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post #1 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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I decided to get back into motorcycling and purchased a used 2008 KLR last September with 2700 miles on it. I have put about 700 miles on it since then. The bike is stock except for lowered suspension ( I am only 5'7"), a Corbin custom seat to lower it more, Happy Trails Nerf Bars, skid plate and highway pegs, PMR rear racks, Tourmaster Sport Saddle Bags, Tail Bag and Mini Tank bag..

I am planning on taking a trip from Wisconsin to Colorado this summer and then do some riding out there and then riding home. All two lane roads except for the first 200 miles.

Am I good to go?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 09:16 PM
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A good tool/tire repair kit would be good to take.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-02-2009, 09:35 PM
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Wow. that sounds like fun, hope you have a good ride. How many miles are you planning on your trip?
Good choice the '08 KLR, I have enjoyed mine.
Ditto the flat fixing stuff. My biggest trouble with roadside flats is breaking the bead on the rear. I never get flats on the front, so far.
Electric air pump!
Are you still on the original tires? You May find yourself needing a new rear on your trip.
I needed to replace my original rear at just under 4k mi., I am actually close to needing another new rear at 9k.
Anyway, have a good trip.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-03-2009, 12:31 PM
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t51dunlop: Other than the advise on tires (and darned good advise!!!!) I'd check to see if the Doo has been done. Other than that, change the oil, clean the airfilter and enjoy the ride!
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-03-2009, 05:35 PM
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I am planning on taking a trip from Wisconsin to Colorado this summer and then do some riding out there and then riding home. All two lane roads except for the first 200 miles.

Am I good to go?
What?? You don't wanna ride back roads in Iowa?
I'm headed out to CO this year, also.. I'll be cheating and taking the Wing, but I'll tell you one thing..
Take your time!!

Riding the mountains in CO is a blast. This'll be my 4th trip out there, and I've tried all the routes (I-70, I-80, I-90) and they all suck.. Enjoy the back roads!!

What part of Wisconsin are you located? (I could check your IP address, but I'm lazy) I, and the guys that are headed out there with me are all from the state line area south of Madison.
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ditto on tire repair items and electric pump cheep insurance as far as breaking the beed a pair of c vise grips work great and dont forget the tire irons. sounds like a great trip. im jeluse.

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What?? You don't wanna ride back roads in Iowa?
I'm headed out to CO this year, also.. I'll be cheating and taking the Wing, but I'll tell you one thing..
Take your time!!

Riding the mountains in CO is a blast. This'll be my 4th trip out there, and I've tried all the routes (I-70, I-80, I-90) and they all suck.. Enjoy the back roads!!

What part of Wisconsin are you located? (I could check your IP address, but I'm lazy) I, and the guys that are headed out there with me are all from the state line area south of Madison.
For great scenery and lots of twisties, take CO route 14 west from Ft. Collins up the Poudre river canyon. There are a lot less tourists and blue haired old ladies driving motor homes than the more popular spots. Lots of overnight camping areas, and a few motels. It's open range, so watch for cattle on the roads. The fire roads in the adjacent Roosevelt National Forest are fun, too.
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I would pay extreme attention to riding off road loaded with lowering links, the suspension is already soft, lowering links makes it really soft especially loaded down for an extended trip loaded up. If you don't plan on riding aggressively you should be fine, just be aware you will bottom the rear shock a lot more than with stock links. I would advise relocating the plate, you just might end up leaving it in colorado if you ride off road there.

That being said ... I've ridden cross country on my '02 a couple times now, other than what's been mentioned I would recommend a good seat like the corbin, if you got the dished saddle, you could ditch the lowering links all together. I've put several 900+ miles days on mine and no complaints from the back side. A good seat makes a world of difference.

you may want to consider a more road oriented tire. Both the Kenda 761 and the pirelli scorpian st are good choice, they do decently well off road if you air them down around 15psi and they handle extremely well on pavement, you can expect about 8k miles from the kenda and 10k+ from the pirellis.

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