Welcome to the forum, Snakeboy66. Very good looking bike you paired up with there. Your possibilities are endless from here. Provided you and the bike remain intact.
I'm a supporter of the idea that increased rider skill level = increased miles and enjoyment. Get all the training and information about safe, effective riding you can. Many of us are self taught riders. We were drawn like a magnet to the road, and the wind, and some of us found that the whole world looks different from a motorcycle seat, and became addicted to that view. And off we went. In my case, I developed some bad riding habits that I substituted for skill. I grew up on the Great Plains, where the roads are flat and straight, and our road engineers prided themselves on building 90 degree turns with no more banking than was necessary to get rain water to eventually run off. I didn't learn how to turn. I eventually ended up living in a mountain region, where the two predominate directions are up and down, and little more than goat paths to get there. My lack of skill on these roads and trails limited me to great extent, and well, I don't ride motorcycles to enjoy limitations. I have spent more time, money and effort improving my riding abilities the past 20 years than I did the first 20 years. I'm grateful I lived through the first 20, and wonder how much I missed due to my lack of riding ability.
The First Commandment in the world of two wheels is this: Do not limit thyself.
Ignorance is the biggest and most deadly limitation. Get rid of it.
Your bike needs little more right now than you on it and about thirty gallons of gasoline ran through it. By the time you run through that gasoline, you will know what the bike needs to be safer, more comfortable, and improve performance in places you can appreciate it. Little is needed to improve the reliability of the KLR. The Gen I [1987-2007 models] have a weak engine balancer system component that can be replaced by the owner or a shop, is available from a number of sources, and once changed out, becomes the foundation for all further growth and meaningful interaction in the KLR world. This part is reverently referred to as "The Doohickey".
And there is more to "it" than just "changing it out". It is a Rite of Passage. Some day, anthropologists will discuss the social phenomenons of our time, listing the sacred rituals of the Masons, the Knights of Columbus, baptism, the Marine Corps Crucible, and the changing of the KLR Doohickey. Also. Your social status and position on the tribal Totem Pole will be determined by what farkles you put on your motorcycle. [Farkle. Function + Sparkle = Farkle]
Choose your farkles wisely, Grasshoppa.
Enjoy the journey.
“many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased”- Steinbeck, [I]"Travels with Charlie"
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