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post #1 of 10 Old 02-10-2020, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, just got me a “new” baby...2016 with 1200 miles and some side panel damage 😉 I’m approaching 600 miles with it myself, and definitely love. I commute to Salem from Sheridan currently so the miles are gonna rack up quickly. I’ve some exploring nearby at the Whipup OHV trails but a bit hesitant to venture too far riding solo while getting used to a big bike off the tarmac and it being super muddy out there. I rode a sports bike last year and tiny trail bikes in my youth. My upgrade list for this baby is extensive lol. Haven’t done much yet other than get myself outfitted in weatherproof gear, wet bag and straps for the bike, oil change, and have some Shinko 705s coming in the mail that I will install myself as the rear tire is toast down the center. Any locals looking to ride hit me up!
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Hey guys, just got me a ďnewĒ baby...2016 with 1200 miles and some side panel damage 😉 Iím approaching 600 miles with it myself, and definitely love. I commute to Salem from Sheridan currently so the miles are gonna rack up quickly. Iíve some exploring nearby at the Whipup OHV trails but a bit hesitant to venture too far riding solo while getting used to a big bike off the tarmac and it being super muddy out there. I rode a sports bike last year and tiny trail bikes in my youth. My upgrade list for this baby is extensive lol. Havenít done much yet other than get myself outfitted in weatherproof gear, wet bag and straps for the bike, oil change, and have some Shinko 705s coming in the mail that I will install myself as the rear tire is toast down the center. Any locals looking to ride hit me up!
Welcome to the forum. I live in Newberg and know the road from Sheridan to Salem well. You come in on the Marion street bridge?
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Hi TangentKLR:

Welcome to the forum.

I come through Sheridan occasionally, usually when I do the Nestucca River - Bald Mountain Access Rd - Willamina - McMinnville loop. I've tried a few trails in the Nestucca OHV area, but I am too much of a beginner rider for those trails, not knowing what is going to be at the other end. I've had better luck with Brown's Camp where the trails are rated for difficulty.
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My upgrade list for this baby is extensive lol.
Welcome!

I'm new here as well. I've accessorized mine as well and was going to do way more than I did but after seeing some out there on the road and trails accessorized to the MAX I thought about it differently. In the realm of 650 dual sport thumpers the KLR is obese compared to the rest. I made mine morbidly obese with Tusk panniers, Tusk engine guards, a Krono windshield mount and a Denali fender light mounts. My wish list was much larger but again...after seeing some other KLRs I decided to end my list there....... with only a lower dash and a phone mount for the remaining items ordered.

Depending how everything goes with performance and ride mannerisms...I really would love a center stand for on trip chain servicing and tire repairs or whatever may be needed.

Have fun.
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Welcome to the forum. I live in Newberg and know the road from Sheridan to Salem well. You come in on the Marion street bridge?
Yep I hit the bridge coming off of 22...coming from Mac last year it was 221 eventually...probably the way you go and definitely a bit more exciting.
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Welcome!

I'm new here as well. I've accessorized mine as well and was going to do way more than I did but after seeing some out there on the road and trails accessorized to the MAX I thought about it differently. In the realm of 650 dual sport thumpers the KLR is obese compared to the rest. I made mine morbidly obese with Tusk panniers, Tusk engine guards, a Krono windshield mount and a Denali fender light mounts. My wish list was much larger but again...after seeing some other KLRs I decided to end my list there....... with only a lower dash and a phone mount for the remaining items ordered.

Depending how everything goes with performance and ride mannerisms...I really would love a center stand for on trip chain servicing and tire repairs or whatever may be needed.

Have fun.
What you did so far sounds rather necessary to me really...but good point of view. There's just a lot to be done, I forgot to mention I did get a cheap cell phone mount that I'm happy with...I had the spendy RAM mount last year(like $60) on the SV650 I had which was great but opted to try a cheap Amazon one this time that was only $17 called RYYMX .. Yeah it's plastic and takes slightly more effort to operate but I'm happy with it. My bike came with 2 busted side panels on the right side so AFTER I get crash bars front and back I'll replace those, but also need a skid plate. Need to get the Pro Taper bars as mine came with a very slight bend, also need a touring windshield as I do a lot of commuting and that wind noise is kill. Might be doing a little camping trip to the NORCAL so a USB port would be nice..hand guards seem to be critical, and I wouldn't mind an aftermarket exhaust. Probably won't ever do any engine overhauling though, from the sounds of it not worth it and I'm happy with what it is.
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Hi TangentKLR:

Welcome to the forum.

I come through Sheridan occasionally, usually when I do the Nestucca River - Bald Mountain Access Rd - Willamina - McMinnville loop. I've tried a few trails in the Nestucca OHV area, but I am too much of a beginner rider for those trails, not knowing what is going to be at the other end. I've had better luck with Brown's Camp where the trails are rated for difficulty.
Thanks..I hit that Elk Flat OHV a couple days ago just to take a look...too sloppy out there on the trails and ran into some sketchy snow as well heading further up some random road. I haven't been to Brown's camp since I lived in Banks decades ago...def need to check it out again.
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Hey guys, just got me a ďnewĒ baby...2016 with 1200 miles and some side panel damage 😉 Iím approaching 600 miles with it myself, and definitely love. I commute to Salem from Sheridan currently so the miles are gonna rack up quickly. Iíve some exploring nearby at the Whipup OHV trails but a bit hesitant to venture too far riding solo while getting used to a big bike off the tarmac and it being super muddy out there. I rode a sports bike last year and tiny trail bikes in my youth. My upgrade list for this baby is extensive lol. Havenít done much yet other than get myself outfitted in weatherproof gear, wet bag and straps for the bike, oil change, and have some Shinko 705s coming in the mail that I will install myself as the rear tire is toast down the center. Any locals looking to ride hit me up!
I bought mine in October as my first vehicle. It is my commuter and traveler. I personally live near Oregon City
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I bought mine in October as my first vehicle. It is my commuter and traveler. I personally live near Oregon City[/QUOTE]

Nice! How’s it been goin? As a commuter and light trail rider on a a bit of a budget
I think KLR is a great option...a smaller bike wouldn’t brush off big trucks so easily or get near the range of mileage. My first tank got me 190miles before flipping to the reserve.
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