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post #1 of 10 Old 11-04-2018, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Returned to the KLR fold

I have returned. Joined up in 2010, riding a 2006 red/silver KLR. That bike was my return to riding after a bad wreck in 2007 that kept me off a bike for 18 months. I bought it to ride where the cars didn't go. I loved it.
Then I took a 4 day trip from my home in Helena to Glacier National Park with my 12 year old Daughter on back. We found that the KLR was not intended to ride 2 up for long periods of time. She abandoned me for Moms minivan.
Next year I had to take my youngest daughter on the same ride, fair is fair, so I picked up a 1985 Yamaha Venture Royal. Much better.
Now I had 2 bikes, and wanted to get back to one, so I got a VSTROM 1000, and sold the others.
But I missed the KLR. Found an old DR650, kick starter. Got it cheap and had fun in the dirt again. Back to two bikes.
Along the way I became a certified MSF Rider Coach, and taught for two summers. Great gig and wonderful people.
Now last spring I ended up with trouble in my spine. Almost paralyzed. Can't ride or teach. I have had surgery and am healing. So I decided to go back to one bike. Sold the Suzuki 650, because kick starter is not an option for me anymore.
Traded the VStrom straight up for, a 2006 KLR red/silver! I have returned!
Still can't ride it yet, but I am on the mend and determined. Hope to be able to ride in the Spring. Ciao.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-04-2018, 09:03 PM
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Welcome back to the KLR650 & the klrforum,

Ya' need to speak-up every now & then. Silence is not necessarily golden, all the time.

Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-05-2018, 10:48 AM
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Welcome. I'm a Gen1 junky so congrats! :-)

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-05-2018, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome. I have always enjoyed the cameraderie of riders. There is a special bond with no expectations for more than mutual fun. The motto "ride your own ride" sums it up.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-05-2018, 05:38 PM
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Welcome to the forum, the KLR is a very comfortable bike to ride. I had 12 plates put in my neck 2 years ago and the KlR was my go-to bike for a long time. Slowly sold off all my sportbikes because they were too painful to ride. Good luck with the rehab and your new bike.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-05-2018, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply Road rash. Your own case helps give me a hope for a better day.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-06-2018, 09:06 PM
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Welcome back and hope you are on the mend.

The whole back pain thing is a serious issue for those injuries. I truly wish you the best in healing.

Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

Jeff in Napa California
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-07-2018, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the understanding. This is serious, but I am determined to get back, when the time is right. I have a desire to ride again for a long time. And I would like to teach MSF again. It's possible. Last year I rode in Baja, and taught MSF. I'm a tough old buzzard.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-13-2018, 10:05 AM
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My experience: THERAPY, and TIME, heal greatly!

It's possible to improve, DAILY, just a little bit.

Hope you're, "Back In The Saddle Again," (apologies to Gene Autry) very soon!
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-21-2018, 03:45 PM
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i know the feeling. i had a bad crash on a zrx1200 and took 7 years off from riding.

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