Adventure in Ohio?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by somecallmetim, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    I guess Jon, Gorman and his lovely wife, and I are gonna meet at 830 at the Mountain Top (or Mountain View?) restaurant in Mt. Eaton, so scratch me off the Danville / Butler breakfast ride.

    I suppose anyone else who might care to join us would be welcome.
  2. Gonzo_Matt

    Gonzo_Matt Random Hero

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    I think the changeover was around 90-91

    Edit: I meant 00-01.....
  3. ruppster

    ruppster Been here awhile

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    Supposedly that's when the bulk of the problems began. I guess I read that it was when the body style changed, must have misread or had a bad source. Just did some more research and it appears 2002 was the change.
    FWIW the doohickey in my 93 was broken when I upgraded it. The broken piece was in the crankcase. It does seem I've read about more oil burners in the new body style.
    I'm not much of a rider (still learning to ride), but it didn't me long to feel a few shortcomings of the stock KLR, all around its decent and I'm sure a good rider would be able to take it many more places than I.
  4. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Total dead horse flogging but the KLR is a great bike in theory.

    Kaw's failing is that they tried to keep it so cheap that they ended up making a shitty bike. If it was $500 more, and Kaw spent that money on the needed upgrades and left their profit margin as it is, it'd be a true bargain and a world class bike.

    Fix the doohickey and spring, install sealed wheel bearings, fix the breaking subframe issues, fix the breaking footpeg issues, make the chain adjusters more dirt bikey, little better suspension, better brakes. For new models add FI, a nicer digital dash (with a fucking clock). Try and shave some weight but that's really not a necessity.

    They tried a little in 2008 with new plastics, headlights, beefier wheels, better brakes; but still the doohickey issue; and now the oil burning issue.
  5. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Don't forget buttressing the flexy frame and going with an 18" rear wheel.

    What's sucky about the KLR is that some bikes that are good deserve to stay around for 15 years unchanged. The KLR has been very flawed for its entire run, with very little effort to correct it.

    Just lazy on the part of Kawi, but then the Japs do that a lot. Make a great bike for 3 years, make a mediocre one for 20, no rhyme or reason.

    Maybe KTM has it better...make 185 different models, one of them's bound to be good.
  6. Solace

    Solace Been here awhile

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    A supermoto is super fun in the tight twisties of southeast OH and northern WV. I miss mine. Might have to buy another ...

    Later,
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  7. Gonzo_Matt

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    There's a clean DRZ400 SM for sale in Marion. Didn't look at it because I can't afford a divorce.
  8. indypup

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    I'll see you in the morning Bob. I plan on being there a little after 7am. I have your number if I can't find you. ;)

    I have a like new mud tire on (minus the 75 miles of Anthen's enduro route) and am ready for some fun!

    I got to ride with Gorman last week and now with you! :freaky
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    :D No sarcasm zone...lol


  10. GregsBro

    GregsBro a.k.a. Scott

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    Does anybody know a good place for Mexican food in C'bus over near the airport area?
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    sion sigh-own

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  12. ArmyJoe

    ArmyJoe Long timer

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  13. Gonzo_Matt

    Gonzo_Matt Random Hero

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    Abuelo's at Easton is a good place but its a chain type, El Rayo on Stygler just north of the airport is the best authentic Mexican food, but warning, its a hole in the wall and looks like its in Mexico.
  14. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    I like Chi-chis.
  15. GregsBro

    GregsBro a.k.a. Scott

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    Thanks Gentlemen.

    We all like Chi Chi's Meef:freaky
  16. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    L - R: somecallmetim, rallycarjon, mgorman, mgorwoman, vivid_dadas, meefzah, drtybyrd. Not shown: Rich_(can't be bothered to wake up early)B, and some guy on a V-Strom from North Carolina who was passing through.

    Nice to meet you Dave, nice to see everyone else again. :clap

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  17. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    Dang! Impressive turn out.


    Hey Meef, just FYI, some folks had spokes come loose on there S10's in the first 1000 miles or so (before they were seated). Mine didn't have any issues, but it might be worth tapping them with a screw driver to test yours now that it's broken in.
  18. z@ch

    z@ch Turn it up to eleven

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    I like Los Jalapenos on Hamilton near Morse. El Rayo has been hit or miss with me.
  19. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Thanks. Yeah I've been reading up on some stuff, that's on my list of stuff to do.

    In other "bikes in common" news, today after breakfast I finally changed out the chain and sprockets on my WR, went to 14/50 gearing with a 114 link chain; and I replaced the swingarm guard and some buggered up screws on the chain adjusters too. The swingarm guard was the original, as far as I know, and was worn about halfway through. Swingarm was intact. This after the original owner ran a 12 front for who knows how long... so that was good news.
  20. ArmyJoe

    ArmyJoe Long timer

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    Hi all,

    I originally posted this in the Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread, but I'm re-posting here for more input. My birthday and Christmas is coming up and I'm looking for gift ideas under $100 to give my wife.

    The only mods I've made to the bike are a lowering link and a Powerlet outlet on the handlebars for my GPS. I have a Fly Trekker helmet, but no other moto/DS clothes. I have Harbor Freight stand, but no other motorcycle-specific tools.

    Here's what's been recommended so far:

    radiator guard
    skid plate
    body armor
    boots
    shin guards
    msr chain breaker
    air filters
    hook & pick set
    snap ring pliers
    bearing grease

    What's do you guys carry for trail-side maintenance?