I finally had the chance to go for a ride in the mountains today. My first real ride this year. It seems whenever I get off the pavement and onto the loose stuff it takes me a while to get what I call my "dirt legs" back under me. What I mean is, at first the loose dirt and rocks make me a little nervous. By the end of the ride I'm usually very comfortable and take the same road at least twice the speed as before.
Am I alone in this phenomenon?
I had a GREAT ride. My friend was on his 4-wheeler, so I had some company. We ran into, what was for me, some rather technical riding. I am truly amazed at the KLR. We ran into a heard of 250 Yamaha's out playing, so it was nice to know we were keeping up with some harder-core riders. Sometimes I think my KLR's only limits are its rider. We hit everything from dirt to large loose rocks, very steep inclines and declines, etc. The only time I couldn't continue was when we hit a very steep hill with 6" of large loose stuff. I just didn't dare go for it. Yes, I wimped out. Maybe next time. However, at the end of the day I was rather satisfied with how I rode and what I was able to achieve. Looking back a few years ago when I first got my KLR I think it's safe to say my riding skills have improved at least a little. And that's what it's about, right?
I got a good feel for the suspension limits. I bottomed out several times, so I can see why people start making mods in this area. Currently I have a 16 tooth on as well, so I had to slip the clutch in several areas, but we made it.
In short - here's to everyone out there who is learning...from beginner to pro. There's nothing quite like a good day off road to get your dirt legs back under you.
Gotta say, I love my KLR.
Last edited by mwatson; 08-13-2011 at 11:32 PM.