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Old 10-22-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Talking Moving out of NYC! Heavily loaded KLR and More! testament to a great bike

Hello! I'm a long time viewer and few time poster! Figured I'd post some pics and start the story of my motorcycle journey. My dad is an inmate by the name Geometrician, he has been riding for longer than I've been alive. Torn apart many KLRs in more ways than one. We've ridden a lot together (me on the back) but then I got too big and finally I'm big enough to have my own bike!
Here he is in 1991 with the first KLR he owned


Here's mine, 2005 with 21k on it, mostly stock when my dad got it for me!



He did the full check through, and farkles doohicky, motech bars, bigger roter, new bars, brighter lamp bulb etc
My girlfriend and I caught the bus from NYC to Charleston, West Virginia to snatch her up and ride back!




Then I road around all summer in New York, living in Manhattan it was great, didn't have to take the subway not once. going to the beach, upstate and wherever I wanted.





I like the last one, it shows the loyalty of such a thing. There she is waiting for me in the rain while I eat pizza and drink wine waiting for it to die down and my clothing to dry. Just like a dog is happy to go on a walk if all you do is give it love and attention this bike will start up and ride!

Not having the money to rent a garage any of the repairs I did I did down on the street in my 'china town workshop'




Oil change and thermo bob install, this mod was great for new york since a lot of the trips are really short by many cities standards, nice to be able to warm up faster.



All the beaches in new york are super dirty and crowded except for the private ones. They control the beach being private by parking permits. Parking in the bushes is a nice thing if you don't want anyone to fuck with you! shown here with my friends 2012 900 Triumph Scrambler


3 months and 4000 miles later I'd falling in love with the bike enough that I realized I need to be traveling around instead throwing away thousand dollars a month on rent alone! There just aren't enough trees in new york! I packed it full of 250 lbs of stuff and road it back down to Charleston, West Virginia. The box is full of books and tools









and i was off!

the people at all the tolls: you have a lot of stuff on that bike

Having put 4000+ miles on my first motorcycle. I've had a lot more experience with the bike at this point, my speedometer was over 120MPH on some down hill parts (it's a little optomistic, I was probably going 100+) I was passing diagonal between cars and trucks and basically hauling ass. Cost me about 60-80 bucks for the return trip even spinning her as fast as I could.

here's a picture at the first fuel stop



and pulled into my pops garage!



Over the next few weeks we had a great time really showing the versatility of the bike, without a tire swap or anything (maybe a few bolts tightened but thats it) road with my dad (he on his KTM 990 Adventure) through the twisties of Charleston and down into Cambell's Creek, we'd stop and have beers, eating snacks and talk, sometimes it got dark but since our bikes are street legal they have headlights and high beams!











All on the same 'cheap' bike. It's a 2005 but the design wasn't completely updated since 1987. I can ride her anywhere! One bike for everything. Bad ass.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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Great report, Frey! A beautiful testament not only to the love of motorcycles, but also the love you and your father share.
(and, day-um, that was a heavily weighted KLR)
AMAZING first post...I will look forward to many more.

Cheers, love!
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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Can't go wrong with a KLR

I've had my trusty KLR loaded like that before
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:38 PM   #4
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Ha! Now that's the way to do it!

Hat's off to both you guys.
I love it when you see a guy go his own way.

Thanks for the pics, and a refreshing attitude.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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Wow, heavily loaded, doesn't cover it!

Nice report!
Was going to ask which guy was your dad in the first picture, then I scrolled down and it all became clear.
Holy loaded down, Batman! I know from experience that you get used to the load, but geez.
Only future advise I have, three letters - UPS.
And keep sharing your well written reports.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Fine job.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #7
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Nice!!

Thanks for sharing the story...

In your last pic, are you taking a piss??

If not, its kinda funny!
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:54 AM   #8
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Thanks for the all the positive replies! I wasn't taking a piss I think the light was hitting me right in the crotch and I didnt know what to do with my hands!

Thanks for all the positive feedback! I think in the spring I will try something like this! Was thinking if I started in the south it'd be warmer! but if I started in the north I could go camping and get the hardest part done and send all my gear back home when I went to do the city section.

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Old 10-27-2012, 07:57 AM   #9
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Thanks for the all the positive replies! I wasn't taking a piss I think the light was hitting me right in the crotch and I didnt know what to do with my hands!

Thanks for all the positive feedback! I think in the spring I will try something like this! Was thinking if I started in the south it'd be warmer! but if I started in the north I could go camping, do some canada, vancouver island, maybe southern alaska and get the hardest part done and send all my gear back home when I went to do the city section.

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Old 10-27-2012, 11:11 AM   #10
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Klr

Looks a little dangerous riding with a load like that.
Be careful man.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #11
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Did you live in the area where you were working on your bike? Did you know that the store behind you was an exterior in the hilarious HBO series "Flight of the Conchords"?

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Old 10-27-2012, 12:37 PM   #12
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Sweet!!! Good job! Man you look like your Dad!!! KLRs and moto travel is a fantastic legacy!

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Old 10-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #13
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Way to go, Frey! Good times with your bike and your Dad!
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #14
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Good read

Must of spent a fortune on duct tape thou

Enjoy
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:19 AM   #15
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Love seeing this!!

Frey-Man, I LOVE seeing all this! NIce to have the thorough update and to know you and your bike have found your happy synchronicity!
Look forward to seeing more.
Put a link to your new entry (when you have one) on FB or private message me the link. I love keeping up with what you're doing!
Love you!
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