KLR: how many miles a day can YOU do?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by steveWFL, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    That 1000 Strom your looking at will feel like a turbine after riding a DR or KLR around,the Strom is geared for the autobahn and pulls the tall gearing easily.
  2. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Cool,I was thinking going 1 down on the counter sprocket,seems that helps make the 1000's 6th hole more spot on.
  3. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    When I make a long trip on my KLR people often ask me where I've been and where I'm going,when I see that funny look in their eyes I say my hobby is making long trips on uncomfortable bikes,I usually get a good chuckle out of them.
  4. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    folks don;t understand us. I mention I did a coast to coast trip on my KLR and to get a boring superslab part out of the way one day I did 912 miles. I'm not sure if the looks I get are disbelief or they're wondering if I'm crazy [​IMG]
  5. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    766mi Once heading from Moab to home.
    600-650mi Many times.
    A Sargent seat is your friend.
  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I think what ever you ride,you get used to it. Your body settles in and you can go all day.

    And really,who cares if somebody does a 400 mile day on a Goldwing?
    All they have to worry about is if they can hear the stereo.
  7. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I snicker when a guy on a Harley pulls up and his pipes are cackling,the motor is shacking all over and some guy on his stereo is belting out"I'm proud to be an American" whoops back to high mile days on a KLR:freaky
  8. BDKW1

    BDKW1 KL"X" not "R"

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    Leavenworth to San Diego with a couple of naps along the way. Left at 10 in the morning and got to SD at about 3PM the next day. Was not fun. Fun days are about 300 miles.
  9. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    I did OK too with the stocker seat and an airhawk R i took off my sport tourer :D
  10. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I have a dished out corbin(short guy I am)and the typical Coleman pad,not comfortable but after a while KLR numbness sets in and hey it's all just a crazy smile from there on.
  11. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Tried the Corbin dished (hard and not the correct shape) and Sargent (great quality but also not the right shape for me, better than the Corbin). Settled on a Russel. Worth every penny! No numbness ever. 40 K miles and countless 10-14 hour days after days at a time and at least 10, 7-800+ miles days on it now.

    A stock seat - 45 minutes before the agony sets in.
  12. scott2h2

    scott2h2 Adventurer

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    When I bought my 08 KLR this past summer, I could not do more than 30 miles without getting numb is some places and hurting badly in others. So, at the urging of a friend he said to cut out the stock foam and replace it with 8# carpet padding. I did just that, 4 layers of carpet padding later I have a very comfortable seat. All it cost was the glue and a 24"x48" piece of carpet pad and now I can go all day on it. :D
    My work is only .5 mile from my house, so I do not commute most days because of the time it takes to put on and take off the gear... Just not worth it for a 2 minute ride. On the weekends and evenings when it stays light after 6, I ride as much as possible.
  13. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I live near Russell's shop,had them repair a seat for a R6 I had,nice people,great work,next seat will probably be a Russell,that said I also live close to Rick Mayer and watched him build a seat for a friend of mine,he also does good work,I'm lucky I have 2 premier seat people in the same county,choices baby!
  14. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    ^^^^nice!
  15. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    I've done some 500 mile days on the stock '08 KLR seat.

    I wouldn't do that back to back, no way...
  16. steveWFL

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    you 'prolly could with an airhawk on it :evil
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    sasho Dual Personality

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    I just got a SeatConcepts saddle, we'll see how that works...
  18. steveWFL

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    +1 likewise

    ^^^i just got one of those for the KTM
  19. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    I took a 10,000 mile round trip from Charleston SC, thru Canada, into AK and back. Mostly on Avon Distanzias, but also did a couple thousand on Kenda 760 Trackmasters. Those Kendas weren't real fun on the highway. Stock seat, too. I stood a lot :lol I now have a sargent's super cell foam insert and AK sheepskin pad. Much more gooder.


    I probably averaged 450 miles a day...but had 3 consecutive days which were 700+, 870 miles and 890 miles. A 16T CS and suitable wind protection and the KLR will do fine...not a rocket ship by any stretch of the imagination. I HATE the interstate, though, and much prefer two state roads for long haul on the KLR.
  20. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Sold the KLR and bought a 650 V Strom,Iron butt ride soon,was gonna do it on the KLR but now someone else's.