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03-25-2010 03:00 PM
Lockjaw
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Originally Posted by Rockyrider View Post
You're right.

Got to be right sometimes. Don't worry, I'm wrong a lot.




03-25-2010 11:20 AM
john37

We all disbanded after this shot. Once all the beamers left, we each took our turn riding through this fun-patch.




03-25-2010 11:19 AM
john37

A couple of our KLR brethren...






This was in Columbia where we met up with more riders


You'll notice this is the same guy eyeing our bikes at the dealer. Nice Nikes!
03-25-2010 11:18 AM
john37 Pics... as promised!

We fueled up at the adjacent Arco.









Meeting up at the dealer
03-25-2010 11:09 AM
Rockyrider
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Originally Posted by Lockjaw View Post
Not unless the typo possesses something:

n. pl. ty·pos Informal
A typographical error.
(from dictionary.com)

Kapow!
You're right.

03-24-2010 10:52 PM
tkent02
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Really great right up. My only comment is that I love my KLR because it's just not that expensive to buy, maintain, or fix if you crash it! I have a VRSCR HD that I could probably buy at least ten KLR's like mine to replace. Trust me, I ride the Vrod a LOT different than the KLR. I do take it down to the dragstrip and run it hard in a straight line but up in the Rockies, I prefer to ride the KLR or the GPZ 'cause I can barely pick up the Vrod if it falls over (don't ask me why I know this!). Still if you drive an F650 or whatever dual-sport BMW, you gotta run it like a dual-sport imho. I don't look down at the BMW's here in Boulder, CO, but most of them, and I mean most, not all, look pretty darn clean and very nicely driven vs. KLR's I see in town. Different strokes,...

I like parking the R1100RT all covered with mud Jeep style next to sparkly clean GSes, KLRs and other dual sport type bikes. It actually rides pretty good on dirt roads for a long distance road pig.
03-24-2010 08:38 PM
RF_R_US Really great right up. My only comment is that I love my KLR because it's just not that expensive to buy, maintain, or fix if you crash it! I have a VRSCR HD that I could probably buy at least ten KLR's like mine to replace. Trust me, I ride the Vrod a LOT different than the KLR. I do take it down to the dragstrip and run it hard in a straight line but up in the Rockies, I prefer to ride the KLR or the GPZ 'cause I can barely pick up the Vrod if it falls over (don't ask me why I know this!). Still if you drive an F650 or whatever dual-sport BMW, you gotta run it like a dual-sport imho. I don't look down at the BMW's here in Boulder, CO, but most of them, and I mean most, not all, look pretty darn clean and very nicely driven vs. KLR's I see in town. Different strokes,...

Cheers,

John (after 12" of snow yesterday it's gonna be 50 tomorrow and I'm planning on taking the KLR up into the foothills, yehah!)
03-24-2010 07:19 PM
Lockjaw Not unless the typo possesses something:

n. pl. ty·pos Informal
A typographical error.
(from dictionary.com)

Kapow!



03-24-2010 05:27 PM
Rockyrider
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Originally Posted by Lockjaw View Post

... people out for typos and poor grammar.
Shouldn't that be "typo's"??

03-23-2010 05:23 PM
SLO-KLR
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I'd like to point at the bikes, but in reality, it's rider skill that makes the difference, no matter if you're riding through sand, trail, or on a race track, and a lot of times it's even bigger than that..

I've ridden my 1800 Goldwing through crap that many GS riders wouldn't consider.. I learned my skills during several years of riding Enduro and Hare Scramble events on my KDX200... Problem was, I tried to back out of off road riding slowly by riding a Dual Sport event, and was bored to tears with the "challenges" that had many guys on dirtbikes avoiding..

It's what you're used to, and willing to handle, and most importantly, knowing your own skill level..

The BMW guys you were with weren't off road riders, they were GS riders. I sold my GS years ago because the bike wasn't made for the riding I was willing to put it through, and I'd have ended up destroying it.. They're a street bike with tires that allow it to ride down gravel and good condition fire roads. The right rider can do more than that with them, but... And it sounds like these guys were GS riders, not dirt riders, or even so-so Dual Sport riders..

But, as far as working on thier own bikes, you're spot on!! I've always changed my own tires, including on all the BMW's I've owned (I think I've owned 10 of them, including my current R80) and people freak out when I tell them I do all my own wrenching on my BMW... Hell, valve adjustment takes 20 minutes, and that's if you have a beer before starting work on the second jug.

Anyway, don't judge these guys by the brand they were riding, but by the skills they were riding them with.. And remember that they're learning, and trying to get comfortable on a machine that may be new to them.. I didn't take my Goldwing on gravel until I had 250 miles on it..
You are absolutely right, it is the rider and his skill that make the difference. We all met at a restaraunt and had breakfast together. By the way this guy talked he was a reasonably seasoned rider. I watched him skitter around a couple of corners on the forest service road and was wondering how he would do once we hit the trail. Now the guy that was riding the GS behind the F800 in the pic, he knew how to handle that bike and kept a good pace up the FS road. He didn't venture up the trail because he was nursing broken ribs from a dirt bike crash a few weeks earlier but I was impressed with his skill.
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