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post #1 of 41 Old 10-04-2006, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Call it a mid-life crisis, but

I can't help but think I want to sell my KLR and take up bicycling for my "later years". OK, laugh if you want (I'm only 40), but I really need to get into better cardio. shape, and though the Killer does keep me in good (better) mental health, it's not doing a damn thing for my heart, weight or muscles. I should be able to do both, but my hystory proves otherwise. Given the choice between jumping on the 650 and doing a 200+ mile loop into the hills and gearing up to huff and puff at less than a tenth of the klr's speed, and I chose the mode with the enging every time. :P

Some will surely say "follow your heart", others will say to simply dump it and move on and others still will tell me to keep it and do both. Keeping both is likely what I'll end up doing, but not because I want to ride both. Hell I haven't ridden the klr in weeks. No, I'll likely keep them both simply because I've got so damn much money sunk into the Kawi. that I'll take a real bath on the sale. My other option is part it out.... Strip off all the crap I've bolted to it, sell it separately and then sell the stripped klr alone.
That is just too much work!

Yeah, it's late and I'm tired. :roll:

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post #2 of 41 Old 10-04-2006, 02:49 AM
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i've still got dibs on that rolling catalog. :lol:

keep it...you'll really be mad at yourself if you sell it.

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post #3 of 41 Old 10-04-2006, 03:19 AM
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Hey Timbo,been there.Keep the scoot and buy ya a bike.You may not be ridin now,but you will.Mine sat for the first time in a year for more than a week,but when i climbed back on,oh ya.I have a jamis mountain bike that i was on almost daily,it now sits.Moods change with time

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Just remember, 40 is funny, 41 just sucks...

Do what makes you happy, even if it's only for a little bit.. :wink:
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I plan to ride some form of motorcycle until the end, or as close to the end as possible. Which I hope is still a ways off, I just celebrated (or hated) the big 3-0 and now I think I will quit counting :wink: But keep the bike, they are supposed to make you feel young. I must be like 19 or something, I'm working a deal with daytona harley on a '05 softail custom, like I need another bike. If they actually made you younger, guess I'd be in diapers again :lol:
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Hey Timbo,been there.Keep the scoot and buy ya a bike.You may not be ridin now,but you will.Mine sat for the first time in a year for more than a week,but when i climbed back on,oh ya.I have a jamis mountain bike that i was on almost daily,it now sits.Moods change with time
Like 650 said. I've got both myself and don't ride either one as much as I should, but I'm keeping them.
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post #7 of 41 Old 10-04-2006, 10:20 AM
 
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Good time to start. I'm 56, try to ride bikes several times a week, early before work, then the gym with my son in the afternoons. KLR is for solo adventures.
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post #8 of 41 Old 10-04-2006, 10:38 AM
 
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EEEEEWWWWWW-you were definitely in need of sleep---40--later years!!!!????I'm 48(not afraid to tell) and I keep thinkng --my grandmothers lived till 92--I've really only lived half my life so far--got lots to go and do---get the bike--keep the KLR! I guess I was never much of a bicycle girl--grew up on a farm -lots of hills -so dad fixed us up with horses and dirtbikes-wonderful childhood---and those little tiny up your butt seats--ouch-maybe if I could get a corbin seat on one I might think about it-------------NAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW--keepin my KLR and droolin for an 08-----I kinda like the green ones. Maybe blue :? ----see , I have too much to think about let alone "later" years----after raising 5 kids the last thing I want to think about is getting old right now--it's freedom time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These KLR 's are such a stress reliever for Mike and I and they keep us young!! Kay
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post #9 of 41 Old 10-05-2006, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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In my family 40 years is old. My dad died of cancer at 53, my mother 70 of pneumonia, my uncle at 70 from lung disease and another uncle at 60. So you see, I'm already over the hill. :lol:

I did get a little (70 mile) ride in this morning before work, out to the coast and back, and it felt pretty darn good. Partly because of this thread and partly because it always feels good ride the twisties out to the beach and back once in a while.

I might have to make this a regular thing. :P

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Yeah, you've got to keep both. Especially if you've "farkled" the KLR THAT much! Besides the pleasurable trips to the coast and thru the twisties, having a vehicle that gets over 50mpg is a pretty good thing these days.

I actually bicycle more in the winter up here than in the summer. I live near the bike trail that's groomed for skiing and ride it after it firms up. Doin my little part to lessen the air pollution challenge we sometimes have up here in the winter. I'm runnin Nokian studs on my ol Klein. Fun. MH
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