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post #1 of 12 Old 04-13-2013, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Baldwin Michigan

Anyone ever been to Baldwin? I guess the have a 30ish mile motorcycle only trail? Big O. And a atv/motorcycle one little o. Anyone ever been? My cousin has a cabin up there and didn't know how the Klr would handle with stock rubbers on the trails. Might head up there for memorial day.

Going to be honest, riding down my dirt roads, i don t know the trick yet... Less air? New tires? I need crash bars, so when I dump it, the plastic survives...
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-13-2013, 06:36 PM
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...don't know anything about Baldwin, MI - I'm way out west, but my own limited experience on the dirt with my KLR (so far limited due to winter which is finally ending), but after riding in the slushy, sloppy mess which is decomposing granite near my sister's place in California, I know the KLR can be a somewhat top-heavy pig in the loose stuff. My own method was to slow down and take it easy - to not go too far above my comfort level.

I can also say that my son would have loved to have crash bars on his bike that day, because he dumped his twice (one slow speed, one no speed LOL). No significant damage to the plastics - just some character scratches.

My own KLR got its crash bars earlier this week. Fairly simple install (SW Motech Bars) - especially if you combine the instructions included with the bars with a set of instructions from "larry31" here on the message board (this link is in his signature: http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm which goes to his maintenance / KLR page which has the instructions).

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-14-2013, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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I was afraid I was going to slow, maybe I just need to advance my skills a little bit. I need a crash bar so I'm not so worried, i think that would help alot. I like the highway pegs, have something similar in mind.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-13-2013, 04:47 PM
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Hey, I'm looking for riders to ride with in Michigan, my name is Tom and I'm starting a new group on Face Book called KLR 650 Riders Of Michigan.

I'd appreciate if you'd joined in, and spread the news to any adventure bike riders you know. It is my hope to create a network of riders through the use of Face Book. That way when someone wants to ride or set up an event we can get in touch with each other here in Michigan.

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I looked for your facebook group but nothing came up.
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Hey, I'm looking for riders to ride with in Michigan, my name is Tom and I'm starting a new group on Face Book called KLR 650 Riders Of Michigan.

I'd appreciate if you'd joined in, and spread the news to any adventure bike riders you know. It is my hope to create a network of riders through the use of Face Book. That way when someone wants to ride or set up an event we can get in touch with each other here in Michigan.

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There are a few KLR groups on Facebook, probably the biggest and one of the most active is the KLR Owners Group. I think it's a little over 4000 members now. They also have a map of riders so you could see if there are any in your area. Might be able to find some Michigan riders on there?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/klrmoto/

Forgot to mention, it's an open group but you have to submit a membership request. They're usually pretty quick processing it.

Edit: Oops! I just noticed that this thread is almost a year old! Lol, teach me for not looking at the date


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post #7 of 12 Old 07-05-2014, 07:00 AM
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You're not the only one with handling issues on gravel. The KLR is a top heavy pig. That being said with the tires I have on my '09, the stock one up front and a Kenda 731 on the rear I feel the tires are the culprit in my case. Although I do most of my riding on the street I want to be able to effectively ride off road when I do. So I'm switching over to a 50-50 tire setup. I'm going to switch to Kenda K270's front and rear.

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post #8 of 12 Old 07-13-2014, 09:11 AM
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You're not the only one with handling issues on gravel. The KLR is a top heavy pig. That being said with the tires I have on my '09, the stock one up front and a Kenda 731 on the rear I feel the tires are the culprit in my case. Although I do most of my riding on the street I want to be able to effectively ride off road when I do. So I'm switching over to a 50-50 tire setup. I'm going to switch to Kenda K270's front and rear.
Snowdenator, you ever try some Michelin T63's? They are inexpensive and work great as a set - the Rear's wear pretty even and don't Flatten out the tread to bad - they'll give the KLR a very stable ride in the Loose-Gravel and still feel firm on the Hard-Road. Also putting the SW-Motech (heavier) crash bars will lower the Top-Heavy feel - and they work great, dumped a half dozen times or so on the trails and have never damaged the plastics yet.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-21-2014, 10:08 AM
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Sry you couldn't find us..

I apologize, I had not updated this post. But the name of the FB page was changed to Adventure Bike Riders of Michigan. There are so few riders in this area, I need a name that was more encompassing. Please, check us out and let us know where your from etc. going to try and put together a group ride in late august.
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Sorry if I'm bringing an old convoy back to life but j don't have fb and I hate fb. So I resort to forums. I am looking for someone to ride with so if anyone within an hr of macomb wants to hit some trails just give me a shout.
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