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Old 03-25-2015, 10:53 AM   #1
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Michigan to Brazil, a long ride for charity.

Hi everyone,

I'm a member of The Long Road 2015, a group of three men who are riding their motorcycles from Michigan, USA, through to Central and South America all the way to Brazil. Our expedition, beginning May 4th, 2015 and lasting approximately four months, will be blogged and filmed along the way. We are taking this journey in efforts to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a very worthy charity that helps our wounded servicemen and women on their own long roads to recovery. In accordance with the forum rules though, we are not on here to ask for donations, we just wanted to share our adventure with like-minded people. We'll be updating this thread but most of our videos, pictures and updates will be through our blog and facebook page so if you'd like to follow us there and help spread the news of our ride then it'd be much appreciated :).

As for our rides: I bought my first KLR last week, a 2009 model with low miles and Happy Trail panniers already attached. I'm pretty happy with it so far but since it's my first KLR and I'm about to take it on a 15000 mile journey, any tips or advice from more experienced KLR owners out there are very welcome. The other two guys will be riding 650 V-Stroms so I guess you could say that this could be the ultimate Wee-strom vs KLR comparison!

Thanks for reading, we'll keep you updated when our journey starts!

Tim
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Old Yesterday, 04:29 AM   #2
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I'm in
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Old Yesterday, 04:42 AM   #3
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grease swing arm..

Make sure you grease the swing arm. When I bought my 2008 I had it done before it left the dealers. It was filled with some brownish crap that did not even look like grease. The mechanic thought I was crazy when I insisted on having this done with a new bike. He later apologized telling me that he had "never" seen anything like it in his 20+ years as a bike mechanic.
I would also check the neck bearings for grease.
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large goldwing gas filter...

Find a large clear Goldwing gas filter. They work great.
Also, do NOT forget to get an extra brake/clutch handle. You might need it.
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 AM   #5
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Looks like this could be a good one. What's your route...or is it just "south."
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Old Yesterday, 05:13 PM   #6
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Sounds like a great journey for a great cause. I'm in
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