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post #1 of 6 Old 05-01-2016, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Cool New Dual-Sport Rider

Hi there folks,

My name is Ilya. Previous owner of two 2013 Ninja 300's as well as current owner of a 2013 ZX6R.

Friends and I decided to buy some dual-sports and drive them down (on a trailer) to TX (from Upstate, NY) and then ride them into Mexico down the eastern side/coast of the country (possible destination being Cancun) in the early part of 2017.

So, having no previous experience with dual sports, I've started shopping and have my sights setting on a 1st gen. KLR 650.

I will be asking questions as I try to put together a 'farkle' list lol. Thanks!
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Hello and welcome!

It sounds like you have an great plan; looking forward to reading about your adventure.

If you haven't already, check in with Two-Wheel-Texans TWT. There are some guys over there that have been developing routes from Texas down into Mexico and other SA countries for a couple years now. They have many great adventure rides every year. I did the inaugural 600 mile Texas Adventure Challenge back in 2012 (on a Super10). Great bunch.

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Hello and welcome!

It sounds like you have an great plan; looking forward to reading about your adventure.

If you haven't already, check in with Two-Wheel-Texans TWT. There are some guys over there that have been developing routes from Texas down into Mexico and other SA countries for a couple years now. They have many great adventure rides every year. I did the inaugural 600 mile Texas Adventure Challenge back in 2012 (on a Super10). Great bunch.
Thanks for that suggestion! That is one of the things on our to-do list...see if there are any recommended paths down the east side. I've seen a few videos on YouTube that seem to do the same route on the Baja side, but nice to know of a group who may assist with the east side.

Good lookin out!
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Well, I found a bike and went and picked it up.

I was told it was a 1998 with 19kmi but it turns out it's actually a 1989 with 19kmi. Little bummed about that, because now there is obviously 9 more years of 'the elements' that could affect the bike...but I'll try to put some TLC into it and make it look better.

Still can't post the images for you guys because I'm not at 15 posts. Can a mod somehow clear this setting for my account in particular?
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I worked in powersports sales for awhile. On a rare occasion, we saw some titles/registrations on trades with the wrong model years. The way to tell is the tenth digit (a number or letter) in a motorcycle serial number reflects model year. You need a table, but K=1989, W=1998.

This certainly doesn't change any of your plans. Heck, people are touring across vast countries on 100 year old motorcycles.

Plus, you can register your new, 26 year old KLR in New York with an antique license plate!!!
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I worked in powersports sales for awhile. On a rare occasion, we saw some titles/registrations on trades with the wrong model years. The way to tell is the tenth digit (a number or letter) in a motorcycle serial number reflects model year. You need a table, but K=1989, W=1998.

This certainly doesn't change any of your plans. Heck, people are touring across vast countries on 100 year old motorcycles.

Plus, you can register your new, 26 year old KLR in New York with an antique license plate!!!
Hah yeah. The VIN sticker or whatever actually shows a production date of 10/88. The Craigslist ad said it was a 98. No title, just bill of sale. My plan is to register it in Vermont and then eventually re-register in NY using the Vermont title.
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