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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by CONC, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. CONC

    CONC n00b

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    :lol3:clap:wink:Well to all you seasoned rider I love reading your stories of great rides. Of over coming obstacles, finding awesome spots to ride. I have been riding three weeks and 400 miles later been down twice. smashed the right side of my brand new KLR650 in sand a 100 miles from home. Second time smashed the left side, 2 feet from the opening of my garage. I hit the front brake instead of the clutch. Both times face plant leg under the bike. I get up and try again tomorrow. I got to say they do make these bikes durable. Thank God for that, and thank God for ice packs and aspirin.
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  2. grandelatte

    grandelatte Consistently Inconsistent

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    YUP, you've got the right attitude!!
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  3. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Welcome!:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  4. PAAVO

    PAAVO Adventurer

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    Glad you've got such a positive attitude about eating it :D. I dropped my KLR twice in the first month I had it in the exact same spot in the mud on a gnarly 2 track in the middle of nowhere.(Think I would have learned to go around that spot the second time I went through there :huh) Took me awhile to figure out how to pick it up considering I weigh a buck fifty.
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  5. LONG DONGER

    LONG DONGER Been here awhile

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    May the force be with you!!!

    Good attitude, hang in there! :muutt
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  6. blackvans1234

    blackvans1234 Talking to myself...

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    I went down on some ice in the middle of the woods. The bike landed on my foot and leg and I was stuck face down on the trails.
    Im laying there thinking "This is how it's gonna end, trapped by the bike"
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  7. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    There are two kinds of riders-those that have fallen and those that have not fallen yet.:D
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  8. Chiriqui Charlie

    Chiriqui Charlie Been here awhile

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    Did you even consider learning on a lighter, more easily handled used bike? The KLR has a lot going for it, but it is a pig.
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  9. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    I'm not sure why but it seems easier to get clear of lighter bikes. Heavier bikes seem inclined to pin your little twig of a leg. Or leap at you with intent to smash and grind. Best be nimble and leap clear. Easier said than done when you're torqued out, trying to keep the pig from tipping over.:lol3

    Falling is inevitable when learning to ride rough terrain. Or even when experienced. Trying to avoid the bike landing on you is usually a good plan. Motocross boots and heavy pants with armor are good policy.

    Not having to pick the thing up is good reason to avoid falling altogether.
    Good luck with that. I try to limit tip overs to the near stationary type and that seems to satisfy my bike's need to be picked up.:D

    About the front brake instead of the clutch, are you dyslexic? Are you affected by bicycle controls memory? Or are they just still unfamiliar? Slow speed balance exercises and trials type riding can help train control and muscle memory. A bit of time with a good instructor would be well spent.


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  10. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    Welcome, & great attitude...

    Just face plant 37 more times and we'll be even...
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  11. Cale_Kat

    Cale_Kat Been here awhile

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    Have you taken a riding class? I did when I took up riding and sort of assumed that most people did. Anyways...good educational stuff, professional instructors, people to learn with in a controlled environment, etc.

    Maybe just let a little air out of your tires when you ride on the soft stuff.
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  12. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    You got it out of the way ASAFP!! That's a good thing, it's all...maybe downhill isn't the right word!:rofl:rofl:rofl
    Take an offroad course for beginners, you'll be good to go.
    +1 on the attitude, the hard part's over, you done been down.

    Take the class, have an open mind while there. Dirt is hands down the best place to learn, it translates well. You'll learn how to do controlled slides, with throttle and brake, knowing that is vital, and best learned in the dirt.

    I got sideways one morning coming out of the neighborhood, let off, countersteered, got back on it, and it broke loose again. I just said screw it, grabbed a handful of throttle and rode it out, at 4 am, the guy walking his dog on the corner just shook his head. Probably figured I was an ass playing around, when I really was just saving my ass... and bike.
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  13. RideThePig

    RideThePig Adventurer

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    was thinking of trading my XR650L for an older Triumph Sprint and was talking to the Sprint owner. He asked about my Honda "has it ever been down?" and I was like "oh yeah, like every couple weeks." :D Weird thing is I was the one that backed out of the trade. Even with risers those old sprints kill my wrists.
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  14. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    If you're going to crash your KLR that frequently then you will probably need to invest in a couple of extra milk crates so you always have a spare on hand.
    Other than that, no worries.
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  15. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    Aspirin? Good grief, find a doc who'll write you a prescription for some Percocet. It has about 12 million times more pain-killing ability than aspirin. Get a pill cutter and cut the Perky into 1.5 to 2 mg. pieces. For mild/medium /non-screaming pain, after ~20-30 minutes most of the pain will be gone for ~2 hrs.

    Just don't take more and get hooked. Oh yeah, sell that KLR and get something smaller/lighter. :1drink
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  16. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Or to further your drug habit(?) :huh







    :rofl
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  17. Obi

    Obi 2013 Multistrada GT

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    ...thats why my advice to people that start to ride is: buy a light and cheap second hand bike. You will drop it, so it better be light, and second hand cheap so it wont hurt your wallet that much when you brake something
    But do keep riding...:D
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  18. CONC

    CONC n00b

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    Thanks for all the great feedback. I had one shot at the bike so I went with the klr, wife may not ever let me get another. If I keep going down she may not let me out of the house. Thinking of taking a dirt bike course.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk
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  19. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    The KLR can definitely be challenging in some off road situations, I have dropped mine several times, but the more experience you get, the less it will happen. Just be sure that you have a good helmet, and quality boots/knee guards at a bare minimum. If one of those minor get-offs results in a broken ankle and several weeks laid up and not working, your wife will definitely try to stop you from riding. But if you keep bringing home the $, they seem to be a bit more lenient:D

    And a riding course, or some good reading about off road technique is a good idea as well. I lucked out and found an old guy to ride with who was once an A class enduro racer, he gave me lots of valuable advice. But there is no substitute for saddle time. Keep on ridin.
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  20. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    Dude get crash bars!

    It'll be cheaper in the long run than the damage you'll take without them.

    I have a 2012 and I wouldn't take it off road without crashbars, proper skidplate, and preferably some sort of rear protection.

    I've got Happy trails crash bars, skid plate, and rear rack with panniers that are pelican 1430's. When I drop the bike the crash bars and panniers keep the bike off my leg and make it easier to bail.
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