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Old 05-11-2012, 12:25 PM   #5341
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Hi,

I have been lurking for awhile now, new to ADVRider this week. I've been reading BigDogs post on old bridges really neat stuff. Here is my KLR after some gravel/low maintenance road riding looking for an old bridge in Iowa.
Stock except for cheap tires, AGM battery, LED lighting everywhere, stock headlight for now, and new grips.



The bridge was gone but the water crossing was not a problem.



Took this one after crossing. Neat pic with about an hour of sun left.




Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #5342
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Hi,

I have been lurking for awhile now, new to ADVRider this week. I've been reading BigDogs post on old bridges really neat stuff. Here is my KLR after some gravel/low maintenance road riding looking for an old bridge in Iowa.
Stock except for cheap tires, AGM battery, LED lighting everywhere, stock headlight for now, and new grips.



The bridge was gone but the water crossing was not a problem.



Took this one after crossing. Neat pic with about an hour of sun left.




Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:58 PM   #5343
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Hey nachtflug, great pic, any chance this was taken in Orange County, just off 32 west of Cornwall?
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:06 PM   #5344
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and from the same trip..... yet to be explained to me. I bet Booger has a KLR too.

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Old 05-13-2012, 07:07 AM   #5345
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The pre-2008's sure look alot better than the 2008's and beyond IMHO.
I love the pre-'08s! The quarter faring reminds me of my old GPZ 550 & that's a good thing. I also love the look of the 6.1 gal tank & radiator shrouds when sitting on the bike & looking down at them.

The "08 & newer look a little bulky & too streety to me. The KLR is already a heavy pig so I don't want it to LOOK heavy as well. If I ever get an "08 or newer, Ill drop the front body work & go with some kind of custom set up.

I know some guys like the new look & that's fine. What looks good in a bike is simply a matter of opinion & it was the "look" of the pre '08 KLR that got me to pick it over a DR or XL 650.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:34 PM   #5346
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Coming home from a recent trip out to Nantahala .. my '06 and a buddie's '08



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Old 05-14-2012, 05:41 AM   #5347
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I love the pre-'08s! The quarter faring reminds me of my old GPZ 550 & that's a good thing. I also love the look of the 6.1 gal tank & radiator shrouds when sitting on the bike & looking down at them.

The "08 & newer look a little bulky & too streety to me. The KLR is already a heavy pig so I don't want it to LOOK heavy as well. If I ever get an "08 or newer, Ill drop the front body work & go with some kind of custom set up.

I know some guys like the new look & that's fine. What looks good in a bike is simply a matter of opinion & it was the "look" of the pre '08 KLR that got me to pick it over a DR or XL 650.
I agree, the Gen. 1 bikes look better. One of my riding buddies has an "08, he broke the shroud on one side in a low speed tip over. He bought guards and a week later had a fall that bent the guard and broke the shroud. Like most '08's it used oil big time. Kawasaki rebuilt the top end, piston and rings, no problem since then. I would like to get a Gen 2 but it will have to be 2010 or newer. I would remove my front shrouds, odometer, head light, tank from my Gen 1 bike and convert the Gen. 2 to a Gen 1 look.
Had anyone done this conversion?
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:46 AM   #5348
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This is my buddy Clifton taking a break. This hill was a lot muddier and steeper than the photo would reflect. I didn't think we were ever getting out of there



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Old 05-14-2012, 09:46 AM   #5349
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #5350
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What part is "mostly stock"?


well i see the same turn signals and mmmm tool kit.

Amen, got to change those too!

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Old 05-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #5351
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Finally got my first KLR and motorcycle from lostmarbles back in mid March. Been practicing on the street every chance I can get. This past week and weekend finally got on some dirt roads and then a few minor trails. Grabbed a pic on the Broad River North of the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia SC.



For some reason the bike got tired.



And of course she got tired again trying to cross a puddle on the way back out. The turn signal housing didn't make it out alive, but the bulb still works!

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:28 PM   #5352
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:57 PM   #5353
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I would like to get a Gen 2 but it will have to be 2010 or newer. I would remove my front shrouds, odometer, head light, tank from my Gen 1 bike and convert the Gen. 2 to a Gen 1 look.
Had anyone done this conversion?
Not exactly, but close

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:57 PM   #5354
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I'm a huge fan of the black, but not the graphics......

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:58 AM   #5355
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I agree, the Gen. 1 bikes look better. One of my riding buddies has an "08, he broke the shroud on one side in a low speed tip over. He bought guards and a week later had a fall that bent the guard and broke the shroud. Like most '08's it used oil big time. Kawasaki rebuilt the top end, piston and rings, no problem since then. I would like to get a Gen 2 but it will have to be 2010 or newer. I would remove my front shrouds, odometer, head light, tank from my Gen 1 bike and convert the Gen. 2 to a Gen 1 look.
Had anyone done this conversion?

I like the way you think. I have an 08 (no oil burning problems as of yet 13,000mi). Love the bike hate the body work too street bike looking. I have also wondered if the earlier body work would fit, and have been looking at a few other options to change up the look. I think the later tank and rad. shrouds would be the hang up, if the early tank would fit a Vapor unit would take care of the speedo-tach temp. duties. Or it might just be easier to get an pre-08 and put the swing arm ,brakes, engine(?) in an earlier frame.Iam liking your thinking also 06ltd.
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