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post #1 of 11 Old 05-16-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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First long trip on KLR

I'll try to keep this short. I am going from the Texas panhandle to Nashville Tennessee. I want to take this trip on my KLR, but I am looking for some planning info from some peeps that have taken long trips.

1. How long in hours are usually ridden in a day?

2. What are some things to keep a check on while traveling other than oil, gas, and tire pressure?


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post #2 of 11 Old 05-16-2012, 01:37 PM
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you first look out for stupid drivers.1.have good rain gear,check weather reports because weather is unpredictable now.2.ride as long as you feel comfortable.usually 1 1/2 hrs.the KLR is not a comfortable bike on long trips.If you get tired get a bottle of 5 hour energy drink at walmarts(12 dollars for 6 compared to 3.25 for 1 at a convience store).Assume everyone at a side road IS going to pull out in front of you and you should have an enjoyable trip.Have fun and ride safe.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-16-2012, 03:15 PM
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4-500 miles is more than enough for one day, anymore than that and your going to stress yourself out and be less alert. i just got off of a 2700 mile trip and went through texas on 10, watch your oil especially if you are running hwy speeds and tire pressure, also watch your tire tread and make sure it is wearing wierd. other than that its pretty straight forward. its going to take you a day or two to break yourself in. thats the hardest part. ride safe. tennesee is beautiful right now.

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I've done a few 600 mile days comfortably. I stop every 150 miles to walk around, watch oil, tire pressure, and have a great time.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-16-2012, 05:48 PM
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I find the KLR to be very comfortable, I have highway pegs and a vista throttle lock on mine and using the passenger pegs as well it allows for all sorts of stretching and changing positions.

I much prefer secondary highways to super slab on the KLR and I agree 500 is a reasonable daily mileage although I usually run 6 plus a few when I'm in trip mode.

Having the right gear/clothing/windscreen/helmet makes the difference between tolerable and fun and the best way to sort that out is to ride long days, keep notes and ask questions.

I would take earplugs and use them and nothing will sap you faster than dehydration so plan around that, when I get sleepy I find a spot and take a nap, it usually takes about 30 minutes and I wake up ready to go again.

I picked up my 03 this past November and have put 14k with most of it being 2 to 4 day trips, it's great fun have a ball and start out on good tires. denny
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-16-2012, 06:44 PM
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Well I know on my 08 after a long day of riding it always needs a small sip of oil and believe it or not you can actually notice wear on your tires each day on long trips. My factory tires were done after 6000 km and I did 3000 km in 3 weeks. Let's just say I didn't get half a season out of em. Now I run a kenda 761 and have 10000 km on them. Mind you they are shot now..... Well I'm gonna run one more street only trip on them to the rockies June 1. "1500km". Then they come off. I'm sure they will be pushing canvas by then. Like the rest of the fellas said thou, watch for everyone else. You have to be twice the defensive driver on the bike.

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I wish I had the balls to go for a long azz ride. I think I'd get somewhere and want to throw it in a rental truck and drive home. lol
This past weekend I talked to 2 guys riding thru town. They were going from Canada to Arkansas because they heard the roads were fun there. LOL

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Daily mileage/hours, it's all about what your comfortable with. If all your riding has been limited to 3 hour days, it's probably not a good idea to plan on back to back 18 hour days.

At every fuel stop, I'll lube the chain, check oil, put my hand on the tires to check temperature. Otherwise, for me, it's at least a large bottle of water and something on the stomach (regardless of whether I'm hungry or thirsty.) Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of dehydration.
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Comfortable sneakers.
Sucks walking around in riding boots fer 4 days.

What the other dudes said, and AGAIN, defensive riders
live the longest. Ride like no one can see you, cuz they just might not.


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Wear good protective gear. 500 miles is a lot--just starting out.. I take 4-6 week trips and average about 475 miles daily. This gives me time to see stuff,take pics.,etc. Sometimes 200 miles is very tough--if you are on non paved or tricky roads..have a decent first aid kit, a water system(bottles), tool kit. Work on bike at home before having to do it in "the field". Check oil and tires often. Carry a safe bottle of gas on your bike. ENJOY !

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