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post #1 of 38 Old 06-23-2007, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Holycaveman's last ride on the KLR!!

Yes, its a sad day, I have but just one more ride with the old KLR650. She has been good to me though. I am lucky enough to have logged in over 100,000 miles on her.

Alright, if you have stopped crying LOL. I might have abit of a last journey to start to tell you about. This might take a minute or two, and pics will follow.

The Skinny. My brother and I have an opportunity to be able to basically have our KLR's and ourselves transported to Yakima Washington starting June 27th. All our expenses are paid. We unload the bikes in Yakima and head back home to Ohio, the long way! Yes its a good opp. BUTT!!! there is always a BUTT somewhere 8).

My bike is totally ragged out, uses about a 3/4 quart every tank full. I have very few miles left on my chain sprockets and brakes. I was fortunate enough that a friend donated some half worn stock tires to me. My brothers bike (he just bought) long story short, I just got the case half back from the machinist today, and the gear and fork needed to rebuild my brothers tranny in his KLR.

These are the bikes we are taking, and this is Saturday night, and we are leaving Wednesday night! I have to have his bike going tomorrow, Work Monday and Tuesday, overtime, and get my bike and gear ready Wednesday. Yes Lord willing we can make it happen. And I am going to take you guys along for the journey, through the net.

Now I have a feeling we might run into some difficulty along the way, but, that only adds to the adventure

We were hoping to maybe meet up for coffee or brunch(or something) with some other guys/gals, on our way back home. If you are interested please post your location, maybe we can start a map or something and connect the dots. Might only ever get to do this once?

Would appreciate it! Hey I might even buy

Oh yea, why is this my last ride on the 650? Because if and when I get back, I will be installing the 705 kit that is currently sitting in my garage. Schnitz racing is on top of the game. And I will hopefully have a complete writeup of the install with dyno's and the works, and of course a field test!(my favorite)

You really did not think I was going to get rid of my KLR?,... did you? 8)

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post #2 of 38 Old 06-23-2007, 11:49 PM
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You totally have to go through da U.P. on your way back to Ohio. To go any other way would not be the "long way".

If you do let me know and I can point you twoards some neat places.

Last time I was in Washington I was going to stop by the town where they filmed "Northern Exposure" but a rockslide got in my way.

Roslyen, WA I think.

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post #3 of 38 Old 06-23-2007, 11:52 PM
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ey Tom,you and your brother have a great trip.Even thou we're a little south of your route,your always welcome here.Here is a link for ya,may come in useful.Take pics

Whew,had me goin there for a minute

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post #4 of 38 Old 06-24-2007, 09:52 AM
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Have fun on your trip, hope those tires last long enough.
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This should be good, I will have to subscribe to this report.
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Have fun and be safe....

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post #7 of 38 Old 06-24-2007, 07:00 PM
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I'll be watching for your log as well.
You know, maybe it's been said, but it's folks like you that make the greatest sales people for the KLR. Kawasaki should be sending guys like you commission checks.
Folks like you and others, have shown the midnight web - surfing bike buyers; the KLR's attributes and capabilities. I for one have enjoyed reading about your racing ventures and such. And all the while you have maintained the straight and narrow path, in the web eyes of us also fighting the good fight.
I hope your last KLR650 trip is memorable. And may your hybrid KLR 700 - something prove to be a winner.
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post #8 of 38 Old 06-25-2007, 12:31 AM
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Take the TAT back.

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post #9 of 38 Old 06-25-2007, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Take the TAT back.

I wish we could, but we only have a week to get back.

Thanks DS junky and to the rest, appreciate the replys it means alot. This trip is still abit sketchy, we are still planning on leaving out wednesday night. So far our plan is to leave Yakima Washington sat morning, and head to Portland Oregon. From there we are heading straight to Moab Utah, to meet up with a few friends from AZ.

I have descided to buy a new chain before leaving, I noticed a few rollers missing today. So don't want to chance it. We have descided to camp the whole way . Don't like hotels much anyways.

Got to go finish some work, I will try and get back to you later on.
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post #10 of 38 Old 06-25-2007, 03:50 PM
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You'll love the ride along the Columbia from Portland. You should have a nice 45 mph tail wind headed east.
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