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post #1 of 11 Old 05-17-2012, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Just joined this forum and just bought my first KLR... I have ridden motorcycles since the late 70's... dirt bikes initially but since the mid to late eighties I drove street bikes Harley's particularly ... I just recently traded both my DRZ 400E and my old Ironhead sporty for a 2007 KLR 650... So far I am loving it... It rides real well and seems very responsive...I wish I would have done this along time ago...I guess I will just have to ride that much more to make up for lost time...I am located in southern WV which I feel has some of the best riding in the world not to mention very close to TN, NC, and VA which offers awesome adventure (Blue ridge parkway, Cherokee etc...etc...) so I feel I have found the bike for just that.... still trying to decide on luggage and other accessories but for now I just want to learn the bike and get more comfortable on it... Thank you for reading my rants and raves.... :-0

oh btw.... yes I am long winded as well
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-17-2012, 08:11 AM
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A fellow Mountaineer, huh?

You'll like it around here these guys are a great bunch of fellows and seem willing to help a fellow rider with all sorts of questions and problems, etc. I'm new to the KLR scene as well, I'm a former DR rider and a long time cyclist myself. BTW, where are you exactly? I'm from Greenbrier cty. and now living in the New River Gorge area. Welcome to the forum and I'm currently modding my KLR with some Pelican Cases and I'll post some photo's when I get er' finished, 10-4.

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-17-2012, 08:52 AM
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I have spent lots of time riding in WV! You have picked a great bike. Take your time with adding Farkles..learn from reading what other guys have found helpful.most of all--ENJOY!!

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A fellow Mountaineer, huh?

You'll like it around here these guys are a great bunch of fellows and seem willing to help a fellow rider with all sorts of questions and problems, etc. I'm new to the KLR scene as well, I'm a former DR rider and a long time cyclist myself. BTW, where are you exactly? I'm from Greenbrier cty. and now living in the New River Gorge area. Welcome to the forum and I'm currently modding my KLR with some Pelican Cases and I'll post some photo's when I get er' finished, 10-4.

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Not far from Fayetteville at all... Princeton actually... I ride up your way often.. I love that area


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You are from Princeton? I have been up there and all over WV when I was on my last job. Huntington, Wheeling Island, Charleston, Institute, Man, Glenville, Buckhannon, Princeton, Summersville, Beckley, and so on!! I liked driving over your way. Need to go on a bike!!!
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You are from Princeton? I have been up there and all over WV when I was on my last job. Huntington, Wheeling Island, Charleston, Institute, Man, Glenville, Buckhannon, Princeton, Summersville, Beckley, and so on!! I liked driving over your way. Need to go on a bike!!!
Sounds like we need to get a WV road trip planned ...
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-18-2012, 07:49 AM
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Mercer county is a beautiful place. I ride over in Monroe a good bit and along the Eastern side of the state pretty often.

I'll betcha' that efigalie rides route 311 out of Salem? How bout' it efigalxie am I right?
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Mercer county is a beautiful place. I ride over in Monroe a good bit and along the Eastern side of the state pretty often.

I'll betcha' that efigalie rides route 311 out of Salem? How bout' it efigalxie am I right?
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Yep, done that. Also done 460 through Christiansburg to Princeton. Done 220 to 64. Also done 81N to up near Staunton and then west into WV.
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52 North through Bland Co. Va is nice and also Wilderness road from Rocky Gap to Narrows Va. and (cant remember the route) the road to Burkes Gardens...I'm planning a ride this Sunday there.... 19 North to Beckley and to the New River Gorge is awesome too....you can ride under the bridge and look up at it....That's cool... :-)...in 2004 I rappelled off of that bridge during bridge day...It was an over 800 foot rappel... what an awesome experience...
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That bridge is quite the structure isn't it? I've walked the underside of it several times through the years and I always get a thrill doing that, but I've not rapped off of it. Those rides around Bland and Mercer are something I need to do sometime for certain. I've seen Burkes Garden on the map, but I've not been there. Wonder what the Hatfields and MCcoy's trails would be like on a big bike like the KLR?

If you get it up this way let me know sometime and we could take a ride. I do 99% percent of my riding solo and it would be fun to ride with others.

Same for Efigalixie. I was in Pocohantas this weekend (not on the KLR) and that place was inundated with riders. WV has become a destination for motorcyclists from the Mid-Atlantic region, the word is out now and our secret playground is no longer secret.
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