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post #1 of 32 Old 01-18-2012, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Well, after months of internal debate I pulled the trigger on a 2006 KLR this week. I have never done any dirt riding and the closest bike to the KLR in geometry I've ridden is a Ducati Hypermotard. Until now my riding has all been on the road, first consisting of a string of Honda Magnas ranging from 1982 to 2000. I sold my last Magna several years ago for a 2000 Honda VFR800Fi, which I still own and love.

The most recent addition to our increasingly crowded 2-car stable (now including my VFR800 "Vickie", 2006 XTerra Off Road "Alexis", fiancÚ's 2008 Ford Taurus AWD "Dante", and her Suzuki SV650S "Olivia") is a yet-to-be-christened 2006 KLR650 I just picked up from my local classifieds for $2,400. I will be the third owner. Supposedly the first owner just used it for commuting and the bike was left baking in the torturous Utah sun, which faded the red paint to a nice pink color. The bike was sold to the second owner, a retiree up in Midway, UT who wanted to do some dirt riding. He used a paint restorer to try to get the original color back, which worked fairly well except for some nooks and crannies. He was an aircraft mechanic so he did a lot of work on the bike, replacing the doohickey, changing all the fluids, tires, brakes, tune up, carb cleaning, and putting on an aftermarket exhaust can. Unfortunately for him, after one ride on a dirt road he decided he was too old to learn dirt riding and put the bike up for sale.

There are a couple of small cracks on the front fairing, but I think I can fix it with a plastic welder.

I think I want to respray the bike. My summer touring suit is yellow and I don't want to look like a rolling McDonald's (and my cold-weather suit is red, so yellow is out too). I was thinking about white.

My other vehicle is a 2006 Nissan XTerra Off Road with a 2.5" lift, rock sliders, and I have a set of skid plates on order. I've done off road driving in SUVs since I was 15, so I'm looking forward to learning how to ride dirt. Eventually we want to get a DRZ for my fiancÚ so we can do a ride to Alaska and back.

Anyway, I'm glad to find a community around my new bike and I look forward getting out there. I pick it up on Friday when I can get a trailer.

Oh, and test-riding a bike in 9░F isn't just cold, it's painful.

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post #2 of 32 Old 01-19-2012, 08:08 AM
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Congrats on the new bike and welcome to the forum. Have fun getting the thing off-road.



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post #3 of 32 Old 01-19-2012, 09:32 AM
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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #4 of 32 Old 01-19-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I pick the bike up tomorrow and I need to have a post count of 10 before I can post any photos according to the stuff I read when I registered. So I will get going on that and snap some shots of the KLR coming home tomorrow.
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post #5 of 32 Old 01-21-2012, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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So, I think this cheap bike might bankrupt me. I'm already thinking about repainting it, installing crash bars, a skid plate, touring screen, and a center stand. That doesn't even get into lighting, electrical mods, or luggage.

Right now I'm debating between a WWII military style paint scheme, or patterning it after the famous Flying Tigers' P-40s.
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post #6 of 32 Old 01-21-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Double posting to pad my post count.

I've been doing some reading and I think my priorities will be: center stand so I can fit it, the VFR and my car in the garage, then as follows;

1 & 2: new seat and upgrade the suspension to handle my not insignificant weight.

3 & 4: crash bars and skid plate

4 & 5: paint and luggage.

6: off road lighting

The doohickey was already done.

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Double posting to pad my post count.

I've been doing some reading and I think my priorities will be: center stand so I can fit it, the VFR and my car in the garage, then as follows;

1 & 2: new seat and upgrade the suspension to handle my not insignificant weight.

3 & 4: crash bars and skid plate

4 & 5: paint and luggage.

6: off road lighting

The doohickey was already done.
All the above are a good idea but you really dont need the off road lights, the lights on the KLR are really good. They are better than the lights on all my sportbikes.

2010 BMW S1000RR motosport color
2008 KLR 650 modded for extended offroad riding
2004 Hayabusa limited with stage 1 turbo
2002 Hayabusa with dry 50HP shot of nitrous
2001 Ducati 996 with full titanium exhaust
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I did notice that the headlight was quite good, but the goal is to eventually ride this to Alaska and back, so I think I want auxiliary lighting for that.
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I did notice that the headlight was quite good, but the goal is to eventually ride this to Alaska and back, so I think I want auxiliary lighting for that.
Check these out..

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...ighlight=light
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post #10 of 32 Old 01-21-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Nice to see them mounted. I was planning on using LED to reduce the electrical load. Right now I need a new side radiator cover prior to paint and to re-do the suspension. I didn't realize that the back alone would be so much though.
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