3000 miles on a klr :)

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  1. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    when I put acover on I don't feel like I have to take the luggage and gps off. With out the cover I take saddle bags tank bag and all gizmos off. Plu the bike looks better with a cover :lol3
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  2. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    It is the new vholdr by twenty20 I have some helmet cam footage of the ride But I will be a while editing it.
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  3. heavyjeffd

    heavyjeffd Godless Heathen™

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    That thing kicks much ass.

    Must have!
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  4. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    Just wondering what yr and how many miles on the KLR? Ben
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  5. heavyjeffd

    heavyjeffd Godless Heathen™

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    Hey John, one more question.

    Is there any way to just take snapshots with it rather than video all the time? I mean, I guess you can just do short video, but it would be nice to just click a button or something and take a picture.

    Didn't see anything on their site about it.

    Thanks man. :)
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  6. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    the bike is a 89 I bought it march of 07 with 20,000 miles on it. I have about 32,000 on it now :evil
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  7. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    It just does video. I keep a cannon elf in my front jackey pocket. The camera string stay haning out of my pocket for quick on the fly shots. :clap
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  8. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    here is the first section attached in gpx file
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  9. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I had to break the files up to fit the size limitations
    section 2
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  10. ski.dive

    ski.dive Been here awhile

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    Nice Ride!!!!
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  11. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    section 3
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  12. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    After I got through this beautiful section of Alabama I was at the boarder of Georgia. I was feeling pretty tired at this point and haven’t had anything to eat yet except two Clif bars and 1.5 liters of water. My plan was to make it to Blairsville, Ga ; but by the time I get to Summerville I am beat 670 miles and I am hungry and 100 miles short of Blairsville, I decide to do the smart thing and get a room. I sport a motel advertising 35 dollars a night and pull in. The man at the desk asked what type of room I wanted and I told him I wanted the 35 dollar one that was advertised. He then asked if I wanted a king size bed, again I said I would like the 35 dollar room. He kept asking detail questions and I kept giving him the same answer. After a few minutes of this game he kind of chuckled and gave me a room for 35 dollars. I knew the game he was playing, whatever I wanted would have been extra charge and the advertised price was just to get people to stop in. We both knew I wasn’t going to take anything but the cheap room. I not sure what clued him in, it was either my presentence or the klr just outside the window. 
    I called my friend Randal and told him where I was at, so he decided to come in and ride back to his house with me. What a bud. He showed me the secret way to his house, a little road full of twists and turns. Up on arriving I took to looking over the bike and clean the filter. Tomorrow will be a fun day as we ride from his house to deals gap aka “Dragon” which is about 60 miles away with another cool short cut.
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    Today is the day and we head out for the dragon where we are going to meet a buch of riding buddys both dual sport and sport bikes. He shows me this secret road that will cut over the mountain range, sounds good to me. I take straight to the Zumo and look it up. Man does this road look twisty and fun.
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    When we get to the road the signage seems to support what the gps was showing. Looks like my kind of road.
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    This road lived up to the expectations and also adds to the historic side of my ride as it was part of the original Trail of Tears.
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    I am meeting a set of friends on sport bikes today at noon and are plans are to run the dragon before Friday gets here. The weekends are always filled with bikes chasing up and down the dragon and a wreck thrown in here or there for good measure. Since this is Thursday we are expecting a light crowd. For the weekend I will be on the dirt, where there are no worries of cops and the crowds are smaller.
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    It was great fun chasing around with my friends on the blacktop. We put on about 160 miles riding through the area. Tomorrow most of the dual sports will be in and we’ll be riding some awesome road/trails around the area. Cherokee Chuck has made up the routes and I am looking forward to some great riding.
    We head out around 10:00 am on Friday. We have been warned that this will not be an easy ride for the KLRs that are with us. That’s just what I have been waiting on. I really cann’t say anything but he told me so. It is great to own a bike that you can run across country on and then go play in the dirt with and not have to worry so much about getting the thing home. I am sure this is just a little warm up for West Fest.
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    This is the only trip I have been on where there was three chains derail. I was one of them.
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    You can tell in the picture that I have a different set of tires on. My sport bike buddies’ brought my spare set of rims that have Karoos and a rim lock set up on them. I also changed out the sprockets to a 13 front and 45 rear. I have a low quality video on you tube if you would like to see some of the action
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    After the days hard ride I was looking forward to tomorrow’s fast ride where the speed is up and the difficulty level is down. I have gotten bad out of shape over winter. We had a lot of people show up for Saturdays ride. It was a great group of people and I had a good lime riding with them. There are a lot of extra details I could tell you about but I believe that I will end it with one last photo.
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