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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Nov 3, 2008.
I still had to stop in New Hope and ask for directions
Looked out the shop doors around lunch time and it looked like it was a beautiful day out there today. Wish I could have joined you guys.
Can't wait for spring and a little time off from work!
Pros: Lightweight, seat height is awesome, fun size bike for a smaller guy like me. I love the 6 speed. I can almost just let out the clutch and not even give it any gas. Its really low. I'm excited to really try that gear out in some technical stuff. The bad part about that low gear is if I'm just riding normally its too low. I have to change gears almost as soon as I start moving. I can actually start out in 2nd gear with a little bit of gas. Playing around with that gear is how I ending up doing the wheelie and busting out my tail light!
Cons: Some guys posted here saying WFO. Thats partly true. To get up to 65-70mph it is WFO and I don't like running it there for too long. But on the other hand, its a small dirt bike. If I want to run WFO I'll get the Ducati out of the shed. For the roads we were on today it was great.
I haven't had a chance to do much maintenance on the bike. I have just tinkered around with it the last few days and its looks fairly easy to maintain. I figure if I can maintain aircraft I should be able to get my way around the XT.
Thanks again for today. I had a great time. Hopefully the weather will be nice a few more times before I leave again!
I shift to 2nd on the WRR as soon as it gets moving. Took me a bit to get used to it, now it's habit. Love those little bikes.
I was a bit in front of you guys yesterday am, didn't stop for many pix either but here's one taken about 10:30:
That was a clean bike about 8 am, got a lot dirtier before I got home. I had to stop and clean my visor 4 times yesterday, don't even do that in bug season. Nasty stuff on the road.
I had a great first ride on the KLR (bought it "used" with 140 miiles on it), still breaking it in. I already installed the Eagle Mike KLX jet kit (huge improvement - nearly unrideable stock) and changed the oil once. Guess I'll order a doohickey soon.
Stopped at the 7-11 about 1:20 coming back from Brandywine (lunch at Fox's)/614/250/42 to shed a layer, must have just missed Blooch.
Guess I'll clean the bike some more today, salty crap is like glue. Nice 220 mile ride, hard to get those in January.
Congratulations on the new to you bike Ted!
^^^ I've been waiting for this.
Thanks Bob. It still had the original gas in it from the dealer when I got it (guy bought it in Oct., rode it twice), needed to burn that out
I half expected the carb to have funk in it when I put the jet kit in, was happy to see it was spotless. Came with a low Sargent seat, I'm still thinking I may try to trade for a regular height, not sure. My knees are bent a little more than I like, advantage is that I sit more "in" the bike, stock windshield hits me about right instead of just under my chin with the standard height seat.
Randy - you know I was looking. All the DR's I saw seemed to be overpriced, thought about another weeStrom but saw this and, hey, it appeals to my sense of simplicity. Besides, since I've had three I sort of know how to work on them.
1st gear really comes into its own in the slow technical stuff.
Starting in 2nd is going to shorten clutch life.
I dunno, I replaced the front sprocket on the DR200 with a +1 tooth front sprocket. For $25, It's made it incredibly more rideable with length of first gear, and increased the top speed a bit. Not sure that I would ever find myself needing that low of a first gear, it just hopped right up Stone Camp even with the +1 front sprocket.
Fast is fun, but it's all relative. You did a great job, man, no one went down in that slick snot. Advice from one of the best I've ridden with includes don't try to ride fast, shoot for smooth. Fast will follow...
That's cool at least someone got some pics. My cam I'd take riding died.
That low first (granny gear) is for things like hopping large logs without having to use the clutch when you need a secure grip on the bars. Other than that, I haven't ridden any technical stuff that would benefit from going so slow. Often, speed is your friend for getting through bumpy stuff, particularly when climbing. I hardly ever use first on these forest roads around here. I haven't tried yours but if it's as low as you describe, I'd probably take off in second if I was heading flat or downhill. I do that with my xrl when heading downhill and it doesn't have a particularly low first.
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I was out that way working and saw you go by, then eventually saw your bike sitting at Fox's. Man I wish I could have gone riding instead of having to work.
Sorry to rub your nose in it when you're working! I couldn't pass up those temps to get in a long ride. Hope you get out soon.
My father is selling his KLR 650. At the present moment this is all I know.............
It is the year before they changed body styles
It runs perfect
When he bought it, he had Casey Cycle City in Newport News go through and flush, service ,and tune the whole bike.
He is asking $3,000.00
The bike is in Newport New, VA
I'll try and get some pics and more info later...........
Black,gray,and dark green?
It's dark green.
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I'm going to have to dig through my photobucket album later, right now i'm heading to Charlottesville to see Robert Earl Keen.
Ah Haaaa ! Two Hawks is on the hunt?
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