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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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KLR - 1 month in - a review, of sorts...

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 for one....
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.

-signed,
the dual sport Noob

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-09-2011, 06:34 PM
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good stuff! I'm ridin a 2009 red one too...used to have an 05 that I miss like crazy.

2 questions....
1: how tall are you? What kind of wind protection does the ZG sport touring provide? Does it cause helmet buffeting? I'm thinking about getting one, but I'm only 5ft10in, and I don't want the wind that was hitting my chest start hitting my face. I want it to be over my head.

2: Have you been caught in any serious rain? Does the ZG windshield offer any protection from the rain? I got caught in the Tropical Storm that swept through the southeast last monday, and had to ride home 200 miles in a downpour. Some protection would have been nice.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-09-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Ricky,

6'4" - I have the KLR adjustable risers & ZG sport tourer. It's perfect as the wind hits right above my eyes/ top of face shield. I would guess that 5'10" would be even better. I like it because I can see over it too. It is more of an upright style (more like the KTM 990) screen. Plus, it looks awesome!
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2handedSpey, glad you're digging the KLR.

You are bang on with the Harley rider comparison! To be fair, I'm sure that some KLR riders are less than friendly at times... just allot fewer of em! My boss just happens to be one of the "Second Types" of Harley rider. But I feel sorry for him, he drives an Escalade when there is 1% rain, the moon isn't in the right phase or when he has to take his laptop home with him. Poor guy.

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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.
I call these guys the "Bro's" as in "Whats up Brotha". They like to call themselves and everyone they encounter "Brotha"

Bandana's, the HD leather vest usually a half shell helmet with a baseball hat turned backwards underneath, hoodies and lots of black clothing.

Was up in Napa/Sonoma this weekend and saw lots of these, and every time you eavesdropped the conversation the word "Sturgis" could be heard.

Saw an old dog HD guy today wearing legit colors and a Grizzly Adams beard, he was obviously old school,,,however...he was all over the place wildly gesturing at some poor car driver for no reason I could fathom. I guess he wanted to inform them to get out of the left lane so he could have passed earlier on but he was creating more of a hazard then if he had just got on with it.

Don't get me wrong, my old mans got 2 Harley's, one he bought brand new in '67.
He's a retired cop and a member of the Blue Knights which is the national police officers motorcycle club. Ive grown up around some of the craziest bikers ever seen, but none of them are like today's suburban midlife crisis bunch.

I am glad the American Chopper thing is fading out.

Anyway, I digress, glad your enjoying your new bike!

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Glad you're having fun, man, and I agree with your observations. Especially the texting. Dear god.

Oh, and of course the accountant Hogsters.




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