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New member 2 weeks 3 days ago #121816

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Hi Clan
I`m Izak from Cradock.
Bought a 1999 KLR 650 recently.
Mainly drive on dirt roads as I don`t have a licence for it.

Seeking help and suggestions regards a centre stand for it as well as tools to be used to change flat tyres. The current tools it have is NO good to loosen nuts or to take off it`s tyres.

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New member 2 weeks 2 days ago #121824

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Welcome. Get proper tools needed to remove the the front and rear wheels next to the road. Also to get access to the air filter and battery. Get proper tyre levers to remove the tyres, I have a set of 300mm curved levers which work well. I use a compact bicycle pump and a couple of CO² bombs which have been adequate so far. Vaseline works well to seat the tyre.

Watch lots of YouTube videos and practice at home. The tab on the speedo drive requires special attention when you put the front wheel back.

I use a 300mm piece of wood under the swing arm to remove the rear wheel. The front requires more balancing, luckily 90% of punctures are on the rear.

Good luck, fixing a puncture requires patience and practice.
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New member 2 weeks 2 days ago #121826

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Welcome, nice rare C model, the best KLR of them all.
Also have the C model so I know. ;)

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New member 2 weeks 1 day ago #121831

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Hi, thanks for the advice; any special toolkit or spanners you are using.
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New member 2 weeks 1 day ago #121833

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I don't know the C models. I use the tools that came with my bike, I only added a proper 12mm ring spanner to remove the calipers. For the axle nuts I am sure you can use a ring spanner that fits. I use the ring spanner that came with my bike, I am not sure of the sizes.
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New member 2 weeks 1 day ago #121834

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Tools that came with bike - no good - maybe fix a loosen nut, spark plug, getting to battery and air filter. No tools for wheels. Outer nuts at back 27mm and front 22mm. That is huge ring spanners.
Seeking advice for something smaller like a Hex Nut or even a combination spanner. I assume your bike has a centre stand for easy removal of back tyre and chain lubing ???
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You only need the ring part. Cut it off and weld it onto the straight end of the curved tyre lever.

Edit: you can also slice a socket down and weld it onto the tyre lever.
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New member 2 weeks 21 hours ago #121838

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as for punctures..... - go tubeless - really easy... much easier to fix too
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