I want I want I want - new(er) bike advice

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Mark_S, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    .....now if they added orange graphics that would at least make it look faster :D

  2. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Actually looks quite nice in the flesh.







    Oops, did I say that out loud?
  3. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Is it just me or do the graphic look like they're straight out of "The fast & the furious" circa late 90s?

    The twin motor in it would be good tho wouldn't it.
  4. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    yea the twin would be great, but that would mean a whole new KLR and I can guarantee the price would go up considerably. Big part of the KLRs success is that it is cheap.
  5. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I agree - the graphics look like they are trying to appeal to an audience that will never give a rats arse about a klr.

    ah well my quest is over

    I've just brought a black 09 klr complete with soft pannier racks and sw-motech crash bars to replace my black 09 klr complete with soft pannier racks and sw-motech crash bars

    I now know how Bill Murray felt

    Up to Auckland on Saturday to pick it up.
    Pity about the weather forecast - I think I'll take my rain suit....
  6. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    the devil you know :lurk
  7. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Please tell us it's not from a guy called Mark?
  8. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    zackly

    do you think I'm that stupid?
  9. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Ooooh I'm getting excited - what do you think it will look like huh huh?
  10. Old Kiwi#99

    Old Kiwi#99 Been here awhile

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    You going to swap over all the nice bits (rekluse, etc)
  11. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    yup

    everything apart from the piston...

    plus I'm going to do a few bits that I never got around to on the old one like a bash plate designed for it (not the xr650 one I have been using) and a bracket to tilt the screen forward and maybe - just maybe an eagle mike 719 kit

    oh and I'd better do the doohickey I suppose...
  12. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    I still think you should have just fitted the old one with a Er6 motor.
  13. Ducatijim

    Ducatijim Hopeless Poseuer!

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  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    er6 motors are a bit bland (at least they are not agricultural like the klr motor)
    if I was going to go to that much expense and hassle it would have to be a scrambler 900 engine - those motors have soul and the sound is just magical

    Its more a case of quietly oozing at the bung as opposed to fizzing (although that could be an age thing)

    it would need a whole bottle of cialis to turn a dead stock klr into boner material
  15. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    Isn't that the stuff that makes your hair grow? :scratch or am I getting my spam mixed up?! :lol3

    ...and that's sig line material :D
  16. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I'm back and I now have 2 black 09 klrs nestling under the carport

    Got to auckland via a cheap flight from Paraparaumu - arrived at 8am Sat and the existing owner kindly picked me up and after the deal was done lead me to the highway (otherwise I'd still be roaming around lost in satanic suburbia).

    Auckalnd is a shithole

    I came down from Auckland via Clevedon - down the east coast road then across and down to Whangamata and Waihi then accidentally across to Paeroa and down to Te Aroha (looked for Mark) then down the neat Te Aroha-Gordon Rd (gale force side winds - yuck) then down to Rotorua (missing out on a cuppa with Clint and Rosie cause I was late) and down to Taupo where I stayed in an overpriced dog of a motel.

    Awoke this morning to torrential rain and it stayed that way all the way to Napier (tip: don't open your visor when trying to pass a truck in pissing rain - your glasses instantly get covered in water and when you close the visor again in desperation everything instantly fogs up - and you're still only halfway past the frigging truck...)

    Rain stopped for a while in Hastings and I tootled down to Waipawa via Middle Road - awesome road but lots of wet leaves on the corners)

    Late lunch at Waipukurau then out in the rain to Porangahau - Pongaroa (lots of loose stock - sheep and I can vouch for new brakes being better than old klr brakes....) on Pahiatua then over the track and home via Shannon.

    Arrived home very soggy about 6pm - 1000k test ride.

    Had a great ride and bike was exactly what I expected

    filled up at Hastings - 360km later I still haven't hit reserve
    brakes are better at both ends
    engine runs out of puff compared to old one but I can fix that (and hopefully not kill the fuel economy like I did on the old one....)
    front tire is original and now has over 9000k and still has reasonable tread - and didn't slip once on the way down (90% of trip was on wet roads) - very impressive. Half worn T63 rear did surprisingly well in the wet as well.

    now to plan the big farkleswapectomy
  17. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Good on ya. At least you came to your senses and bought a bike semi capable of riding knarly stuff.

    When's the next Taumeranui, 42nd, fishers, fongamomina, get lost with rooted wheel bearings in the back blocks trip?

    Steve, how's ya back? When are you riding again?

    OK, I'm bored and need a ride.
  18. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Sounds like you had fun. :D

    Bart, the back due to get a service this Wed. We'll see what the mechanic says, but performance has been going backwards.
  19. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Well give me a couple of weekends to get the basic major service, uncorking stuff sorted and I'll be up for something.

    I'll happily do a 42nd Fischers Whanga loop if'n thats what you want

    The ride was as fun as a wet ride is ever going to be - at least I'm getting a bit more confident on wet surfaces

    Well here's hoping the result is better than you hoped and the regression is only temporary (unlike your emotional regression which is permanent).

    Keep us posted.
  20. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Sorry we missed ya. I should have enquired as to your plans as you could have come & stayed with us in Reporoa, doh!

    Have fun farkling the new KLR. We could be up for a weekend foray in a few weeks too. By then my new headlight setup should be done so I'll need to go for a ride in the dark in crap weather to test it out. Have you guys ever been to the River Valley Lodge out the back of Taihape? Could be a good spot for a meetup.

    Cheers
    Clint