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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DataDaddy, Aug 8, 2006.
those is some nice lookin' tables
I'll work to get them finished... Now that I understand part of my gas mileage quandary
2) Heavier rear shock / spring
3) Check your chain tension once in a while
KLR swingarms come up on ebay quite a bit.
These most recent damage pictures go a long way towards explaining some of the noises emanating fro the bike every time you entered and departed the Scrub back in October :huh
+1 on the kudos for your report. Did you post all this, or at least the parts from home via dial up? You da man!
See ya at the Scrub in a few days
leave on a test ride to Daytona in an hour or so...
untill we meet again.
Man, Jay, words cannot describe just how cool reading this report has been. I just bought a KLR, and now I've been inspired to do more with it than I thought capable. Thanks for the incredible pictures, play-by-play, and true Honest-To-God sense of adventure that we're all hoping to find.
Safe Travels!! Al
Well heck Jay,
Being as your on the way to Daytona by now, you may not see this for a week or so.
Really enjoyed your travels via the KLR. Many people don't know the value of this bike. Good doing anything, not proficient at anything but having fun.
I , like you have roam the US too fast and too much area coverage in too little time to seek out the pleasures of each nook and cranny. But, that's in my future starting in June with a return to California for unfinished business on 2 places I missed the last few times. Hearst Castle and Yosemite park.
I think my best ever day on my KLR was only 722 miles in 18 hrs. From bouncing down a stairway at 5 mph and hoping I was on the right trail road in the ozarks of Arkansas to trying to end run a storm on I49 at 85 indicated.
I love your choice of roads. I hate I states and most US highways unless
they are something like US 129 at Deals Gap ;-). Love the little State and County roads but it don't make for many miles during the day. But then that's not what it's about anymore. Since I hit a deer years ago, I try not to ride at night and am looking for a motel at 4M. I quite camping and carrying at tent as my birthday present to myself at 61 ;-)...
Again , thanks for taking us along. Hope you have many more journey's in your future.
And a bump.
Wow, its been a while since I had visitors... Sorry for all the dust and those cabinets that I haven't finished
Hay man, I just saw those pics of the swingarm. I guess it's been a while now, but I have a klr swingarm that you could have for not much money if you still need it.
Got it covered... Got one cheap on Ebay...
Good to see this thread reappear.
This was an epic ride, for sure. And the report should cover just about any KLR question people have about tires, equipment, offroad, onroad, etc.
So, Jay, what's next on the High Adventure list?
I got a good one going now... its called divorce, change jobs, and find new house.
...forgive me father for I HAVE SINNED, I rode a motorcycle for the first time in ~2 months on Tuesday (and that was taking it to the shop - Vstrom charging prob).
Shooting for WestFest... then I have to go visit some folks. I haven't seen Mutineer in a coons-age
KLR vs V-Strom. Compare and contrast. Idea wife is looking for a ride. Seems like the V-Strom is the way to go but she is drawn to the thrifty-ness of the KLR. Your thoughts? Thanks.
PS: Congrats on your many new "opportunities"
Primary thing is what type of riding does she want to do?
Despite being dual-sports, these are two very different bikes with very different capabilities.
sorry to hear about the divorce. You still in MS?
Damn, Jay. Now I feel bad that I asked.
Hang in there, man!
That's what I figured. She'll be riding along with me on my 1150gs. We'll probably be doing highways and some fire roads. Maybe an interstate or two. Occasionally we'll be riding with Roger. (We'll let him go ahead)
I was amazed at the highway distance you did on the KLR that was why I asked. Seems like the Wee might be the better choice for her. She likes the price of the KLR.
You'll be happier with her on the Wee and she will probably be happier on the Wee. I am keeping the KLR because I like to get in the woods and ride sand... not that I won't give the Vstrom a try there .
She will be very happy with the Wee on the surfaces you mention. Look at used ones, prices are no too bad
Good advice. Persuasive. She may have to spend the extra bucks to do the right thing. If you're ever out on the coast look us up. We're about an hour south of Acerph. Thanks again.