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Good day everyone. I must confess, I do not yet have a KLR (or any bike at the moment). Last I owned a bike was 16 years ago. Then life took over with wife, house, kids, etc etc. Now that I'm approaching 40, I want to get back in the saddle again, and I think I've settled on the newest generation KLR as my ride of choice. I was on a (semi) sport bike back then... This time I really like the idea of a dual sport. On-road grace with the fortitude to take on the back roads when the pavement ends.

My plan at this point is to attempt a cross Canada adventure... Obviously once I've been in the set for a while to get back in practice. A sort-of midlife crisis you could say. :) Any words of wisdom for such a plan? I assume from all that I've read the KLR is a good ride for such an adventure. Anybody have any words of wisdom on the topic?

It'll be a year or more before it all comes together... I'm just starting the planing at this point. I went to the dealership the other week, and 2012 KLRs are very, very scarce at this point. Until the 2013's come in there is nothing they could get.

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Good day everyone. I must confess, I do not yet have a KLR (or any bike at the moment). Last I owned a bike was 16 years ago. Then life took over with wife, house, kids, etc etc. Now that I'm approaching 40, I want to get back in the saddle again, and I think I've settled on the newest generation KLR as my ride of choice. I was on a (semi) sport bike back then... This time I really like the idea of a dual sport. On-road grace with the fortitude to take on the back roads when the pavement ends.

My plan at this point is to attempt a cross Canada adventure... Obviously once I've been in the set for a while to get back in practice. A sort-of midlife crisis you could say. :) Any words of wisdom for such a plan? I assume from all that I've read the KLR is a good ride for such an adventure. Anybody have any words of wisdom on the topic?

It'll be a year or more before it all comes together... I'm just starting the planing at this point. I went to the dealership the other week, and 2012 KLRs are very, very scarce at this point. Until the 2013's come in there is nothing they could get.

Thanks.
Welcome!

Several Canucks on here that should be able to help with trip planning. ADV is a good resource and has region specific forums.

You could probably find a used Gen 2 that has the stuff needed for long trips already installed for less than a new bike. Chances are after a 16 year lay-off your skiils are a bit rusty. Off-road riding there's more opportunities to drop the bike. Easier to accept on a used bike!
 

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Welcome to the group .... A fellow canyon from the east coast here. Planning a cross Canada trip eh...meet a couple the other day from kelowna, BC that travelled to Newfoundland. I am looking at a trip like that in 2014, must be something with being over 40. More likely that we can finally afford it after raising kids.

Nothing but a great group here....
Ride safe.,..

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