotive, Dartmouth, N.S. Dec-March 2017
• New valve seals Dec-March 2017, valves adjusted.
• FMF exhaust tip on stock drilled exhaust
• Thermombob with 190 thermostat March 2017
• KLX needle kit, 42 main jet March 2017 replaced 22 cent mod
• Carb slider drilled
• Airbox snorkel removed
• Unifilter air filter
• Doohickey with EM torsion spring March 2017 replaced the old EM Doo and spring
• Progressive front springs
• Progressive rear spring
• Renthal x-ring chain August 2016
• 14 tooth front sprocket
• Blade fuse wiring upgrade
• Wheatwacker front fairing
• Rear rim lock
• Magnetic drain plug
• Steel mesh oil filter
• New linkage bearings March 2017
• New front and rear bearings August 2016

• Shortened side stand
• Manual fan switch
• 12V CLA plug
• Powered RAM mount for Garmin Montana 600
• SPOT GPS tracker
• Wolfman rear side racks with Wolfman Expedition waterproof bags
• Ricochet aluminum skidplate
• Barkbusters aluminum handguards with VPS plastics
• Relocated rear marker lights to accommodate side bags
• IMS offroad pegs
• IMS extended shift lever
• All hardware replaced with allen head bolts
• Stock seat foam replaced with ProPoly gel and foam and recovered with stock vinyl by Pat Surette of ProPoly in Yarmouth, N.S.
• Typically riding on Kenda 270’s

During a trip to Vancouver Island in May 2013, I rented a gen 2 KLR in Victoria and spent two days riding the Lake Cowichan – Port Renfrew loop with many frequent detours up into the hills following logging roads and small doubletrack trails. I was hooked. As soon as I returned home, I sold my 1994 Suzuki GS500e and began searching for a KLR.

I found this 2002 KLR just outside of Saint John, N.B. with a solid 19,000 kms on the clock. The only modifications completed to the bike were the Ricochet skidplate and camo paint job. I rode back to Halifax through torrential downpour and learned just how comfortable the KLR is on the highway (read; not at all).

I spent the rest of the season learning how to ride a big bike in the dirt and becoming familiar with the trails local to me. I also met many people through dualsport.ca whom I still ride with to this day.

That winter, I tore the bike down to its bones, added some bits and bobs and gave it a new paintjob to eliminate the old camo scheme. Since then we’ve been through a lot together. From solo trail rides across the spider network of trails in Nova Scotia to an ADV Rider planned 10 day trip across Newfoundland. In the heat, in the cold, in the rain and in the mud. Injuries, crashes and breakdowns. I’ve encountered it all.

I wouldn’t give her up for anything. Well, maybe an Africa Twin.

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