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Old 04-23-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Joined: Apr 2013
Location: AZ
Oddometer: 25
Phoenix to the Atlantic on a KLR

Hi and thanks for letting me on this site! Anyway, in a few weeks I'm gonna jump on my KLR and head across the Southern US. The first part, Phoenix to Mississippi, I want to cover over 3 days but after that I have a couple weeks to ride around and check out the south. I want to enjoy some of the better sights and food in this region. Besides a couple days in New Orleans, I don't really have any plans.

This is my first KLR and I have had her just over a month and this will also be my first time visiting the south. I appreciate any advice.

So far I have done the following mods:

Oil change
New Michellin Anakee 2 front and rear tires
SW Motech Crash bars
Seat Concepts seat

Next week I'm adding:

Subframe bolt upgrade
Tool Tube
Bash Plate
Highway Pegs
Uni Air Filter
Sprockets 16/42 w/ a DID x ring chain
IMS foot pegs

I'm wondering about the value of

.22 cent carb mod
adjusting valves
fork adjustments?
anything else...

I'm not a mechanic but decent with tools and work so long as the job isn't too difficult or requiring anything specialized.

As for Panniers I want them but I have already spent quite a bit on this bike and I do have some soft bags and a backpack that will work in a pinch. Unless there is some other option or a place to find a decently priced used set, I'm gonna go without.

One last thing is I want an action camera, I was about to get the gopro hero3 until I read all the negative reviews. What else is out there?

Finally, here's my bike

The seat concepts upgrade. I think its pretty sweet.

Thanks for checking this out.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:13 AM   #2
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Location: Gulf Coast TX
Oddometer: 2,851
I see you are missing the highly regarded "Milk Crate" mod

Good luck on your trip!!!!!!!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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I have the exact same year and flavor, it's hands down the best lookin' KLR.

Sounds like a wonderful trip, with the mods mentioned I trust you'll take your time doing some off pavement riding right there in the SW.

I would add the Carb T-Mod Install (*-engine-...ons-by-keithm/). It's fairly simple and will keep your bike from sputtering in a heavy downpour, happened a couple of times to me on a long road trip when I had no idea what was happening. Hasn't happened since and living in the NW, I do ride in the rain lots. Good luck with trip!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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Joined: Apr 2013
Location: AZ
Oddometer: 25
Changed the sprockets to 16/42. Dropped the rpm's by about 600 but now it seems to have lost a decent amount of torque. I'm leaving Tuesday so not gonna change it back. Hopefully it still does well in the hills.
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