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post #1 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up 1 week old 2015 klr. Everyday driver/touring bike

Bought this a week ago to take place of my rockets as my daily driver. Hurt my back last year and needed an upright stance. Right now she's sitting with 35 miles and Clean as could be. I plan on converting an old Ammo can for a luggage back, and a different gearing ratio to help with highway speeds. What are your suggestions?

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 05:57 PM
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I had a 15 tooth (factory sprocket) and went down to a 14. I think a 15 would be fine on the interstate but a bunch of guys change to 16's and see happy with it. To me I'd lose so much trail ability with a 16 that I couldn't see doing it.

I ride some trails and am not a big fan of anything like ammo cans behind me that could end up imbedded in the back of my leg, so on long trips, I go with soft bags. They're easy to install and don't cost as much as hard luggage. I also have a removable trunk that I use most of the time but if I felt like getting really crazy (on the trails) that day, I could take it off. There can be times on the trail that you want separate yourself from the bike and go it alone. I don't like stuff following me made of steel.

EDIT: I don't have the KLR bags. I don't see any reason to spend that much on bags so they say "KLR" on the side. They fit well but are not any better than other brands.

Here's my trunk:

You can get one here: http://www.bikebandit.com/riding-gea...e-travel-trunk

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 08:10 PM
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Mine is at stock gearing and I like it. It is a 0 -90 km bike for me. Fun pulling away from a stop, fun 60 -70 and at 90 + it goes, but I don't expect much. You can get cheap used soft saddle bags.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-23-2014, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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I was looking into doing the 16 upfront as well, just to be easier on the engine during trips and normal commute. Trailing I thought of just using the stock 15 but will end up trying the 14 to feel the difference.

As far as the trunk/luggage I was looking twards an older large ammo unit to place on the rack, more for commute than trails as I would remove before going off road. I do have a extra pelican 1550, but I thought it might be to bulky as a stand alone rear. (Don't know if I ll go with sides yet or not)
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-23-2014, 07:15 AM
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Congrats, You have a nice new bike. I put Trax side cases on my 2011 and they look like they belong on it. The whole set-up cost about $1100. nearly stopped me from going with them but they are very nice. Of the 15 bikes I've owned it's the best beer wagon of all and handy as could be for travel and transportation. It makes a great utility bike and are easily removed.
Good luck with your new bike
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-23-2014, 11:59 AM
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Looks very nice
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-29-2014, 03:38 AM
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Mustang, U picked a good horse to ride.
Remember it's a Clydesdale, not a mustang anymore. LOL

It's no rocket but makes up for it by everything it CAN do.
I have a 16 tooth/ 42 rear for the highway/ freeway blaster
and the difference is big. At 70 mph the engine is humming
along in the mid 4's on the tach. It's fine offroad but the gearing
taught me to how to feather the clutch and I never need more than
the first two gears. 3rd on some decent straights along the railroad beds.

I run the same trunk as Toney and love it. Big enuff for a full face helmet
and a massive lunch for overtime workdays plus dry gloves, rainpants, etc.
The bonus there is no side bags to get bashed up. I have to occasionally
wiggle between a pair of trees or other tight stuff that requires putting the
handlebars through one side at a time before rolling again.

The height of the bike, softness of the tires, and narrow footpegs can induce
some ridiculous lean angles while keeping traction. You'll be right up there with
your rocket buds if not in front in the twisty roads before they blow your doors off
on the next straight. Lotsa good fun.

Any joking challenges to race are stopped cold when ya say "Sure, first one across
the creek and to the top of that hill gets the titles, right?" Catch 'em with their boxers
down on that one.

Welcome to the forum and the best overall motorcycle on the planet.
That statement comes from owning a CB, CBR, DR650 XL 600R, Goldwing, two
HD's, 6 mopeds, Each has it's own little niche and fills it nicely. The KLR does
all of it but isn't perfect for anything. It's the mostest fun you can have on two
wheels for 6 grand hands down. Great looking bike, btw. I blacked out my '09,
stripped off all decals, and now they come that way. LOL My tank and fairing
are glossy. Yours look better.

Welcome and have some fun,

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post #8 of 10 Old 01-01-2015, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice guys. I ended up going with a pelican 1550 for the trunk, just for simple mounting, and low cost. ( by using original mounting holes, and leaving stock rack for support) sprokets on order, I have my go pro mounted on the handle bar,and now am looking to get a helmet. I've been leaning to the afx 39 ds, does any one have one? Reviews look fairly good for the price.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-01-2015, 09:45 AM
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Congratulations on the bike. Enjoy!
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