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post #1 of 7 Old 09-09-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, new to the Dual Sport game

I just got a 2013 KLR Friday, rode it about 300 miles of mostly dirt..........I have A LOT of street experience and have a couple of Harleys right now, one of which is a Jockey/Suicide and between the two of them I average about 40k a year.....but it's been twenty years since I've ridden dirt lol....So I low sided once and went wide in a turn and high sided in a bank, now that the first scratches are out of the way it's time for the first service and some farkle shopping. I'm not rich so any advice on lower cost mods are appreciated. Definitely need engine guards and such.....should have done that first but dealer had none and ummmmm well I HAD to ride it right then lol. Any recommendations on service intervals is greatly appreciated as well....Anyway's, Hello!!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 12:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum!
My first add on we're the crash bars and a new skid plate.
I think the stock skid plate cracked on my first off road trip.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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It's too bad they can't make a bike you can ride off on and not worry about stuff for a while, oh well...I' already planning a nice long trip on it.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 07:46 AM
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Welcome, TurtleBerdley. A skid plate: definitely a skid plate. Don't want to see you be the next person on here agonizing over a crack in the case at the drain plug after a rock or something hits it.



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post #5 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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any particular skid plate berets than another? and crash bars....I need them to lol
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 09:30 AM
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I'm not sure, but the skid plate you use might depend on what bars you choose.

I won't mention the fact that I'm not too fond of my HT Nerf bars. Were I to do it again, I would go with either the SW Motech or the Givi bars. That's just me, tho.



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post #7 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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the HT's didn't look all that sturdy to me. I'll have to be more careful until I get set up.
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