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post #1 of 5 Old 04-19-2019, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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It's been a while Huh?

I found a message in my e-mail telling me that I had "A new Private Message" here

I just had to look, yep some fella from AU. has a bad set of bearings in the steering tube and he found an old thread of mine. Since I'm a good sport I went and dug out the drift I had to fabricate to do the lower bearing set. I made some measurements - took some photos and sent them on their way with a few words of encouragement.

I haven't been here much since I sold my KLR's. I had 42 good years riding all over the continent without ever getting hurt and I let things go at that.

I was looking at some threads and pictures then noticed some familiar names (like you Tom) and thought I'd say hi. I still do the fish guide thing so I drive a very trick jet boat through some very tricky places and........... Still have to do the 150 mile round trip snowmachine rides to the cabin during the winter so I get all the riding I need.

It's not fun riding though, it's usually hauling either fuel or building materials on a 14' freight sled. The picture is me leaving with most of a 12 X16 storage shed on my load.



Between the sheeting and metal roofing slabs etc. that was 1100 pounds and the rivers were terrible this past winter. It took 2 runs to get things out there. other loads feature fun things like drums of fuel and 3 of them makes a load.

Now that I've updated my password I'll stop by now and then to look at all the cool mods, of course it's been there done that here but I love the pictures.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-19-2019, 02:22 PM
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Hi Ard!

It's great to hear from you and know that you are doing well.

Of course, there is no need to have a KLR in order to hang out here with old friends!

I enjoyed the picture of your ski-doo.

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-19-2019, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Tom,

Does LockJaw still post?

I hope the guy from AU. gets his bike sorted but can tell you the bearings are difficult to work with unless you have 'shop tools' as in Kawasaki shop tools.

I have a Tundra 550F that I like riding in the bush but I end up driving that Super Wide Skandic all the time because it is like a truck for pulling loads. Last year I almost found myself buying another bike but I snapped out of it. I'll be 65 soon and serious off road riding is in my rearview at this point........
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"I'll be 65 soon and serious off road riding is in my rearview at this point........ " ??

Whoever suggested to you that a KLR650 was for "serious off road riding" hasn't ridden one. lol.

I've ridden 325-375 miles of mostly dirt Roads and that is a long day on a KLR. I have ridden 425 miles on a sled, in a day on mostly groomed routes, and that was from before daylight, til after dark! These were all 'pleasure' rides.

I can't imagine dragging 1100 lbs of stuff behind a sled for 75 miles on the Second Half of the day on a sled!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-20-2019, 01:01 AM
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Hi Tom,

Does LockJaw still post?...
Ard,

Dan hasn't been on the forum in a long time. I think he's still riding the KLR, though, and has a full-time teaching job.

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