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post #1 of 7 Old 08-13-2008, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm planning on retiring early next year. I would like to spend next summer touring the West; this would include a trip to Alaska. I've spent a great deal of time touring with my 2002 Concours, but I feel the new 2008-09 KLR would be the ticket for the kind of travelling I will be doing. I would like to solicit suggestions for accessories (e.g. hard bags, heated grips, engine guards, etc.). I stopped in at a local dealer, and he mentioned that spending a good amount of time on gravel roads would probably wear out the front forks and rear shock due to all the grime and dust coming into contact with the bike (he suggested covers for the forks and shock). I find it difficult to believe that a trip on the AlCan Highway would do this kind of damage to a bike designed for off road travel. Any/all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-13-2008, 09:32 PM
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I have read many stories of guys touring Central American down to South America, also those that did the Alaskan trip and never once ever heard of any suspension issues due to grime. Especially those down south with all the sand. Primarialy storage is the big issue on a trip like that. Some excellent large side boxes and a trunk will be the main ticket along with tires that will hold up, my suggestion for those would be MEFO's. One of, if not the best tire for the KLR. The 08 is supposed to have more watts available for heated grips and a vest as opposed to the meager 75 watts on the pre 08's. Of course all the guards you can get will mean much less damage if the bike is dropped and I know one fellar in here, just dropped his 08 and bent the radiator, wasn't a hard drop either, and that is about an $800 item from Kawasaki, yes guards definately. For a trip of that many miles I would also highly suggest an after market seat. It seems to be a toss up between Corbin and Sargent "spelling?", with the Corbin being pretty hard and the Sargent looking quite comfortable.
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Plenty of gaurds and luggage ideas and brackets at these locations. There are more sites available, just google KLR650 accessories and you'll be busy for days looking at everything.

Hope some of this is helpful, and keep us posted on everything you end up doing.
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yea they say the seat is new and improved but for me it was not good. I did the corbin and can go all day on it.
going through the bike is what I would recommend.
like taking the tank off and double checking the wiring harness, greasing the rear suspension and the steering properly. adding grease fittings to the rear suspension while having it all apart is also a option.
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What is a MEFO tire?
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What is a MEFO tire?
MEFO 99 Explorers

http://klr650.com/MEFO%20Sport%20Trail.html

An all around great dualsport tire. Probably the best 50/50 tire made. They do well on most every terrain.

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The forks should be fine, 08s come with protective boots. I would guess that the 09s will as well.
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