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Nothing fancy, just a normal 2004 KLR I bought this last April (2022) as my very first dual sports bike. Have been riding dirt roads every time I can since then and I keep wondering why did I wait so long to leave the pavement?

A couple of weeks ago I took it up Farmington Canyon for the third time and found that, although closed, the fork up to Francis Peak was snow free. Went around the gate and kept riding up. Turns out they had finally bulldozed the snow away almost all the way up to the radar station.

The first photo is right before reaching the station itself at the very top. Had a little bit of a challenge overcoming that stretch of iced snow. Good thing KLRs are light!.

The second photo is facing the radar installation once I reached the top. You can see the snow I picked up still trapped between the engine and the skid plate.

The third (last) photo is looking down from the top. Kaysville and Layton are below. And farther away, the Great Salt Lake.

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Nothing fancy, just a normal 2004 KLR I bought this last April (2022) as my very first dual sports bike. Have been riding dirt roads every time I can since then and I keep wondering why did I wait so long to leave the pavement?

A couple of weeks ago I took it up Farmington Canyon for the third time and found that, although closed, the fork up to Francis Peak was snow free. Went around the gate and kept riding up. Turns out they had finally bulldozed the snow away almost all the way up to the radar station.

The first photo is right before reaching the station itself at the very top. Had a little bit of a challenge overcoming that stretch of iced snow. Good thing KLRs are light!.

The second photo is facing the radar installation once I reached the top. You can see the snow I picked up still trapped between the engine and the skid plate.

The third (last) photo is looking down from the top. Kaysville and Layton are below. And farther away, the Great Salt Lake.

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Live in South Jordan. Have a carb to rebuild and when done, this was going to be one of my first day trips.
 

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Great pictures!
You are using the KLR for what it excels at!

Nothing fancy, just a normal 2004 KLR I bought this last April (2022) as my very first dual sports bike. Have been riding dirt roads every time I can since then and I keep wondering why did I wait so long to leave the pavement?

A couple of weeks ago I took it up Farmington Canyon for the third time and found that, although closed, the fork up to Francis Peak was snow free. Went around the gate and kept riding up. Turns out they had finally bulldozed the snow away almost all the way up to the radar station.

The first photo is right before reaching the station itself at the very top. Had a little bit of a challenge overcoming that stretch of iced snow. Good thing KLRs are light!.

The second photo is facing the radar installation once I reached the top. You can see the snow I picked up still trapped between the engine and the skid plate.

The third (last) photo is looking down from the top. Kaysville and Layton are below. And farther away, the Great Salt Lake.

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Nothing fancy, just a normal 2004 KLR I bought this last April (2022) as my very first dual sports bike. Have been riding dirt roads every time I can since then and I keep wondering why did I wait so long to leave the pavement?

A couple of weeks ago I took it up Farmington Canyon for the third time and found that, although closed, the fork up to Francis Peak was snow free. Went around the gate and kept riding up. Turns out they had finally bulldozed the snow away almost all the way up to the radar station.

The first photo is right before reaching the station itself at the very top. Had a little bit of a challenge overcoming that stretch of iced snow. Good thing KLRs are light!.

The second photo is facing the radar installation once I reached the top. You can see the snow I picked up still trapped between the engine and the skid plate.

The third (last) photo is looking down from the top. Kaysville and Layton are below. And farther away, the Great Salt Lake.

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These are very fine pictures.
 

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How do you like that side rack?
I got it from eBay and I love it for what I use it: a small 20L dry bag saddlebag set (from CycleGear) I use on longer trips. See the picture below. Other than that, it is considerably flimsy for other uses, the most common being grabbing it to lift or push the bike. You feel it bending if you do. Every time I need to push or pull the bike (like from some sand or mud) I have to remind myself to grab it from the rear rack support instead.
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I got it from eBay and I love it for what I use it: a small 20L dry bag saddlebag set (from CycleGear) I use on longer trips. See the picture below. Other than that, it is considerably flimsy for other uses, the most common being grabbing it to lift or push the bike. You feel it bending if you do. Every time I need to push or pull the bike (like from some sand or mud) I have to remind myself to grab it from the rear rack support instead. View attachment 35850
Thanks. I am thinking to buy soft bags in the future and contemplating a DIY or something cheap and light to put in between bags and bike just to avoid them melting from the muffler. It does seem to serve the purpose.
 
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