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Kawasaki Klr650
#16
I won't leave the top rear bag on for around town. Makes it a pain to get on and off. Will put it on for trips needing more gear.

First thing to do is the larger hand-grips. Even with gloves the handles feel too small, uncomfortable. Will probably change the seat next.

I will slowly make changes and upgrade it over time.
"A Nation of Sheep will beget a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow

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#17
Dropped the bike today....while at a full stop! <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' />

Yes you can say, Rookie mistake.



Stopped at a gas station to use the ATM. It didn't work so when I was leaving the exit out was a sharp steep decline. The street had a bit of a gully as the asphalt topcoat was quite high but rounded. As I was going down and needing to turn right onto the roadway a car pulled out at the corner of the gas station and I had to stop on the downhill. Since I was setting up for a right turn the bike leaned to the right when I stopped. Put my foot down but nothing there!! The steep slope made the ground further away from my foot than expected. As the bike leaned over even further the steering went harder right. Remember I am stopped at this point. When foot finally made contact I wasn't prepared to hold the full weight of the bike on a bent knee and overly extended foot.

Did a slow motion fall onto the right side, bike on my leg. Embarrassing to say the least.



Pulled the leg out and stood the bike up. No harm done to body or bike, just a little slow burn shame. hehe.



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"Bring me a GREEN one, I'll scrub the patchoulli off her!" Ghostwolf.
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#18
Ha-Ha LOL I've done that a couple times. Think up a good totally unbelievable story to go with the scratches.
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#19
I got a 2014 klr about 3 months ago. great bike! I'm a bit shorter than you.....har! but the bike is amazing. welcome to the club!!
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#20
Spent the afternoon adding some new accessories to the bike.

Swapped out the stock saddle for this one from Sargent [url="http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sargent-world-sport-adventure-touring-seat-kawasaki-klr650-91-13?utm_source=product&kwd=&gclid=COXT-66EycECFYSPMgodTDkAWQ"]World sport adv seat[/url]

The reviews on the seat all seem to be highly favorable on the forums. Changing the seat was simple. Less than 5 minutes.





I also installed crash bars and rear pannier mounting racks from these folks. [url="http://dirtracks.com/KLR650_c2.htm"]Dirt Tracks[/url]

These also received good reviews and the price was reasonable. Although no instructions came with the items it was easy to figure out how they mounted up. They came packaged nicely and had all the appropriate hardware to install everything. While this one was also simple it took maybe an hour.



Finally I installed new handgrips. The stock ones were just too small. These are slightly larger, time will tell if it is enough. Pro Grip 714. [url="http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/pro-grip-714-dual-sport-grips"]Found here[/url]

These were not hard to install either but a little tedious. Stock ones were glued on and had to be cut off. The throttle grip was glued on and had to be shredded off, then shaved clean. Maybe 20-30 minutes.
"A Nation of Sheep will beget a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow

"Bring me a GREEN one, I'll scrub the patchoulli off her!" Ghostwolf.
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#21
Took the bike out for a test run with the new gear I installed. Did a 225 mile roundtrip down to the "beach" south of Matagorda Tx.

The new handgrips are much better than the stock pair. Ideally they could be a touch larger but fine for the task.



The saddle is amazing. It is more comfortable than the stock one by miles. The completely surprising thing about it is the stability it provides. I can balance the bike so much better and easier now that I'm not sitting on a narrow rail. I found it much easier to start off smoothly from a dead stop. I can also sit atop the bike without putting my feet down when coming to a dead stop. I can get a full stop, then drop the feet.



When I finally made it to the Gulf I saw a sand road where people drive their trucks right down to the water. Shortly off the hardtop was about a 20 yard stretch of seriously deep sand. What the hell, give it a go. About half way through I bogged down and dropped the bike on it's side. Picked it up and managed to get it through. On the way out I bogged down again but didn't drop it. Will have to look up the technique on how to do that skill.



Good day.



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"A Nation of Sheep will beget a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow

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#22
My pelican cases arrived today and I installed them for my ride to Lukes tomorrow.

The cases are top loading and this is the only model from Pelican that would work for me in this situation. Model 1430 I think. Found them online for 75 each shipping included.



The right side case has an interference issue with the hinge and the support arm of the pannier rack. I will cut some spacers while at Lukes and rebolt the right case up, shimming it out some. It is solid as is, but not a good enough job.



The boxes are actually a bit small but will be fine for what I want them to accomplish. Easy to mount/dismount the bike with this size case. I think they look quite proper on the bike and look forward to testing them out.



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"Bring me a GREEN one, I'll scrub the patchoulli off her!" Ghostwolf.
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#23
Took the bike on a road-trip to Lukes place this weekend. 450 miles round-trip. Temps were beautiful, wind was wicked nasty and really made the ride a hard one.

Ghostwolf and Kat were at the Swensons place and we had a good time BS'ing, drinking, eating and the rest of the social mix.



I had a hard plastic compound bow case for Luke. Strapped it to the back of the bike. Was a bit ungainly in bulk but no weight at all.



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