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Old 12-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #25
Timothy Blomquist
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Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Farmington, New Mexico USA
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I own a 2011 KLR and a 2012 Tiger 800XC. The Kawasaki for me is just not a higher speed highway bike. If I could take two lane blacktop and gravel roads on longer trips (30-50mph) the KLR is just fine. In October took the KLR into the BLM south of Canyonlands National Park Utah, 84 miles off of pavement (6 hours) at an average speed of @ 13 mph. The KLR did fine. No tip overs but bogged down in sand numerous times on the two track trails, causing me to stop, stand up, twist the throttle and start moving again. No damage on this trip except my license plate was nearly peeled off.

The Tiger 800XC is a much better highway bike. This past September took the Tiger to eastern Tennessee and rode in the Smoky Mountains with Harley Riders in my group. Did Tail of the Dragon on US 129 and the Tiger was just the perfect bike for that road. The Harleys were scraping their pipes on those sharp curves.
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