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post #1 of 21 Old 10-12-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Two up touring on the KLR?

My son has expressed an interest in doing some touring next summer... I wonder if the KLR would be up to the task, or would I be better off getting something like a Wing for the comfort/safety factor?

I did a quick search on here for people who two up tour with the KLR but I couldn't really find anything. Opinions?

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-12-2012, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Though it would be kind of cool to add a Wing to the stable... Lol!

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post #3 of 21 Old 10-12-2012, 12:50 AM
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How big is your son? My son and I did a tour through Yellowstone and it was fun, but he was only 11 at the time.
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my daughter is 15 and 150 lbs and i went up to top of pikes peak with her and she didnt have to push me once !

ive traveled with my wife few times now she is a honest 160 lbs and 5'9 while i dont like that weight on dirt roads ive done lots of hard pack with her on back .. suspension out back is stock so it bottoms out easily but its doable .

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It's doable, but uncofortable. I'm 185#, my wife is 170ish. It feels like a overloaded pickup truck. Everytime I ride with her, I find myself wishing for a bigger bike, otherwise I love my KLR.
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I think my 09 owners manual states total weight of passengers and cargo not to excede 400 lbs.Wife and I beat that real easy.Would not be fun on a trip.

Thats why we have a Gold Wing too.

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My son is 11 and probably weighs around 85 pounds, I'm up around 200. So I guess weight wise we would be fine. I'm not thinking of really long trips, probably around 4 or 5 hours in the saddle tops for maybe a few days with stops every hour or so to stretch.

Guess maybe we just need to take a few longer trips on the KLR and see how it does .

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I've done some two up with my wife on the KLR. As you know I now own a Goldwing too. Neither one of us was comfortable although the KLR handled it quite well, even rode on gravel.

For your situation with your son your plan will be fine. It's important to remember to get off of the bike. The KLR's large fuel tank can keep you sitting too long.

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IMHO....you should be fine except for the rear suspension being at it's limits if it is a stock spring. I ride around the area where we live with my daughter some times, she's 17 next month and is in the 115lb range I think. 5'6" I think again....what do I know...lol...?
I don't like siting too close to the tank when I'm used to being able to use 3/4's of the seat normally, so that is a bit of issue. But with a 7.4kg spring added to my shock the KLR handles the weight fine. We don't pack luggage on either so don't know about that either.

It all comes down to if you are comfortable with sitting closer to the tank or not and if the rear shock can handle the weight. Remember the stock bike was designed to carry a fly at 165lbs....totally rediculous!!!.......

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-12-2012, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I do recall kind of getting squished into the tank when I take my son out on the KLR. Not a super pleasant feeling! Would a Strom or something be better suited to two up touring? I want the experience to be fun and not simply tolerable as my son is not a big bike guy and I don't want to turn him off of them. I've got all winter to plan and shop anyway.

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