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Old 12-05-2012, 02:20 PM   #6271
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its almost all gone now. The snow on the lakes melted too, and should be frozen good now with the cold temps last night.

This was the lake the day I went out(monday)
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #6272
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its almost all gone now. The snow on the lakes melted too, and should be frozen good now with the cold temps last night.

This was the lake the day I went out(monday)

Thanks Hekto! Looks like the lakes will benefit from this melt and then cold again.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:13 PM   #6273
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Still that much snow in July?

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10-four.....we were sweating at 100'F down in the lower elevations of Wyoming. It was a real treat to ride the pavement through the snow covered areas. I was amazed at the amount of snow, they had just declared Hwy 212 open for the season the week or so before....
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #6274
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Last ride of 2012?

Had the DR650 out for an 83 km ride today, probably the last one of the year. Put it up on the lift & removed wheels, chain and sprockets, getting ready for 2013. May change the wheel bearings too - they feel fine but are originals with almost 85,000 on them. Sprocket carrier bearing was relpaced for the first time at 82K. I've been trying to wear this bike out so I can start riding my '09 DR, but it won't cooperate!
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:41 PM   #6275
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I thought you let your bike cool off breifly through the Xmas holidays, then resume riding again after new years day?

Ron told me about the ether hole in the airbox mod.....

Good on you for getting out riding. My KLR hit 85 000 as well and is a long ways from being done. I also have its successor lined up in the stall, waiting to replace it.......(another KLR)
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:09 PM   #6276
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Had the DR650 out for an 83 km ride today, probably the last one of the year. Put it up on the lift & removed wheels, chain and sprockets, getting ready for 2013. May change the wheel bearings too - they feel fine but are originals with almost 85,000 on them. Sprocket carrier bearing was relpaced for the first time at 82K. I've been trying to wear this bike out so I can start riding my '09 DR, but it won't cooperate!

There's still 19 more days of this year...quitting so soon Good job Old Fart
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #6277
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Hi folks cross posting this to both the Winnipeg and Northern Riders pages. PM me if interested rather than answering this page

I ordered a poster and it came but it seems that we want to get the stretched canvas instead.

It is Rodney White's "Life needs more green lights" in portrait (see picture below). This is a premium quality poster 50x102 cm (approx 20"x40") on heavy bond paper. It lists for $54 and I paid $60 including shipping etc but would sell it for $50 if anyone is interested. I can return it but the shipping is at least $15.

Here is the search URL for it http://www.allposters.ca/gallery.asp...E5B6395B4A44E9

I would bring it up to Winnipeg or Thunder Bay one day in the next couple weeks as I have another trip there that has to be done before Christmas. My loss your gain.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:21 PM   #6278
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Best of 2012 Photo Post by BackRoader...

Just thought I'd let everyone know that BackRoader started a new thread at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=846735

Like to see some photos from everyone from this year!
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:28 PM   #6279
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http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ438225309

Brand new 2012 KLR $6099
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:53 PM   #6280
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Good deal for a brand new KLR, great bike...but I really like that orange colour in the back
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:14 AM   #6281
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I was aware of the reduced prices on KLR at Kawasaki Canada website. This previously mentioned dealer has his price lower than the 2012 at Kawasaki Canada by 3 hunnerd bucks.Here is the other link:
http://www.kawasaki.ca/model/DUAL-PURPOSE/1267/KLR650

you can click on the year (top left) to get the sale price.

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When you say orange, maybe you mean Candy Burnt Orange....heheh. Or maybe koolaid needs to have more tangerine flavour to it
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #6282
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I think the KLR looks better in "burnt black" but I also preffer the look of the pre 08' models...more off-road look to them. Maybe someone will make a replacement front console for the newer models that looks more off-road...someone, anyone Also needs more power straight out of the box without the 685/705 upgrades. I think Kawasaki could put more power into it without raising the price very much...maybe they're too lazy since it's a pretty popular bike...not very popular when your fully loaded and trying to pass a transport
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:38 AM   #6283
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I think the KLR looks better in "burnt black" but I also preffer the look of the pre 08' models...more off-road look to them. Maybe someone will make a replacement front console for the newer models that looks more off-road...someone, anyone Also needs more power straight out of the box without the 685/705 upgrades. I think Kawasaki could put more power into it without raising the price very much...maybe they're too lazy since it's a pretty popular bike...not very popular when your fully loaded and trying to pass a transport
Agreed on the pre '08 looks, but the '08+ bikes have a few features that would be nice including heavier forks, upgraded cooling etc. I think if I was told that I could only have one bike for the rest of my days the KLR would be it.

As far as power I have have had my bike fully loaded and never had trouble passing when I want to. Not the get up and go of my BMW but still does the job I want. Less horsepower but great gas mileage and long term engine reliability make it a winner. I am currently looking at doing upgrades to mine in anticipation of a future long ride.

We went to the bike show in Minni a couple years ago and you could buy a brand new 2011 KLR from the show for $4700 all in and out the door. Getting one brand new for $6200 is still a bargain in the adventure motorcycle world today.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #6284
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I think the KLR looks better in "burnt black" but I also preffer the look of the pre 08' models...more off-road look to them. Maybe someone will make a replacement front console for the newer models that looks more off-road...someone, anyone Also needs more power straight out of the box without the 685/705 upgrades. I think Kawasaki could put more power into it without raising the price very much...maybe they're too lazy since it's a pretty popular bike...not very popular when your fully loaded and trying to pass a transport
what transport? your supposed to take the secondary backroads and drop down a gear....no transports or big RV's

I guess going on Hwy 11 north of Lake Superior you may need to. With a 16T CS sprocket, loaded, uphill, headwind, ya it could use some more power, but with the engine longevity, and fuel mileage, reliability, I am satisfied with taking it a bit slower.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:56 AM   #6285
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[QUOTE=dryden_rider_54;20211083] I think if I was told that I could only have one bike for the rest of my days the KLR would be it.

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Its all you need really. I have to admire the bike that I can ride single track bush trail to get my minnow trap, and 2 days later its parked near the skyscrapers at the Excel Energy center.

I do like the KTM 990/950 but the fuel mileage is important to me. I am thinking I can go almost twice as far on $$$ fuel with the KLR.(2 KLR's $50 to fill and 450KM distance= 900 km for 50$ on one bike under ideal cond) How is the MPG on the BMW800's?

I can't do any more test rides on those 950's........( I will want one for sure)
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