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Old 10-23-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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KLRmageddon: 8 days across California

Ill be the first to admit Im inexperienced as far as motorcycle touring goes. While I have years of riding experience on all types of bikes, its rare that I do more than 200 miles a day. Most of my riding is commuting and weekend rips out in the local San Diego mountains and desert. I quickly learned on this trip that was really unprepared and inexperienced for this kind of trip. I should also mention my irrational hatred of KLRs, based on a 5 minute ride on a bone stock 2009 KLR in 2010. I thought it was slow, ugly, and handled like crap. I assumed they were all like that, and there was not much that could be done to improve them. How wrong I was

I met Alex (Parepin on ADVrider) over a year ago. We hit it off quickly, and have had some awesome adventures in the past. His Franken-KLR, Janis, has been to hell and back, and will quickly convince a non-believer that the KLR650 is a capable bike. After a few rides on it, I was ready to get my own.

Parepin's KLR:


And his ongoing gigantic ride report:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=659820

We decided to greenlight the trip for sure about 5 days before leaving. The trip plan originally was Carlsbad, CA (North County San Diego area) up the coast, eventually meeting up with my business partners' brother just over the Washington border at a campground he knew of. We had 8 days to complete this. The brother would be coming down from Seattle, and ride as far south with us as Monterey or so, before heading back.

At this point, I didn't have a bike, having just sold my old 85 BMW K100 Purple Dragon. A frantic Craigslist search led me to a nice 2-owner 03 KLR650 about 30 min from my house. I picked it up about 10PM on a Friday night:


(unfortunately this is my only before picture).

It was very clean, with about 12k miles on it. Had a Jardine pipe, skid plate, Corbin seat, otherwise all stock. After a quick trip to meet up with Eagle Mike of Eagle Mfgr fame to grab necessary parts, it was off to my shop to begin the teardown. We went through everything you can think of in the next 48 hours: tires, heated grips, LED headlight, Doohickey (spring broken at 12k miles), oil/filter, air filter, carb & subframe bolt kits, upgraded wiring, brake pads, chain, Progressive springs up front, you name it. It was alot of work to try and do in 2 days just before leaving on a week long trip. I would not recommend this prep schedule if you can avoid it!

I wish I took some pictures of this stage, but was too busy trying to get everything done for the trip. My business partner was also going along on the trip with a similarly prepped 07 KLR (although the work was completed weeks ago on his).

Monday morning rolls around, and after catching up with work and another couple hours of prep, we hit the road about 2PM, going North up the 5 freeway. Our goal the first night was to make it to my girlfriends parents cabin in a small town called Pine Mountain, near Frazier Park in the mountains North of LA. About 150 miles, a nice warm up ride for the afternoon. Original plan put us there about 6PM. That would have been possible had all gone well...but we were in for a bumpy ride:



...to be continued soon...
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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I'm in, and looking forward to the report.
Is Alex riding with you ?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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"KLRmageddon"... I love it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:59 AM   #5
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:20 AM   #6
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I check back several times a day waiting to hear about the boot!!! lol
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:08 PM   #8
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I check back several times a day waiting to hear about the boot!!! lol
I know, right? I've been on his ass about this for a while now. Can you believe that sorry sack of shit wasted all last night carving pumpkins with his family? That man's priorities are all sorts of jacked, I tell you hwhat.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:24 PM   #9
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What now?

Throw us a bone man....need the info!
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:49 PM   #10
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...waiting impatiently for the rest of the story!




Come on now, get it going!
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:57 PM   #11
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Sorry guys, I've been crazy busy. I feel like an idiot starting a RR and not updating it, especially after people show interest. I will try and have the next few installments up this weekend!!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:21 PM   #12
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Won't be any problem. I just did a coast to coast on a KLR I bought for the trip. Did a ride report, bike did very well both on road and off. Onroad did some >900 mile days on it.

You may have a better time if you use an airhawk on the seat, highway pegs, and risers. Made all the difference for me
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