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post #1 of 14 Old 07-03-2009, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Quite a day...


Put in a new battery today..."precharged", but I put it on the trickle charger and it was a little low I think...hmmm, that bottle looks a little low, too.

Gonna have to remedy that before the fireworks start.

Bike starts up a little easier it seems. No overflow hoses and electrolyte levels is good with me. Cheap too. And it went in easy as could be. Perfect fit, nice looking battery. Seems well made. Very pleased.

Adjusted the balancer chain for the first time because I am a fool and didn't realize that it takes about 12 seconds and is easier that brushing your teeth.

Checked my chain tension and gave it a good cleaning. Then I felt like I should wash the bike. Washed both my bikes (I actually wash the CB450...the KLR gets a nice rinse....it feels awkward when too clean). And then I went for a nice ride in the headlands and rode the coast in apocalyptic fog before descending into the resplendent sunshine of summertime Sausalito.

The bike is running well. I had one of those great rides where everything just feels fluid and perfect. I wish you'all could have been there.

Happy 4th!




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Hello from Montana

Just joined up today, and have been catching up on reading the website. Got me a Oriental Blue 2009 KLR last week. Traded in the 2008 Vulcan 900. Good bike, but too heavy and cumbersome for the riding I like to do. I've only logged about 180 miles on the KLR, but I really like it. Nimble, responsive, has enough snort for what I need, and I think it looks pretty cool. Will use it mainly for commuting to work over 13 miles of rather bad, rural pavement.

I don't know about the battery, but I was looking at your stable of bikes. I had completely forgotten about Puch. I come from a time when the Honda CB 450 was a "big" motorcycle, and off-road capable bikes wore names like Montessa, Ossa, Husky and Bultaco.

Anyway, nice to meet you.


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Cheers man. Yeah, the puch was quite a machine as much as it sucked on the hills of San Francisco. The simplicity of mopeds always appealed to me. My Paupa had an Indian moped that I think he sold for like fifty bucks as he got older. It was incredible. Man I wish he would have told me he was selling it.

I rode my 150 scooter for a long time before getting my Honda, and 450 was big for me. The KLR is about as big a bike as I'd ever want I think. But who knows. The progression seems to be moving upward.

My Dad had a bultaco. Wish he'd held on to it. I think he does too.

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Well, I've still got a 1973 Honda Trail 90 sitting in the garage, and it still runs. First one was a 1971, and it was still running after 20,000 miles when I sold it. Next bike was the Vulcan, last year. Maybe too big a step up. KLR seems more sensible and logical, and I like the look! Handles great on the off-road jeep trails and gravel roads of Northeastern Montana.

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Man, I had a lot of fun on Trail 90s when I was a kid. My Uncle had one he'd had since he was a kid. And there was always one in everyone's pole barn.

We rode the hell out of those things. Neat little bikes.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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... Handles great on the off-road jeep trails and gravel roads of Northeastern Montana.

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I was riding gravel roads early this week. God, how I hate gravel. Give me anything but gravel...

You're up on the High Line.

I was born in Sidney; lived there until I was about 8. My family is from Medicine Lake.

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I was riding gravel roads early this week. God, how I hate gravel. Give me anything but gravel...

You're up on the High Line.

I was born in Sidney; lived there until I was about 8. My family is from Medicine Lake.

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On the gravel, Tom. I, like you, was very uncomfortable there. I forced myself to ride the worst gravel road i could find, freshly laid 1-1/2". Very hard to control the bike on. Rode it back and forth until I could feel comfortable. Don't know what tires you have (I'm running Avon Gripsters front and rear) Air 'em up (down) on the low side....21 front 28 rear, suck anywhere but the street. I rode in the middle and found that a light grip on the bars and more speed made it manageable. Sit to the front of the seat. Don't slow down and drive your way through it with the throttle. Hope this helps. Face your fear and defeat it.

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Good advice, that. The mind understands, but the body is unwilling. The few times I've had the stones to bring the speed up I was pleased with the progress, but I have a mental block.

I hate gravel. God, how I hate gravel...

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I was riding the coast down through Big Sur one time on my CB450 and going about 40mph or so and admiring the view and twists and I came around a blind turn to find about 50 ft or so of gravel where the road was supposed to be. Loose gravel. I lifted up a little on the pegs, hit the throttle and surfed through that shit. Scared the crap out of me.




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I was riding the coast down through Big Sur one time on my CB450 and going about 40mph or so and admiring the view and twists and I came around a blind turn to find about 50 ft or so of gravel where the road was supposed to be. Loose gravel. I lifted up a little on the pegs, hit the throttle and surfed through that shit. Scared the crap out of me.
Dear God how I know that feeling. And it's not a good one. Not much you can do in that situation. Pray fast and react faster. Some things you have control over, others you do not.
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