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post #1 of 13 Old 06-19-2008, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Likes and dislikes

Compared to the '86 600. I'm not sure about any carb mods, but the '86 with a Supertrapp muffler seems to have quite a bit more power. Nothing could beat it across an intersection from a stop light. I think the new one could use a smaller front sprocket.

I'm still getting used to the new turn signal switch. When actuated, it self-centers, and takes just a little nudge to de-activate. Well, more that once I've over nudged, and turned the opposite side on. My previous *cough* sportsters had a button on each side that were real handy, One push "on" one push "off". Can't be too tough if the cheeseheads came up with it.

That big rack on the back... what the heck is that for? a cooler? pet crate? TV? The '86 had a soft bag just big enough to carry a phillips screwdriver, license registration, insurance card, and a couple of sodas on the way to work. It was just enough. The new bike has no place for these things.

Those big hand guards... When acknowleging other riders, it takes hand removal from the grip to give the sign. And I thought EVERYONE was supposed to give the wave. Around Freeport, I've been snubbed more times that not. Unless I'm holding the clutch in, or doing some kind of anti-death manuever, I wave. Is it arrogance on their part? If you out-of-towners see a guy on a blue '08 that looks like he's doing 1/2 a jumping-jack, it's me.

*rant off*

Now for the likes... brakes.. OMG do they have more power. Or maybe I'm just going slower?
fuel capacity.... the dealership filled it for me a week ago, and I'm still waiting for it to run out, so I can check mileage.
I stopped in at FHK, and learned that the turn signal can be cancelled by just pushing in on the lever... good. And I did order a small bag to attach to the rack.

I guess the bottom line is, I really liked the '86, it'll just take some time for the fondness to fade. (And some farkle for the new one)

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-21-2008, 12:54 AM
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Likes...no one in my area can get them...so you don't see many of them vs all the Ninja's, CBR's...etc.. I can take it anywhere.

Dislikes....really heavy compared to my CR250.

Eric, If you take yours on a long trip where you need to haul a lot of stuff, that rear rack is great..
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've got a little over 500 miles on the new one, and I'm really starting to like it. I had the oil drained on it, so I rode the '86 up to the dealership. Man, is it "hard" compared to the new one. Footpegs, seat, clutch lever, brake lever, seating position, you name it, the '08 is more refined. I read somewhere else about the first gear ratio, too. The '86 pulls REAL hard out of the hole, but 2-5 seemed about the same. I can't wait to do a jet and muffler on the new one.
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Around Freeport, I've been snubbed more times that not. Unless I'm holding the clutch in, or doing some kind of anti-death manuever, I wave. Is it arrogance on their part? If you out-of-towners see a guy on a blue '08 that looks like he's doing 1/2 a jumping-jack, it's me.

*rant off*
Waving's not like it used to be..


First of all, on the Sporty, you'd at least get 80% of the Harley crowd to wave. On the KLR, you'll get 20% of the Harley bunch, if you're lucky.. Also, squids are usually 50%..

Dual sport bikes will force you off the road to BS with what you're riding and what they're riding..

Also, today I rode to work early (I was up, and don't tell Double A) at around 5:30am.. Early motorcycle commuters don't wave.. Not a single one waved at me while I did my 10 mile ride into Beloit while on the Wing, and I usually get 25% more waves on the Wing than I do on the KLR..

Anyway, enjoy the bike and don't let the non-wavers get you down. Usually, on the KLR they're not waving because they can't figure out what the hell you're riding.
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Dual sport bikes will force you off the road to BS with what you're riding and what they're riding..

I'm looking forward to a meeting with some other local riders.

Anyway, enjoy the bike and don't let the non-wavers get you down. Usually, on the KLR they're not waving because they can't figure out what the hell you're riding.

The new headlight(s) makes it look like a crotch rocket, I'm sure, only higher.
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speaking of the headlight

WOW! My sympathy for oncoming traffic. I've been "brighted" at about every encounter. It doesn't bother me because of the height difference, and I just giv'em a flick of the second bulb..... One night I had 2 cars pull off on the shoulder to let me around, 'cause the light must hit right in the rearview mirror.

Sure can see the roadside animals better!
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-10-2008, 06:12 AM
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Yeah I don't get bothered by others flicking their lights at me. Bright lights save lives. I want to be seen day and night. Sadly within just one year tho, my high beam has already gone out. I got to go find a new bulb.
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DX, we rarely disagree, but bright lights blind oncoming drivers and irritate the p... out of the guy you're following.

Aim'em correctly and ride on low until you need the high.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-10-2008, 02:30 PM
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running with high beams

I gotta disagree with you BigIron,if the high beam pisses someone off so be it,at least the saw me, and I'll be happy to switch to the low if the flash me. I ride with the high on in the daylight all the time. We have had three motorcyclists killed here in the Tyler area in just the past two weeks,and of course the cage drivers just did'nt see them.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-10-2008, 03:44 PM
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Problem is that if the oncomer gets blinded, panics and swerves, you loose.

It's also pretty well documented that when the average driver get's distracted by lights - bright, flashing or otherwise, they tend to drive into the lights.

No big deal.
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