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post #21 of 57 Old 10-01-2018, 08:27 AM
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My ride to work everyday is an iron butt on this bike. KLR has the worst seat in cycling history if you ask me.
Interesting. I find the seat on my 2017 to be quite good for a bike in this class and price range. Much better than the seats on my former Kawasaki 100 G5 and KH400. Not as good as my Voyager XII or my current LT, but not far behind when riding solo so I can shift back a little. Riding two-up it isnít as good as I am confined to the front part which is not nearly as flat and wide.

All in all, I am fairly impressed with the stock seat on my KLR.
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post #22 of 57 Old 10-01-2018, 10:17 AM
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Interesting. I find the seat on my 2017 to be quite good for a bike in this class and price range. Much better than the seats on my former Kawasaki 100 G5 and KH400. Not as good as my Voyager XII or my current LT, but not far behind when riding solo so I can shift back a little. Riding two-up it isnít as good as I am confined to the front part which is not nearly as flat and wide.

All in all, I am fairly impressed with the stock seat on my KLR.

There is nothing flat about the KLR gen 2 seat. I am sitting on a hill even after carving out foam to level. This bike wants me sitting on the tank I think.
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There is nothing flat about the KLR gen 2 seat. I am sitting on a hill even after carving out foam to level. This bike wants me sitting on the tank I think.
Mine is quite flat, once past the front part that is near the tank. Iíve only ridden a little over an hour at one stretch, but was quite comfortable for that amount of time.
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Mine is quite flat, once past the front part that is near the tank. Iíve only ridden a little over an hour at one stretch, but was quite comfortable for that amount of time.
What is your shock set at? I ride a 5. I don't see how anyone could say the stock seat is flat.
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post #25 of 57 Old 10-01-2018, 09:46 PM
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This thread has gone from talking about doing an SS1000, to the crap seat on the KLR. And let's just skip over the stuff about the FAA et al; you're talking there about someone (or two [pilots]) managing other people's travel. You ride an Iron Butt - you're responsible for yourself. Assuming no passengers on board.

I've done 4 SS1000's; I've only bothered submitting two. Have a look at the IBA forums to get an idea of what you're getting into. My rides were on a Hayabusa, my K1200RS, and there was one where we swapped (press) bikes back and forth; a K12RS, a brand new FJR13 when it first came out, and a most crappy Triumph Trophy 1200. Temps hovered between 4C and 10C at best. Met up with Mike Kneebone in Chicago at the end of it. All experienced riders,
the 3 of us (sorry, had to relive that again for a moment!!!).

Of course fatigue is involved. You need to build up your endurance abilities, and of course, prep you bike properly. Being fit helps as well.

I WILL do an SS1000 on the KLR simply because it's a challenge. And, the range is just about right for seeing if I can knock it off in 4 tankfuls !!!

1620km total distance, 400km typical range !!!

These rides are much easier using Interstate highways, hence riders knocking them off in less than 20 hours in some cases. Up here in Canada, we don't have as vast a network of highways. Yes, you can do 100km/h in many 80km/h zones, but that's only in the country.

It's not about speed anyway. You need to average 67.5 km/h. Sounds easy, but that's for each and every hour. Anyone in the GTA area, or shall we say Montreal to Windsor corridor, who is interested in a ride around the Summer Solstice of 2019, let me know !!
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post #26 of 57 Old 10-02-2018, 06:34 AM
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This thread has gone from talking about doing an SS1000, to the crap seat on the KLR. And let's just skip over the stuff about the FAA et al; you're talking there about someone (or two [pilots]) managing other people's travel. You ride an Iron Butt - you're responsible for yourself. Assuming no passengers on board.
If you are riding on public roads, you are responsible also for those who you might run into or cause to crash while avoiding you after you dozed off and crossed into your lane. If you were only responsible for yourself, Iíd say ride 5 days straight if that is what turns you on. However, unless you are on a race track, you arenít just responsible for yourself. Many seem to forget that these days.
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This thread has gone from talking about doing an SS1000, to the crap seat on the KLR. And let's just skip over the stuff about the FAA et al; you're talking there about someone (or two [pilots]) managing other people's travel. You ride an Iron Butt - you're responsible for yourself. Assuming no passengers on board.

I've done 4 SS1000's; I've only bothered submitting two. Have a look at the IBA forums to get an idea of what you're getting into. My rides were on a Hayabusa, my K1200RS, and there was one where we swapped (press) bikes back and forth; a K12RS, a brand new FJR13 when it first came out, and a most crappy Triumph Trophy 1200. Temps hovered between 4C and 10C at best. Met up with Mike Kneebone in Chicago at the end of it. All experienced riders,
the 3 of us (sorry, had to relive that again for a moment!!!).

Of course fatigue is involved. You need to build up your endurance abilities, and of course, prep you bike properly. Being fit helps as well.

I WILL do an SS1000 on the KLR simply because it's a challenge. And, the range is just about right for seeing if I can knock it off in 4 tankfuls !!!

1620km total distance, 400km typical range !!!

These rides are much easier using Interstate highways, hence riders knocking them off in less than 20 hours in some cases. Up here in Canada, we don't have as vast a network of highways. Yes, you can do 100km/h in many 80km/h zones, but that's only in the country.

It's not about speed anyway. You need to average 67.5 km/h. Sounds easy, but that's for each and every hour. Anyone in the GTA area, or shall we say Montreal to Windsor corridor, who is interested in a ride around the Summer Solstice of 2019, let me know !!


What's a "km/h"?
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post #28 of 57 Old 10-02-2018, 12:14 PM
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What's a "km/h"?
You are joking, right?
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Please, Voyager!

Don't give patroy75 any, Fake News, about what km/h stand for!
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Adiroback46er commented: "When conditions permit the KLR can go 80 for hours on end. Going faster on a bigger bike is just careless. I can cover 250 between gas stops. The IBA requires stopping for gas at least every 300 miles."

The first time I ran my 2011 KLR 650 at 80 for a couple of hours straight (on the TLH) was when I discovered that causes it to consume a massive amount of oil. Beware!
Mine us now a 685 and its oil appetite is a fraction of what it used to be. Eagle Mike's 685 kit plus a ThermoBob seems to have put that engineered-in problem to rest.
I had fitted it with a 17 tooth countershaft sprocket for that ride and it will definitely do some miles on a full tank. It produced 260 miles before having to switch to reserve.
BTW, are you located in the Adirondacks as your moniker would suggest? I am; and in an hour will be setting forth on a ride up the Moose River Road with a friend on another KLR. At least, that's the plan.
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