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Old 09-20-2012, 11:41 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by smeghead View Post
She looks reasonably encumbered... Better or worse than the KLR?

Glad to hear you are getting on the road. Question: are you guys going to ride Central America on the way back ?(presuming the world doesn't end)

G'luck!
I'm guessing that the weight of the gear in the boxes and pack is around 60 lbs. It's mostly cloths and a few tools and spares. The two red 2 gallon gas tanks will only be filled for special needs. We rode the Trans Labrador Highway loaded the same way and over about 800 miles of dry gravel road (a lot of it soft and sandy with a little gravel thrown in) and it felt fine as long as the speed was kept at a decent rate. Even when the tanks were full, for one 300 mile stretch, the bike felt great. It feels much better than my old KLR. There’s plenty of room and extra power and with a low feeling center of gravity too.

Our plan is to ride down the west side of SA, up the east side, across the top and back to Houston via Central America. Yes, it all depends upon if we wake up on December 22nd.
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