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post #1 of 8 Old 10-18-2017, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hello folks
.bought a KLR a couple of weeks ago.
I live in Ontario Canada....been out the the bike a few times and love it!
Haven?t rode a motorcycle for about 18 years....my last one was a curser. So this type is new to me..looking forward to some off road once I get a little more familiar with handling of the bike, in general it is very comfortable.
My first add on was the crash bars on the front.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-18-2017, 06:47 PM
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welcome aboard.
I also bought a KLR a couple months ago. Biggest thing I find now is when I go back to my HD bagger, I've become a sloppy rider. My HD takes a lot to make it go where you want it. The KLR changes direction with little effort, I've grown too accustomed to the KLR.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-18-2017, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ha ha my last bike was a 85 sotftale...I know what you mean most people complained on how that turned.
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-18-2017, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have issues with the klr vibration?
Have you been off road yet?
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-20-2017, 01:56 PM
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Hi and welcome. Offroad use is my personal interest as it relates to KLR's so if you have a specific question, just ask.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-20-2017, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Nothing in particular....never been on a dirt bike or quade...so this is new to me...just going start with some easy trails...
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-20-2017, 06:10 PM
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Welcome Hikerman! I have done a fair amount of off road single track riding with my 06 KLR. LOOOOOVE it! Shes a pig in the woods and mud but she does real well overall. Dont get me wrong, its not my old 250cc dirt bike that I could just toss around wheelie at will. Its heavy and a lumbering beast but it will get you in and out better than most people will give it credit for. We have lots of single track out here in Western WA, logging roads are its real domain but she will do whatever I have asked her to do! Never left me stranded, even after dumping it several times. These bikes are the Jeeps of the cycle world! Enjoy!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-20-2017, 06:55 PM
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Do you have issues with the klr vibration?
Have you been off road yet?
Yes to the vibration, but I bought the bike used with 240Kms. I've got just over 2,000Kms on it now and it seems to be getting better.

I've found some loose fasteners, and made sure the chain isn't tight, but haven't tried adjusting the counterbalance shaft chain slack. i.e Doohicky.

Most of the K's have been gravel or "Use at own Risk" trails. I've done a couple single tracks, but this is the wrong bike as the stock tires aren't up to it, neither is my skill level.

Be careful if you get into mud, the front end will wash out faster than you can blink.

Bought the bike to do the Trans Labrador next June, probably sell it right after as it's not me.

Added crash bars, skid plate, risers, heated grips, taller windshield and pivot pegz.

If I was doing it over again I would have bought the vibration reducing risers to cut down on the vibration. I can tolerate the handgrips, but the buzzy mirrors drive me nuts. I can't tell if I'm being followed by a flock of birds or a semi ready to roll over me.

Any question don't hesitate to ask
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