I think I am in love…

Posted: March 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Good thing I don’t have $3K burning a hole in my pocket or I’d be GromADVenturing! ;)

KLR saves the day…

Posted: March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized
Busted BMW gets shipped home...

Busted BMW gets shipped home…

Nice to see a KLR rider helping out another motorcyclist in a crisis. :)

http://kodyrossspencer.blogspot.ca/2015/03/trans-labrador-highway-part-3.html

EDS Tuff Lites

Posted: March 19, 2015 in Farckles
Click to jump to product page...

Click to jump to product page…

I’m just leaving this on my blog so I can find it later when I need new signal lights.

Michelin T63 Tire Review

Posted: March 11, 2015 in Bike Reviews
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Michelin T63...

Michelin T63…

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. :)

T63 Front Tire...

T63 Front Tire…

New KLR Bling…

Posted: March 9, 2015 in Farckles, Uncategorized
Britania Composites Lynx R on a BMW...

Britania Composites Lynx R on a BMW…

I’ve decided to upgrade the KLR650 a little. I’m getting a Britania Composites Lynx R fairing like the one shown above.

Safari Tank...

Safari Tank…

I’ll be replacing the stock tank with a 31L Safari Tank.

Trail Tech Vapor Dash...

Trail Tech Vapor Dash…

The stock instrument cluster will be replaced by a Trail Tech Vapor dash.

Current configuration...

Current configuration…

Once I get the new parts installed I’ll be selling all the bits that come off for 50% of their cost:

  • Happy Trails Rallye Kit [$70 USD]
  • Happy Trails Crash Bars [$150 USD]
  • Stock instrument cluster
  • Stock front fairing
  • Stock gas tank
  • Stock front fender [$25 USD]
  • Baja Worx Dakar windscreen [$75 USD]
  • shipping extra

 

It’s paid for!

Posted: February 22, 2015 in KLR Culture
21 Feb and it's warm and sunny on the coast!

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...

Triumph 800 XC…

The KLR may not be the latest greatest wunder bike. On the other hand it’s paid for! =)

Free RAM SPOT Mount

Posted: February 22, 2015 in KLR Culture
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Fits the SPOT 2 on any bar...

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...

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...

Twists on and off…

It’s in near mint condition.

SPOT pops in and out...

SPOT pops in and out…

Another fine PNW KLR Commute…

Posted: February 6, 2015 in Commuting
Misty morning on Vancouver Island...

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. :)

Why we ride a dualsports…

Posted: January 3, 2015 in ADV Ride, KLR Culture

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. :)

Ultimate KLR

Posted: December 18, 2014 in KLR Culture
Is a picture worth a 1000 words?

Is a picture worth a 1000 words?

I'd say yes.

I’d say yes.

I wish my mechanic looked like that.

I wish my mechanic looked like that.

KLR Replacement?

Posted: December 12, 2014 in ADV Ride
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A Good Reminder…

Posted: December 11, 2014 in ADV Ride

Paying the price…

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Maintenance
Checking on my bike...

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.

KLR Porn ;)

Posted: December 3, 2014 in KLR Culture
Click on image to jump to Lee Gochenour's KLR photos...

Click on image to jump to Lee Gochenour’s KLR photos…

A KLR650 and a nice lady. What could be better? ;)

Ducati Hypermotard…

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Gear Reviews
Ducati Hypermotard...

Ducati Hypermotard…

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! ;)

UNI Air Filter and No Toil Oil…

Posted: August 27, 2014 in Maintenance
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Fresh Uni filter and No Toil oil...

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...

Stock filter…

Stock filter and plastic frame removed from 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...

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...

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.

I broke 10K…

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Commuting
New decals...

New decals…

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...

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.

Front view...

Front view…

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!

Don’t lose any parts!

Waiting for me to finish work...

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. =)