Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Silver City, NM
New Mexico Newbie
Hi, I'm in Silver City in southwest New Mexico at 6,000 ft elevation and love it here. We have the huge Gila National Forest 5 miles to the north with its mountains and wilderness and open desert 5 miles to the south. There are "island" mountain ranges in the desert that have their own ecosystems and between the bunch we have paved highways to a general area, then dirt and/or gravel roads from there. Seems like the KLR650 will be a good performer on both.
My new (to me) 2011 KLR came home with me today and I've been crawling all over it learning about it. I'm coming to this from an '85 Honda VT500C that I've had for a couple of months and which is a very nice little bike but not as versatile and is too small for me. I'm 6'0"/180#/31" inseam. (yah, I'm finding the height a challenge, too, and have ordered the Seat Concepts low seat which I read about on this forum)
Riding the KLR for the 1st time today made me feel like I was riding a stepladder, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
One thing I did notice was the loud popping noise the intake makes. My single cylinder 400cc ATV does the same thing, but the 500cc Honda does not.....quiet as a whisper. Does anyone know the cause ??....and esp. a cure for that noise ??
I'm sure I'll be back with many more questions. Lar.