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Old 08-14-2004, 06:17 PM   #1
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Talking KLR Stories...

As a newbie KLR owner who's having a blast with her hardworking '97, I'd like to hear some KLR stories. I don't want to duplicate or infringe on ride reports, face plants, tire threads, doohickey discussions, or, heaven forbid, arguments about which thumper is better. I'd just like to hear your best stories with maybe a picture or two to go with....does your KLR have a name?, something you did with your KLR that you thought you couldn't do, something that happened that nobody but another KLR owner would believe, or maybe just something that shows why your bike is the one for you. And I admit it, I'd love to have a thread where all the pictures are KLRs

At the moment my best story (other than my 1st ride report in the rides forum) is just that I don't know quite how or why I ended up with this bike, but I couldn't be happier...so here goes...




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Old 08-14-2004, 06:23 PM   #2
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What type of cases do you have mounted on the back?
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Old 08-14-2004, 08:24 PM   #3
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What type of cases do you have mounted on the back?
They're ammo cases; the previous owner put them on. They are mounted on a Happy Trail SU rack, which is a pretty useful thing. You can mount Givi cases on it, and the rack itself provides lots of places to tie things down. The ammo cases don't hold a lot of stuff but they're good for around town or a day ride, and they provide a wide flat area to tie down a load. The PO also put the helmet lock on the left case in such a way that when you lock the helmet on, it effectively locks the case as well.
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:09 PM   #4
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Hey AZGIRL,
Glad to see another KLR driver here. I've been lurking here for several months and found I'm almost alone. Lotsa Dakars around though. Here's a recent link to a great ride from another board complete with KLR pics.
http://www.sport-touring.net/cgi-bin...9;t=20013;st=0

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:16 PM   #5
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This is Bart's KLR with his daughter aboard:



This is Bart's air filter box after he passed me:



This is his air filter getting wrung out after he parked it horizontally in the puddle beyond:



His KLR has a love for being horizontal. It's frickin unbelievable how often it happens.

We have since named his bike the Turtle.
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Old 08-14-2004, 10:06 PM   #6
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We have since named his bike the Turtle.
Dats funny
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Old 08-14-2004, 10:46 PM   #7
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I rode my '90 KLR "Tengai" around Australia when it was almost new. I hated that bike with a vengence.

It stalled in every river crossing, puddle or tropical rainstorm I had to ride through. No amount of electrical tape could keep the water out of the plug.

I had to rebuild the engine in Broome and waited 2 weeks for parts. Nice place to get stuck though

The exhaust melted the plastic and then melted my soft bags and then melted my gear inside. Although it was 53C (127F)

From the sound of things they might have ironed out some of the problems by now.
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Old 08-15-2004, 01:02 AM   #8
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This is Bart's KLR with his daughter aboard:



This is Bart's air filter box after he passed me:



This is his air filter getting wrung out after he parked it horizontally in the puddle beyond:



His KLR has a love for being horizontal. It's frickin unbelievable how often it happens.

We have since named his bike the Turtle.


Drif, a little something for you

Agreed though, Turtle is a good name for her.

Ugly, green, and likes to be on her side in the water!

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Old 08-15-2004, 02:03 AM   #9
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Oh, there are quite a few KLRs around here. No doubt, they are the stepchildren of ADV, but lots of folks have them or have had them. But, it seems most think they are kind of like riding a scooter or dating a "large" girl, they can be a lot of fun as long as your friends don't see you on them.

Here's mine.

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Old 08-15-2004, 02:18 AM   #10
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Pilot, I really like the looks of those mermite cans on your bike. Have they held up well?
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Old 08-15-2004, 08:27 AM   #11
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Pilot, I really like the looks of those mermite cans on your bike. Have they held up well?
I was wondering why I was getting hungry looking at that bike.....

AZ-girl, theres is some KLR stuff in my sig. That was my second one. Unless I get a bucket of money I'll probably wind up with another one too....

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Old 08-15-2004, 10:17 AM   #12
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Just another pic of a KLR out where it belongs.....
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Old 08-15-2004, 10:19 AM   #13
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One more....can you find the KLR?
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Old 08-15-2004, 10:37 AM   #14
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Just another pic of a KLR out where it belongs.....
Now THAT is clasic KLRery!
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Old 08-15-2004, 12:08 PM   #15
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Here's a picture of my brother just before we pulled him out with the truck. He walked about a mile home and when we got back, the bike was still vertical. Started right up and rode it home.
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