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post #1 of 4 Old 07-17-2014, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Sore, sooooo sore!

After a 2400 km loop to Edmonton and back, I now understand why many of you have a second (more comfortable) bike.
My neck aches and now feels like tendons are popping down my back. My arse has no feeling and my hands tingle. If I was 35 years younger I would laugh it off, but I'm not.
So, while I will not be in a rush to take the KLR on another tour like that, I am going to change out a few things that should make it a better trailie, tires, proper progressive suspension, maybe gearing....
Also, the "only Kawi dealer in Edmonton" was a big disappointment. In amoungst the Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Husky and even a new Norton, sat 3 lonely Kawasakis (one I think was used) No KLR's, no gear at all. Tho I did manage to pick up some filters.
I love the bike, but for touring there are better machines available. IMHDO
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After a 2400 km loop to Edmonton and back, I now understand why many of you have a second (more comfortable) bike.
My neck aches and now feels like tendons are popping down my back. My arse has no feeling and my hands tingle. If I was 35 years younger I would laugh it off, but I'm not.
So, while I will not be in a rush to take the KLR on another tour like that, I am going to change out a few things that should make it a better trailie, tires, proper progressive suspension, maybe gearing....
Also, the "only Kawi dealer in Edmonton" was a big disappointment. In amoungst the Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Husky and even a new Norton, sat 3 lonely Kawasakis (one I think was used) No KLR's, no gear at all. Tho I did manage to pick up some filters.
I love the bike, but for touring there are better machines available. IMHDO
(In my humble, damaged opinion)
Yep. It's no Goldwing (I always wish it was on long rides). Do you still have the stock seat? I have back problems and that thing KILLED me. Got a Sargent and I can sit a LOT longer.




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I agree with you about the Edmonton Kawasaki dealership. Fortunately there is a dealer in Ft. Sask which is closer to me. Not much better but at least closer. If you need something you usually have to order it.

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Yep. It's no Goldwing (I always wish it was on long rides). Do you still have the stock seat? I have back problems and that thing KILLED me. Got a Sargent and I can sit a LOT longer.
I don't have the stock seat on, I had a custom seat built by a local guy and it is way too soft, especially in the heat. I still have the stock seat and will be putting that back on as it's better for the trails. I wish I had gone with my first instinct and bought a Sargent or a Russel. But I like KLR4evr comfy seat even better....the one that comes attached to a 'Wing! Ha ha
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