Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Meadview Arizona
Getting back into bikes.
I'm an old fart at 63, but still healthy and active. Rode dirt bikes and then raced and rode for decades. But living in SoCal I wanted nothing to do with the street. Lost too many friends. But now living in NW Arizona in a little town without a street light, I've had a KLR for three years. It's a 2011, low miles, DG pipe (It does make a real power difference but is loud) and recently put on Tusk crash bars. Learned a big lesson putting on the crash bars. If you ever remove the the fuel tank, mount the rear side covers to the tank and the back holes before you tighten the fuel tank down. Then tighten down the fuel tank, take the side covers off again and bolt down the seat and then attach the side covers. Doing this will insure the bolt holes will line up when you put the rear side covers back on. I learned the hard way. Also put on Tusk D-Flex hand and brake, clutch lever protectors. Those guys in the videos make it look easy. Neither job is easy.
Untold miles of dirt trails and roads out here in NW Arizona and I'm loving it. But the washes? No way, I don't do deep sand on a KLR. You have to gas it hard and go stupid fast to stay on top of the sand on a KLR. Just too heavy a bike. Those haul butt days (and crashing) are over for me. Washes are explored in my side by side.
Had a personalized license holder made for my bike. On the top it says "Street Slow". On the bottom it says "DIRT FAST". That's what a KLR is. It would definitely be nice to have more power on the interstates, (and a sixth gear) but is stupid fast in the dirt.
Between price, dirt and street capabilities the KLR is a not to shabby compromise. But if I had room in the garage for 450cc motocross bike, a 1200cc crotch rocket and a 1800cc Harley?............. Oh Yeah!
But I'd still keep my KLR!
Last edited by meadviewken; 03-30-2018 at 11:18 PM.