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post #1 of 4 Old 08-02-2012, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Why I Love My KLR

I've had a little bit of a rocky start to my KLR relationship, but after last weekend I can definately say I love the KLR. It really fits me to a "T". I really fell in love with it on my ride last weekend.

I left work in Basalt at 4:30, and was going to ride to Denver that night. My plan was to go over Independance pass, through Buena Vista, and drop down 285 to Denver. It was raining when I left, but it stopped raining by Aspen and there was even a bit of sun on the Pass.

About halfway up the pass I realized how much FUN I was having. It may be heavy, slow, but I was having a blast going up that mountain road. The scenery was beautiful, the road twisty, and I was really loving it. I've ridden that pass much faster, on much faster/better handling bikes, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed it as much. I got off on the top and took the obligatory pass picture:



On the way down, I was treated to a beautiful rainbow. My crappy cameraphone of course does it no justice:



It started raining, got dark, and I got to my parents house to stay the night.

I got up at 5:30 the next morning, the reason for my trip was to see the Denver Broncos practice at Training Camp. I really wanted to see Peyton Manning. He didn't disappoint, he looked incredible. I had never attended training camp before, it was a ton of fun. If you are a football fan, I’d recommend visiting training camp. It’s a blast, and you see your favorite players right up close and in person. It’s much more laid back than actually attending the games (but that’s a ton of fun too!)

After camp I took I-70 from Denver to my home in Rifle. It’s interstate, but it’s mountain interstate, so I don’t mind it. I wanted to see how the bike handled long interstate rides. I think it will be nice when I put in my 16T front sprocket, but it did just fine. I was surprised when I realized that when cruising at interstate speeds, the missing horsepower compared to previous bikes, doesn’t really matter. Cruising at 65/75 is cruising at 65/75. I was also happy with the bike’s overall comfort. It rained off and on, some of it pretty intense, and I did miss some of the protection on the legs my Ninja 650 provided, but overall I was content on the KLR at highway speeds.

All in all, I really do like this bike. I’m dropping it off tonight to have the doohickey replaced, and need to fix a few minor other things, but I’m happy with the KLR. I plan to do a weekend camping trip on it in the next month or two. There’s some 4 wheel drive trails nearby, and I think this will be a great mule for hauling me and my camping stuff around. But even if I just use it as a cruiser/road bike, I would enjoy riding it.

It fits my personality – a bit quirky, not very pretentious, function over form. I can do things to it and not worry too much if it looks goofy. I plan on making a topcase for it, and I like that I don’t really have to worry about the styling all that much.

Anyways, kind of long winded, but thought I’d share
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that's what it's all about pal... good for you!
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-02-2012, 08:31 PM
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It fits my personality a bit quirky, not very pretentious, function over form.
This probably fits a lot of us. Thanks for your thoughts. I have thought of most of my bikes as horses. We work together to get to our destinations, enjoying our rides together, and, hopefully, both making it back safely. Just bought a KLR to add to the other, more single purpose bikes in the garage. Looking forward to the rides with this steed!
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