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post #1 of 6 Old 07-16-2013, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi KLR fans,

I bought my first KLR today (2003, 16K miles, $2500, some farkelization). I'd looked at a couple of them using advice from the board & this one seems solid.

I've been away from motorcycling since 1975 (lets you know how old I am--I was a "bit" older than 16 at the time). I live in Colorado & have been wanting to take a tour of CO on the beautiful paved and dirt roads we have here.

My son is 28 and I want us to do a trip together (before I'm too old for this stuff). Figured I'd buy a couple of ~$2500 KLRs & outfit them for touring/camping/fishing/hunting. I've restored a couple of '80s vintage Kawi twins for my son to ride, so I figure the 650 single can't be too tough

Took the MSF course so I could re-up my motorcycle endorsement. Seemed to have lost it in one of the many moves I've made from state to state. Prolly need to find a dirt bike class to avoid broken bones. At my age, they break easy/heal slow....

I'm having the PO drop the bike off Saturday & can't wait to take it for a spin. Then I'll start doing the 'doo and whatever else needs to be done.

Looking forward to asking you all the questions that every KLR newbie asks. Promise to look at the FAQ/stickies first, but apologies in advance if I didn't find it in the search function.
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Hi Uncle Wray, and welcome to the forum.

Check out the "How To" subforum. There are quite a few stickied posts in there that are very handy.

We also have a "Common Mods and Issues" thread you may find useful.

Something you should print out is the handy dandy cheat sheet for the Gen 1 bikes. Good thing to have tucked away in your luggage when on the road.

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I've been away from motorcycling since 1975 (lets you know how old I am--I was a "bit" older than 16 at the time). Looking forward to asking you all the questions that every KLR newbie asks. Promise to look at the FAQ/stickies first, but apologies in advance if I didn't find it in the search function.
Followed somewhat the same path as you. Into bikes but had to put it aside raising a family etc. My first bike getting back in was a Honda nighthawk but within a month it became very apparent that it would not do what I wanted to do and went for a used KLR and have not looked back.

Did a lot of local riding and then took a trip to Yellowstone and the hook was set. Now in addition to a second KLR for my wife, we also have a pair of BMW F800GS/F650GS that I took to Alaska.

The KLR is still my fav and my daily rider. Taking it on a 2 week trip to the Black Hills this weekend.

Sooooo be ready to be hooked!

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welcome to the forum


congrats on the new ride, hope you and your son have many great adventures. just remember to take lots of pics and post them up here, so we can follow along

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-17-2013, 11:37 AM
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I am actually an MSF instructor in Denver... I wonder if you came through my class since I have been teaching a lot this spring.

Anyway, the KLR is great for around here. I have had mine for about a year, and getting onto the trails out in Rampart Range has been a blast.

We do have an MSF Dirtbike school in Denver, and I keep meaning to take the class there since the KLR is the first off-road bike I have ever owned. Just do a Google search and the links are easy to find.
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Welcome! I spent a lot of my teen years in Durango. Wonderful place with awesome riding. I like the idea of your father/son adventures, I look forward to some ride reports from you guys!
Along with Tom's advice on the How To forum, Marknet has a lot of walkthroughs of some of the more basic maintenance and mods. Here is the link. http://www.klr650.marknet.us/

Once more, welcome to the KLR family!
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