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Yadoo. Just your avg middle aged burnt out on life, blah, blah, sold my house and everything I own, etc, etc, bought this fucking thing because, why not, yada, yada, motorcycle nomad, so-on-and-so-forth. Anyway, I'd like to thank you all for helping me choose this bike for my future endeavors, tragedies, frustrations, and fun. Plan is to just nomad till I run out of money or just can't get the kickstand up. No destinations planned, but I'm a former Harley rider(Not just weekends) and don't mind long saddle times, have owned a KTM 950SM which was the dumbest most useless fun I've ever had, love the outdoors and backpack/camp regularly. So combining those two activities, and Voila, this fucking thing. Zadoo.

P.S. Currently crashing w/fam in TX as parts arrive. Only a few more left.
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Endorsement course is next month. ADV class to follow. Thanks for the recommendation. Any organizations that you suggest?
I don't have personal experience with any in the Seattle area. However, Touratech (a big ADV part and accessories shop) does ADV tours on the WABDR, so I would check with them for recommended ADV trainers.
 

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Hello all!

I am from Eastern Quebec, Canada.

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The abundance of gravel roads in my areas just convinced me to get this 25 000 miles KLR 2008 for pretty cheap , already fitted with the expensive kind of luggage. It runs great, it had electrical problems (now fixed) and I don’t really know the history of it, but it was cheap. I might as well learn a trick or two wrenching on it and it is fine.

I was always a bit frustrated to stop at the gravel with my street bike. I actually learned to ride on a XR650L and I knew I wanted a big thumper.

I like that my KLR accelerating makes the same sound than my 3 yr old son’s any imitation of an engine (brlpbrlpblrpbrlp!). It has that kind of rugged character that I like to it. And I like the DIY vibe to the community.

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Hello! I picked up my '09 KLR this May and love it! I live in the kettle moraine area of Wisconsin and the opportunities for riding here are endless. One thing I'm trying to figure out though is exactly what I need to do to be able to send a PM to another member. I had an "unfortunate incident" on a dual sport ride this weekend and need a few replacement parts. I found a member that likely has what I need in the "Classifieds" section, but I don't seem to be able to send him a message. I've searched the rules sections, but I'm not sure if I need to post 5 times or 15 before I can contact another member. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Hello! I picked up my '09 KLR this May and love it! I live in the kettle moraine area of Wisconsin and the opportunities for riding here are endless. One thing I'm trying to figure out though is exactly what I need to do to be able to send a PM to another member. I had an "unfortunate incident" on a dual sport ride this weekend and need a few replacement parts. I found a member that likely has what I need in the "Classifieds" section, but I don't seem to be able to send him a message. I've searched the rules sections, but I'm not sure if I need to post 5 times or 15 before I can contact another member. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Jeff
You didn't attempt the kmsr event yesterday did you?
I rode it on a husqvarna fe501. It was slick in the woods. I kept it upright for all 128 miles, barely.
 

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Yep! I'm actually a member of the KMSR club. I did the club pre-ride on Friday and only made it through the first 5 properties, while laying the bike down 3 different times. I haven't done much off road riding in nearly 30 years, but I really want to get back into it. Hope you had fun on the ride yesterday! We sure had a great turnout.
 

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Yep! I'm actually a member of the KMSR club. I did the club pre-ride on Friday and only made it through the first 5 properties, while laying the bike down 3 different times. I haven't done much off road riding in nearly 30 years, but I really want to get back into it. Hope you had fun on the ride yesterday! We sure had a great turnout.
I had a blast as usual. This was my 10th time riding this event. Time flies. Some of the main blue routes were tricky this year and there seemed to be lots of first timers this year. Hope everyone made it through safe. Dinner was great too! Thanks to the land owners, you and the other club members for putting the event on!
 

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I had a blast as usual. This was my 10th time riding this event. Time flies. Some of the main blue routes were tricky this year and there seemed to be lots of first timers this year. Hope everyone made it through safe. Dinner was great too! Thanks to the land owners, you and the other club members for putting the event on!
Thanks Reveille...I will definitely pass your comments on to the club at our next meeting!
 

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Hey y’all, My name is Grant B. I am an Auburn university Student and getting into my first bike. I’ve ridden dirt bikes but am really wanting to get into something more enjoyable and able to ride on the road. I currently have 2 bikes both about 2 hours from me. One is a 2007 KLR for 3800 with 6k miles the other is a 2015 for 3000 with 11k miles. Both bikes are owned by an older gentleman and we’ll taken care of. I do enjoy offroading and sold my dirt bike. I am wondering if y’all could give me insight and tell me pros and cons of each and which bike is better.
Thank you, excited to join the KLR family
 

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The 2007 (Gen 1) is more off-highway capable, a little more suspension travel, there for a little more skidplate clearance.
It is also taller in the seat, 36" legs help a lot, especially off-highway. It is about 20-25 lbs lighter & has less fragile / narrower body parts.

The 2008-2018 (Gen 2) has more highway oriented fairing & radiator shrouds, for better wind deflection at highway speed. About an inch & a half lower seat height.

They are both quite capable bikes, under a good rider, from 9mph off-highway to about 90mph on highway.

Check all KLR's engine oil Before the first start Every Day. And 3-5 times during the day, especially at 70+ / 5000rpm operation speeds, until you confirm/get used to its oil appetite or lack thereof. Many motorcycle/KLR engines have been severely damaged because of this Potential Issue.

I run the snot out of mine & yes I have to add some oil between changes.
 
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I bought my 93 klr650 in the late 90s from a used bike dealer.
I was setting out back weather and had a tree growing out of it.
I cut the tree off with a borrowed saw and gave him to 500 for it and left.
I had it running within a few days and drive the snot out of it for years.
I replaced the doohickey with an eagle Mike unit when he first started making them.
Mine was in 3 pieces.
My Brother wanted the klr so I traded him for it in 2008 I think..
(It was when my wife died so things were really blurry that year into the next few years..)
He parked it in a Barn in late 2009.
I picked it up 10-08-2022 & brought it back home.
It was covered in owl poop and dust missing the ignition switch and wires twisted together.

I rode it yesterday for 20 mins.
I will not let it go again.

When I picked it up it was bad, now it is happy.
Bunch of new parts, and one huge smile again.
 

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Hello all!
Rick Speicher here from Canyon Lake, Texas. Been riding since I was a teenager, sport bikes mostly. Needed a bike to do some off road exploring, so I bought this 2009. I know the 2008-2009 had some issues, but the miles are low (12k), and the price was right. The Givi cases and the Seat Concepts saddle clinched the deal. Already falling in love with her, never thought I'd have so much fun. Should have got one sooner! Would love to hear any advice on maintenance and upgrades!
 

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Hello All,
I am a brand new rider, 54 years old. I found a low mileage 2012 KLR. I just installed a sargent low seat and also added lowering links. I am enjoying it very much. I live in St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada. It is getting colder here, but I do still plan to get out a few more times before the snow.
 

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Pretty please???
It's great to have you introduce yourself, but we also would like to know where you're from, too!!

If you're shy, you don't even need to post your town, but at least what part of the country you're from.. That way people in your area can get to know you, or even better, meet you!!!


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Hello all, the names Chris shives, I live in south central wyoming (rawlins). I'm a long time rider of dirt and asphalt but new to the klr. I've been lurking around on here for a while and really enjoy the technical information and community. Happy to be here and hope to see you all out in the wind!
 

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Tumbleweeds: Rawlins is pretty close to Lander, which is where our forum expert PDWestman lives and has serviced KLRs since, oh, dinosaurs roamed prehistoric Wyoming. If you ever need service that you can't do yourself, he is DA MAN!
 

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Good day all!! I’m Paul from the Palm Springs of Washington….. aka Yakima. I just picked up my 2022 KLR650 base model last week and absolutely love it. My girlfriend and I rode a short section of the WABDR that’s close to our house and had a blast! I can’t wait to get more riding in and gain more insight from the more knowledgeable peeps on this forum.
 

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Yakclimber509: What section of the WABDR did you do? I was up there a month ago when it was still hot and dry. I did the sections from N. Wenas Rd to Elllensburg, then Ellensburg to Wenatchee. I expect the dusty and hard crust sections are now mud pits and slides. Did you take your girlfriend on the back, or did she ride her own bike?
 

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Evening everyone! My name is Cole and I currently live in Colorado. I've always wanted a KLR650 as a grew up riding Hondas and Yamahas off road. Today I picked up a badly mangled 2009 KLR650E from Copart. Rebuilding it will be my winter project. Look forwards to
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