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Old 03-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #31
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Much enjoyed my KLR days & the upgrades needed

You will encounter a lot of water. Suggest you consider the ''T'' or ''Y'' mod.
It'll save you a lot of water in the carb issue.

Might check out klrworld.com, they are super friendly about helping.

Sounds like you're off to a good start by learning a lot about your scoot.
You're doing it the right way, yourself.

Would run those tires to the end. Don't waste good rubber, when you know of a good stopping point to spoon on new shoes.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:55 AM   #32
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tick tock .
ride day is coming soon . im sure you guys are getting amped.

will you be updating this from the road?

are you taking a laptop ?

We will be updating on the road. We are definitely taking iphone so with wifi can post updates. I have a 8 month old Mac book pro 13" and am concerned about it getting banged up on the road. Do you guys have any experience with hard drives and connections rattling apart?
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:44 AM   #33
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I've carried my HP Pavilion for my whole eight month trip and it still works altho the harddrive sound like running water in the background. Doesn't seem to effect it, tho.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:36 AM   #34
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Sounds like an awesome ride. My biggest concern would be safety; not worried about motorcycle related problems or the elements, but crazy people. Isn't theft and being robbed or attacked an issue? Maybe I am just an ignorant American?

I have been to Costa Rica and it was a very nice place, but I would be worried about everyplace between the US border and the Costa Rican border.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:04 PM   #35
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Kunz,
I am sure there are some sketchy areas. But I have yet to read about them on advrider. We are conscious of the possibility of being targets, but wont let the slight chance keep us at home.
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Sounds like an awesome ride. My biggest concern would be safety; not worried about motorcycle related problems or the elements, but crazy people. Isn't theft and being robbed or attacked an issue? Maybe I am just an ignorant American?

I have been to Costa Rica and it was a very nice place, but I would be worried about everyplace between the US border and the Costa Rican border.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:05 PM   #36
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Highway pegs


Late last night we completed installing Colin's Happy Trail crash bars which included highway pegs. 


In the 6 year of owning my KLR I have never had a need or interest in highway pegs. 




But after sitting on the 2009 KLR with the new highway pegs I realized how comfy they were.





So I found an article online http://klr650.carguy.org/highway.php explaining how to make them cheap, which is just my style.










I went to the local marine supply store down the street and got some 16" long 1"X1" square tubing from this nice guy for $5.45




It was a bit rusty but it cleaned up in the end.











I ended up bolting them to the skidplate. 





I am a bit concerned that it will tear the skidplate apart in a crash. 


But I noticed that Happy Trails sells a similar for the Suzuki DR so it cant be that bad of an idea.





























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Old 03-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #37
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Look forward to seeing you guys in Costa Rica. Email: segura_91007@yahoo.com. By the way - tires can be purchased on the trip. However, for example, in Costa Rica the right models may not always be available or if they are can be typically double the price as compared to the U.S (applies to most moto parts). Kawasaki and KTM both have excellent service centers here in Costa Rica. In fact, the KTM dealer is also the Triumph Dealer.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:37 AM   #38
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You will encounter a lot of water. Suggest you consider the ''T'' or ''Y'' mod.
It'll save you a lot of water in the carb issue.

Might check out klrworld.com, they are super friendly about helping.

Sounds like you're off to a good start by learning a lot about your scoot.
You're doing it the right way, yourself.

Would run those tires to the end. Don't waste good rubber, when you know of a good stopping point to spoon on new shoes.
Wolfgang,
Did you live in Jacksonville a few years ago?
If so we met at a cads meeting. I did the carb vent tmod and I hope I catch some of the dry season but I know it rains 9 months of the year in the lower countries.
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:35 PM   #39
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Moooore motorcycle maintenance and mods...

Today Colin and I installed his new Tusk Hand Guards. For $50 they are hard to beat!

I would say they are as good or even better than the $90 Acerbis hand guards.



Needless to say the simplest upgrades require a bit of work. In this case the 2009 KLR has a welded ring on the handlebars used to route the cables. This needed to be cut off and smoothed out. 











After carefully grinding it off without cutting in to the clutch cable we were in business. 







 





While we worked in the garage Leila likes to roll in the front yard enjoying the sun.







Colin also took this time to service his battery with distilled water.











Check out the safety goggles Mom! No battery acid in those eyes...

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Old 03-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #40
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A New Member in the Gang!

So Colin and I got a email Thursday night about 10 PM from our Dad (Hugh) with a craigslist post for a 2006 KLR fully farkled out with 8,700 miles for a pretty good price here in Jacksonville



He then told us that he had been following JDOWNS ride reports on advrider like a hawk and our loving Mother told him he should just join our adventure  "because it was a once in a life time opportunity".



After the shock wore off that he really wanted to join us we called the advertisement and made an appointment to check out the bike. 



Colin and I kicked the tires and bought the bike after haggling for an hour.










The bike checked out and is now in route to Tallahassee where Hugh will be installing hand guards, t-mod vent, and upgraded subframe bolts. 













Other than that its seems ready for the trip. 









We made a quick stop at Cycle Gear and Hugh got gloves, a 15' cable lock, Highway pegs, and some chain lube. We hope to order and ship tires, chain, and brake pads to a family friend in Texas.



So far we are still on schedule for a departure of Wednesday from Jacksonville pending the results from the orthopedist appointment. 



So "cross your fingers" that my finger doesn't need surgery.



- Blake



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Old 04-04-2013, 07:50 AM   #41
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Leaving tomorrow!!!

Man getting ready for a trip is a full time job. It is unbelievable how much work goes into getting all the loose ends taken care of.



In my last post I mentioned that my Dad (Hugh) joined the ride last minute with a 2006 KLR 650 with 8,700 miles.



Hugh has been rewiring the previous owners hack job, and installing custom upgrades.









                                          GPS - zip tied on with a swimming pool noodle.







 Custom high windshield with two stock KLR windshields with a custom aluminum bracket.




Front View of double windshield mounted.







                                     

                                       











  Custom Rear rack with rubber trim to cover the edges.





I also made another set of highway pegs for Hugh using the 1X1" tube and $10.00 passenger pegs from cyclegear.com. 









The end result gets you a set of highway pegs for under $20.00










While the welder was hot I decided to strengthen the stock shifter, I read they tend to shear off at the factory welds.





I hope that we do not need to work on the bikes again until Texas where we will change the oil, tires, and replace the old chains.










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Old 04-04-2013, 09:26 AM   #42
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This trip just got a lot better with dad coming along. Can't wait to see where this trip takes you.

Later
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:46 AM   #43
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When do you guys plan on crossing into Belize ? Im shooting for the 10th or 11th
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:41 AM   #44
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This trip just got a lot better with dad coming along. Can't wait to see where this trip takes you.

Later
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JOHN,


I agree it's going to be nice to have him along.
He is a tough dude and can fix anything.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:43 AM   #45
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When do you guys plan on crossing into Belize ? Im shooting for the 10th or 11th


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We will be behind you by a few days.


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