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post #1 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Took the KLR to work for the first time today..not good

I took the time to make sure everything was just right. Most of the guys that ride bikes at work ride cruiser type bikes. So I pull up to the security guard shack and get my paperwork and walk back to the bike and get on, start it up and put it in gear...pow! backfire and she dies! Unbelievable! Right in front of everyone that was outside waiting to go into work. I tried to get her to go several times but it kept stalling and backfiring when I put it into gear. So I get off the bike and go to put the sidestand down and notice that the spring is missing and the stand is just kinda hanging there a few inches too low. I walked to the guard shack and told them I was gonna have to park it at the gate. On the way back to the bike I saw the spring on the road! What luck... So I pulled out some pliers and put the spring back on and away I went. I never even glanced at the onlookers and I'm pretty sure I heard some snickering going on..lol. Talk about humble pie.
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Look at it this way.. You were smart enough to fix your bike right there, without going to a dealership and hauling the bike in the back of a pick up truck.. Keep riding, and be nice when one of their bikes won't start.
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I took the time to make sure everything was just right. Most of the guys that ride bikes at work ride cruiser type bikes. So I pull up to the security guard shack and get my paperwork and walk back to the bike and get on, start it up and put it in gear...pow! backfire and she dies! Unbelievable! Right in front of everyone that was outside waiting to go into work. I tried to get her to go several times but it kept stalling and backfiring when I put it into gear. So I get off the bike and go to put the sidestand down and notice that the spring is missing and the stand is just kinda hanging there a few inches too low. I walked to the guard shack and told them I was gonna have to park it at the gate. On the way back to the bike I saw the spring on the road! What luck... So I pulled out some pliers and put the spring back on and away I went. I never even glanced at the onlookers and I'm pretty sure I heard some snickering going on..lol. Talk about humble pie.

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Amazing you happened to find the spring and cool you were able to get it going and get home.

Work lot motorcyclists must be the same everywhere. I used to get a lot of comments about mine, usually comparing the perceived "inadequacies" of my ride to the prevalent cruisers such as "You need to get something with more power to take longer highway trips." The best ones were not comparing my type of bike to theirs, but proclaiming that I needed a "better" bike in the genre "like a Triumph Tiger or BMW."

Funny thing was, I'd always catch them out there looking at it and examining it when I wasn't around and after awhile I got a lot more questions along the lines of "That thing looks fun," and "What's it like to ride?" The KLR, even a dual sport, was completely foreign to most of them. One day I even heard, "Man, that's a cool bike."

You are not alone in your starting experience. One night the guy next to me had ridden his custom chopper. I was putting my gear on and he was having a hard time getting his started and he got all nerved up and more frantic with his attempts, throwing out all kinds of theories and excuses as to why it wouldn't start. I guess he didn't realize I didn't really care or wasn't criticizing his bike: I was just hoping he would get it started and he eventually did.

If you really want to get made fun of, show up wearing full gear while everybody else rides to work in street clothes and those "beanie" barely-legal skull helmets.



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First week I got mine I picked up a short screw in the rear tire and punctured the tube... noticed the flat right in the middle of a 4-way stop. Had to push the bike off to the side and call for a tow. Heh. Havent had a flat since.
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I was told a long time ago, by a man much smarter than I, that everything in life is a learning expierence. As long as you can learn something from what has happened you will be better off in the long run. My expierence with KLR's has provided plenty of "learning oportunities" along the road; and sometimes along the side of the road, or in the garage, or on the side of a trail, or at a red light, or at a gas pump, or in front of all of your co-workers....

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Look at it this way.. You were smart enough to fix your bike right there, without going to a dealership and hauling the bike in the back of a pick up truck.. Keep riding, and be nice when one of their bikes won't start.
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Amazing you happened to find the spring and cool you were able to get it going and get home.
AND THIS!

I remember one time, trying to get my badge out, rolling up to the gate, I dropped something out of my pocket that I deemed important enough to go back for... Well, stopped the bike put the kickstand (most of the way) down, with the bike in neutral. Made it three steps off the bike before I heard "crunch!"

Stuff happens, it's not so much about what happens, as how you deal with it when it does.
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Stuff happens, it's not so much about what happens, as how you deal with it when it does.
Truer words were never spoken, or typed, I guess.



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post #10 of 16 Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 AM
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Motorcycling seems to have a way of making me feel superior to fellow motorists, then humbling me at the same time.

It's painful to the ego at times, but it's good to be humbled from time to time. Keeps me aware that I'm not invincible on a bike, and I'm no different or better than anyone else out there on the road.
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