2009 KLR, red, fully farkled. Bought one month ago with 1500 miles on the clock.
one month later: new dualsport riding jacket, helmet, bar risers, KLR dash, ZG sport touring shield & now at 2002 miles.
I LOVE IT!
I've taken it light off roading on neighborhood trails with my son & his baja 70 dirt bike, I have taken it down I-5 freeway with legs hoisted on the hiway pegs and everywhere in-between.
I stopped riding bikes many years ago so the return has been great. What a fun bike. It sounds like an old sewing machine, nimble, I'm not afraid to roll through the gravel & dirt.
No oil issues that have shown themselves (yet?).
What have I learned so far?
Well, Harley Riders
There seems to be two types of them
. Let me preface this first; I grew up in rural South Dakota back in the 1970's. Anyone heard of Sturgis? If you saw a group of Harley owners rollin down I-90 back then or walking through a Lounge, you did not F*** with them, look at them, my mom & dad would shout at us to roll up the windows & look straight ahead. Harley riders were called "bikers" and nobody messed with them. Well, fast forward 40 years and these types of Harley riders are actually the cool ones who think the "lone ranger/Dual Sport" Thumper is cool. They'll want to talk about their old Triumphs or BSA/Enfield Thumpers with nostalgia. My old bike was an old Royal Enfield Thumper which always got the thumbs up from Harley riders.
Now... The second type
of "Harley Rider." These are the guys who see my KLR with saddle bags, stickers & Dual Sportiness and do not wave, act
like bad a$$es, have very beautiful & extremely clean bikes which presumably don't get much use, psuedo-tribal tattoos and a very well manicured goatee. These guys also seem to live in my suburban neighborhood where the average house price is $400,000 to $750,000. These guys don't wave at anything unless it's another Harley.
Other obsevations from the beastly KLR - (In the years since I've ridden a bike):
TEXTING. Holy Shi*t.... WHoa nelly. In Oregon it's illegal to talk on a cell w/o hands free device but swear to God, every suburban mommy with $200 sunglasses & a Tahoe/Denali is chattin' away on her phone, texting to her BFF's about wtf & OMG... whtevr.
You really have to pay so much more attention now that everyone & their sister has a smart phone. Wowsa! Safety first everyone.
That's it for now. Kindof fun to get back on a bike after a hiatus. I am taking the motorcycle saftey class to refresh my skills & get legit.
the dual sport Noob