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post #1 of 13 Old 09-02-2015, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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New Rider - Road Test Advice

Hi folks. I'm new here, and new to KLR's! I've been riding an old Yamaha XS400 on a learner's for the last few years, but recently bought a 2009 650 KLR, and am going for the Road Test next week. The KLR's a different kettle of fish compared to Yamaha! I'm over six foot two and so the high profile suits my frame, but the issues I'm having are turning when shifting (and remembering to cancel the turn signal), stopping exactly at stop sign or stop light road markings (to make a full legal stop), and riding in traffic that's barely creeping along. I know, you're all laughing at my lack of riding experience, but truthfully, I don't remember these issues on my 400.

Any words of encouragement are appreciated! It's almost winter here, so this road test will likely be my last shot at getting my license before the snow flies.

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-02-2015, 05:54 PM
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Seat time

Best I can offer is seat time get as many hours on as possible before the test also if you can go to the test track maybe on a weekend and drive it. Good luck and hope the best
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-02-2015, 06:58 PM
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Man, that's a rough one. Take a course if you can. Don't overthink it. The KLR can be a blast in the twisties if you don't fight it - it doesn't have to feel heavy and awkward. It can be a pretty nimble bike if you let it be. Not fast, though.

If it's hard to ride and you know how to ride a MC properly, loosen up, get the feel of the bike's geometry. Don't ride with a full tank at first (60 lbs of gas doesn't help). Practice countersteering - hit a parking lot and do some figure eights. Get a feel for the clutch and bars. Weighting.

But yeah, what drtrider said, basically, I'm just longwinded. You gotta get to know the bike. Good luck.



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And welcome. Sorry. Do it the right way and you'll be a KLR nerd like us soon enough.




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One thing you can do that would benefit you in more ways than one is to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider's Safety course and in most states, with a certificate of completion from that course you don't have to take the Road Test. At least that is how it worked for me in Kansas when I was stationed there. I don't know the cost of the course because it was funded by the military since it was mandatory for all military riders to have that course. Hope it helps!
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Hi guys. Completed my road test yesterday. I was pretty nervous and made a few errors...mostly not shoulder checking enough, but I PASSED!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the advice and tips. There is no magic bullet to pass the test, however, the more seat-time the better!!!

Thanks guyz!!!

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Congratulations

Congrats on passing the test! Good Job!!!
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Good job on passing your test, Randinator. Many more good miles to come!



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New Rider Tips

Now you are able to get on the road, be sure you pay attention to everything around you. You never can tell when some nit-wit will do something stupid. Watch both in front, and in back, especially at stop signs, and lights.
Don't trust the other guy/gal is going to do the right thing.

Ride safe, and enjoy!

PS: If you can, subscribe to "Motorcycle Consumer News" magazine. A lot of real good info on how to ride, and be safe.

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Congrats! If you haven't read 'Proficient Motorcycling" by Hough, I can't recommend it enough. It's the safe riding bible. And practice. And ride like it's a video game and EVERYONE is the enemy.

I'll get off the soapbox now. Enjoy your KLR.




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