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post #1 of 3 Old 08-27-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Howdy! I recently picked up a 2009 KLR 650 with only 2k miles. There are a few spots on the back / side plastics where the factory KLR saddlebags rubbed - but otherwise the bike's in fantastic condition. I spent the past week going over her top to bottom - oil & filter / coolant / plug / air filter / carbs cleaned / wiring rub spots repaired / putting it back to stock gearing....

Finally had her out for a 200 mile jaunt on Saturday - and I must say, it's a really nice motorcycle.

This is my first dual-sport bike. I'm most at home dragging the occasional peg on the twisty Georgia / Tennessee / North Carolina roads. Previous mounts include an 80's vintage 'Maxim X' back in high school, a 2004 SV1k and a 2007 Yamaha Midnight Warrior. The KLR joins a 2011 C14 Concours in my garage. I've had the Connie has far West as Arkansas and as far North as Maine in the 18 months I've had her.

I opted to pick up a dual sport bike because the recent trip to Maine taught me that long distance touring for more than ~ 5 days isn't my thing. I'm spoiled with the roads that are within a day's ride. I found the roads to be rather boring north of Washington DC. After pouring over maps trying to find diversity for weekend routes - I realized how much of the local area I'm missing when I'm restricted to pavement. KLR fit the bill nicely.

Thanks for the fantastic resource and I look forward to learning about this new toy from the community.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-27-2012, 08:33 PM
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Welcome aboard! The KLR is a pretty fantastic bike that's for sure. Yet I must say, the new concourse you have is on the top of my list for the next bike to buy. Enjoy the best of both worlds and any questions you have about your KLR I'm sure you can search or ask here. Great bunch of guys here.

'Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways,totally worn out, shouting, 'Holy shit .... What a Ride!
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-27-2012, 09:54 PM
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Howdy back at ya!

Sounds like you've got the right bike and the plan together! The KLR is great for back road exploring.

Check in the Common Mods and Issues thread for some general KLR info.

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