Can KLR carry the Big & Tall Dawg? :)
As I approach retirement, I look forward to doing some significant touring on two wheels. In the past, I have been through various parts of Canada, including Labrador, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Next trip may be Alaska - with a desire to get above the Arctic Circle:)
I currently have a GS 1100 Beemer with all the bells & whistles (and I have the credit card receipts to proove it!) It has taken me on 50k worth of touring miles, and has always been kind enough to wait until I was back in town to break down. Am now looking for something that is both lighter, and more easily worked on by "local" mechanics. (I am NOT a wrench!)
MY PROBLEM: I am 6'5" tall, and weigh in at 290 on a light day. With associated camping gear & clothing, we're looking at +/- 350# on the bike. The GS carries all of that without a problem. OTOH - if it breaks down - there aren't a lot of places that can/will work on it!!!!
Will a new KLR carry me & my gear up the Dalton or TLH? Am open to suggestions - especially from any other "Big & Tall Dawgs" out there who are riding KLRs. Enough leg room? Seats? What type of suspension and/or frame mods might I be looking at to make this possible? (I hear the 08s actually have binders that work fairly well - true?)
Any & all suggestions greatly appreciated:)