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Old 04-19-2013, 04:47 PM   #856
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No more coolant leaks, got new hoses on her!
On my testride yesterday I accidentally failed to see a new speedlimit sign and got pulled over for going 65 in a 55 mile zone.
The cop wasn't too interested in the fact that I had not seen the sign, so I ended up with a $100 speeding ticket. LOL
Well, I have to admit that the state of New Mexico might have to wait till I', old and grey.
Or till I win the lottery

Today I rode her packed up a bit and she runs great.
I did notice that she tends to run hotter. I wonder if anyone else with a bigger bore has noticed that?

Tomorrow is D-Day, heading out again. It will feel strange being on the road again, but I"m looking forward to taking more pics, seeing beautiful scenery, and finding awesome camping spots
If possible change the oil and check the filter. you will have some metal and other garbage in it after the initial break in. Would be better for the long term health of the motor to get that out before you put a bunch of miles on it.

Congrats and good luck...
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:47 PM   #857
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On my testride yesterday I accidentally failed to see a new speedlimit sign and got pulled over for going 65 in a 55 mile zone.
The cop wasn't too interested in the fact that I had not seen the sign, so I ended up with a $100 speeding ticket. LOL

I realize we only rode together for a day or so, but geez girl, you're not supposed to let my riding habits (or Jims) rub off on you!

Didya hoist a big wheelie for the nice officer after the roadside chat?
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:23 AM   #858
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I realize we only rode together for a day or so, but geez girl, you're not supposed to let my riding habits (or Jims) rub off on you!

Didya hoist a big wheelie for the nice officer after the roadside chat?
Hahahah What he said!!!

Yup a little warmer from the extra horsepower.... Alll goooooood
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:40 AM   #859
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I don't mean to be a wet blanket but failure to pay could lead to driver's license suspension and further catastrophes. My advice ( I work for the cops though I'm not one) is drop a money order in the mail, eat bread and water now to save a bench warrant later.Its what i did with my most recent which was recent enough I still miss the $140. Technically I doubt New Mexico would extradite for a ticket Failure To Appear but these things can make a mess for you later, as warrants cross state lines these days.

I wish you well and admire your tenacity.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:17 AM   #860
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Well, I have to admit that the state of New Mexico might have to wait till I', old and grey.
FWIW...I ignored a speeding ticket acquired in another state some distance from where I live. Ending up costing me double the original amount. According to a friend who worked in law enforcement administration, many states now report traffic violations to the driver's home state. Depending on the states involved...an ignored speeding ticket can eventually result in an arrest warrant in the issuing state and problems with renewing driver license and vehicle registrations in the home state.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:53 AM   #861
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I'm a truck driver and it may just be commercial licenses,but the states are all very connected these days,don't let that 1 go.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #862
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Yup I'll kick in the fine amount to your paypal.. just PM me the amount!

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:43 PM   #863
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With some time on my hands before the improved head comes in, I thought I'd do something about that darn wobbly front fender of mine that manages to turn me into a nervous wreck during high speeds, passing trucks and fierce winds.

Logan had gotten a really nice one from jns.engeneering that he was putting on his KLR



That made remember that I had wanted to do something about the fender.
We stopped by the hardware store and I purchased a four foot, one inch wide and 1/8 inch thick aluminum strip, and 8 nuts, bolts, and washers, total $20!

Once we got back I cut two 20 inch pieces and notched a semicircle out of the sides (where the forks are) and rounded one of the corners



I marked the drill spots and drilled my heart out

Then I bent the braces in two places right after the connection to the bike, and screwed the braces to the 4 holes in the fender. I wanted to make sure that the other holes that went into the fender would line up, so I drilled through the existing holes in the brackets into the plastic of the fender.
After that I bolted the brackets to the fender and then bolted the fender back on the bike.
The only bummer was that I accidentally grabbed one bolt of the wrong size, so I'll have to go back and exchange it.
I temporarily put a philips head bolt into the hole just to finish the look for the photo




My paint job did not like the pressure, so it flakes around the washer and bolt, oh well!
This is how it looks underneath.

All in all I am very surprised to see how much more solid this feels. It's definitely not utterly rigid, but a vast improvement.
I compared it to Logan's brace and found that it feels pretty much the same.
I do like the fact that my brace is underneath, and that the nuts are in the higher area so I don't have to worry about an eventual bottoming out seeing as the lower part of the fender is way below the bolts.
Yay, can't wait to see if my front will feel less wobbly now. Some time in the future I might get a shock brace, but I've heard mixed reports about its usefulness. I've had one on my old Suzuki and I loved it on that bike however.

According to Wyman my engine parts should be in tomorrow, I hope he's right, Silver City is a bit in the middle of nowhere though, so it might take one more day.
Nice job figuring out the fender stabilizer! I've been wondering about an inexpensive way to correct the not so stable feeling my fender causes as well. I might just go the low fender route.

And BTW, a fork brace is a HUGE improvement for the handling characteristics of the KLR, especially if you leave the pavement frequently.

http://www.rswracing.com/#

This is the least expensive one (and also the lightest), I ran one for a couple years until a friend gave me an Eagle Mike one. The only reason I switched was the EM one offered better tire clearance, and I run more dirt oriented tires.

The brace, combined with progressive springs made the bike handle MUCH better off road, and it eliminated the pull to the left under hard braking.

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:05 AM   #864
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Gotta go there.....

Ester,

There's so many places that you've been and each time I see something new I think that I just "gotta go there". Truth is though that most of those places are going to have to be seen from my trusty old recliner. It's really cool though that some of us can look at RR's like yours if nothing else can be done. Thanks again for taking the time to share your many moments out there. It's been over 50 years since I've slept in a tent and I still can remember what it's like. Very awesome indeed!

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #865
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Ester,

There's so many places that you've been and each time I see something new I think that I just "gotta go there". Truth is though that most of those places are going to have to be seen from my trusty old recliner. It's really cool though that some of us can look at RR's like yours if nothing else can be done. Thanks again for taking the time to share your many moments out there. It's been over 50 years since I've slept in a tent and I still can remember what it's like. Very awesome indeed!

Stay safe,

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Hey Gary thanks for posting that,with work and family these RR's are also my great escape,this is the real deal as we read and it makes me smile.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #866
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Jet'n Jim Alex and friends.
Get all those ailing KLRs to Sgt Martys Tech day May 11th.
I'm getting the 685 Thunder Kit upgrade so I can rumble with JnJ and deer obstacles.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #867
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And now off to wonderful evergreen State.
Ride on ........... Ride safe .........
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:47 PM   #868
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Jet'n Jim Alex and friends.
Get all those ailing KLRs to Sgt Martys Tech day May 11th.
I'm getting the 685 Thunder Kit upgrade so I can rumble with JnJ and deer obstacles.
Cool beans ma brother!!! I think yer gonna liiiike it....
Sounds like Esther has her's all sorted out now too.
Peace and good hearing form ya,
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:28 AM   #869
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On my last trio of trips I was pulled 3 times for speeding in 3 different states.
In each instance I was given a warning and sent on my way. Each time I was around 10 over.
In Idaho the guy even said he didn't ticket for 10 over, just watch your speed ,sir. Well , O.K. then.
The guy that nailed you must have been newish,overly gung-ho or just a #ick!

I agree that the ticcy will need paying , all these computers in cop cars aren't just for looks and the I-net knows few borders.
Ride on !
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #870
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