How to install a doohickey on a KLR650

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Last weekend I went camping on the shore of Georgian Bay to test out some of my new equipment (e.g. tent, sleeping bag, thermarest, water filter, SLR camera, etc.).  As I was riding out of Toronto with all the adventure gear on the bike, I had a moment where I was tempted to just keep on going.  Too bad there are still 3 and a half weeks of medical school left before I really am free (or so I hope).  

I got “lost” on purpose on my way to Craigleith Park where I was to join a group of friends who had already arrived (by car).  I successfully turned what normally is maybe a 2 hour drive into a 4 hour mini-adventure.  I explored the Hockley River valley as well as the Beaver Valley road.  There were some great twisties and not much traffic.  It may not be the California coast highway, but I was grinning like a kid on Christmas morning the whole ride.  Some of the best fun of the trip was when I left the pavement and ended up on hard packed dirt track through a hilly section of forest.  I rode for an hour without seeing another vehicle or person.

Recently, I have been working pretty hard to get both my bike and Tom’s bike ready for adventure.  Last week I installed Tom’s acerbis handguards, Odyssey battery, and Caribou luggage system. 

My bike is now almost ready.  Last weekend, instead of studying for a midterm as I should have been doing, I took Rosa to T.O. Cycle and had the guys drill out the frame for the subframe mount kit, replace the engine idle adjuster chain (doohickey), and install the braided brake lines.

Below is a picture record of how to change a doohickey on a KLR650.  The last picture (bottom right) shows where to drill through the frame for the subframe upgrade kit. 

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Now, the only thing remaining is to install the crash bars and put the spoilers on the acerbis rally pro handguards.  Then I need to do all this to Tom’s bike.  I sure hope we’ll be ready to roll come June 1st.

I can’t believe that in less than a month I will be on the road for the next three months.  This year has gone by incredibly fast.  

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