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post #1 of 9 Old 09-03-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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First real offroad adventure today

So today I took the KLR on what is known locally as the Pachaug Loop. It's basically one of two legal areas on state land that you can ride motorcycles offroad and it makes a huge loop, some offroad some onroad. It's around 58 miles I believe.

I used my road gps to get to the parking area where you can park your vehicle if you trailer you bike. After marking the trailhead on the gps, I started out down the trail and it didn't look too bad. I have seen videos on youtube where there was alot of standing water on this trail. I could see where there had been standing water so I was lucky it was fairly dry, even though there were some deep puddles left but I mananged to go around most of them. After I rode for about 100 yards or so the trail started getting really steep and I was mostly sliding downhill trying not to fall over. The trails here are mostly covered in baby head boulders, which makes for a fairly tough ride. You have to be on your toes or you'll go right over. The KLR is particularly hard to ride on this terrain due to the fact that it's a heavy bike. It did okay though. I was suprised by now well it slid, rolled, and bounced over all the rocks..lol.

After I rode for a little while I was following the arrows that tell you which way the trail goes and I came upon some private property signs. I must have missed a turn or something so I turned around and headed back. I got kinda lost after that and started up a steep hill with lots of baby head boulders and just as I was about 3/4 of the way up I don't know what happened but all of a sudden I was on my side..lol. The bike hit hard. My gps flew off and so did I. Luckily I was unhurt except for a slight pain in my ankle. I think I hit the footpeg with it or something. No big deal though.

Much more to this story but for some reason I typed alot here and it got deleted and the message posted without alot of what I typed. Too tired to re type it al right now.

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Pics or video or it didn't happen. lol just kidding
I was thinking that I wish I had a GoPro! LOL!
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Okay, so, long story short...I had hit a small tree that had fallen on the trail earlier. So after the bike fell I couldn't shift out of first gear into neutral to start it. I tried to bend it back with the pliers I keep in my tail bag and was able to bend it just enough to get it back into neutral to start it, but it would't shift past 2nd gear because the shifter was hitting the side of the case above it. I drove it to my ex wife's house a few miles away and used a pipe wrench to fix it there so I could drive it home.

I could have fixed the lights out in the forest if I could have gotten the seat off but there was nothing in the stock tool kit that would do the job. There is a 10mm open end wrench in there but it only tried to strip the bolt head so I had to drive home with no lights. When I got home I used the spare fuse under the seat to fix it and went to the auto parts store to get some more as spares. I went up 5 amps on the replacement fuses.
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I could have fixed the lights out in the forest if I could have gotten the seat off but there was nothing in the stock tool kit that would do the job. There is a 10mm open end wrench in there but it only tried to strip the bolt head so I had to drive home with no lights.
Just leave your seat bolts out. The seat will stay where it's supposed to. Mine have been out for three years. In the dark is no time to be messing around with seat bolts just so you can check a fuse, your battery terminals, etc.



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Just leave your seat bolts out. The seat will stay where it's supposed to. Mine have been out for three years. In the dark is no time to be messing around with seat bolts just so you can check a fuse, your battery terminals, etc.
Hello planalp

That sounds like a good idea, although I have to admit I'd be hesitant to do that because of fear of the seat moving around. I'll have to take the bolts out and go for a ride and see if I can tell a difference.

Did I read (In a different thread) that you have a tool tube? If so which tube do you have and where did you get it? I'm looking for one that I can somehow strap to the back of the bike over the rear light/license plate.
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Hello planalp

That sounds like a good idea, although I have to admit I'd be hesitant to do that because of fear of the seat moving around. I'll have to take the bolts out and go for a ride and see if I can tell a difference.

Did I read (In a different thread) that you have a tool tube? If so which tube do you have and where did you get it? I'm looking for one that I can somehow strap to the back of the bike over the rear light/license plate.
Your seat won't move around. Give it a try and see what you think.

Just hit your local home improvement store and browse the heavier-duty PVC pipe (like the black stuff) in whatever diameter/length will work for you, put a cap on one end and a screw-on cap or one of those rubber test plugs in the other end for access. All can be had for less than $15 or so. I chose the 4" PVC.



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Keep it up make sure that you give us a ton of pictures and information.
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Just curious. Why did you go up the 5amps on the fuse, and what is the normal rating supposed to be?
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