Posted: February 22, 2015 in KLR Culture
21 Feb and it’s warm and sunny on the coast!
I went Ducati shopping with my friend this weekend that resulted in a new Hypermotard getting a deposit. Sweet bike! I was able to resist the temptation to trade in my KLR. The most interesting looking bike was a Triumph 800 XC. I’m sure it would be amazing, but I’m not buying any bike I can’t pay cash for and the XC would probably be $15K out the door.
Triumph 800 XC…
The KLR may not be the latest greatest wunder bike. On the other hand it’s paid for! =)
Posted: February 22, 2015 in KLR Culture
Fits the SPOT 2 on any bar…
If you have a SPOT Mk2 and want this mount let me know. I’ll send it to you for free.
Just zipties on…
If I get a local Victoria, BC pick up they get first priority otherwise if I have to mail it then whomever comments first asking for it will get it.
Twists on and off…
It’s in near mint condition.
SPOT pops in and out…
Posted: February 6, 2015 in Commuting
Misty morning on Vancouver Island…
It’s been great riding weather all through January on Vancouver Island. I’m getting to ride the KLR 2-3 days a week to my client’s office as well as some weekend riding. I stay off the bike if it’s really raining, but there are many dry or just misty days like the photo above for pleasant KLR riding.
The bike is doing well. I have over 7000kms on the Michelin T63 rear tire and it’s only 60% used up. The bike needs an oil change I hope to get done this weekend.
I love this time of year because we’ve gotten past the hump of winter and fine spring weather is nearly here. Each day is longer, warmer and drier than the one before it. :)
Posted: January 3, 2015 in Bike Reviews, Uncategorized
Posted this video just for the first 14 seconds of moto + mountain bike rack porn. I’m getting one of these puppies installed on my KLR650 in 2015 to expand its adventure hauling capabilities. :)
Posted: December 4, 2014 in Maintenance
Checking on my bike…
My KLR is a 2010 model that gets ridden year round on the coast. I do all the easy maintenance like oil changes, lubing the chain and such. Hitting 10,000kms recently I figured it was time for some professional love at the dealer. I got a new chain/counter sprocket, flushed the rad and rebuilt the brake calipers. Apparently they put down corrosive de-icing chemicals on the highways around here [I didn’t know that] and my chain and brakes both suffered pretty badly from regular winter use.
Because the brake parts took forever to come in I lost the bike for over 3 weeks and got a pretty hefty bill once all was said and done.
On the other hand the bike is running great now and aside from my first 1000km service this is the only dealer service it’s had.
I’ll need some new tires next year, but I have the nearly new stock tires and I may throw them on and wear them out since I have no dirt riding plans after the spring in 2015.
Posted: December 3, 2014 in KLR Culture
Click on image to jump to Lee Gochenour’s KLR photos…
A KLR650 and a nice lady. What could be better? ;)
Posted: December 1, 2014 in Gear Reviews
My local Ducati dealer let me demo one of these bad boys on the weekend. I knew I was in trouble when I sat on it and started it up. It felt and sounded so amazing. He offered me $3K off retail to move a bike in the winter. If the demo went well I’d probably go home with a new bike.
Luckily for my bank account the demo wasn’t great. The handling was downright strange verging on scary.
I’m not a super moto guy and only been riding tame DS bikes for the last decade so maybe I just don’t have the skills for a performance bike, but I was feeling gripped riding this baby at 80kph on a normal secondary highway that should have been a chill cruise.
My KLR is not sexy nor exciting to ride, but it feels very predictable and safe. At my advanced age that’s a good thing! ;)
Posted: August 27, 2014 in Maintenance
Tags: no toil, uni
Fresh Uni filter and No Toil oil…
I’ve been lazy and ignored my air filter despite riding a bunch of dusty forest service roads. So I knew it was time to get a fresh filter in my bike.
Stock filter and plastic frame removed from bike…
I found a brand new Uni filter in my parts box and picked up some No Toil filter oil as well as some rim grease.
Freshly oiled filter and rim grease…
Oiling the filter was easy and it installed into my bike with no fuss after applying some No Toil rim grease to the bottom of the filter.
Uni filter installed…
I didn’t bother saving the stock filter. I’ll get another Uni filter so I have a spare ready to rock on longer trips.
Posted: August 22, 2014 in Commuting
Despite riding the KLR nearly daily this blog has been slow because the bike is working great, I’m not adding any farckles and I haven’t gone on any adventures of note. That said I did break 10,000kms recently! Living on an island it’s hard to rack up huge mileage so 10K is a nice milestone. :)
Taking apart the front fairing…
In honour of the occasion I figured I should do some maintenance on the bike. I replaced a burnt out head light which was quite a pain in the ass to get to! Changed the oil. Checked the air filter and started buying a replacement for it. I also installed some new tank fairing decals. I was bored with the old ones and I actually made 2 different sets so I had some spares.
All in all the bike has been running great.The stock motor is purring right along with regular oil changes. It’s mostly seeing commuting duties at the moment, but getting to ride for an hour or so each day is great even if I am not exploring Outer Mongolia! ;)
Don’t lose any parts!
Posted: April 24, 2014 in Commuting, Vancouver Island
Waiting for me to finish work…
My KLR adventures are mostly commutes to work these days, but I’d rather be riding the moto to work than not riding it at all. =)
Posted: January 18, 2014 in KLR650 2008+, Maintenance
Another oil change…
I’ve got a new contract which requires me to drive out to the airport most days – ~50kms round trip. I’m not stoked to put the miles and pay the gas bills on my F150 so my KLR650 gets the call most days. – unless it’s raining fairly hard.
I’m no wet weather hero! ;)
The KLR is ideal for 25kms each way of low speed highway [~90-100kph]. It’s fun to ride and mobile to work through traffic. Weather on Southern Vancouver Island is excellent for riding even in the winter. I can ride 75% of the days in the winter and close to 100% in the summer without being super cold or wet.
I decided I better do an oil change today as it’s been over 6 months since my last one. With my regular commute I’ll probably be doing oil changes every 3 months now. I’d rather stay on top of the oil than save a couple bucks now and end up with engine hassles later.
Posted: January 14, 2014 in Farckles, How To..., KLR650 2008+
BMW GS with MTB…
The only thing I like more than riding my moto is riding my mountain bike so if I can combine the two I would be very very happy! :)
I saw this setup down in Sedona AZ over Christmas and it looks ideal for what I need to do.
MTB rack attaches to rear of moto…
I’ll have to do a bit of research on this bike rack, but if it all looks good I think I’ll get one for the summer.
Fork close up…
I need to confirm that it will work with my bikes that have 15mm & 20mm thru-axle forks as well as one that has a standard QR fork. Since those are all pretty common these days I’m assuming the rack can accommodate them.
Posted: September 10, 2013 in KLR Culture, Uncategorized
Off to a business meeting…
I ride my KLR for work whenever I can. It’s often a bit of a pain to show up at a business meeting looking professional when using the bike. Wearing heavy duty pants and boots limits my clothing options without doing a full change at my destination – which is too much hassle to consider. Carrying my computer and paperwork is less elegant on the bike than if I drove my truck and hauled it all in a leather briefcase. Plus I have to deal with my helmet and riding jacket at the meeting which is cumbersome.
So why bother when I have a truck I could use?
I spend enough time working that it only makes sense to use that time to do things I enjoy as much as possible. Getting in a few extra bike rides a week while getting paid to do things at work is a win-win situation. Not to mention it’s easier to find bike parking and cheaper to operate the KLR.
And that’s the bottomline – every KLR ride I can fit into my week is a bonus so I’m going to do it whenever I can.
Posted: August 28, 2013 in ADV Ride
Click to read RR…
Not KLR related, but Alex has posted a super fun ride report about his trip along the Great Divide with his dog. I’ve always been stoked on Ural’s and their sidecars. I don’t have the mechanical skills to keep one running properly, but I do enjoy reading about them.
You can also check out Alex’s blog here.