Gen1 vs Gen2 in the rain.
I fire the sleepy thumper and let her warm while I snug my hiking boots (not really important, but if I slip too far away form my literary stream-of-consciousness I'll probably post something about soup or a gardening question... maybe even dingos. Man, I really want a dingo.)
The awakening sunlight pierces the treeline in a brilliant orange as I zip up the mesh, no liner just a hoodie underneath. I'm running early, probably have time for a coffee stop this morning.
I bang my knee on the luggage rack for the ninth time in twenty-four hours as I mount up... It's been on there thirty-three hours now. The Rust-Oleum "unique hammered finish" black is starting to show some wear, not so much as my knee though.
Rolling out of the garage I notice the little missez took the Civic. It's a perfect morning... she must be getting the oil changed or something.
The actual post begins here.
Okay, like anyway, I roll out of the assigned place of bidness today and notice the sky looks angry... Not good, but I head out to knock-down some last minute errands before this particular 'ville rolls it in for the next four days... and then it starts raining. (The wife checks Weather.com when she gets up, I go to craigslist.)
Lo and Behold! The Gen2 actually has decent rain protection! My old Gen1 had virtually none, maybe less. I think it may have actually caused rain on two occasions while I was on I-70 in the mid-90's. The Gen2 KLR is actually MUCH better in the rain than my 2nd Gen SV650S (the SV with the fairing.)
It may be under-engineered, overweight, assembled by Asian child labor and have "questionable" styling... but I'm starting to warm up to it.
"Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer." - RWR