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Old 06-12-2012, 09:25 AM   #5581
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this town was named after my brother in laws family way back when. All that stands now is this sign


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Old 06-12-2012, 10:48 AM   #5582
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:50 PM   #5583
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Yikes! Pretty close to the edge there aren't you?


Tell me about it...that edge was a ridiculously steep drop. I had to drag it out to the center of the road a bit...a few seconds later a local guy comes flying down the hill opposite direction with his two little sisters on the back of his honda125. Hops off, gives me hand getting me bike upright and off we both go.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:18 PM   #5584
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Tell me about it...that edge was a ridiculously steep drop. I had to drag it out to the center of the road a bit...a few seconds later a local guy comes flying down the hill opposite direction with his two little sisters on the back of his honda125. Hops off, gives me hand getting me bike upright and off we both go.
Something similar happened around here. KLR650 and all, however the guy got a little bit sideways (street tires and inexperience I believe) and off the edge his bike went. I just so happened to be rolling by on one of my ATV's when he flagged me down, what a beast that thing was to wrestle back up the hill. I couldn't imagine it fully loaded with gear...
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:46 PM   #5585
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #5586
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What bars are those? How do they hold up to impact? I wouldn't mind having a pair that didn't bend like silly putty in a slow speed tip over.
This is a little late so I'm not sure if you bought hand guards already, BUT iI have acerbis Rally Pro guards and they work amazingly. I'm assuming my bike was dropped numerous times by the previous owner because the guards are all scratched up, but never bent. I have also laid down my bike and they've always held up. I'll send you a link in case you're interested.

http://www.acerbistore.it/product.aspx?ID=290&C=155&L=2
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:09 PM   #5587
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+1 on the Rally Pro guards. I pretzeled my bars and the guards never bent, just scraped up the plastic at the bar end...
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #5588
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Riding the Smokies

My brother-in-law and I played hookie last Friday from a family reunion in east Tennessee to rent a couple of KRL650s and ride the Smokies for a day (we both live in Colorado). First of all, props to Dan and GSM Motorcycle Rental in Townsend, Tennessee! Good bikes at a great price and southern hospitality to boot! Check out his website at http://www.gsmmotorent.com. He also rents in the Big Bend, TX area in the off season for the Smokies.

Here's the obligatory pics riding the Tail of the Dragon.


And here's a map of our route, about 203 miles of which maybe 70-80 was dirt/gravel. B to C was dirt, D to the middle star was the Tail of the Dragon (318 curves in 11 miles), and F to N was dirt. Altogether, a great dual sport day!
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:14 PM   #5589
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Sold my '98 KLR250 the other day, made me

Then picked up a project '86 KLR250 today, made me

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Old 06-14-2012, 06:35 PM   #5590
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Got to play with the bike a bit today. My buddy isn't the best of photographers...





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Old 06-14-2012, 07:03 PM   #5591
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Nice air dude! Have you done your subframe upgrade yet ??
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:04 PM   #5592
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I have done nothing, wasn't even aware of any subframe upgrades... Links?

I don't really like to jump on bikes, I'm more of the go fast up a dune kind of guy, so it's pretty big air to me
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:23 PM   #5593
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The upper and lower subframe bolts are notoriously fragile, mostly from 2 up and heavy loads but any type of stress (jumping?) can put them at risk. Eagle Manufacturing & Engineering makes upgrades, one is simple, just replace the bolts with a higher grade. The other is a PITA and that is the drill through upgrade but is much better. Hey, getting any substantial air under the rubber of a heavy pig is "big"....Google Eagle Mikes website or "KLR 650 subframe upgrades" and I am sure you will find a plethora of info....
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #5594
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.. subframe bolts ..

.. yep .. busted mine and it was a **!!@@@%&** to drill out after it broke off ..

.. much easier to drill through before breaking one .. still a pain, but not nearly as bad and it won't take three or four drill bits as you break them drilling through the old bolt (or the remains of the old bolt I should say) ..

.. btw .. awesome air .. lol .. never launched mine that high ..
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #5595
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Sold my '98 KLR250 the other day, made me

Then picked up a project '86 KLR250 today, made me

Please take pics and post the progression for all to see.
I'm interested in seeing your restoration start to finish.
Grats and thanks
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