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    Default My KLR

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    Finally, after many years of wanting, today I rode one into my garage that I call mine.

    I have been searching for an adventure bike for some time. I've looked at vstroms, KTM's, DR's, BMW's, and just about everything in between. I have been tracking KLR bikes for about the last three months or so and finally sourced one for what I thought was an amazing deal.

    The bike is amazing. They will go anywhere. The aftermarket community is amazing. These bikes are very easy to maintain and just all around an awesome bike. The KLR is arguably the best bang for the buck adventure bike.

    It came with things I had intended to purchase as soon as I had the bike anyways. These bikes are so choked up from the factory its retarded.

    $3600 got me a 2008 Kawasaki KLR with 2600 miles on it.
    It came with:
    Super trap IDS2 exhaust
    rejetted carb (Moose Racing)
    UNI filter / removal of the restriction bullcrap
    Moose pegs
    MSR Skid plate
    Maier hand guards
    14t sprocket
    New Kenda tires

    Future plans are Happy-Trail.com hard bags and cogent moab suspension and put emulators in my front forks. Happy-trail windscreen kit is also in the near future. Ultimate goal is Indiana to Alaska 2013


    My new bike by Frank Vest, on Flickr


    Untitled by Frank Vest, on Flickr

    Taken a year later



    GOPR1118-4 by Frank Vest, on Flickr
    I will continue to update this thread.
    Last edited by Frank; 06-30-2013 at 02:49 AM.

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    nice bike frank!
    you got a bargain there, I'm looking at buying the same thing as you say great value for money.

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    Keep your eye out. I was lucky and this one was about 20min down the road from me. search-tempest searches all craigslist ads within the radius you set. KLR owners seem to hold onto their bikes, thats for sure!

    If you are where there is a "riding season" ...this is the perfect time to buy. People dont want to store their bikes...as this was the case.

    I also scored an "almost new" Aerostich Darien jacket and heated fleece for $330 shipped on adv. My goal is to set this bike up for a full weekend adventure with all new(er) gear for under $5000- including the bike.

    If you have the funds, now is the time to buy!
    Last edited by Frank; 09-17-2011 at 05:30 AM.

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    More, better pictures are sure to follow as I am a super photogeek. The above photos were taken on its maiden voyage with my iPhone.

    I have ordered a new helmet, the Aerostich gear and a few "farkles" (aftermarket parts) for my new bike based off first impressions. Pictures will follow as they come in.

    From happy-trail.com I ordered:
    -Happy-Trail Rallye windscreen. -many reviews claim its a gift from god for tall riders. I am 6'3". I also REALLY like the "dashboard" it comes with. This will be a great place for me to mount my RAM mount/GPS.

    -Happy-Trail 43ltr top box. I choose this because it claims to fit a full size helmet no problem. It was ordered in the silver color for the mere fact that it will reflect heat. As mentioned, I am a photographer. I believe that heat can make an impact on photog gear. I was recommended a GIVI as the cost is MUCH cheaper but a black plastic case to house thousands in photo gear just didn't feel right to me. I considered a Pelican but my lunch box wouldn't fit (and was more expensive) and this bike will get me to work and back as well.

    -Magnetic drain plug. The local Kaw dealer claims the oil consumption on a 08 is very hit or miss and its due to the oil ring on the piston failing. I will closely monitor my oil. This bike doesn't even have 3000 miles on it yet...its no where near broken in. A magnetic drain plug could be a tool to detect ring failure.

    -Happy-Trail heavy duty shifter. I rode the military version of the KLR for my unit while in Okinawa, Japan. Our unit had awesome KLR's but not the diesel converted bikes. Regardless of that info, during the training course, I snapped two shift levers....not because they weren't adjusted properly but because they are weak. An upgraded shifter lever was $25 and as of now the best piece of mind on this bike.

    -Subframe bolt upgrade kit. -It was $5.

    -Happy-Trail 5 function meter. I bought this to monitor the amperage and the clock. My wife hates it when I am later getting back than when I said I would be. haha! It will fit nicely on my "dash" that comes with the new windscreen.

    I am still way under "budget" for what I had intended to spend.
    Last edited by Frank; 09-17-2011 at 07:24 AM.

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    I am actually considering the same route as opposed to another GS or KTM as my riding time is scarce. I found a new one for about $1600 more than yours, but warranty is worth something I suppose. Great bike, and keep the pics/build coming, as I am also 6'-3" and will need many of the same items;-)
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    Awesome. Yesterday we went out for about a 150mi trip and after the trip I decided to toss in a pair of handlebar risers to my happy trails order. -38mm Eagle mfg.

    BTW, it was only about 2 hours after I sent them an email I got a nice reply saying she already added them to my order. I cant remember the last time I got a personalized email from a company at 10pm on a Sunday night. +1 to Happy-trail.com

    Pictures will sure to follow...probably be a big install day on Saturday afternoon...hoping to get a small ride in on Sunday morning.
    Last edited by Frank; 09-19-2011 at 12:21 PM.

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    Congrats on the new bike! Sounds like you got a great deal on a great ride!

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    Welcome to the club
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    Thanks! I forgot to mention earlier...my brother in law has a Givi as a top case on his KLR. While following him this past weekend over some not so forgiving roads, that box bounced all over the place. On the other hand, my father in laws Givi on his KTM990 seemed solid.

    I am happy I went with the happy-trail metal box. Everything shipped today, should be here Friday. Perfect.

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    Glad to see another KLR rider. I live just south of Indy and would love to meet up and do some rides. I am trying to plan a trip to Alaska so maybe we could work out a route and ride together. Anyways they are great bikes I have a 2011 and have about 7k on mine. Good purchase.

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