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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2017, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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KLR Visibility Problem

I've been riding for almost 50 years and have logged several hundred thousand kilometers on my bikes. Among my many rides was 2,000 km in southern India earlier this year and if you can ride there, you can ride just about anywhere. I also did 16,000 K across the US and Canada last year on my Goldwing.

I recently acquired a KLR which I'm prepping for a trip to South America. I've only done a few rides on it so far, but I've already had a couple of close calls with cars pulling out in front of me. It may be a fluke, but I haven't had the same experience on my other bikes.

Is there some reason why the KLR mght be less visible. I have a bright red 2012 and yes my headlight was on.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-22-2017, 08:12 AM
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Smaller bike in over all size compared to the wing and a lot of other bikes makes it harder to see by most 4 wheelers. I also have a BMW K1600GTL in bark blue that is hard to see at night. I have added Aux lighting to the front and rear of both bikes so I'm seen better. Plus I added red reflector tape on 3 sides of the top case and sides and rear of the panniers of the KLR. I use the black 3M reflector tape on the Panniers of the K1600.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-22-2017, 08:35 AM
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The KLR is not well lighted. I added yellow LED's to the sides of the front fender and Red ones on the side of my trunk as marker lights. Also added flashing brake LED's on the rear of the trunk up high. From the factory you're depending on one bulb in the rear. If it fails, you're in the dark. Also look at ebay for reflective tape. Comes in many colors. I cut it with a paper cutter and dressed up my wife's NC700X nicely.

You may also want to look at your gear. We ride in bright yellow jackets & I've added reflective tape to our white helmets.

Makes you wonder why anyone would want a camo one. I think they look good but I want to be seen. Camo seems like a really bad idea. Sorry camo lovers.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-22-2017, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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I think a lower set of driving lights might help - the KLR headlight is quite high and cage drivers may not see it when they just do a quick mirror check, or it may look further away because it's higher.
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