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post #1 of 26 Old 02-19-2014, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, good-bye

Hello.

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.

Dan
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post #2 of 26 Old 02-19-2014, 02:43 PM
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Hey Dan, you don't have to leave just cause you sold your KLR, brother. Stick around.




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post #3 of 26 Old 02-19-2014, 03:13 PM
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Ya what he said. We ride bikes - that's what joins us not the brand.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Ya what he said. We ride bikes - that's what joins us not the brand.
Exactly!! Stay with us!!
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post #5 of 26 Old 02-19-2014, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am feeling the love, my KLR brothers!

I intend to ride out to my friend Jon's place in AZ this April to participate in the 2nd annual KLR fest (if I have another bike by then!).

You guys are top notch, really.
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The Eagle Mike Doohicky is strong within you Dan. Even now you feel the pull of the torsion spring. It will become irresistible..... You WILL return to the KLR!!
Even if you don't have a KLR you have to admit this is still the best bunch of people on any forum on the net!! You will always be welcome here.round
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"You can take a man off his KLR,
But you can't take the KLR out of the".............That doesn't work.

"You can sell a mans KLR,
But you can't KLR the............." Nope----

Sorry, loss for words. And that's hard for me to do.
You'll find the right bike.

Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

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You got that right, my friend!

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Even if you don't have a KLR you have to admit this is still the best bunch of people on any forum on the net!
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If you're going to go on moer and longer tours! Join ADV rider forums... they don't really care what bike you got and you can post your trip reports on there!
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If you're going to go on moer and longer tours! Join ADV rider forums... they don't really care what bike you got and you can post your trip reports on there!
I've been on ADV for years and have posted many of my rides there.
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