|12-04-2013, 10:32 PM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Morris Plains NJ
The adventure of my yet to be named KLR.
Ok this is a little long winded
This will be the story of my new low budget KLR. My goal was to have it all done for under a grand total but due to a little problem I ran into onthe road home I may we a little over...
Well so far the bike has been an adventure. 1st off I have no idea why I keep buying these bikes. This is my 3rd KLR & I just hate them. They are ugly,slow,heavy a crappy bike on the street & a crappier bike off road. Yet for some reason every time I sell one I start to miss it.(& I like a little project in the winter) So here we are again with my new ratty KLR......
Here was my last Budget KLR when I bought it (had not ran in 8 years)
After I was done with it (total cost was $978 to get it road worthy & un barbie-fied)
Well found this bike right here on ADV talked to Tom sounded like a nice honest guy & made plans to head out to Brooklyn to see the bike. So I figured I would make a day out of it & Bring my 12 year old daughter with me.
So we grabbed my dirt bike hauler(stock Photo)
& headed out. Met up with Tom who could not have been nicer and after the least pressure sale of my life we loaded the KLR on my bike hauler (Note here that Tom said KLR was wayy to big for the hauler) but we loaded it up & agreed to go meet Tom at the vintage bike shop he works at for a tour after I had some lunch.
Here is a pic of the bike
So we drove down to the main drag & my little girl & I had a nice walk did some window shopping had some lunch & then walked over to Tom's Shop were we had a nice tour of dozens of pretty sweet vintage bikes all ridden on the streets of nyc. I was totally unaware of the motorcycle culture in Brooklyn it was then the 30's & there were still loads of bikes out & riding. Anyway I was a nice time & Just a great father daughter day.
So it starts to get dark & we head back to the truck happy to see KLR still there & we start to head home.
So we drive through Manhattan through the Holland Tunnel & back into NJ & I get on the highway get up to about 60 & all of a sudden Wham all I hear is grinding I look back & no bike SOOOO I pull over the grinding still there. So I walk out (traffic is zooming by) and there is the bike the wheels are still on the carrier (because I strapped the wheels to the carrier) so that is good I looks & see gas pouting out of the tank & oil is EVERYWHERE.
So I had these retractable ratchet straps
& I loved them & they were pretty darn new & the strap broke where it attaches to the hook. & when the bike fell it smashed into the hook attachment on the carrier & punched this pretty sweet hole in the clutch cover.
So with the wheels strapped down & the bike now Hooked due to the nice little hole pouring oil all over the NJ turnpike the only part of the bike to actually touch the road was the barkbuster
So the bars are not bent the only damage is the Clutch cover I dont think I could have been more lucky.
But from now on I will always use 2 straps
Not sure what I am going to do to the bike will start with fixing the cover & a general clean up new fluids exc. Plastic is pretty faded so not sure how I will paint it, But will post pics of her getting back on the road.
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|12-05-2013, 04:25 AM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Southern Illinois
Man, glad nobody was hurt.
Sounds like a fun day up until THAT......
The Murph Channel
|12-08-2013, 04:34 PM||#3|
Joined: Sep 2010
she likes the abuse
1969 CL350 permanent project
2000 Ninja 250 Freeby
1989 KLR 650: the dream bike ; now stolen once.
the klr/versys project: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810279
|12-08-2013, 05:56 PM||#4|
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
That's a hell of a strong bumper rack! 400+ lb scoot tied down no problem,except for nearly falling off.
2 straps might cost a little more but yeah,Id go for it.
No one else has said it so I will take the plunge.
DR Its whats for dinner.
Some bikes around at times
|Today, 02:42 PM||#5|
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: New York City
Since nobody else said it yet: Classic, cheapskate KLR owner!
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|Today, 08:52 PM||#6|
Green Chile Eater
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: County Lockup, NM
Invest in some good quality motorcycle tie downs with carabineers and soft straps at the bars. It's not about having multiple (redundant) straps, it's about having the right ones for the job. I've see ratcheting tiedowns fail in numerous ways, breaking a strap on one isn't uncommon because they need to be thin to wrap up in the mechanism.
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