Newbie with long distance tour questions
Please excuse the ignorance. You have a fine website here and it looks like everyone really rides the heck out of their KLRs.
I currently ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 750, which I got after being out of riding for about 25 years. Yes, I did my MSF class and really got a lot out of it.
The Vulcan is a very nice motorcycle, but is pretty limited. It does freeway pretty well, but it has a phat rear tire and non-aggressive cornering geometry. It's a great little street bike, but can't do much else.
My daughter will be going to college in northern Colorado next year and I'd like to do some long distance rides to go over there to see her. The run will be from Sacramento in the California Central Valley to Greeley, Colorado and back. I think the Vulcan might do OK, although when we made the drive last summer, everyone on the interstate was Harley'd up. I'd prefer to ride some of the less-travelled roads, like 40 in eastern Colorado and Utah, for example.
I'm really interested in the KLR650, because it's a basic motor and it seems pretty bulletproof. Another alternative is the Suzuki Wee-Strom, but I'd really prefer the thumper.
I'm not a small guy...5'11" and 280. What do you think? Can the KLR do this run and back? I've heard that it sucks some oil at speeds above 70 or above 5000 rpm, so I was thinking about dropping the gearing a bit to lower RPM at highway speeds.
If you don't mind, I'd appreciate some input from you experienced KLR runners. I apologize that this thread rambles a bit, but I'm looking for some reassurance that the bike will handle what I'm proposing to do. If it won't, that's cool...there are alternatives.
Thanks for reading and for your responses.
Last edited by gumshoe4; 10-06-2007 at 05:21 PM.