I am thankful for motorcycles, and weather warm enough to ride them in (South Dakota)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by KustomizingKid, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

    Sep 23, 2008
    Be happy! My Winterhack did it every time the opposite way. Break down in the first week of the holiday. Never during day trips.

    I'm to weak, in winter I take the hack
  2. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

    Jul 11, 2007
    In 5th gear... looking for 6th
    Good job all the way around. Good on you for saving/riding an old KLR. You are off to a great start. Keep riding and posting, although it might be pushing it riding into December in SD. :)
  3. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

    Dec 29, 2004
    Lexington, Virginia
    One of these days I'll make a trip this time of year up to visit the relatives in Grand Forks!

    Better take the car - my son has lived in GF, NoDak for about 8 years and was down here in Virginia visiting over Thanksgiving - we had temps in the mid-60's while GF was experiencing a blizzard and high's in the mid-teens :puke1 :vardy.

    I lived in Wyoming for many years, just about 250 miles from the Black Hills, so used to ride there a lot. This ride report really brought back some memories, including one shot from the same parking lot:


    That particular photo was taken when I rode from Lander, WY to visit my son in Grand Forks the first week of May, and I still froze my ass off for most of the ride, even on the plush RT. I came across Highway 2 in NoDak on the way home from GF leaning into the wind at 20 to 30 degrees for several hundred miles and got one hell of a crick in my neck for my efforts. I can't imagine making that ride on a KLR - that was quite a ride! You should go back in the warmer weather when you can enjoy the area, the Black Hills are a glorious place to ride. Here's a link to my trip report in case you're interested in seeing it when it's not covered in snow:


    I also had an old KLR, a 250, and that thing was literally bombproof. It was a 1984 and the design hadn't changed in the suceeding 30 years, but it still worked beautifully and never stranded me. I've owned the 650 too, and a bunch of other dirt bikes, but for pure utilitarian goodness that KLR250 was #1 in my mind. I hope you get your 650 revived to ride again. When I was a kid growing up in New Mexico we used to make our own ice tires out of old knobbies and wood screws - labor intensive, but very fun! Be warned though - when you crash at low temps it can really mess things up that otherwise wouldn't be hurt at warmer temps. The seat on my old KLR did the same thing yours did when I left it out in a hail storm, so I had a local upholsterer put a new cover on it for like $25. That's the most comfy seat you'll find on any dualsport bike, by the way.

    Great report, brought back some nice memories!


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  4. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

    Jun 20, 2008
    Kingston, Ontario
    I passed thru your part of the world last summer and touched 120degrees in the badlands. Some of your pics looked familiar but too bad we couldn't have shared some of the temperatures we encountered. Bombing Range Road in Scenic SD was a real stinker dressed in my Road Crafter suit. Sweated so much I didn't have to stop very often to pee; unlike riding in cold weather when a welcomed cup of hot coffee just necessitates another stop down the road.
  5. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

    Mar 24, 2004
    Andover, N.J.
    Definitly hard core KustomKid!! :clap
  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

    Nov 19, 2005
    right here on my thermarest
    I was telling my wife about your ride report and she said "he must be younger than we are." :lol3 Man, what a tough ride.
  7. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

    Nov 21, 2012
    With proper gear anyone could have done that ride in comfort... being a poor college kid I can't really afford spendy gear so at times it got a little cold.

    My outfit was, long underwear, pants, wool socks, Alpinestars boots, bib type coveralls for the bottom half. On the top half I had a thin zip up sweatshirt, summer joe rocket mesh riding jacket with rain liner, cheapo winter gloves, and a wool scarf... the heated grips helped quite a bit.

    The only times I was cold was Friday morning when it was sub 20's and the ride home Sunday when it was 30ish... but I was never cold to the point of really hating myself :D I will say that I probably wouldn't go again without heated boot liners...


    A pair of those and some of those hippo hands and I would hop on the bike and go back right now.
  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

    Jul 10, 2005
    SE Wisconsin
    Nice ride! Looks like you had a great time despite a few inconveniences. Looking forward to you getting your bike back in shape and reading about some of your future adventures. :thumb