Prepairing the Bike
We will be travelling with two pre – 2008 KLR’s as well as two newer models. A lot of research was done to decide on how to prepare the motorbikes for the journey.
Bike Modifications for trip through Africa
|A full service will be done before we leave. All wear items will be replaced.|
List of wear and service items to be done:
|Check/flush and replace brake fluid with fresh|
|Clean the oil screen|
|Clean/check carb bowl/jets and float height|
|Flush and replace coolant with fresh|
|Replace brake pads.|
|Replace cables. Route the old current cables alongside the new for easy switch out.|
|Replace light bulbs.|
|Replace oil filter and oil with good quality HD oil (Rotella etc)|
|Replace sprockets and chain with new, good quality items.|
|Replace tires with good quality long-lasting semi-knobbies.|
|Replace/check battery – Gell type battery recommended.|
|Replace/clean air filter|
|Set valve clearances to the LOOSE end of the Kawasaki spec|
|Tighten and threadlock all external frame nuts/bolts – incl engine mounts,|
|exhaust shield, exhaust clamps, etc.|
It was recommended to look at various modifications to make the trip more comfortable and safe. Here is a list of changes we have done to the bikes.
|After Marked Exhaust||Camel Pack|
|carburetor needle shimmed (1 washer)||Dry Bag|
|Airhawk Seat||Top Box.|
|Bash Plate – aluminium|
|Battery – Gell Tipe||
|Centre stand||Doohickey Kit Modification.|
|Cowasaki Sheepskin pad.||Oil Drain Plug – Magnetic.|
|Cruise control.||12V Accessory Plug|
|Foot Peg – 8.8 Grade Bolt Upgrade Kit||GPS with mounting bracket and wiring.|
|Foot pegs – Serrated.||HID headlights.|
|Hand Guards – Barkbuster.||Volt meter – LED in dash.|
|Heavy-duty sub frame bolts kit.||Aftermarket fork boots|
|Highway bars.||Front fork brace|
|Side Stand – Lowered Big Foot.||Progressive 11-1151 Front Springs|
|Windshield – Tall Wide||Rear Heavy duty Progressive shock and spring|
Wheels and Tires
|Heavy duty tubes|
It is wise to get familiar with how your bike works and how to fix minor problems. You will at some stage have to get your tool kit out to tighten loose bolts, change or clean a filter, change a tyre, fuse or light bulb.
KLR After – enough to get some guys very worried and others very upset!
Norman at work, sorting out a radiator leak.