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post #1 of 2 Old 08-25-2008, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello every one, I am Tom N. from Missouri. I have just purchased a 93 KLR 650 and am anticipating recieving it Saturday. My first bike was a Susuki 90 enduro I bought while stationed in Okinowa in 1970-71. I only rode it on the street. I have owned a Honda 350 (2cyl), a Honda 550f4, a Ninja 250, a Yamaha 250 Virago and latlely a1982 Honda CX500 Silverwing. I commute 40 miles to work each way so I need a reliable bike and also want to play on my day off. I dont have time to clean a chrome show bike, but I want to maintain the bike my self. I have only ridden off road one time I rode my little brothers Yamaha 400. I took it up a hill then down the hill. Having never ridden a two stroke I didnt know about a compression release. I let off the gas and guess what? No engine braking. So I then hit both brakes gingerly. At the bottom of the Hill was a deep culvert. As the culvert came closer, I was not geting any closer to being able to turn. I got on the brakes and washed out the rear wheel of the bike. I went over the high side into the tall grass. I found out road rash doesnt just come from asphalt. That was my only "dual sport" adventure. I am going to need loads of help with this bike. I have found that Bikers are some of the best people around. I am looking forward to meeting any and all of you.
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-25-2008, 09:11 PM
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Welcome aboard Tom. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. We will do our best to answer them if we can.

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

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