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post #1 of 8 Old 07-21-2018, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all,

I just bought my first bike at the mature age of 48. New 2017 KLR650. I'm also in the process of getting my bike licence for the first time. That is quite a process here in Queensland, Australia. I live just west of the capital Brisbane. I am looking into improving my skills and knowledge to I can adventure tour around Australia and in a few years extensively overseas.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-21-2018, 07:12 PM
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In Queensland we have to do a two day learners course. Ride for 3 months under supervision of a person who has held their licence for one full year and then sit another full day course and practical riding exam to get our licence. The hard bit is finding riders who are prepared to follow you around while you are a learner. I've got about 7 weeks to wait before I can get my licence.

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Is there a requirement for the amount of time or distance that must be ridden with the guardian during the three months probation?

Many if not all KLRs sold in Australia for "learners" have modifications to the carburetor to produce reduced horsepower. It involves holes drilled in the vacuum operated throttle slide to keep it from opening fully. I haven't fooled with them, but someone here will be able to know which holes to fill to get full power from the engine.
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The stupid thing is there is no requirement for distance or time while on you learners. Also, besides calling emergency services, what can any supervisor really do for you?

The courses are comprehensive enough that you don't need too much practice on your learners but a bit of experience is always useful.

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Oh and the carburator mod seems simple enough but so far I am happy with the power I'm getting. Once I'm fully loaded to camp then we'll see. I'm not a light unit myself so I might be looking for more power at that stage.

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Wow, that's better than Tennessee! All you have to do here is ride around the parking lot and not fall down.

When my wife was learning, I'd follow her and we had Sena headsets so I could talk to her. That really helped. She started in grass, then went to trails/gravel roads, before getting on the road. If you can ride trail, you can ride road.
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