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post #1 of 16 Old 01-03-2014, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Adventure Riding!!!

So I'm one of those silly members that joined this forum in 2007 asked some questions (I was riding a Yamaha FZ1 at the time) and moved onto a different path only to be brought back here due to my connection with a Non-Profit group called 'Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders' (RMAR). We raise money in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah to keep trails open by giving that money to the various trail organizations that take care of the trails.

To find out about us you can read a couple articles one was in AMA and the other in ADVmoto: http://www.rmariders.org/in-the-news.html

Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RMARIDERS

So although I'm kinda a KLR rider by the fact Kawasaki has been very supportive of our group and loaning us a bike to use my Personnel rides are a 2001 Honda XR650R (Just stripped it down today as it need rebuild, I put 50,000 to 60,000 miles on it and I bought it used) and a 2012 GasGas EC300 Racing. I've been getting more into Extreme Enduro type riding vs the Adventure aspect.

Although I did take the 2013 KLR out on ATV trails and had a blast...so it can do it....

http://youtu.be/8MerVAeSvDc

Although I'm slatted to ride the new 2014 KLR we get soon on a Point-to-Point ride called the Quien Sabe we are putting on through that will be through Utah. It should be a blast, and I hope to make Kawasaki proud in showing what it can do and that it can indeed hang with the KTM 950/990's, BMW's and the others.

Here are some pictures of the 2013 we had:






I'm looking forward to the 2014 model, and being able to shoot some videos, take some pictures and give a good ride report on the 2014 to help people pick the best bike for themselves.

My favorite feature of the KLR is the price point. Next is all day comfort, I saw people complaining about the stock seat on the 2013's...I thought it was a sofa myself but note I ride a GasGas all day and have no issues with the seat that I been told is a 2x4 on end...LOL

How many people are in the Colorado Springs area on here? Once we get this bike would people have an interest in going for a day ride...maybe I can show you around some little known gems, or a good loop ride on Gold Camp to Shelf Road to Phantom Canyon Road. If there is interest that is something I would love to do, and you get to see the 2014 in action. ;-)
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-03-2014, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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A few more pictures of the 2013 bike on the CAM1000 piloted by Big John




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Are those Giant Loop bags? If so, or not, What are they and how did you like them?

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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Are those Giant Loop bags? If so, or not, What are they and how did you like them?
No it's Wolfman Luggage
http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index....product_id=104

I believe Big John had no issues with them and they worked out great. Sorry I was not piloting the bike for that Adventure. If you contact Wolfman on price mention RMAR I think they will give you a discount ;-)
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Cool pics and video!

Like the green, looks sharp!

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No it's Wolfman Luggage
http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index....product_id=104

I believe Big John had no issues with them and they worked out great. Sorry I was not piloting the bike for that Adventure. If you contact Wolfman on price mention RMAR I think they will give you a discount ;-)
Thanks, I've been looking at some soft side bags since I don't like the idea of a hard case rashing my legs in a get off.

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Thanks, I've been looking at some soft side bags since I don't like the idea of a hard case rashing my legs in a get off.
Yeah the hard bags can break a leg.

I'll probably use my Cortech large soft saddlebags I own for my turn on the bike for a big ride. I would get the Wolfman bags but I spend too much as it is and not actually owning the bike means I can not justify a one time huge luggage expense), I got some of their stuff and it's really nice.

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A few more pictures of the 2013 bike on the CAM1000 piloted by Big John




Gwardy,
Can you identify the route of picture #2.
I think I might wish to avoid It.
I bulldogged my empty KLR down the Black Bear steps.

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Hey Gwardy, my folks live in Monument on Mt Herman rd.
I'm in California but let me know when you guys are doing the Utah thing, or any other thing really. I am looking for excuses to ride east and see my family.

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