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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2007, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Bad hygiene.

How often do you clean your KLR? I have a 2000 KLR 650 with random goodies. I dont know any KLR owners in Indianapolis so I usally ride with dirtbikes/quads or harleys. When I ride with street bikes they always give me alot of BS about how dirty it is. I detail it twice a year and spray it off once and a while thats about it. By now its hit the ground more times than I can count but has taken very little damage and looks nice. I just rode 1700 miles on two lane Kentucky and Indiana roads and spent two days to detail it. It was a mess after putting on countless miles of gravel road and offroad trails( dropped it twice following the locals through their " favorite trails" bent the bars, broke the choke lever). It got me wondering how clean the average rider keeps his bike.[IMG]img_0258[/IMG]
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2007, 05:05 PM
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hmmmm, don't guess I am the average rider, my bike is too clean, but that is the way I like to keep my stuff.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-29-2007, 08:41 PM
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You will find the answer to that question as versital as the KLR. Some you could put on the showroom floor and others have only seen water on the trails.
Myself, the first two years I kept it clean, not the spic and span clean, but clean. After that I spray it off every now and then. Having it out in the weather all the time makes it look a lot older, but it still runs like a champ.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-29-2007, 08:53 PM
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If I felt the need to detail mine after every dirt trip... I'd sell it. I'd be doing nothing else but cleaning 24/7. It gets a wash at the carwash after an event and the deed is done. I rode it for several days with last Saturdays gunk on it. Lower chain guard never replaced (mud catcher anyway), right mirror never replaced (never used it).


Gitrdun... you should have posted your trip, might have gotten some others interested. What parts of Indiana and Kentucky did you visit?
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-30-2007, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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I posted a thread titled "preparing for the big trip" where I spoke to a few people about the trip. My dad and me took two lanes from indianapolis to Black mountain(where the locals took me for a ride where I wished I could've turned around the whole time butt puckered to the max). We were going to deals gap but his primary cases developed a bad leak so we never made it to the gap. We had a hell of a time though. This was my first big trip with the KLR. I was'nt sure what to expect or I would've invited more people. Some people told me a KLR would beat me to death and to trailer to the gap. The bike rode super smooth. My dads in the garage working on his harley now, We will be leaving for Blue Ridge Parkway to Deals Gap soon. This time we are going the opposite direction through, southern Ohio east then south. If things look good Ill make a trip report.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-30-2007, 04:39 PM
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Sorry.... Yeah, I remember now it was about a month ago. I was actually somewhat interested, but never saw much more being posted about it.

I voted to trailer, but that was only if you planned to take the Intercrap to the highlight spots. 2-lanes are fine for a full day of riding on the KLR. Last Saturday I rode for 14 hours with some breaks here and there. It was Two-lane roads with some singletrack and lots of fairly rough forest roads. I did point it straight and pin it on 80 for the 100 mile ride home on the intercrap though. Normally I don't last that long by myself because I get bored, but with another rider it's just more fun and you lose track of time.

Glad your trip went well, hope your next one works out.
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