Yesterday I picked up the bike that will carry me to the Arctic Circle and beyond this summer.
I call her Sara, as it is a name that is adventurous, and so it fits well with her intentions.
This bike, I have been interested in since last fall when a buddy of mine told me about it. It belonged to a friend of his, and I had always thought it was a pretty dang nice setup. I really didn’t know how good of a setup it was until I went and took a peek at it on Sunday.
I have to say, that I am happy that I purchased it. Not only was it an excellent deal, but the fact is, after I test rode a couple different KLR’s over the weekend, and got a feel for how well they handle, and how well balanced they actually feel underneath you, I was hooked.
Not to mention, the KLR has a huge fan base, with an extremely large selection of aftermarket bits and pieces. It really surprise’s me just how much time and dedication is put into these bikes. The loyalty that the community that rides these, have into the bikes is pretty amazing. It reminds me a lot of the XT225 community which has very little aftermarket manufacture support, so the community stepped up and fabricated for it.
The KLR is no different, as it has a huge amount of community based manufacturing going on, and a very large support group.
So with that said, lets start off with the basics.
What it came with on the bike
Happy Trails Panniers
Rox Risers Anti-Vibration Bar Risers 1-1/8
Pro Taper Woodsman Fat Bars
SW-Motech Engine/Fairing Guards
MOAB Rear Shock
.95kg Upgraded Front Fork Springs
Stainless Braided Front and Rear Brake Lines
Magnetic Drain Plug
Good Times Extended Warranty – Expires in 2013
So that’s a list of what it had on it. He also gave me a tub of stuff that had not yet went on it
Two Brothers Exhaust
Jet Kit (Stage 1 and Stage 2 DynoJet)
Extended OversizeFuel Adjustment Screw
Race Tech Fork Emulators
About 20 Crush Washers
Filter Cap O-Rings
Barkbusters Hand Guards (Need to get Fat Bar Mount Kit)
All the Original Stock Hardware
And more Assorted Misc stuff.
He also mentioned stuff he had packed away and needed to look for.
I have already ordered stuff for it though.
I have the Doohickey on Order with the Updated Torsion Spring and the Subframe Bolt Kit from Eagle Manufacturing.
Thermo-Bob is on order as well.
Other items I would like to purchase before the trip for the bike is the tall Touring Windshield for more protection from the elements, as well as the 685cc Big Bore kit that helps with addressing the known oil consumption issues with the KLR.
It didn’t take me long to start working on the bike either. I got it, and the first thing I did after work was change the oil and oil filter, install the two brothers exhaust (Will rejet tonight) and then cleaned and lubed the chain.
So yah, finally have a bike for the trip, which means no need to take the XT225! I dodged a bullet there! I would have done the trip on it, if I had to!
More to come!