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post #1 of 44 Old 03-12-2011, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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First time on the highway today

Re: First time on the highway today.


So I was riding around today on my new KLR 650 and thought today would be the day I take it on the highway for the first time.

I stayed in the right lane and got off at the next exit. Did it several times today. Im a very new rider so it was kind of a big deal to me as I was a little nervous. I have heard of people saying they had concerns of this thing maintaining highway speeds so also wanted to test it out as far as speed. I got up to about 70 mph or so and maintained between 65-70 at about 4000-4300 rpms. Being tall I had to lay down just a bit because it was very very windy today. I had a short burst or two up to maybe 75-80mph just to see how it felt.

I didint really try to even go that fast but was more focused on my riding than the gauges so was actualy suprised to look down and see that I was going that fast.

I rode for about 4 hours today and really enjoyed myself. Went into a couple empty parking lots to do u-turns, Did some city driving today also(lots of start/stops)Was about 55 degrees, sunny but again, very windy.


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Sounds like you're getting some great riding in today. Your comment about using parking lots reminded me that I need to get some parking lot time in on my KLR too - it's a great way practice all the motorcycle safety course drills like hard braking, counter steering, swerving, and slow speed maneuvers.

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Sounds like you're getting some great riding in today. Your comment about using parking lots reminded me that I need to get some parking lot time in on my KLR too - it's a great way practice all the motorcycle safety course drills like hard braking, counter steering, swerving, and slow speed maneuvers.
Hard braking and swerving are the next things I want to practice on next time im out which is hopefully in the next few days.
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Ahhh, memories. Glad you had a good time. Just remember, the KLR will go plenty fast so worry less about speed and more about maintaining the flow with traffic. Be carefull on strong winds, they can push you out of your lane if your not ready for them. Welcome to the road and hope it's a long love affair.

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When you get in the wind, RELAX. If you stiffen up (which everyone does) then the wind pushes against you like a sail. Your arms input steering directions you do not intend and the bike will feel less stable. If you relax, the bike does its thing. Force yourself to relax and rely on the gyroscopic forces that want you to go in a straight line. Keep practicing and having fun!




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And if you haven't, read Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. Trust me.




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And if you haven't, read Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. Trust me.
+1 Great book!

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And if you haven't, read Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. Trust me.
Absolutely!!! I wish that was around when I first started riding. I see it as more a survival guide. I took a rider course (not MSF) in the early 70's that actually taught how to "lay er down" and some other things I have since had to un-learn.

Once you get your riding skills up to par the #1 piece of advice I can give is to trust NO ONE on the road to do the right thing, even OTHER riders.

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Once you get your riding skills up to par the #1 piece of advice I can give is to trust NO ONE on the road to do the right thing, even OTHER riders.
Big +1 I've lost count of the drivers who've looked right at me and still pull out in front of me as if I'm not there. Followed by the comment, "I didn't see you", when I chase them down and give them 6'4" of pissed off motorcyclist.

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And if you haven't, read Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. Trust me.
I wholeheartedly agree. There are quite a few used copies in good condition on Amazon, etc. and you can get one pretty cheap. Great book: I re-reread it regularly.



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