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post #1 of 19 Old 04-25-2016, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Going to get my 2016 KLR today. Still kinda nervous about the interstate
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-25-2016, 08:55 AM
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Going to get my 2016 KLR today. Still kinda nervous about the interstate
It would be better for both the bike and you to find a non-interstate route. The bike will break-in better and you will be a better rider by using lesser roads and learning more varied conditions . Just my opinion James
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When I bought my first bike, a Honda CBX 1000, I was nervous about bringing it home too. Had a friend look after that for me.

There has got to be an alternate route avaialble to you versus taking the Interstate.

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Going to get my 2016 KLR today. Still kinda nervous about the interstate
KLRhopeful,
As an inexperienced rider the Interstate route might actually be safer than side streets and back roads. Less starting, stopping, unexpected Left Turning cars, stray dogs, errant kids, etc.
Your clutch, throttle and braking control is probably not yet instinctive. So I suggest the Interstate route is probably the safest at this time, for you.

As to the others concerned about the Break-in of the KLR engine,
I suggest that you try to follow a slower moving larger vehicle. Motorhome, Cement truck or oil burning old VW micro-bus.
Keep something like that fairly close in front of you and the faster traffic will more likely go around both of you.
Double-Tap your front brake lever to just trigger the Brake light if someone seems to be coming up your tail pipe to close.

I'm going to guess that due to urban area the Interstate speed might only be 65 MPH anyways. So if you can alternate between full throttle and trailing throttle to run as slow as 55-60 then accelerate to 65-70, all the while staying behind your chosen 'rolling road block' the engine should be just fine.
Ride safe.

ps, Hope my suggestion is sent early enough.

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Dude! I've driven those I's down there. If you can avoid them, please do. You gonna have a brand new unit tached out right off or get run over trying to keep the rpm down.

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Go to u haul, rent a trailer, and trailer it home. Problem solved.
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Go to u haul, rent a trailer, and trailer it home. Problem solved.
LOL didn't even think that way. Or, if they care about their customer like we do, they'll deliver it for free.

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LOL didn't even think that way. Or, if they care about their customer like we do, they'll deliver it for free.
There are a lot of times I trailer my bikes. Knobbies just don't hold up on 500 miles of slab thus the trailer.

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Got the KLR home today!!!!

I made it! I can already tell this is gonna lead to some great times!!!!
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Glad to hear that you survived your first road trip.

Back roads or Interstate?

Now go 'practice, practice, practice' your front braking and emergency lane changing, ie counter-steering. Until both become instinctive and instantaneous.

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