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post #1 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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so i live in the middle of nowhere in the heart of the ozarks in missouri. roads and all twists and turns, speed limit 55, gravel and of road areas, lots of trails since everyone has trucks and 4 wheelers, 4 state parks within 20 min, almost 0 traffic, a few long straights oto open up on or pass people, BUT, i still kill it coming out of my drivway. my father in law bought me a 2008 klr with what seems like every upgrade you could think of or i could last fall right before it started to get cold. now i am just starting to get the hang of it. just in time to go on a 2 day overnight ofroad trip through missouri.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 05:22 PM
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Do you kill it because you have a steep driveway?

I make no claims to be an extremely proficient rider (I consider myself "average") but when I got my first motorcycle with a clutch (graduated from a Honda Mini-Trail) my riding mentor set me up on a steep hill and had me walk beside the bike, keeping my right hand off the front brake and using the bike's own power, the throttle and the clutch to get up the hill.

When I got to the top, he had me back it down the hill the same way, using only the clutch to keep it from getting away from me: no front brake whatsoever.

I still remember that lesson and it would be even more effective with a heavy KLR.

You might consider such an exercise if you're so inclined. Personally, I still do it from time to time in my pasture just for the hell of it and also have to do it if I load/unload the KLR in the back of my pickup with ramps.

Skills are acquired through practice, so keep practicing, dude.

You're a lucky guy to live and ride where you do. I haven't been down to the Ozarks in years and was going to try a 3 or 4-day trip down there this Summer, but my plans were pre-empted by our nephew's high school graduation we're going to. Maybe next year......Maybe I could even coincide it with that Swinging Bridges ride. I've heard of it.



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post #3 of 4 Old 04-24-2012, 10:39 AM
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You could also look at raising the gear ratio to make the bottom end a little more forgiving. Maybe change to a 14 tooth front sprocket. Food for thought




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post #4 of 4 Old 04-24-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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ya i live at the bottom of a gravel hill. i may have to try that practice and my bike does have the highway rear sprocket so maybe changing back to stock would help
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