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Old 07-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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KLR = Trials bike?
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Lessons for (from) a dirt noob.

I used to have a Ninja 250 and I rode it year-round if the roads were clear at all. I got a Concours 14 and regrettably traded in the Ninja. This made winter riding much more challenging, and I wasn't feeling as good about the salt on the C14. With this in mind, I started looking at a dual-sport for the winter. My purchasing goal was to find something that I wouldn't mind getting salty and would have enough alternator power to run my heated jacket. A KLR 650 seemed like the ideal choice to throw some studded tires on. Riding in the dirt was an obvious bonus as well...

Oh, and one more lesson: SMALL BIKES. Next in the stable should be a WR250R
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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I miss my 250 as well, not sure what I was thinking when I "upgraded"

Loving the Lessons Learned; I was afraid it would be a faceplant series!
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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Great video. You demonstrate what the KLR is made for. Don't care what anyone says, the KLR is a great bike.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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That looked strangely familiar to my first off-road outing on my DRZ. My biggest lesson was get good tires and don't be afraid of the throttle!
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:16 PM   #5
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As if I didn't want a dual sport badly enough...

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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Nice job making it across that big mud pit
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:48 AM   #7
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Oh, and one more lesson: SMALL BIKES. Next in the stable should be a WR250R
yep. light, flickable bikes are where it's at, imho...especially in the dirt. KLRs are great bikes, but once you ride a smaller, lighter more dirt-oriented bike, you'll feel like you have been unshackled...

i have yet to have the opportunity to ride a WR250R, but i hear great things about them from a lot of folks. i'm sure you will love it.

nice video.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:59 PM   #8
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