1 months experience on klr 650
Hi, Coming from a back ground of 750 to 1000 cc motorcycles for the last 35 years the klr has been quite a learning experience. I thought I knew how to ride motorcycles. The following has been an adjustment.
1.) Not looking for a gas station every 2 hours
2.) Not bracing myself for that wash board section of road that would put my Tbird into a handling challenge.
3.) This bike actually fits. I am 6'2 and I love everything about the erogonomics. (seating position, handlebar feel, wind screen, everything )
4.) The shifting is smooth and positive. It seems to be able to pull at any gear. Not neck snapping pull but what I like to refer to as confident pull.
5.) My model is a 09. I have read all of the horror stories about the oil consumption but mine has not appeared to have lost a drop yet (I have put 1200 miles on it and I bought it with 3500 on the clock ) I am going to change it at 2000 anyway. It is just the way I do things.
6.) She does stand tall on the kick stand. I am going to have a friend with 20 years experience handling wrenches and a really kitted out shop see if he has a solution for that. She already fell over once. For now I just put the front wheel up on the curb. This has worked out perfectly.
7.) I have not been off road yet. To be honest with you I think I am going to restrict that to fire roads and state parks. The hooligan tends to come out jn me when I am in the woods. The running joke when I was a kid from the time I was 13 until I was 17 was what bone I was going to break this summer. The sad part is I didn't miss a year. And 40 years later I still have days where the old bones ache a little more than normal. ( Did your mom ever tell you that you will pay for the way you are running around some day ??? ) You know what. SHE WAS RIGHT !!!!!!
8.) So I have to say I am very pleased with my choice. I don't tend to bolt on parts unless I find something annoying and an aftermarket supplier had the ingenuity to make it better or provide a creature comfort that I would enjoy. So I think for now I am going to concentrate on riding gear. I should really upgrade my helmet and graduate to a full face. What wrecked me for life is I used a Bell Star ( circa 1970 ) I believe but don't quote me on this, It was the helmet that Evil Kneivel wore. I think that was the attraction. Back then it felt like they weighed about 20 lbs. My neck was tired after about 1/2 hour. I went back to open face and never looked back. I think it is about time I give the full face another chance.