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Old 09-01-2013, 06:45 AM   #106
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I had V-Stroms before the KLR. 600 miles a day was a reasonable pace, and I've done 800+ without any great pain. I doubt I'd want to do more than 400-500 on the KLR, at least not for multiple days. More vibes, more work at speed, more tiring.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:26 AM   #107
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I have done a hair shy of 700 in a day a several times. I have read of some people saying they have done 1000 mile days on the KLR. They probably have but even 700 leaves me sore. It is doable but NOT recommended. I bigger countersprocket makes a difference, but for big mile days I want my bigger bike.
700 is still respectable on that bike
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:04 PM   #108
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In May I did a 5 day 2750 mile ride through Mojave, Death Valley up the CA Nevada border to Oregon and then over to the coast and back home. I thought it was fine. 2000 KLR with Britania fairing and flat Corbin seat. Cogent suspension also helps to smooth out the ride and stop the wallow of the stock suspension on my bike when loaded for touring. Not as smooth on the road as my Transalp or V-strom were, but very doable.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:28 PM   #109
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Δ nice!

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Old 10-06-2013, 02:55 PM   #110
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I did my first long day on mine yesterday, a little over 500 miles. Used my airhawk on the seat, took it off my sport tourer. Can't say enough about that product!



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Old 10-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #111
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Hmm. Is there a big difference between the Gen 1 and Gen 2 bikes?

Because I have no issues with riding all day long on the Gen 2. Stock seat, stock everything.

I think its one of the most comfortable bikes I have ever ridden, riding position is great, easy to look around / over your shoulder, stock seat is easy to move around on, pegs are comfy, suspension is plush.

I am not sure what else a fella could ask for.

So yeah 4-600 was easy for me. In fact I rode 600, then took a shower, and rode around till 3 am the morning exploring the city.

I didnt realize this bike was supposed to be so hard to ride!

Other than the fact its none too fast, its comfy as hell.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:27 PM   #112
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Mine is a gen 2 also but nowhere even close to as comfortable or smooth as my concourse 14

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Old 10-08-2013, 05:05 AM   #113
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I believe that the question, "KLR: how many miles a day can YOU do? ", is not the correct question to ask.

Doing 800 miles out West is probably the same as doing 400 in the NE. Lots of small towns, low speed limits and traffic are major contributors to how much distance is travelled. Few towns, 75mph and 80 mph posted speed limits in West Texas make for longer distances.

And yes, a KLR can run at 80mph indicated all day despite all the naysayers! - just completed an 8 1/2 day 3700 mile ride from Houston through Big Bend TX, Gila NM, Coronado trail AZ, Grand Canyon NR, Bryce Canyon UT, Torrey and back to Houston. 45k on the 685 now and no noticable oil usage in that distance. 08, Gen 2.

The question should be how many HOURS can you ride for would probably be more appropriate?

My choice for comfort over the Beemer in my garage, too!

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Old 10-08-2013, 10:17 AM   #114
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The question should be how many HOURS can you ride for would probably be more appropriate?

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Ok, then. I've done about 18 hrs in one stretch- same ride I posted earlier.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #115
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Is it realistic planning for 500 miles a day travel on a KLR with dual sport tires?
Depends on the rider. Many do it regularly. Me, personally? Not a chance.

You might want to go with a different front sprocket, as has been mentioned. You might want to use a less aggressive dual sport tire. Certainly a better seat would be a huge help. And try to find a way to cancel out the vibrations if they affect your hands (my personal Achilles heel).

And, oddly but perhaps most importantly, you might want to adjust your mind set and anticipated travel time per day to accomplish those miles. As you stated, the KLR is no Connie, that's for sure. A pre-'08 KLR, despite the fact that it can/will do 85 mph is far more comfortable at 55 mph. On the Connie, doing 85 mph on the slab is easy. The KLR is better at 55 > 60 mph on the "two lane."

YMMV. These are only the thoughts of a KLR owner who likes to take it easy. I don't think I've ever done over 165 miles in one day on mine since I bought it new in 2004.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:55 PM   #116
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Since the air hawk R, i haven't put after market seats on any of my distance bikes. I'm on a trip now and rode 693 miles day before yesterday between Dallas and the Az state border on i40. Today came all the way from there to Vegas. This bike eats miles!

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Old 10-25-2013, 06:25 AM   #117
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912 mile day for me yesterday, klr did great
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:20 AM   #118
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the longest I've done so far is about 350 miles in one day. can't complain about the seat tho, because it was almost all dirt and sandy roads and i was standing most of the time. i want to try some long rides in the future. i also need to find some better street tires for such a ride. i have T63s on now, but i can feel some vibes when i ride them on the street.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:20 AM   #119
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912 mile day for me yesterday, klr did great
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:51 AM   #120
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912 mile day for me yesterday, klr did great
And there are those who either say it can't be done or the bike will not...!

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