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post #1 of 5 Old 12-27-2019, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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This is been the quietest regional forum and I'm not sure why. I've seen you out there on your KLR! Even gotten together with a few of you for some rides.

If anybody wants to share ride reports, GPS tracks, or maybe get together for a ride, speak up.

Maybe you've been putting off dooing the doo or some other maintenance item because you don't have the tools or expertise. Maybe you'd be intersted in a tech day? Speak up.

KLR people are good people.

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-27-2019, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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New England is pretty small in the grand scheme of things. But we do have some great rides and there's is our fair share of adventure to be had. It's not Moab but...

We have the "Trans Mass trail".
The "Hampster" route that goes thru NH up to the Canadian border.
The "Puppy dog" that goes thru VT up to the Canadian border.
The "Maine Adventure Trail" that goes from Umbagog in NH up thru Northern Maine to the St. John River.
The "Puppy to the Beach" route that goes down to Ninigret in Rhode Island.
They all sort of connect, too. I'm sure there are plenty more as well!

We are lucky to be living through a revolutionary time in regards to navigation which allows us to get out there and explore. We don't need to pour over paper maps and spend a lifetime finding great routes; somebody else already found them... and was good enough to share those routes with the rest of us.

If anybody is interested in riding any of these routes all you need is a GPS or your phone with an app with offline maps like "OSMand" or "Locus". Grab the tracks, download and go!


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post #3 of 5 Old 01-04-2020, 03:52 PM
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Thanks for the heads up on offline maps. I've always just winged it with road maps and my phone's navigation app.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-04-2020, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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No problem. I've thrown plenty of money at Garmin over the years with mediocre results. I find the navigation apps and offline maps to be much better at both navigating and map detail. I'm mainly an OSMand user and would recommend that, but have been playing around with Locus and that is also good, but I think OSMand is way better at turn by turn navigation. All of them have a learning curve. I doubt anybody is happy with them at first. You have to fine tune how it navigates in the options settings. That is personal preference, you have to learn the ins and outs of the apps to get them dialed in and that takes time. But when you've finally got it all figured out they are outstanding tools.

I like to make my own tracks with google maps and plug them into the phone. I've done way more exploring and camping adventures since I've figured this out and to me that's what having a KLR is all about.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-05-2020, 10:35 AM
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I spent 24yrs working for the electric company in NH, and 8yrs working in eastern PA. There are lots of nice rides any where one is, just need to get off the beaten path. I did have the Harley at those times, and the KLR, would have been better suited for the rough roads.
For the GPS, I have a hand held garman, handle bar mounted, it can run off power or 2 aa batts. My eye sight isn't quite as nice as it was, so the little screen is little. But, thank goodness one can program, it to do things like point and turn in this far. Ill look on a map, or google maps, and get out the gps, and do point and mark roads, works great for me. I stink at maps, and get lost very easy.
It really comes in handy, when I want to go around a big city when traveling, as the phone wont let me tell it what to do.
One thing we don't take the time to do, as much as we should, is hit attractions, on the gps, where one is, its amazing the places I have seen/found just down that small road, I wouldn't have went down.
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