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post #1 of 5 Old 02-17-2014, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Smile How I feel about riding my KLR?

I think I had a relationship with my KLR the first time I had started looking for my first motorcycle. In '08 while surfing the net looking for a dual sport, my first thought was price, then durability, reliability, resale value and most of important, who were the folks riding them. After had seeing a few that sparked interest, it came down to the fact that the US Marine Corps basically endorse the KLR and have used them reliably since 1986. You know, "Be all you can be." That tripped my triggers, I had to get one, even if it wasn't a diesel. Took me 5yrs, but I'm now a proud owner.
In my relationship with not just the KLR, but my general outlook on life. It has changed somewhat, it feels like I'm in more spiritual contact with everything around me. I can not only see my surroundings every which way, I also somehow get a feeling of what it's doing in that present time and space. Don't get me wrong I'm not a big fan of 4 wheels, I've been riding mountain bikes for the last 24yrs, come wind, rain, sleet and darkest of night. I felt at home, but now that little world has expanded and sped up. Lighting every thing on fire, so to speak. I can feel when the bike itself wants to either go faster and thrill at the feel of torque rumble between my legs or tell me, "Hey, slow down and smell the roses." like I'm missing something.
Anyway, that's how I feel when I'm riding my KLR, oh such a joy... Monken
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nice! it sounds to me like you got it right! it took me a while to get my KLR as well. i've always liked them, but when the new style came out in '08, i knew i had to have one. i've been riding for over 30 years now and so far this has been my favorite bike. i hope you have many more happy miles on it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-17-2014, 08:08 PM
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If I sit and think about it, my first "introduction" to a KLR came back in about '98 or '99 while working night shift... The plant was running smooth, so I started researching motorcycles, and I came across a story of three friends who loaded up their KLRs and headed south down the west coast of Central and South America - going as far south in Chile that they could go. When they got there, two of the guys had their bikes crated up, put on a cargo ship, and sent back to the states while they flew home. The last guy decided to turn around and ride back...

Because I lived in Northern and Central Chile for a couple years, I thought that would be an awesome trip. Unfortunately for me, I had bills to pay, a wife and son to support, so I had to put my purchase of a motorcycle on hold. Finally, it '12 I was able to fulfill my dream and I was able to purchase my KLR. Since then, I've become totally hooked on riding, and once the weather finally warms up a little, I'll park the truck and ride the bike as often as possible.

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-17-2014, 08:52 PM
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Well said, everyone!
I trace my Dual-Sport roots back to 1969, almost 11 years old at the time.
Been riding my KLR650-A1 for 26 1/2 years, 69,005 miles so far!
We may see, Who Out Lasts, Who?

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-18-2014, 08:13 AM
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Well said, everyone!
I trace my Dual-Sport roots back to 1969, almost 11 years old at the time.
Been riding my KLR650-A1 for 26 1/2 years, 69,005 miles so far!
We may see, Who Out Lasts, Who?

IT is re-buildable!
wow! nice. i've seen 70k miles before, but not 26 1/2 years! i've said before that i would not ever sell my KLR, but now it seems i have a goal to shoot for!
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