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post #21 of 47 Old 02-05-2020, 06:39 PM
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I started riding with KLR guys down south quite a few years ago now. I used to be one of the youngest, I’m not one of the youngest anymore, but they all got older too. 🍻🤷*♂️

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post #22 of 47 Old 02-05-2020, 07:16 PM
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I have found that I have to have two bikes.

The KLR is like a VW bug. Maybe a flat windshield bug, at that. Once you have one you might as well never sell it because you'll wish you hadn't and you'll just go and buy another. And, if you had to get rid of excess vehicles you'd keep the bug anyway and get rid of everything else.

The second bike has to be exceptionally comfortable, sexy, good handling, and capable of fast touring. For the past 8 years or so that has been a BMW R1200RT. I think that for the next 8 years or so it will be a Triumph Tiger GT Pro 900. The dumbasses at Triumph just need to put some on a boat and get them to SoCal.

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post #23 of 47 Old 02-05-2020, 07:22 PM
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I was a 'young guy' when I purchased my KLR650 -A1 brand new at less than half of my current 61 years. I hope to ride it another 115,000 miles.

Dicky, Do you have a girl on each coast? They best not hear about this forum.
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post #24 of 47 Old 02-05-2020, 08:34 PM
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I'm 74 and , like Tom , I need at least 2 bikes. I have my VFR1200X for my long rides with friends that may want to run 75 or 80 on the interstate . I sold my '14 KLR and my CRF250L last year and bought a Honda XR650L for the tight stuff. I'm looking for an '11 , '12 , or '13 KLR for longer rides to off road areas. The next one will be my 9th KLR since 2000 . "WHY" is a question I can't really answer . Maybe not knowing why is exactly the reason I can't stay away from them. I figger I'll be buying number 10 around my 80th birthday. Anythings possible - Kirk Douglas died today at the age of 103.

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post #25 of 47 Old 02-05-2020, 09:39 PM
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While I'm sliding towards 60 my brain still thinks I'm 27 however my body is pushing 80yrs old. I had my 8th surgery on my leg in December hoping it would fix/repair to get me back to somewhat normal. Up until this last surgery I could still ride but my daily life was getting tough on a day to day basis. Particularly the last 2 yrs. As my wife stated, I'd often not be fun to be around. Pain is something that wears on you over time. Anyways, I'm 7 weeks post surgery and while the pain level is certainly down (thank you!) I have lost quite a bit of function in the leg/knee. We knew going in that was a remote possibility and appears I'm in that remote category. As such, I'm beginning to get comfortable that my riding days are over. I gave up crashing a number of years ago (had to) but with my leg currently I just can't chance another get off. My garage is full of MC lifestyle with 8 different bikes, trophies of races won, pix of adventures far and near and best of all the people I have met and become friends with over these past 35 years. My wife is pushing to wait but I've had to face reality before (gave up racing). This will be tough as I look around and see how much of my life revolved and was a part of motorcycling. It was a fun ride/time!
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post #26 of 47 Old 02-06-2020, 12:32 AM
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@Chuck B, I'm really sorry to hear that. I had a total knee replacement six weeks ago and am fortunate that things are going quite well. I know what living with pain can be like.

Please accept my sincere wishes that your recovery will continue and you'll regain the function you need for day-to-day living and be pain-free.

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post #27 of 47 Old 02-06-2020, 06:38 AM
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... Anyways, I'm 7 weeks post surgery and while the pain level is certainly down (thank you!) I have lost quite a bit of function in the leg/knee. We knew going in that was a remote possibility and appears I'm in that remote category. As such, I'm beginning to get comfortable that my riding days are over. I gave up crashing a number of years ago (had to) but with my leg currently I just can't chance another get off. My garage is full of MC lifestyle with 8 different bikes, trophies of races won, pix of adventures far and near and best of all the people I have met and become friends with over these past 35 years. My wife is pushing to wait but I've had to face reality before (gave up racing). This will be tough as I look around and see how much of my life revolved and was a part of motorcycling...
Your wife is right, give it some more time, keep up with the PT, and be open to whatever comes your way. Thanks for all you've shared with us, both the vast amount of technical info and otherwise. I've learned a lot from you over the forums.
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post #28 of 47 Old 02-06-2020, 11:45 AM
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Chuck B, it was difficult reading your post last night, not only because we hate to see a fellow rider in such a state, but because so much of it hit home. Like Tom, I had a total knee replacement but mine was Oct 2018. The recovery for me has been very difficult and I've not ridden much since and actually prior to the surgery. Even walking before it was extremely painful. As you note, constant pain wears you down. It drains you.

At some point I told my wife that it appeared I'd have to give up riding after over 50 years of it and she asked me "Then what will you do. It's been a huge part of your life since the 60s". She also advised me to give it time but unfortunately when we get into our 70s, time is not our friend.

I'm still trying though. Well you've had an exciting time racing and while you might have to give that up, hopefully you'll heal enough to enjoy the riding pastime in a less exciting, but still fulfilling way. The best to you.

And I'm flying into Phoenix on Saturday to soak up a bit of your sunshine. I'll probably rent a bike while staying with my Canadian friend who winters in Mesa. I used to leave my VStrom there during the winters so we could ride AZ, which we did. The Coronado Trail was a real thrill.

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post #29 of 47 Old 02-06-2020, 01:24 PM
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Chuck B -

I am so very sorry to hear about your ongoing challenges. I've said it before, and I will say it again and again.... you sir, are one of my "KLR Heros".

If anybody out there wonders "So who is this Chuck B guy?" My answer is simple: Chuck B is one of those rare and truly authentic individuals that really, really knows what he is talking about. He willingly shares his knowledge and frequently offers sage advice in a way that builds your confidence and inspires you to figure things out when they go a little "sideways". The truth is you'd have a pretty tough time finding anybody who knows more about the "mighty KLR" than ChuckB.

And as corny as it sounds, you Chuck..... and others like you are what makes the KLR "community" such a very rare and special thing. I wish you all the best in the months and years ahead. I look forward to meeting you again in person and hope to see you at the Northern Arizona Ride in September.

Take care,

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post #30 of 47 Old 02-07-2020, 02:05 PM
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I'm 62 years old and have been riding since 1973. (Other than on my face, hair for me is a distant memory.) I can't even remember all the bikes I've owned over the years but purchased my KLR new in 2005. I have other bikes but its still my favorite. Oh yeah and I have 2 ex wives but only one girlfriend now....lol....
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