First of all, great site, I have really enjoyed the reading.
I have a new 2011 KLR 650 that I have yet to pick up, and I'm a little torn on something. It will be my first bike, so I am new as can be.
From everything I've read, I can expect to lay this thing down plenty. I've seen everything from slow turning, front braking at low speeds, to uneven ground off road, etc, so it sounds like with the top heaviness, its just a fact for a new rider on this bike.
So what I'm wondering about is a set of SW motech crash bars. Part of me says, no mods, just ride the bike bone stock for a season, learn about what I like and don't like, before starting any sort of mod process. Get to know the bike as is, before changing things.
But on the other hand, I dont want to spend that first season wrecking my plastics, radiator, and whatever else, only to add the crash bars later after the damage is done.
1. New riders. Did you lay it down plenty in the first year, or maybe still do? What part of the bike does this generally affect, fairings, bars, etc?
2. Do you think I should just go for it and put them on right away?
BTW, I will not be doing any offroading for the first season, until I feel totally competent on the road, if that makes a difference.