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post #1 of 5 Old 05-20-2012, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Contemplating in Washington


I have had fun over the last few years on my 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050 ABS. It's a fantastic road bike that suits my 6',3" frame (35" inseam) well. I have done camping trips on it and it has a lot of grunt, but it is not suited for off-road riding.

With so many good forest/fire service roads in the area, I have been itching to get a KLR (which I have only sat on for size - liked the fit) and am contemplating selling the Tiger to get a '09 or new KLR.

Question for the group - I have never ridden on dirt roads for extended periods. I don't intend to do rugged off-roading, but would like to explore dirt roads and open my camping options and exploring. Should I take some kind of skills development course, or will I be able to learn on my own the nuances of dirt road riding?


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post #2 of 5 Old 05-20-2012, 10:27 PM
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My wife and I both learned on the fly. No prior dirt experience prior to the Klr. Picked it up fairly quick. The more you ride dirt the more comfortable it becomes.

"If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride."
"Work to ride and ride to work."
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-21-2012, 12:46 AM
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Learning to ride standing on pegs can be very useful in certain situations, with your height you may want to look into some bar risers.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-21-2012, 08:18 AM
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Just take it slow until you get used to it: it's no big deal. Slow down on the sharp curves.

If you're riding alone, judge carefully any mud holes you might have to cross. I recommend dismounting and probing them with a tree branch to determine their depth and if there are any objects hidden in them.

If you get the KLR mired down in a mud hole and you're alone, it can turn an enjoyable ride into a small stint in hell as you try to get it out.

Don't ask me how I know this........

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-21-2012, 11:28 AM
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KLR fits your needs perfectly. It is too heavy to be a serious off road bike anyways.

I think the transition for you should be pretty seamless.
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