Well, Iíve gone and done it. Iíve sold my beloved KLR. After just 2 years, I had to let it go.
The reasons are varied and probably donít make sense, but I had 3 bikes in my garage and couldnít justify keeping all 3 if I wasnít riding them all enough.
I put all 3 up for sale and sold the first two to get offers: My KLR and KTM 950 ADV went fast.
Am looking at another bike soon, but will keep my Triumph for now.
I was asked by a friend why the KLR went. It was really about a recent Baja ride I did. Off pavement was fine, it was riding 4 full days of 75-85 MPH that convinced me that I need a long distance bike that hold up for lots of miles on a day-after-day basis. Many of you know that Iím an Iron Butt guy and put a lot of miles on my bikes so if I buy another Dual Sport, itíll have to be something that is great off road and good enough on long distance asphalt.
Sure, Iíll miss my KLR. It was bulletproof and dang near perfect for the riding I do. But what Iíll miss the most is the camaraderie of the other KLRistas. The guys I rode with in Arizona, San Diego trails and Baja. And the fine folks I met at Eagle Mikeís tech days. There just isnít another bike community like the KLR riders I met and rode with.
So I guess this is good-bye.
For now, anyhow.