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post #1 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hey, group! Greetings from Ontario, Canada.

I am a 30-something professional with a passion for all things two-wheeled. For the last while I have been limited to pedal powered transport, which is cool and I will continue doing (Do they maye bicycle racks to mount on KLRs?), but I am considering a jump back into motorcycles after a ~20 year absence, and I am leaning towards getting a KLR.

There is not a lot of paved road or highway riding to do in my area, but 100s and 100s of kms of gravel fire roads and logging roads that are begging to be explored. A few friends have KLRs and I have tried them out a couple of times and they seem awesome – almost like there is no downside.

I have yet to save up the $$ needed, so I have some time to mull over my options and make sure I am not jumping in too quickly. I figure the longer I wait the newer/nicer bike I can afford, but at some point I will grow tired of waiting… so imagine a curve where a line trending up showing my savings will eventually meet with a line trending down showing my patience 

I look forward to picking your brains and making sure I have the best KLR experience for me when I finally pull the trigger.

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 08:37 AM
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Hey, group! Greetings from Ontario, Canada.

(Do they maye bicycle racks to mount on KLRs?)

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Indeed they do!

http://2x2cycles.com/products/bicycle-rack/



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post #3 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Very cool! Thanks.

I was envisioning how I could make one myself and this was just about exactly what I had in mind.
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post #4 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 08:27 PM
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Just bought my first KLR last weekend. Same situation, had enduros in the early 80's in HS and college. Traded in my KZ 550 (in pristine condition) for a new KLR. Just gotta find a shorter seat
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post #5 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 09:04 PM
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U gonne love a KLR

Just jumped back in cycling too and chose the KLR. Glad I did. Just need a way to carry my golf clubs. Hate driving the big pickup just to get my clubs to the course.
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post #6 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 09:49 PM
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Just jumped back in cycling too and chose the KLR. Glad I did. Just need a way to carry my golf clubs. Hate driving the big pickup just to get my clubs to the course.
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I used to have that issue.. But I started catching myself thinking about the bikes that were riding past the golf course and thinking how much I'd rather be on the bike..

I couldn't remember a single time where I was on the bike an rode past a golf course and wished I was golfing.

I donated my clubs to Goodwill..
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Just bought my first KLR last weekend. Just gotta find a shorter seat
The Sargent seat (low) is very popular with the inseam-challanged. I've got one!

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Ya Could just pull the staples and cut off some of the foam. Course, then you might want to dish it out a little bit and make it a bit more comfortable than the stock ass hatchet.
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-22-2012, 07:42 PM
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The Sargent seat (low) is very popular with the inseam-challanged. I've got one!

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Mac, I've been looking at Sargent and Corbin, but the seat choices (Sargent in particular) on their website are quite bewildering. What specifically did you go with?

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Hey, group! Greetings from Ontario, Canada.

I am a 30-something professional with a passion for all things two-wheeled. For the last while I have been limited to pedal powered transport, which is cool and I will continue doing (Do they maye bicycle racks to mount on KLRs?), but I am considering a jump back into motorcycles after a ~20 year absence, and I am leaning towards getting a KLR.

There is not a lot of paved road or highway riding to do in my area, but 100s and 100s of kms of gravel fire roads and logging roads that are begging to be explored. A few friends have KLRs and I have tried them out a couple of times and they seem awesome – almost like there is no downside.

I have yet to save up the $$ needed, so I have some time to mull over my options and make sure I am not jumping in too quickly. I figure the longer I wait the newer/nicer bike I can afford, but at some point I will grow tired of waiting… so imagine a curve where a line trending up showing my savings will eventually meet with a line trending down showing my patience 

I look forward to picking your brains and making sure I have the best KLR experience for me when I finally pull the trigger.

Regards,
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One thing I would recommend is that you take a motorcycle training class again. After being off motorcycles for that long you will likely need a refresher course. The two times riders are most likely to be in a crash are when they are first starting out or when returning to riding after many years (such as yourself). I can't tell you how many guys "have been riding for 30 years" because they had a bike when they were 20 and haven't touched one since.

For what you are looking for, I think the KLR is an excellent budget-minded choice. On the highway the KLR can easily be topped out and still get passed up by a Prius, but for exploring fire roads, I don't think there's much better -- but of course I just got mine a few months ago and our mountains are still snowed in.
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