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Old 07-14-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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Massachusetts to Tennessee in 3 days on a KLR

First, this trip begins on July 24th as my wife and I fly from Nashville to Boston to pick up a nicely farkled 2009 KLR650. Our youngest daughter is interning for the summer at Jacob's Pillow, a well known dance theater in Becket, MA (western Massachusetts).

We had planned to fly up and see her and I started watching the Boston Craig's List for a bike capable of making the trip home (1,200 miles). Soon a very nice 2009 KLR650 came up that was heavily farkled (I'll put a picture and list of the accessories in a future post. After a month or two of it not selling the owner agreed to a lower price and the deal was done. The owner's name is Bill and he's been a really great guy to work with. When he heard my wife was riding back he even offered to redrill the Pelican trunk so that there would be more room on the saddle.

Here's an item that I would like your assistance with. What tools should I carry for the ride back? The KLR has the standard tool kit on it. We'll be on the highways all the way back and, to be honest if not manly, if I have a flat I'll probably have someone else fix it since we have roadside assistance as well.

Thanks for your help. I'll add to this thread as we coninue with our planning and along the way as we make the trip back.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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The bike



2009 KLR 650
HT Teton Panniers (removable)
Pannier Mounting Rack
Pelican Rear Topcase (in picture below)
HT Bash Plate
Oxford Sport Heated Grips
Tool Tube
2 Front Sprockets (15t &16T-mounted)
2 Rear Sprockets (40T & 43T-mounted)
Rear LED Tail Light
High Flow Air Filter
Wired for Gerbing
Ram Mount for GPS
Hardwired GPS Power
Signal Dynamics Heads Up Voltage Monitor
Extended Air/Fuel Mixture Screw
Studebaker Muffler/Jet Kit (not installed)
Hippo Hands
Newer Tires (Kenda's and have about 1500 miles on them - 90 percent street tire)
7,000 miles on the bike
No mechanical issues at all
Clear title in hand

The Bad:
A few scratches on the rear plastics but nothing major
A small chip in the dash below the heated grip control (I mounted the control too low - it has since been raised

Doo Hickey has not been done yet. Do you guys think this should be done before the trip home? If so I would need to order the parts and take them with me.

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Old 07-14-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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With 7000 miles, the doo may already be broken. Some have been reported broken in as little as 3000 miles. If you're handy and for your peace of mind, maybe you should open it and have a look before you ride it home.

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Old 07-14-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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I'll be watching your trip report on this Liberia! (if you do one)

I'm just a little further east of you, past Cookeville.
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:58 PM   #5
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Put your wife on a plane.

You ride back solo.


This is sage advice.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:02 PM   #6
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Put your wife on a plane.

You ride back solo.


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Old 07-14-2010, 02:47 PM   #7
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Put your wife on a plane.

You ride back solo.


This is sage advice.
I've made the offer and, before we get back she will probably wish she had taken it. But if I lose her I lose my photographer. We'll ride 4 legs of 90 miles each per day in order to keep things manageable. I do see the widsom in your advice however.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:03 AM   #8
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I'll be watching your trip report on this Liberia! (if you do one)

I'm just a little further east of you, past Cookeville.
I'll definitely do a ride report. Right now we're looking at riding back on I-81 which, although an Interstate, is still a very scenic ride. However, I looked at taking an extra day or two off and riding the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way back into Tennessee from the Hagarstown area and we may do that instead. If so the picture quality will definitely improve. Mrs. Liberia is an excellent photographer so I'm expecting some great photos to share with the inmates.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:10 AM   #9
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The Blue Ridge Parkway idea sounds great! I-81, although it goes through some beautiful areas, can be somewhat stressful, due to the volume of big rigs traveling at high rates of speed. Obviously the BRP will take longer, but if you can spare the time, I think it would be a much more enjoyable trip for you and your wife.
If you decide to go this route, start at Skyline Drive coming out of Front Royal, VA. If it times out, I can even offer you a place to stay near Frederick, MD, about an hour and a half from Front Royal. PM me if you're interested.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:38 AM   #10
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Listing of Liberia's Ride Reports (in case you have trouble sleeping):

Independent Ride Reports-

1. Massachusetts to Tennessee in 3 days on a KLR (07-14-2010) [You're already here. Go to the top.]

2. A short trip to Lynchburg, TN (09-12-2010)

3. Maximum routes to work in Middle Tennessee (09-15-2010)

4. KLR 650 goes from Tennessee to Georgia to North Carolina and back (05-02-2011)

5. Mountain Riding - A Visit with Aunt Cleo - TN-NC-GA (07-26-2011)

6. 2008 Concours does a Stone Fort, Beechcraft and Lynchburg Tennessee (07-21-2012)

7. The Cheaha Resort State Park, Barber Motorsports Museum and a GoPro HDHero2 camera (08-07-2012)

8. 2 Irishmen & 2 Hillbillies visit David Crockett on the Natchez Trace (06-11-2013)

Part of the 54 Tennessee State Parks Ride Collaborative Thread-

1. Rock Island State Park - Rock Island, TN (09-24-2012)

2. Tims Ford State Park - Winchester, TN (10-10-2012)

3. Old Stone Fort State Historic Park - Manchester, TN (10-15-2012)

4. Burgess Falls State Park - Sparta, TN (10-19-2012)

5. Edgar Evins State Rustic Park - Silver Point, TN (11-18-2012)

6. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park - Nashville, TN (11-23-2012)

7. Radnor Rustic State Park - Nashville, TN (11-24-2012 )

8. Fall Creek Falls State Park - Pikeville, TN -(04-14-2013)

9. David Crockett State Park - Lawrenceburg, TN (06-11-2013)
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