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Been lurking and posted a few times here recently but since I took possession of my 2022 Adventure model a week and a half ago I figured I better make it official and post an introduction.

My name is Eric, I live in the upstate of SC at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mts. Lots of amazing riding right outside my back door! I sold my Yamaha FJR to a buddy of mine who had been pining for it for years (he got bit by the Iron Butt bug). I really loved that bike but found that in the last few months that I've been wanting to get back to my roots a bit and look at the adventure segment. The KLR came out with the fuel injection and it was a no brainer for me. So far I absolutely love the KLR! I don't really miss the FJR with it's gobs of power - it sounds crazy but I'm probably having more fun on the KLR than I had on the FJR in awhile.
Anyway enough blabbering just wanted to introduce myself and just like the FJR forums I can see there is also a wealth of information sharing and camaraderie here also. I look forward to learning from you all and in time hope to be able to contribute! Thanks
 

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Hi All, Chris Davis here! new to the KLR family with my 2022 KLR650 purchased last day in Sep 2021! I plan to ride it in the mountains of Colorado/ Wyoming and Utah Desert. Bucket List would be a Baja trip! I wanted a dual sport bike and man the KLR just really caught my eye every time I was at a motorcycle dealership! When I realized the price, I was sold. Then I started doing a ton of research and had no idea about the heritage of the bike. I grew up riding Yamaha dirt bikes but after a few accidents by me and my Dad and my uncle, we had to sell all our bikes.. Never considered myself a Kawasaki or Honda guy. I am really curious to learn about the Kawasaki motorcycle heritage, why folks are loyal to the brand and what does KLR stand for? Kawasaki Land Rover?
 

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Hello. My name is jeff and I am from SE Ohio. Been riding some sort of 2 wheeled death trap for 35 years. Trials bikes to gold wings and now on an 07’ klr. I must admit this may be my all time favorite. Currently eyeing an 2022 adventure but the abs scares me a tad. Anywho, glad to be here and hopefully I can contribute in some way.
 

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Hello. My name is jeff and I am from SE Ohio. Been riding some sort of 2 wheeled death trap for 35 years. Trials bikes to gold wings and now on an 07’ klr. I must admit this may be my all time favorite. Currently eyeing an 2022 adventure but the abs scares me a tad. Anywho, glad to be here and hopefully I can contribute in some way.
Hi Jeff, Helpful to see that with your experience the KLR is a favorite! I did not get the ABS, mainly because it was not available on any Sand color units in my area. I am not sure if they did not ship a bunch of Sand color ABS out to Colorado or if that is just what was left by end of Sept. Anyway, from the videos I have watched seems like if you could turn the ABS off for off-road that would be a great update.
 

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Hello. My name is jeff and I am from SE Ohio. Been riding some sort of 2 wheeled death trap for 35 years. Trials bikes to gold wings and now on an 07’ klr. I must admit this may be my all time favorite. Currently eyeing an 2022 adventure but the abs scares me a tad. Anywho, glad to be here and hopefully I can contribute in some way.
Hi Jeff! I just jumped from an 04 to a 22. I went with the base model, no ABS. All the adventure mods are available for the most parr And you can pick what you want.
Personally, I’m waiting for the Happy Trail panniers and crash bars.
Happy riding!!
 

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Hi Jeff! I just jumped from an 04 to a 22. I went with the base model, no ABS. All the adventure mods are available for the most parr And you can pick what you want.
Personally, I’m waiting for the Happy Trail panniers and crash bars.
Happy riding!!
Yea. I am on the fence. I really like my 07. The abs is a great thing for the pavement for sure. I have my doubts in the woods or on gravel. Glad you like the new bike.
 

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Guess I've been a member for a while but never had much to say. Live in North East Ohio. Have owned and worked on motorcycles since 1975. I good day for me involves 2 wheels. I've owned 2 other KLR 650"s before my current 2022 base model. Time to get back to work. Installing the Thermo-Bob upgrade on the new bike.
 

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Guess I've been a member for a while but never had much to say. Live in North East Ohio. Have owned and worked on motorcycles since 1975. I good day for me involves 2 wheels. I've owned 2 other KLR 650"s before my current 2022 base model. Time to get back to work. Installing the Thermo-Bob upgrade on the new bike.
Welcome. By looking at your bike list you have impeccable taste sir. Lol. I have had 3 Goldwings myself. How far north east? I spend a lot of time over near saint clairsville and used to live east of Cleveland.
 

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Welcome. By looking at your bike list you have impeccable taste sir. Lol. I have had 3 Goldwings myself. How far north east? I spend a lot of time over near saint clairsville and used to live east of Cleveland.
Aprox 12 miles North of Youngstown on Pa border.
 

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Hey y’all… New to the KLR650, but not to riding. (36 years). Been looking at KLRs for about 15 years, just never got one. Just picked up a Lava Orange 2022. Live in AZ and with 40 mikes on the clock, it’s not my 2018 DL1000XT, but I have to be more vigilant on that vs. the KLR when things get hairy. Which is why I bought it. Low stakes means I’ll learn more because I won’t “care as much” about damage while honing skills. Have had several “adventure” bikes, and also benefit from a structural engineering background. I will end with nothing is going to satisfy everyone. And it appears the KLR, since it’s inception has been breaking hearts and been attracting a huge following just the same. So I’ll ignore the fussin and focus on making my new KLR mine…. Current bikes in the stable: Suzuki Bking, Z125 Pro, DL1000XT, 2011 Vstar 950 Touring, and my new Thumper of course! I’m a Jeeper and into corvettes and Camaros… glad to be here
 

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Morning all,

Just picked up my Navy Khaki (sand) KLR650 yesterday, and I’m excited about getting back in the saddle after a nearly 10 year break. I call it “Navy khaki” because I’m a retired USN Master Chief. Started on cruisers and then graduated to sport tourers since I appreciated the twisties and the lighter weight (especially now that I’m that weight).

Anyhoo, I realized that I secretly wanted a KLR ever since I saw a (heavily modified) one with a Versys engine in it at a Roll the Bones rally here in Texas years ago. Wasn’t too thrilled about having a thumper back then because of the vibes, but now in my old age I’m finally, truly discovering that it’s the (not so fast) ride and not necessarily the destination.

Already seeing this is a friendly group of folks who share a wealth of knowledge on a frame that’s been around for a long time, so that’s another great perk with owning a KLR. Will be going over the bike to check bolt specs and the like as suggested here, and will install Watt-man’s kit shortly. I don’t have all the tools necessary and am too chicken to do the doo, but from what I’ve read I should wait until the warranty is out before doing so.

If you’ve read my War and Peace attempt this far, thanks! Rubber side down.
 

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Good Morning. I just purchased my first KLR. Pretty excited. I purchased a 2022 Sand. Love the color. I’m excited to start making it my own. I live in Iowa, so I‘m hoping to do some riding in the snow. Any recommendations for ”first mods” would be appreciated. I‘m also debating be hard or soft panniers. So many options :) Happy Sunday
 

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Hi I'm Alex, I just got a 2022 KLR, it's my first bike and I'm excited to start riding and customizing my bike.
 

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cheers mate . Not the easiest bike to start on . I dropped mine in a low speed u-turn stall situation twice . Once before I got crash bars and second time after . better results after . First customization should be protective gear for yourself as in proper gloves ,boots , helmet , armored jacket and pants . ATGATT .Enjoy the learning curve . It is still going on for me and always will I think . I ride my own pace . group rides cause accidents to squids pushing their limit to keep up . But then I have always been something of a loner . Stay safe .
 

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Hey everyone! I picked up a 22 KLR a few weeks ago and have been having an absolute blast with it. I'm coming from an 05 Vulcan 800 but the KLR is my first brand new bike (first brand new vehicle at that). I'm digging it so far and looking forward to more back road adventures. I just hit the break-in mark so it's time for some maintenance and mods!

I do have a question about the doo mod. I know a lot of folks recommend waiting until you're out of warranty, but I've also noticed most people stick with the 1 year warranty. Anyone else go with the 5 year warranty and does that change anything in regards to doing the doo? Wouldn't want to void my warranty but also don't want to kill my bike.

I just moved to Nacogdoches from the Chicago area so I'm definitely looking for some riding buddies if there's anyone around. I haven't seen any other KLRs around yet. It's the perfect bike for out here though, these county roads are gorgeous but they can be rough in spots. Really looking forward to be a part of the KLR community!
 

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New KLR owner!
Curtis (AKA Quico), started my motorcycle experience as a kid with a 125, but I don't really count that (it was a friend's, so although I learned a little, I never became a true motor-head). After college, I road a Suzuki Savage 650 exclusively for several years (I didn't own a car), and even circumnavigated Florida with it. That was too much road travel for the Savage, truth be told.
Later, I owned two 90's era Goldwings, about 1100 cc. So this was my main commuter vehicle for about 5 years, and I really learned more advanced riding on these heavy, highway loving beasts. At least I learned to manage the weight (if not master) of riding "heavier" bikes, which may come in handy with a bike the size of the KLR.

I recently wanted to return to biking after 12 years away, and I wanted something more versatile than Goldwings!
I had ridden backseat on a BMW adventure bike in Costa Rica years ago, and was thoroughly impressed with the ability to handle highway and tracks.
I also took up single track mountain bike riding over the years, and rode extensively in Colorado, Utah, Arkansas, Nebraska and Florida. This gave me some trail skills which may, or may not, translate to motorcycling on dirt, but we shall see.

So I wanted the same type of versatility this time. I did look at the Yamaha Tenere and a few other models, some bigger, some smaller, and realized that something in the midrange (650-700 cc) was the ticket. I finally settled on the KLR.

I live along West Coast of Florida, Tampa/St Pete area. I hope to ride up to Ocala and other areas where I can introduce the bike to some dirt roads.
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