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Kawasaki Klr650
#1
Found a 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 for sale almost right next door.

I will arrange payment tomorrow and get the title. Keeping the fingers crossed that all goes smoothly.



This tidy little bike has just under 2K miles on it. All stock at this time, no mods. Bike comes with a slew of OEM gear. Saddle bags, tank bag, trunk bag, handle bar bag and storage cover. Also getting a pair of folding aluminum ramps for loading into a pickup and tie downs. Will get the helmet also but not sure if it will fit properly.



I don't currently hold a Texas motorcycle license so I enrolled in a two day training course next weekend. 8 hours a day for two days. Haven't owned a bike since 1990. If memory serves it was an early 70's Yamaha 360.

Here's to long term memory showing up for help getting back on the horse.



Only thing I noticed was the handlebar grips seem to be too small a diameter for my hands. Might look into some larger ones.



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#2
Good looking bike James and good to see you again. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />

Remember to wear your helmet. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' />



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#3
Got my bike this evening. Really excited. Lots to learn.
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#4
They are a great ride with very little that needs to be done.

There are two major KLR forums, KLRforum dot com and KLR650 dot net.



IMO you need to do the doo.

The doo has been improved finally but the spring has not.

The ThermoBob gets a maybe from me. I did it and it did

help performance in cold weather, in your environment

you might not see much difference ?

A real engine guard and a bash plate is nice.

My Givi guards were easy to install, I forget the brand of bash/rock guard

I installed but IIRC it was from the designer/manf. and not after he sold it

to a retailer.

Real grip/hand guards, I installed Tusk "D" flex.

Lastly I did a shock upgrade with a new heavier spring, TopGun- mid-range.

I waited until I needed a shock rebuild but if you can do it now it

will make a real difference in your ride.

If you total up all the above it will cost <1k.

Have fun Be safe.
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#5
Nice ride! One of those has been on my wish list for a long time. It's good to hear you're taking the MSF course, it's truly a life saver.

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#6
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Nice ride! One of those has been on my wish list for a long time. It's good to hear you're taking the MSF course, it's truly a life saver.

-Blast

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If anyone cares the KLR is the most affordable bike on the market.

It made its own payments and ins. with money saved, break even until the payments were done

then I made money.

BTW a 12v socket is very handy to have, charge toys or your batt, as necessary.
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#7
Great find. My ideal would be a Rokon. I don't see much chance of getting permission from the boss to get one though.
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#8
Finished the first day of training. Really had a good time. The slow speed tight slalom i had issues with. Will need to practice that one. Dont look down at the cones dang it.

Had a blast going faster and leaning the bike way over.

Got 17 different training excercises to do tomorrow.



Once i got in the habit of keeping my knees and elbows in things got easier. Bike is a small suzuki 225 so i am kinda big on it.
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#9
That should be a lot of fun.



The last few years the bug has bitten me, and that one has been recommended to me a couple of times, and a KTM.
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#10
Ha-Ha, KTM is a great ride, in many ways much better than the KLR However when you look at the $$ spent

you will often see it as 1 KTM or 2 or 3 KLR's and don't forget the long term maintenance costs.
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#11
Finished up with the second day of training today. Started at 0800 and finished up just before 1700. Day started out overcast, misty/rain, windy. Training goes on any how. I'd say that was a pretty good situation, getting practice on a slick hardtop.

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The training took place on a massive parking lot alongside a Greyhound racetrack. Dogs, not the bus line. The SCCA had an autocross event happening at the other end. While on a break some total knob from the SCCA decided to get some practice on top of our pad running over our little cones. Instructor chased the driver down and gave em some serious attitude. Offender turned out to be a woman with no clue we were doing anything there. Kinda of hard to miss us with a whole pack of bikes.

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My ride for the two days was this little Suzuki TU250X. I really had adjustment problems until I was instructed to pinch my knees against the fuel tank and tuck my elbows in. Everything after that was just learning some skills. I will admit the really slow speed maneuvering was difficult for me. I will continue to practice that on my KLR as it's obviously a skill that should be mastered. Oh, pinching those knees in helped with the balance also when almost at a dead stop.



What I enjoyed the most was the higher speed curves, out-in-out accelerate through. The other fun one was the rapid "high" speed stops. High speed only meant about 20mph.



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#12
I would like to share that this training was well worth the time and money spent. The instructors were skillful, knowledgeable, fair, tough and just professional in everything done during the 2 days. They want you to pass and work to help you through your weaknesses.

If you are thinking about buying a bike or have one but never had any formal training this course is for you. I'm very glad I cleared my schedule to attend it.



J
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#13
Good on ya for taking a class, even better swallowing a bit of ego and doing the beginner first. Higher revs and controlling speed with a bit of clutch is the secret for smooth tackling of slow turns and slalom - it really does stabilize bike. Just remember it doesn't matter how loud it gets as long as you have the clutch under control, squeeze if you get into trouble - that's the real safety valve, not the brake. Also, look ahead and use your peripheral vision to avoid objects right by the bike - just like you don't need to look down all the time to avoid stuff on the ground while you walk. Looking far ahead will also help you stay stable.



And congrats on the really nice bike. I wish my inseam was a little longer - maybe with a Corbin seat.
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#14
Finally got the bike, title, registration inspection etc done. I also went and got my motorcycle endorsement on the TxDL.

Took the bike in for a full service since it wasn't running quite right and had been stored more than ridden. 2012 with under 2k miles.



When I bought the bike it came with just about all the accessories. Installed them all today then went for a ride. It was lightly raining when I started then cleared up. Will go out again later this afternoon. Did about 70 miles in the area here. Tons of traffic lights and a few 55mph stretches. Good practice.



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#15
Nice looking kit.

Now get the Doo done, a real bash plate and engine guards aka bars.

Yu might also get tired of the front fender, it is an easy <$50.00 fix IIRC.
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