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post #1 of 2 Old 08-10-2018, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Noob in Wilkes-Barre PA area

Hi everyone,

I just bought a 2012 KLR in June. It was a toss-up between the KLR and V-Strom. I simply fit better on the KLR, the V-Strom seating position is too cramped for my legs.

This is my first motorcycle at the age of 59. I was dead set against MC's for most of my life based on safety concerns hammered into me by my family and friends.

Then an old college roommate told me about the Trans America Trail. It took a few years before making the decision that this was something worth exploring and the best way is on a motorcycle.

I completed a basic MSF course and have my license in the mean time. Exploring the local back roads and unpaved park/game land roads has put about a 1000 miles on the bike.

I will be doing part of the MABDR this fall as a warm-up to the TAT possibly next year.

So far, the only wrenching has been:
1.) Installing a muffler baffle on the aftermarket pipe that cam with the bike. It makes the bike more neighborhood friendly.
2.) Installing new tires.

Looking forward to interesting times,

jncdi
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-13-2018, 11:01 AM
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This past spring I rode the MABDR from top to bottom on my 2010 KLR. I see you have Shinko 705s mounted. Those 705s will be great everywhere except in the optional sections if it had rained during the prior week.
Some of the very best riding on the MABDR is in PA and I see that's your backyard. Good choice!
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