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post #1 of 7 Old 04-02-2012, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought my first KLR and its a first bike. My buddy advised me to get either a KLR or other dual due to the way/location I like to ride my sled and the noob rider title. So looking forward to seeing what I can get to know about KLRs around here.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-02-2012, 12:51 PM
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welcome to the forum, dont be afraid to feel stupid and ask questions.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-02-2012, 02:09 PM
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You picked a good, smart first bike. Keep being good and smart and get the gear and read Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. Twice. Dead serious.

And have fun.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-02-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Gear is already ordered (newenough Leather jacket with armor and gloves) and will order the book... Thanks for the tip!
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-02-2012, 05:41 PM
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Welcome to the KLR family. Sounds like your off to a good start. Let me second reading Proficient Motorcycling (great book), get your gear then discover just how much fun your new bike can be. Just take your time getting to know it.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-04-2012, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Well thanks to the book and some seat time I took the safety class so I could get the endorsement and not just the temps and passed with a perfect score. I could not understand the people that took the class without ever having even used the clutch on a bike before the class, they only had a 25% pass rate.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-08-2012, 03:11 PM
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Also, when you buy Proficient Motorcycling, teach yourself how to bind books. If you look at that book the wrong way it will disintegrate. Even thinking about being in the same room as a ceiling fan can have disastrous results.

Seriously, great book, terrible binding.

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1)Doohickey Planned and purchased 2)Aftermarket Grips 3)Grip Heaters 4)Happy Trails Hard Luggage Rack 5)20 mm ammo cases planned soon 6)Aftermarket Exhaust 7)Thermobob 8)Happy Trails Fork Brace 9)Stainless Steel Oil Filter 10)Magnetic Drain Plug

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