Checkout a KLR650 riding real singletrack! :)
Checkout a KLR650 riding real singletrack! :)
Good thing I don’t have $3K burning a hole in my pocket or I’d be GromADVenturing! ;)
Nice to see a KLR rider helping out another motorcyclist in a crisis. :)
I’m just leaving this on my blog so I can find it later when I need new signal lights.
I installed Michelin T63 tires on my KLR650 in the summer of 2012 because I wanted better handling on the dirt and deep gravel of the forest service roads I was using to get out to Lake Nihtnat kiteboarding. These tires have proven to work very well for that purpose and doing great on pavement as well. My rear tire has over 10,000kms on it with at lest 7,000kms of paved riding and it still has 30%-40% of the tread left.
That is pretty amazing.
I wasn’t sure how these knobbies would do on pavement, but I’ve been riding them pretty hard wet and dry with no issues at all.
I paid under $100 per tire back in 2012.
When these tires wear out I’ll be buying more. :)
I’ve decided to upgrade the KLR650 a little. I’m getting a Britania Composites Lynx R fairing like the one shown above.
I’ll be replacing the stock tank with a 31L Safari Tank.
The stock instrument cluster will be replaced by a Trail Tech Vapor dash.
Once I get the new parts installed I’ll be selling all the bits that come off for 50% of their cost:
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.
The KLR may not be the latest greatest wunder bike. On the other hand it’s paid for! =)
If you have a SPOT Mk2 and want this mount let me know. I’ll send it to you for free.
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.
It’s in near mint condition.
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 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. :)
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.
A KLR650 and a nice lady. What could be better? ;)
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! ;)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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! ;)