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First BDR trip alone and scared 馃お

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So i am prepping to do my first real trip on the KLR of any consequence. I will be driving the beginning and the ending parts of the new mexico bdr. Trailoring bike to ruidoso and doing trails north. Trailoring to albequerque and then doing grants nm to colorado. Not camping but will have emergency supplies.

So what are the must dos to the bike and what must haves as far as tools besides of course tire tools. Oil and air filter just done. Just never been so far back country alone.
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Late July. But i am not camping. My bones no longer allow it but having a riding wingman would be nice.
I can understand that. Also, If I can get my '08 sorted out before late July maybe I can talk my pop into coming along as well. We could be a trio taking on the unknown via KLR's.

Keep me in mind and I will definitely hit you up when I get back from my trip.
Holy Cow!
I would like to hear more details about that story.
Here's the story from a local news station:

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From my understanding, with the Purchase of a Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle permit, basic Search & Rescue is included. Uncertain whether that would cover a helicopter ride or not?
Unfortunately, it does not. From ColoradoSAR.org.

"It does not "insure" you against a bill for a helicopter (you should expect a bill for a medical helicopter, just as an ambulance)"

"There are a few caveats to the no charge for rescue doctrine. First, if you are rescued by a backcountry SAR team, they may call in other resources that do commonly charge for services, such as ambulances and medivac helicopters. Health insurance plans may offer coverage for these kinds of medical transport."

A portion of the cost of the Colorado fishing and hunting license, boat, snow mobile or off-road license goes to reimbursement of search and rescue efforts. I believe 100% of the cost of the CORSAR card does the same so that they can provide this a free "essential service."

But you are on your own for medical transport unless you have some other form of insurance coverage.

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I will look at those but i alredy bought the beadbreaker.
That's perfect because you'll still need a bead breaker. I use the Motion Pro Bead Pro. Nothing beats a Baja no pinch tool for installation ease.
I have to chuckle at the title of this thread:
First BDR trip alone and scared 馃お
What first came to mind when I read this was the TV series Naked and Afraid.

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Yea I know I have a 3rd grade sense of humor but... my grandkids love it.
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How would I protect the boys. Lol
Probably where I got the phrase. That was a really dumb show. Us americans are such prudes when it comes to showing skin but we let our kids watch violence on tv all the time. In europe its the other way around and they have much less violent crime and more fun stuff.
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That's perfect because you'll still need a bead breaker. I use the Motion Pro Bead Pro. Nothing beats a Baja no pinch tool for installation ease.
Looks great but 244$ for tire irons. I gotta stop the bleeding. I have long tire irons on top of the bead breaker that should work. Have new tires coming so will know soon.
Why don't you come join us on June 9th-12th for the Spring Fling on the continental divide? Datil, New Mexico at Datil Well Campground. Rides for every skill level. Come join us.
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No shit. A close friend of mine got shot at a Motel 6 there about 7 years ago. He was just passing through and stopped for the night. Fortunately, he killed the shooter and survived his wounds. So don't tell me that carrying a gun won't make a difference.
My cousin shot a guy in a ABQ Jack in the Box drive through at midnight several years ago. The guy tried coming through her passenger window while she was waiting on her food. SHE shot him twice and a taxi tire once. Had she not had her gun she would for sure have been a victim.
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I will look at those but i alredy bought the beadbreaker.
F9 did a show on liquid tire sealant recently, good info especially if you ride any tubeless tires on other bikes. Ride-on came in second to Sahara Moto in his test. I think either is a great addition to off road tires! I use Sahara and ditched the wheel weights and NO vibrations from tires at all (wish they made dynamically balancing motor oil 馃ぃ)
Not to make little of these events but
F9 did a show on liquid tire sealant recently, good info especially if you ride any tubeless tires on other bikes. Ride-on came in second to Sahara Moto in his test. I think either is a great addition to off road tires! I use Sahara and ditched the wheel weights and NO vibrations from tires at all (wish they made dynamically balancing motor oil 馃ぃ)
I think i saw that. He looks at things very scientifically that i like. But we drive our klrs on and off road. Do you have any viration at highway speeds and i assume you have tubes.
Not to make little of these events but

I think i saw that. He looks at things very scientifically that i like. But we drive our klrs on and off road. Do you have any viration at highway speeds and i assume you have tubes.
I ride 70/30 highway/gravel roads. And on freeway I run 65-75 per GPS. No vibrations, it kinda surprised me the first time I got up to 70 on the freeway. It鈥檚 was noticeably smoother than with the weights. The physics are much more precise and dynamic (liquid and centripetal force) as opposed to static wheel weights that may or may not be EXACTLY in the right place.

Tubes and knobbies.
Just bought the606/mt21 combo. Can't wait till they get here. I wonder if it makes a mess if you do need to change tubes. Thanks for this info btw.
Just bought the606/mt21 combo. Can't wait till they get here. I wonder if it makes a mess if you do need to change tubes. Thanks for this info btw.
My plan, if I ever need to remove the tube, is to rotate the valve stem to the top so no liquid escapes when deflating. I hope we never need to find out, outside of putting on new tires in the garage 馃憤馃徏馃槑
Why don't you come join us on June 9th-12th for the Spring Fling on the continental divide? Datil, New Mexico at Datil Well Campground. Rides for every skill level. Come join us.
Thanks for the invite. I would but already scheduled 3 weeks vacation in july.
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I wonder if it makes a mess if you do need to change tubes. Thanks for this info btw.
How much mess depends on how big the puncturing object was and whether or not the rider stopped before the tire beads unseated from the rim & then ripped valve out of the tube.

My plan, if I ever need to remove the tube, is to rotate the valve stem to the top so no liquid escapes when deflating. I hope we never need to find out, outside of putting on new tires in the garage 馃憤馃徏馃槑
That is actually backwards. Liquid flows down hill, doesn't it?

With any liquid in any tire and valve near the Bottom quadrant, one should put a Blast of air INTO the valve Before attaching a tire gauge or removing the valve Core (with wheel laying prone) to deflate and change a tire to reduce the mess or plug up your tire gauge.
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I think i will stay old school. Seems to be what Mr westman suggests.
Lots of good suggestions here - don't let them scare you too much though - I've traveled solo all over the NW and in groups all across the states (including most of the areas you'll be in) and people are generally friendly and helpful, especially to riders, and doubly especially to solo riders.
I'll reiterate so it's doubly heard - water is surprisingly rare, and takes up a shitload of room so it's easy to try to skimp. Don't do it! Bring a ton. It's not just for drinking, it's for washing things, etc.
The other thing I don't see that will make a big difference, especially on the KLR, is to get your suspension tuned up for your weight + your stuff. I had a stock suspension in PA during a rain storm and nearly lost the front end while passing on a 2 lane cause it was too stiff - I would have been flat if it went, there was oncoming traffic. And it's also just important for long days in the saddle. Optimize for comfort, you're safer when you're paying attention to the road instead of your ass.
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So i am prepping to do my first real trip on the KLR of any consequence. I will be driving the beginning and the ending parts of the new mexico bdr. Trailoring bike to ruidoso and doing trails north. Trailoring to albequerque and then doing grants nm to colorado. Not camping but will have emergency supplies.

So what are the must dos to the bike and what must haves as far as tools besides of course tire tools. Oil and air filter just done. Just never been so far back country alone.
NM in July? - take plenty of water, and then add some more water and snacks and sunscreen.
NM in July? - take plenty of water, and then add some more water and snacks and sunscreen.
Well that is true except it is monsoon season. I plan on riding 8am to 1pm then heading to nearest hotel. It rains every afternoon.
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