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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by damasovi, Jan 17, 2007.
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You guys are badasses for taking these KLR's out in the wild!!! I had a 2008 KLR and that thing was challenging to take over passes without getting beat up physically. Those KLR's are heavy bikes and their suspension leaves a lot to be desired. I swapped my KLR for a KTM 1190 Adventure R and did the same pass rides with it. Riding the 1190 over those same passes felt like cheating compared to the KLR experience.
I would have been super happy with a tw200 in multiple places up there. There lower center of gravity and wider tires would have made it easier I think. I had to use what I brought though.
I bought a KTM ADV to add to the garage chaos and was constantly worried about the fuel pump and the water pump failing because I read too much. Neither ever failed but I sold it because of that paranoia. Paranoia will destroy ya.
At first I was like, "Damn, she's purty, now go get her dirty!"
And then I was like, "Ah, I see you did!"
Was a fun build , and now fun to ride.
I had the paranoia with my BMW R1150GS, and subsequently didn't ride it much the first few months, and never got too far from home with it. I had the perfect road trip bike, and still did all my trips on my KLR because I knew I could trust it. After another year and 10k miles on the BMW, I ride it a lot more, and finally trust it. But I still trust my KLR for anything....
Same with my 2007 Vstrom 1000.
I had the stator fail 2 times so even though I did 50,000 miles with it I never trusted it and carried a $400 stator with me and towards the end I never took it more than 50 miles from home.
I did 86K on the 1150 and NEVER had a failure.
Well after 100K miles on the GSPD I assembled a parts bag that was great piece of mind.
Each component in the bag came from something happening at one time or another and learning more with each experience so really a good thing in the end.
Maybe a parts bag for Alaska trips for the KLR. Nothing wrong with parts bags. They are smart.
Sundown on the Cabot Trail Nova Scotia Canada 2 days ago.
Metcalf Pont, Fletcher Vermont.
I’m back to 2 wheels !!
The KLR was to underpowered for my expedition sidecar so I removed it.
The sidecar will be mounted on a ZL600 that I have.
Rapid City, SD
The old girl could stand a bath.... got back on Monday from a four day/1400 km ride that crossed mainland Nova Scotia then traversed/looped the Cape Breton highlands.. the only slab was to connect anything dirt worthy for a large loaded bike... mind you my skid plate took a $h!t kicking filtering out what was "big bike doable" . If your bored or arm chair riding due to circumstances.. We are HERE .... pics and vids will be added to each day as they trickle in from the other riders.
KIMG1041 by b cam, on Flickr