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post #1 of 13 Old 09-03-2008, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi all!
Just about to take delivery of my first KLR. Got any hints or tips?
Used to ride a Honda CBR600 so I'm looking forward to hitting some dirt for the first time!

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-07-2008, 11:18 AM
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Hints and Tips !!!!!
Keep the tank side up right and the tires on the ground !!!!!

Have fun..........

(oh Ya ! forgot to mention.... eventually the KLR will run out of gas..... but it's long time before that happens)

Good riding.....enjoy

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-09-2008, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lightbulb Now there's an idea!

yup. that's a great tip. Thanks!
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-10-2008, 07:56 PM
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Chances are good you will hit the dirt...even at slow speed... I was slowly riding a 2 track road (2 tire tracks with grass in the middle) when the side of the front tire caught traction on a 3" high ridge of dirt and slammed the handlbars sideways and off I went...recovering from broken collarbone...
so be careful when riding slow, things can still happen fast...
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-14-2008, 03:06 AM
 
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2sullys,

I'm out near Plant City/ Lakeland. Where do yall ride in the Melbourne area? I enjoy that part of the state very much. I've assumed its not Melbourne Australia.
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 05:41 AM
 
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KLR coming tomorrow; wife needs to know about riding double; stability; safety, et.al. Anything I can tell her?
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 09:05 AM
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For your wife:

Never take your feet off the pegs.
Don't try to help direct the bike.
Hold on tight around the waist if possible.
Wave to other bikers.

You should set up a code for things that might come up. If she needs a break, tap on the shoulder, etc.




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post #8 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 09:19 AM
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Oh yeah....

I would take some considerable time getting to know the new bike before I took a passenger on. Also, don't push her comfort level at all. This can be a fun thing you do together, but if she gets freaked out, it's over. Also, I would be very hesitant to go anywhere near dirt with a passenger for a LONG time.

Make sure she has all the gear. ATGATT. Armored everything and a full face helmet. I can't imagine anything much worse than sitting in the emergency room with my wife wishing I has bought a full face helmet.

Not trying to be a downer. Have fun with the new bike!




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post #9 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 09:27 AM
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Tell her not to LEAN, just keep her body neutral, 'hard to do', and not lean out to look around you. This really throws your balance off bad.

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post #10 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 10:29 AM
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Scratch up the $$ and both take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation basic course. You'll both learn a lot and her comfort level will be much greater (and yours) then get her a bike.
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