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post #11 of 698 Old 03-04-2008, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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I look forward to all of the adventures I can have here in Colorado on this thing..
Perfect bike for the perfect motorcycling area..

I've ridden out in Colorado a few times, but always on strickly street bikes.. I'd love to be able to ride some of the passes that are dirtbike/jeep territory..
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post #12 of 698 Old 03-06-2008, 10:54 AM
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First time motorcycle owner here and I decided on the KLR. It's a 2007 black and silver with an taller windshield, light bar, highway footpegs, supertrapp exhaust and hardcase trunk. All upgrades were done by the previous owner. Planning to replace the doohickey, have ordered a corbin dished seat and 1.5" lowering suspension links.

At 5'8" 165 lbs, the bike is a bit too tall for me. The rear shock is set to 1 (lowest resistance right?) and only the tips of my toes will reach the ground when I'm on the saddle. This makes it pretty hard to back up or even keep balance. Anyone else have this problem and found different solution?

I'm in the heart of Raleigh, NC and will learn to ride here. I've never owned a motorcycle or dirt bike when younger but do ride my bicycle everwhere I can: class, store, etc. Does anyone have any advice learning to ride? I thinking about an unused university parking lot up the road. I'll probably use milk jug cones and basically follow what's in the manual. In the summer, the local community college offers a riding class which will replace the driving portion of the NC motorcycle driving test. I don't want to wait that long, so I figure practicing in the parking lot will suffice.

Once road ready, I'll use the bike to get around town for errands and would like to ride it to parents house in PA in late summer. How are these things on long trips? Anyhow, good to meet everyone. A link to my KLR is below.

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post #13 of 698 Old 03-06-2008, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Very nice looking machine, and as far as touring any distance, the biggest issue for most people is the seat. I personally won't give Corbin the time of day if they paid me for it, but that's another issue..

As far as training, do what you can to ride, but PLEASE take the MSF Beginning Rider Course as soon as you possibly can.

Part of it is for you to learn the correct way to ride, but the biggest issue is EVERYBODY ELSE!! You need to learn both the skills to ride, but also to survive with all the other vehicles on the road. I'd much rather read your summer riding reports than find out that you were injured, or even worse because someone didn't see you and you didn't know what to do in the situation.. Again, Please take the course!!

And, when you're done with that, take the Experienced Rider Course next summer. And a few years from now, do it again..

Welcome, and enjoy that motorcycle!!
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post #14 of 698 Old 03-06-2008, 11:17 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

My best advice is to take the MSF riding course. I am sure they have one near you. Then practice, practice, practice! I personally ride like I am invisible to everyone else, "knock on wood" I have survived so far... But still it is not a question of "if"... but "when".

You have a great group of riders in your hood over there, I am sure you will hook up with them!

Take care, and ride safe!

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post #15 of 698 Old 03-07-2008, 01:12 PM
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Hey guys! I'm new to the site...just found it! I've had my KLR for almost 2 years now. Finally got my own after having ridden on the back of my ex's for too long. I'm in Santa Fe, NM. I'm the only woman on a KLR that I know, hoping to meet a few more in this forum!
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post #16 of 698 Old 03-07-2008, 01:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum Burlygirl!

There are other women at this site who ride. (check out the ladies lounge)

Please feel free to ask questions, and post up some pictures!

Take care, and ride safe!

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post #17 of 698 Old 03-07-2008, 09:05 PM
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Welcome Burlygirly!!!! Cool...we needed more of OUR kind on here!

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post #18 of 698 Old 03-14-2008, 07:20 PM
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Hi bought 2006 KLR a few weeks ago and it is my newest project. It seemed as thought the first 5 or 6 times I rode it we had 30 to 35 mile per hour winds. After getting a non windy day to ride I like it alot great on back roads.
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post #19 of 698 Old 03-16-2008, 06:36 PM
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Hi!! I have 2007 KLR black... I am a fairly new rider and not too sure were to ride any sugetions for the Sacramento, CA area.

Thanks!
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post #20 of 698 Old 03-24-2008, 09:58 PM
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I'm new

I just bought my first motor cycle, my 06 green KLR and I'm 35. My wife thinks its a mid life crisis. I've always wanted one and I am happy.
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