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Title: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 04, 2013, 02:40:16 pm
Awaiting house sitter arrival then heading out for a thumper trip from FL to Carolinas to work from mom's a few days, then a 3 week excursion  to the he desert of California/AZ, Nevada and all the Marriotts, Hyatts, Motel 8's, and mega-camping I can squeeze in. Friends and family in Vegas/Phoenix/Carolinas etc all included.

I'll also be doing 2 ADV forum off-road/camping meets:  Death Valley/Gold Point and Roll the Bones Rally in rural TX.

I'm packed and awaiting the house-sitter.  I picked up a KLR on the cheap within the last few weeks and put used crap on it such as panniers, pelican top case, wired it for heated suit, usb phone charger, 12V air compressor, it has handlebar risers, cycra handguards, Madstadt windscreen, bash plate, highway pegs and a host of other stuff I cant remember.

WAVE IF YOU SEE ME ON THE ROAD, I look like a modern day Jed Clampet - I'm rolling like this:

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Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: RubiconMike on October 04, 2013, 02:43:43 pm
Looks awesome, have a great ride!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 04, 2013, 02:52:39 pm
Looks awesome, have a great ride!

Thank you sir, I'll be posting up some pics in this thread along the way =)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on October 04, 2013, 03:59:49 pm
 :thumbs: :popcorn:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 04, 2013, 07:46:16 pm
Thank you sir, I'll be posting up some pics in this thread along the way =)

Groovy, have a blast!!

Safety third.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: tweeter55 on October 04, 2013, 08:37:39 pm
If safety is third and fun is first, what's second?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 06, 2013, 07:43:54 am
Groovy, have a blast!!

Safety third.

Thanks Steve

Went east to go west, at mom's in Columbia SC to visit family and friends and munch on Carolina hickory smoked BBQ. Can't deal with the oak and palm and such used in Fl!  The kid house sitting my place suggested I never come back hehe
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 06, 2013, 07:51:39 am
If safety is third and fun is first, what's second?
Open for interpretation.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 06, 2013, 07:55:48 am
Thanks Steve

Went east to go west, at mom's in Columbia SC to visit family and friends and munch on Carolina hickory smoked BBQ. Can't deal with the oak and palm and such used in Fl!  The kid house sitting my place suggested I never come back hehe

Enjoy your hickory.
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Do some folks actually use palm for smoking????

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You do know that with you being gone now, you will miss the washing of my bike(semi annual event) at one of the bikini bike washes over in Daytona.

Have fun.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Gumby on October 06, 2013, 08:41:53 am
Looks like fun.  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on October 07, 2013, 05:15:46 am
Check the oil level every morning.  Those bikes will use oil, especially at interstate speeds.  Do you know if it has the thermobob, and doohickey spring upgrade?

My neighbor has my KLR and it now has 50,000 miles on it.

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb188/twowheeladdict/KLR650/smDSCN5955.jpg)

I miss it sometimes, but when I am in a tuff spot, I much prefer the KLX250.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 07, 2013, 06:50:14 pm
Thanks will do, so far I went 500 miles and oil is still same but I expect it to use some indeed

This thread is getting lame with my not posting trip pics. But I'm still working from mom's. i went east to Carolinsa to go west. Today rolled in a parade in my parents 1956 Seagrave fire truck. My dad was the chief here. This was the oldest truck among the 30 or so. A few phone pics:


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Michelin plant fire department brought ADV toys

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Off to the fire house for the press conference and social, I knew it would be good when I saw a real SC non chain BBQ catering truck. Shealys is among the finest in the South. No oak or palm tree or propane, this stuff is all hickory wood smoked

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00214.jpg)

I have a decent size pelican case as a top box on the klr. Or I thought so till I saw these they were HUGE

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00212.jpg)

Mom in the red shirt on the left, me beside her. One of the bagpipe crew across from us. If love to learn to play bag pipes but the kilt is a bit much

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Made friends with the South Carolina Gamecocks college football mascot "Cocky"

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Firehouse garage started filling up as parade trucks arrived

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Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on October 07, 2013, 08:13:17 pm
Have a safe trip.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 07, 2013, 08:47:28 pm
Have a safe trip.

Thanks !
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 07, 2013, 08:59:40 pm
Just remember the ADV moto, "It aint an adventure until something goes wrong" ;)  Just keep "wrong" something small and simple ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 08, 2013, 06:46:37 pm
Just remember the ADV moto, "It aint an adventure until something goes wrong" ;)  Just keep "wrong" something small and simple ;D

Thanks I'll certainly try!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on October 09, 2013, 09:43:31 am
Where you be now?

Stopped in at the local BMW dealer. They had a G 650 GS Sertao. Seems expensive at $8,600 but when I look at what I had to put on my DR650, that I wouldn't have to do on this bike, not so much. I like it better than the big GS Beemers because it's still light like my DR but with the stuff I would want on my DR if I could get it. First EFI, better power better gas mileage. The 3.7 gal tank on this bike will go as far as the aftermarket 5 gal tank on my DR. Second, remote hydraulic rear pre load adjuster. Exactly what a light adv bike needs. Put your load on, crank in some more pre load and the side stand still works. Get to camp, unload, soften it up some to go exploring without the load.  Third, ABS. Turn it on for the street, turn it off for the dirt. The dealer owner wanted me to take it out for ride. I didn't because it knew it would be too tempting and after 37 years I still want to be married.

http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/index.html (http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/index.html)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 09, 2013, 05:42:24 pm
Cool fire truck.

Say, don't they have a rather large Highland Games get together somewhere up in Cackacky?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on October 09, 2013, 07:28:19 pm
Hey Steve, just don't do what I did yesterday.

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=15383.new#new (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=15383.new#new)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 12, 2013, 12:07:42 am
Nice! Rhino but it what are you waiting on!?

SteveJ, I really wouldn't know but let's ride up there anyway some time hehe

Twowheel hate that happened hope you heal quickly!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 12, 2013, 12:09:46 am
Too much riding visiting and chatting with folks, owe updates!

Before leaving SC,  BBQ and a visit with my friend Jane. SC BBQ is second to none, and I eat BBQ all over North America.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00222_edit0.jpg)

We originally went east to head west, i finally headed west.

I always enjoy finding on deserted back roads an apocalyptic service station. We are now in Mississippi, the klr is amazing me.


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Arrive in Philadelphia MS, visit a general store. They sell everything from animal feed to Ralph Lauren clothes to fresh meats and groceries to horse saddles to Justin boots.

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Fresh slab bacon right out of the slaughterhouse

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Women's Columbia brand threads

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Horse and tack

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Remember the theater on the movie "Mississippi Burning" the FBI set up so in?... this happens to be that old theater.

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OK I arrive at cousins property and as promised she left the fare unlocked. My excuse to spending hours on her fire break trails is in looking for the perfect spot to pitch camp.  Deep down I know I'll be throwing the sleeping bag in the little cabin.

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The little cabin.

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Leave for another 500 mile day, head to Dallas. Of course I have to do in Monroe, Louisiana steer being tipped off about a cabin joint. Chatted with locals and ate the best seafood gumbo ever with shrimp, crab, and crawdad tails. I added the saltines.

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Onward to Dallas and arrive. First stop i noticed they sell unique brand wine and wine bottle holders.

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Wow TX brisket is second to none, and Cajun and brisket in the same day? Thanks klr. Now i remember last time i was in Dallas. Bonedaddy's House Of Smoke.

Made new TX friends here tonight

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Then ate this HUGE fresh jalapeƱo, plus the sliced brisket and pulled pork. Just friggin' wow. The fried okra was all that too.

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Eat here when in Dallas.

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Now, is quite the challenge to haul all this camping gear into a hotel! Its just too late to figure out a campsite tonight. Tomorrow I meet the Dallas BMW group for breakfast, then head west.

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Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Gumby on October 12, 2013, 09:21:06 am
Eat here when in Dallas.

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00256.jpg[/url])

+1

Looks like fun Steve.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on October 12, 2013, 09:37:00 am
Looks like a great time. I am down in your neck of the woods. Port St Lucie for a few days and then up to Orlando to do a week of Disney with the family.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on October 12, 2013, 04:08:04 pm
Very cool Steve, looks like you're having a great time!  :thumbs:


I like the "friends" you met in TX...  :P :)



Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 12, 2013, 06:56:13 pm
Quote
the klr is amazing me

That d*mn bike will put a smile on your face, huh?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on October 12, 2013, 10:33:06 pm
Thanks for the update. the trip looks epic. Keep the photos coming.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 13, 2013, 01:42:23 am
693 miles on the klr today! 35 degrees when I arrived here on the Nm/Az border at Gallup, NM, glad i wired the bike for heated gear.I'd have done a lot more but I got a late start because I met up with the Dallas BMW Club. A guy had same jacket as me with size 34Long Gortex pants that didn't fit him. We made a deal and I was going through TX anyway. Got invited to their shindig meet and scheduled trip for it.


We looked like nerds in the same Klim jackets? That's his KTM 690. Was a great time with Joel and his crew.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00257_edit0.jpg)

Just what I needed, more cargo. No room so I just strapped the britches on.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00259_edit0.jpg)


There were a whole lot more bikes than this pic, my klr being the only Japanese type.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00261_edit0.jpg)

I rode a bit on famous rural Highway 66 in New Mexico, didn't take many pics but an old abandoned gas station from back in the day that hwy was active appeared apocalyptic, and I like zombie gas stations. This one had a wooden roof.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00262_edit0.jpg)


I been slabbing it and visiting folks. Now that I'm out west it's game on starting with dice and meeting friends in  Vegas then the real fun starts for the next few weeks, off roading/rural roading/ camping and some sport touring  miles
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on October 13, 2013, 09:25:48 am
693 miles on the klr today! 35 degrees when I arrived here on the Nm/Az border at Gallup, NM,

I know Gallup well. I went to HS in Grants NM. Did you see signs for the "Ice Caves"? If you stop in tell them Steve, or Betsy's husband sent you.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Gumby on October 13, 2013, 09:47:57 am
the trip looks epic. Keep the photos coming.
+1

Can't wait for June, when I can go coast to coast.  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 13, 2013, 11:11:39 pm
I know Gallup well. I went to HS in Grants NM. Did you see signs for the "Ice Caves"? If you stop in tell them Steve, or Betsy's husband sent you.

I remember those signs!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 13, 2013, 11:13:06 pm
+1

Can't wait for June, when I can go coast to coast.  :thumbs:

Right on, its a great feeling!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 13, 2013, 11:14:28 pm
Left this morning Vegas bound. I was on the nm/az border and man wow it was nice at the edge of the desert. I so miss living in AZ

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Long story short got to Vegas after another LONG ride. talked to the last at Starbucks, explained I need a room unlike most in this town. i need to park the bike in front to easily unload.She phoned a friend and I got a suit for 39 a night local rate, and a card waiting good for 9.95 all u can eat prime rib buffet there. Geez I owe her a favor I didn't realize how she had hooked me up with that call till I got checked in and saw it. My door is behind the bike, 1st floor as requested

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Of course I jump on the buffet after a long shower

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Then none of the desserts on the buffet appeal to me and I ask the sweet lady if she can help. I requested cheese cake with strawberry pie filling and fresh strawberries on top, with extra cool whip or such. Geez she fixed me a nice one!

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Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 15, 2013, 01:15:30 am
Hey there #9334, what diet are you gonna go on when you get back? It won't happen at the Citrus County Cruise.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 15, 2013, 07:34:28 am
Hey there #9334, what diet are you gonna go on when you get back? It won't happen at the Citrus County Cruise.


My scrawny self will need a diet, I'm looking forward to that event!

Here's the latest:
Needed a rear tire and our friend Jason is affiliated with a tire shop in Vegas. He gave me an incredible deal on a rear tire and oil change, and his mechanic threw in chain service, air filter clean, and a list of other stuff and I left a tip.

They have quite a few dirt bike tires in stock

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They installed this for me

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GEEZ Jason and his friend Fred turned me on to some locals food that was unreal while my bike was being serviced. Flakiest burrito I've ever had. Fortunately it was huge because I couldn't stop eating.

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The tire made the bike look dirty it was so clean. Problem solved here.

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Jason had me over and I met his wonderful family. Also  rode one of the his bikes, a 20 year old 1200GS BMW! So so smooth....

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Night comes and as usual everyone gives the Klr  the VIP parking

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I was going to take a few days break in Vegas after eating so many miles. I can't sit still so I'm heading on to Sedona, Chloride, and Jerome Az then back to Vegas the night before we go to Death Valley/Gold Point.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on October 15, 2013, 07:55:32 am
I was going to take a few days break in Vegas after eating so many miles.

 :rotflmao: I know the feeling. It's a tough job sampling all those restaurants but somebody's got to do it.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 15, 2013, 05:07:42 pm
I was gonna ask ya how the rear tire fared on the trip. Nice new meat looks perfect for playing.

When are you coming back through? Wifey and I will be heading to Hot Springs AR or San Antonio depending on the weather. Leaving out on 29 or 30 Oct, return about 8 or 9 Nov. If we go to Hot Springs, will be hugging the Gulf for the warmer temps and get some Cajun food for my soul.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 15, 2013, 09:34:27 pm
I was gonna ask ya how the rear tire fared on the trip. Nice new meat looks perfect for playing.

When are you coming back through? Wifey and I will be heading to Hot Springs AR or San Antonio depending on the weather. Leaving out on 29 or 30 Oct, return about 8 or 9 Nov. If we go to Hot Springs, will be hugging the Gulf for the warmer temps and get some Cajun food for my soul.

Steve the schinko 700 did great! I'll be heading back 29 I believe, going to see friends in Dallas. Let's play it by ear and I hope we can make planets align and meet!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 15, 2013, 09:35:52 pm
I had planned on a few down days in Vegas after a ride across the country but Jason gave me some tips on places to see such as murals in Chloride, and a ghost town and such.

Chloride had painted rock murals that phone pics do no justice but here are a couple

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This is a WTH as a front yard ornament in Chloride!? The skeletal part is real skeleton and it has a helmet on

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The desert was incredible and beautiful to ride in. After all these years I still wonder why I moved from AZ

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This sign lies, LIES  I tell yah lol! The unpaved road was so sweet I got the klr faster on it than I ever got it on the freeway! I suspect the locals kept it plowed smooth.

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Then I ate some road miles and went to Jerome, Cottonwood, and Sedona. The mountain twisties were AMAZING. And so was the desert. Here is looking in front of the klr approaching Sedona

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Ended up dark and in Flagstaff. Tomorrow Vegas again, Thursday Death Valley!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 15, 2013, 09:51:56 pm
Almost jealous ;)  Is the KLR meeting your expectations and better yet, is it leaving you wanting more?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 15, 2013, 10:06:11 pm
Almost jealous ;)  Is the KLR meeting your expectations and better yet, is it leaving you wanting more?

Thanks! The Klr is doing better than I ever expected, especially at eating road miles. With the air hawk R on the seat I can go forever on it, even want to go far like today for no radon. The stock suspension shucks in the twisties, and when loaded off road I bottom out when torturing it. But other than suspension is baffling me how much fun this bike is.

I also noticed it doesn't do well hit baking and trail breaking the front into turns in the mountains. But in all fairness to the beater klr, I have a T63 knobby on the front. So it's either the tire, then front brake system, or both.

Again overall I'm amazed with the bike. I had a back up plan to ship it home and fly if it was bad. But no way I'm riding it back. Wish I had time to ride it to the North Pole and back first =)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on October 16, 2013, 04:02:51 pm
Thanks! The Klr is doing better than I ever expected, especially at eating road miles. With the air hawk R on the seat I can go forever on it, even want to go far like today for no radon. The stock suspension shucks in the twisties, and when loaded off road I bottom out when torturing it. But other than suspension is baffling me how much fun this bike is.

I also noticed it doesn't do well hit baking and trail breaking the front into turns in the mountains. But in all fairness to the beater klr, I have a T63 knobby on the front. So it's either the tire, then front brake system, or both.

Again overall I'm amazed with the bike. I had a back up plan to ship it home and fly if it was bad. But no way I'm riding it back. Wish I had time to ride it to the North Pole and back first =)

My former '08 KLR has the Cogent Moab rear shock and Racetech front springs and gold valve emulators.  Handled real well.  I just didn't like riding it at speeds faster than 65 and it's sweet spot was 55.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 16, 2013, 07:09:28 pm
The thing I like most about my KLR is that the bike always puts a smile on my face.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 17, 2013, 02:11:26 am
Twowheel, I'm 4000 miles into this trip. If I had to ride my Connie as slow as you mention i'd still be trying to get out of Fl! Seriously though, on these nob tires I'm comfortable at 78-80, I don't care about a few inches drift. My problem is when I hold it at 75 between the wide bags, windscreen, and load it only gets 40 mpg. I found at 68-70 it gets 46, and at 60 it gets 50 mpg.  I hold it at 70.

SteveJ, right on! Not once have I missed my C14, and I had planned on selling this when I get back but it's one of the most fun bikes I've ever had! With the big screen, highway pegs, and dry sack as a back rest 600-700 mile days are like nothing.

Today

So I'm out in the middle of nowhere, haven't seen a human in forever. Taking a break, a train stops. Weird, we wave and I leave

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00291.jpg)

I eat

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00292.jpg)

Find some serious curves

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00299.jpg)

And even better sweepers

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00298.jpg)

Oatman, AZ, gold mining town is OK to this day for your donkeys to be on the streets

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00300.jpg)

I ride in some creek beds. All I will say is after these pics a creek bed humbled me. Bike and I are fine

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00297_edit0.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00295.jpg)

400 mile day, sun setting, time to roll back to Vegas for the night. Next I'm California bound!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00302.jpg)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 17, 2013, 06:54:59 am
Nice, nice, nice!!!!!

All I got to say is stay off an F800GS.  I was just like you happy as a clam on my '05 KLR, short of the suspension she was everything I wanted.  And a day after I lost my brand spanking new Montana 650T on a gravel road headed up Mt Hood I found myself on an F800GS looking (and a new found lust).  This border crossing/ADV stuff/Dual Sport riding is awesome and the KLR is bait ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on October 17, 2013, 08:47:30 am


([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00302.jpg[/url])





Cool pic Steve!  :thumbs: 8)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on October 17, 2013, 09:34:57 am
So I'm out in the middle of nowhere, haven't seen a human in forever.


+1 For me that's where the adventure begins. Camp from one of my solo rides at 10,500' elevation and the nearest other human is miles away.

(http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac177/sreinschmidt/Suzukicamp2_zps4a247182.jpg) (http://s897.photobucket.com/user/sreinschmidt/media/Suzukicamp2_zps4a247182.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on October 17, 2013, 05:25:01 pm
Twowheel, I'm 4000 miles into this trip. If I had to ride my Connie as slow as you mention i'd still be trying to get out of Fl! Seriously though, on these nob tires I'm comfortable at 78-80, I don't care about a few inches drift. My problem is when I hold it at 75 between the wide bags, windscreen, and load it only gets 40 mpg. I found at 68-70 it gets 46, and at 60 it gets 50 mpg.  I hold it at 70.


My limiting of speed was based on engine noise.  Just felt like I was working the thumper too hard at speeds above 65 mph.  Funny thing is that I am fine with the KLX250 at 65 and it is pushing 7000 rpms.  Just doesn't feel like it is working as hard as the KLR did. 

Glad you are enjoying your trip.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 19, 2013, 06:52:06 pm
Funny thing is that I am fine with the KLX250 at 65 and it is pushing 7000 rpms.  Just doesn't feel like it is working as hard as the KLR did. 

Glad you are enjoying your trip.

I would have to agree with that. I've ridden my D-I-Ls KLX250 quite a bit and it does seem to seem like it's working less. Kinda need all it's got for the twisties, though. I've wrung it pretty hard on 33 north of Ojai and down in the Santa Monicas.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Pokey on October 19, 2013, 09:57:37 pm
Trip of a lifetime.....amazing stuff man!  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on October 22, 2013, 07:49:46 am
Looks like you are having a blast.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 22, 2013, 01:51:53 pm
Thanks guys

Sorry been in the middle of death valley where no Wi-Fi or cell service to update. Thanks for all the phone calls and messages checking on me.

I was informed to visit tourist areas on way. I didn't see much once we hit the extreme stuff, so these are day before.

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Then finally got to Death Valley and Badwater is a tough dry place

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00306.jpg)

Heres the thing, I couldn't get good pics of the extreme parts of the rides because I.  W just trying to get through the silt sands, waters crossings followed by rocks on wet tires going up, roads that are huge rock beds, etc.  Many found it amazing I tried this place first time out dirt riding. A lot of folks let me know they appreciated I rode over 3000 miles to the meet spot. I was riding with the most wonderful, helpful, patient people and it's a life event I won't ever forget. Some of these pics are theirs.

Again I wish I had pics of the extreme but I was trying to survive as a noob

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I mentioned at one point i felt i was riding past my limits and was told with a smile "most all of us are riding past our limits".Some trails had thousands of feet of cliff  drop off, such as her to the list and straight off that turn. When I asked for a tip there I got great advice, don't go over the edges. This place was an adrenaline rush like I can't describe, and when I took the pic I was told we aren't at the good places yet for pics.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00315.jpg)

I wiped out on the rocks and we used one of the rocks to hold my bike up and they put my chain back on

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00322.jpg)

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Chris fixed a flat in the desert tundra faster than I see tires changed in shops

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My new sidi boots saved me so many times, along with the KLIM ADV gear Drew sold me.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00325.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/goldpointdeathvalleyloop.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/DeathValleyroute.jpg)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on October 22, 2013, 02:09:48 pm
Looks like quite the adventure! Thanks for posting the pics.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 22, 2013, 02:12:14 pm
Looks like quite the adventure! Thanks for posting the pics.


Thanks!

Got back to Vegas yesterday to have Jason's shop put a tire on. The rocks and a few miles ate up that continental t80 quick.

Lost my wallet near the shop so stayed an extra day waiting for an amex card overnighted. Canceled all my cards, chase bank allowed me to withdraw cash, riding buddy I bumped into at shop Matt took me to police to do a lost license report to continue the trip on. Big fun and wasn't a hassle, very little cash lost!

Here is how awesome the riders are out west, I saw this on my  thread over on adv

Quote from: FZcruzer;22611185
Steve,
  Your enthusiasm and great attitude made the weekend at Gold Point.  Hope the rest of your trip goes great.

  ([url]http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff477/fzcruzer/death%20valley%20gold%20point/DSC00511.jpg[/url])

Rob,


Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 23, 2013, 05:29:58 pm
Thanks!

Got back to Vegas yesterday to have Jason's shop put a tire on. The rocks and a few miles ate up that continental t80 quick.

Lost my wallet near the shop so stayed an extra day waiting for an amex card overnighted. Canceled all my cards, chase bank allowed me to withdraw cash, riding buddy I bumped into at shop Matt took me to police to do a lost license report to continue the trip on. Big fun and wasn't a hassle, very little cash lost!

Here is how awesome the riders are out west, I saw this on my  thread over on adv

See? Now you're gonna get a swelled head and think yer sumthin special, huh? ;)

You are great folks to hang with, I'll grant you that.

See ya at the Citrus County Cruise 7.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on October 23, 2013, 08:17:13 pm
Epic ride Steve!  :finger_fing11:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 23, 2013, 08:34:59 pm
So, I am looking at doing either the Utah or AZ BDR next year, maybe even the newest, not released Idaho BDR.    If things are smiling I will also do the COBDR again, it is that good.  WABDR is a no brainer.  Check em out and if the stars align we can do em together.  I also bet you have a more modern DS/ADV bike by then, KLR can, has, and will continue to git er done, but the same can be said for a TW.

Awesome RR BTW!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 23, 2013, 10:43:23 pm
Steve J I have to be humbled, they helped pick my bike up after crashes, field repaired it, etc no big head here I promise

Zg thanks

Silverdammit hope plants align and I can join you all for some of that!

I rode yesterday and into the night to Phoenix  camped at Marriott, rode deep into the desert this morning.


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Then got back to town, stopped and chatted at the office and hung out at an apartment complex i used to live at. Sat by the old pool in full KLIM gear questioning my sanity for leaving over a "career move" but it's all good too in FL!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00348.jpg)

Dinner with friends tonight in Phoenix

Two days to make it from here in Phoenix to the Roll the Bones Rally in the middle of TX! 
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Gumby on October 24, 2013, 09:15:51 am
Did I miss the picture of the Pacific Ocean? I thought you were going coast to coast. Or was that just me interjecting my next year's ride into your thread?  :)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Conrad on October 24, 2013, 10:38:10 am
Wow!

Awesome report Steve and great pics!    :hail:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: SteveJ. on October 24, 2013, 05:46:15 pm
Wow!

Awesome report Steve and great pics!    :hail:
+1
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 25, 2013, 07:17:20 am
Thanks!

Rode the klr 912 miles from mesa as to abiline tx yesterday and last night. Only a couple hours away from the TX off roading meet point for the weekend.

Took a detour and went the long way in nm because a friend said I just have to go here. Great times!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00349.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00350.jpg)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Gumby on October 25, 2013, 08:36:24 am
Rode the klr 912 miles from mesa as to abiline tx yesterday and last night.
:o Epic adventure :thumbs:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 29, 2013, 07:01:48 pm
Anyone heard from Steve?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on October 29, 2013, 09:26:55 pm
Anyone heard from Steve?


Probably enjoying his time and not on the computer, so jealous...  ;) ;D

Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 29, 2013, 09:42:03 pm
Just checked out his thread on ADVRider and no action there either.  He better be having a good time!!  If he is busy harassing hospital staff I will be so pissed!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Gumby on October 29, 2013, 09:59:50 pm
Just checked out his thread on ADVRider and no action there either.  He better be having a good time!!  If he is busy harassing hospital staff I will be so pissed!!!!!!!!!!!
See now you have n # of mothers. Ride report?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Conrad on October 30, 2013, 04:44:47 am
 ???
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 30, 2013, 06:25:57 pm
Thanks guys I'm fine sorry I've  been too busy to post up, I owe pics and report I know. Tonight I'm in upstate Fl at Carrabella Beach with SteveJ and his wife. Will have more report soon!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on October 30, 2013, 08:33:26 pm
Thanks guys I'm fine sorry I've  been too busy to post up, I owe pics and report I know. Tonight I'm in upstate Fl at Carrabella Beach with SteveJ and his wife. Will have more report soon!
Just making sure the ADV Monster didn't get ya!!  No rush on the RR and thanks for the wellness report ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on October 31, 2013, 08:18:50 pm
Just making sure the ADV Monster didn't get ya!!  No rush on the RR and thanks for the wellness report ;D


Right on, thanks!

I owe some ride report indeed-

So I get near the ADV forum sanctioned "Roll the Bones" Rally in TX.  Things start getting "ranch-ish" TX style everywhere

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I get to the rally.  GEEZ I was too busy conversing and riding to take pics.  Although not nearly as extreme as Death Valley, the riding was GREAT.  My bike got this color

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00352.jpg)

Unfortunately the depth of mud was deceiving and this guy got in this deep with a new Yamaha Tenere, flipped him over the front and the front parts of the bike were destroyed

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/IMG_3136.jpg)

This temp front-end fix got him back to camp

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Over 150 folks registered at this event, but I suspect there were more ADV bikes.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00355.jpg)

D*mn the folks to me to some fine eating establishments.  Nothing smoked in oak or palm tree such as FL bbq.

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Every year of this rally they said it has been customary to burn a recliner. This year we did two of 'em

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This guy beat my mileage coming to to the rally, he was over 8,000 to get there.  He came from PA.....via Canada! I invited him to a COG event when he reaches FL.  I'll have to square up with Al.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00369.jpg)

His bike was loaded too.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00371.jpg)

My KLR played many street and dirt bike roles during the trip.  Also served as an emergency mirror.  Braun makes the BEST tiny travel razor.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00365_edit0.jpg)

Let's do this shave right

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So I leave the rally with unforgettable memories.  I ride my colleague Chris's house outside of Dallas.  Whenever I go there I take his son  toy, I want him to remember the crazy guy that shows up on a motorcycle always has a toy on it for him (same way I do my nephews and baby grandson). There is a motorcycle and man in this Target bag.

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After a GREAT visit with he and his family, 1st home cooked meal in forever and slept in a real bed, I was off to Louisiana.  An LA friend strongly suggested while in Lake Charles eat cajun at Steamboat Bill's. Wow indeed I suggest do that!

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I had gumbo then these deleesh fried crawdad tails

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I had clean clothes but decided to "get ahead" on laundry.

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Got a room that night and remembered I needed to dry my tent. Instead of a king bed I got a room with 2 queens and dried it.

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Fast forward to FL and the bike took the scenic HWY across the panhandle.  It got late leaving Panama City Beach but I wasn't done riding.  Bye bye beach.

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I'm on my way to Tampa and my dear friend thats been a huge long distance/sport-touring "influence" says he and his lovely wife will be in Carabella.  OK I detour to Carrabella Beach.  I checked into the hotel they were coming to a day ahead of them.  Yet again it was a b*tch unloading all the camping gear into the hotel.  But the room was rustic and epic, I really enjoyed the stay.

Gear on the old footlocker in room, I guess its how they used to pack for camping

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They had interesting books all over the room, wasn't sure if i was supposed to read them or if they were decoration.

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Then I saw a pic on the shelf looked sorta' like SteveJ....wth

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OK enough of the room, after exhausting myself unloading all that camping stuff I got hungry. "Upstate" FL they smoke with real hickory wood.

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Had a great time with SteveJ and Marge.  Then we said our good-byes at the breakfast place

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Now this was no ordinary breakfast place. Full of antiques and old guns/pics/knives/etc

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Upon a closer look, what was this boy reaching for?

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Perhaps my plate because i ordered with a "double-order" of pancakes.  No Atkins for me while vacationing!  I'll lose weight with Atkins after vacation, and in no time

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Now in Tampa-

OFF THE BUCKET LIST - ride a 1 cylinder bike across the country and back. The Kawasaki was amazing 7648 miles on highways, desert sand, rock climbing/rock beds, gravel roads, and water crossings. Needed no ADV "support vehicle", repairs or special maintenance, only tires and oil changes on the fly. The spare fuel i took deep into death valley was very much appreciated by a rider on a GS with a smaller tank. I didn't do as well and fell a few times. Only thing i couldn't figure out how to get this bike to do is sail, but i tried! Home in Tampa, what a long strange epic trip

Here is when I tried to sail it

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And here are a few the marks/rips as a result of Death Valley get-offs in the rocks

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Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 01, 2013, 01:45:27 am
Good times!!  Thanks for sharing Steve.  KLRs "Git er dun" for sure, but somewhere close to the surface I bet you have an eye towards an upgrade..  KLRs are bait bikes, set to hook you into the passion of dirt, gravel, and anything else you choose to ride.  As they say, misery loves company ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 01, 2013, 07:39:40 am
Good times!!  Thanks for sharing Steve.  KLRs "Git er dun" for sure, but somewhere close to the surface I bet you have an eye towards an upgrade..  KLRs are bait bikes, set to hook you into the passion of dirt, gravel, and anything else you choose to ride.  As they say, misery loves company ;D

Yes sir, After this ride and a taste, I'm fairly sure I'll be going back in my truck to do Baja Mexico/CA, Death Valley again (and again and again), abandoned gold mines in Nevada and California that are so remote they are not fenced off and some not even known about, and off-roading in Utah.  Next trip to southwest will probably be with my Tundra/tools and a 'lil something orange in the back that requires very frequent oil changes!  Hopefully I can squeeze a couple of your rides in there next trip out west and if not they'll be trip after

Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Rhino on November 01, 2013, 07:56:05 am
For the last couple of weeks I was living vicariously through you. That trip looked EPIC!
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Conrad on November 01, 2013, 08:43:14 am
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/IMG_3136.jpg)

^ This must have been the 'or bust' part mentioned in your thread title.  ;)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 01, 2013, 09:26:57 am
Yes sir, After this ride and a taste, I'm fairly sure I'll be going back in my truck to do Baja Mexico/CA, Death Valley again (and again and again), abandoned gold mines in Nevada and California that are so remote they are not fenced off and some not even known about, and off-roading in Utah.  Next trip to southwest will probably be with my Tundra/tools and a 'lil something orange in the back that requires very frequent oil changes!  Hopefully I can squeeze a couple of your rides in there next trip out west and if not they'll be trip after
1190ADV-R?  :)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on November 01, 2013, 09:48:48 am
Awesome Steve!  :hail: :chugbeer:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: PH14 on November 01, 2013, 03:56:13 pm
Great trip Steve! I'm jealous. I seriously want a KLR. How many miles did you do total and how did the tires do? Did you replace any along the way?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 01, 2013, 04:49:13 pm
([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/IMG_3136.jpg[/url])

^ This must have been the 'or bust' part mentioned in your thread title.  ;)


That isn;t my bike but the trip was a bust for him indeed unfortunately.  Roll the Bones rally in TX had some dirtiness/deep mud/obstacles, but nothing INSANE like the whole death valley ride I was on the week before

1190ADV-R?  :)


I'm thinking the lighter side...next trip I want to go out with a 500 EXC-W or such (in the back of my Tundra truck!) and maybe stay out there working from home during the weekdays combined with vacation for some mexico and death valley time :)

Awesome Steve!  :hail: :chugbeer:


Thanks!

Great trip Steve! I'm jealous. I seriously want a KLR. How many miles did you do total and how did the tires do? Did you replace any along the way?


Thanks - The KLR was amazing 7648 miles on highways, desert sand, rock climbing/rock beds, gravel roads, and water crossings.  The rocks munched on rear tires.  I went through two rears total this trip, one I ate up in Death Valley weekend alone, (that was the rocks). We had put it on in Vegas just for DV. It was a Continental (Twinder-80 or such knarley)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/KLR650/KLR%20Koast%20to%20Koast/CAM00275.jpg)



Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: PH14 on November 01, 2013, 05:15:19 pm
Considering the Death Valley day, that is great for tires. I have always loved the KLR. I used to take one out to play all the time when I was helping at a dealership. It is a great value.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on November 02, 2013, 06:45:42 am
Good times!!  Thanks for sharing Steve.  KLRs "Git er dun" for sure, but somewhere close to the surface I bet you have an eye towards an upgrade..  KLRs are bait bikes, set to hook you into the passion of dirt, gravel, and anything else you choose to ride.  As they say, misery loves company ;D

My first dual sport was a DRZ400S, then went to the '08 KLR 650, and replaced it with the '12 KLX 250.  An upgrade in off road capability for sure, but not cross country travelling.  IMO, you have to either have life long off road skills, be built like a linebacker, or be prepared to pick up an adventure touring bike a lot if you ride off road.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on November 02, 2013, 06:49:52 am
Excellent write up Steve.  Thank you for making the photos small enough to be viewed on the forum instead of posting them full size which eats up my data limit and takes forever to load.  Us country folk are lucky to even have internet. 
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 04, 2013, 07:19:14 am
Thanks guys, and i found another LoL

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1401399_10201137435812632_934050069_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on November 04, 2013, 09:39:03 am
win   :finger_fing11:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: rhhall on November 08, 2013, 02:04:54 pm
Great write-up. Brought a smile more than once and also green with envy. :goodpost:
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on November 09, 2013, 06:07:36 am
Very good write up.
A little jealous over here.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 11, 2013, 10:24:14 am
500 EXC-W is a great choice, check out Giant Loop for hauling things around, can't say enough good things about their products.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 11, 2013, 11:06:47 am
500 EXC-W is a great choice, check out Giant Loop for hauling things around, can't say enough good things about their products.

It appears a 2009 EXC 530 with less than a 1000 miles is falling in my lap right........ (fingers crossed) 

I'd love to get a steal rather than a stealership steal from me  ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 11, 2013, 04:05:09 pm
Not that you don't know this, but the suspension will rock your world after the KLR.  And power delivery???  Eagerly awaiting pics of yer new stallion ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on November 11, 2013, 04:07:23 pm
How does the KLR do on long highway runs? Is 100 miles one way tolerable?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 11, 2013, 04:16:10 pm
How does the KLR do on long highway runs? Is 100 miles one way tolerable?
Depends on the weather conditions and what tolerable is.  And of course, how often?  I wouldn't want to do what Steve did on the KLR, he earned much street cred for all the miles he piled on.  The KLR is a work horse, a bike that is a stepping stone to the land of dual sporting, lets call it a gateway bike.  It will always get you there, but leaves you wanting more.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on November 11, 2013, 04:40:44 pm
I've just been thinking about trying something a little different. Maybe the Versus is a better choice. I wouldn't be doing too much off-road. Mostly a 3-state commute.
I still get to shuffle from the 2010 C-14 to the 2011 C-14, but they feel so much alike.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 17, 2013, 09:09:22 am
How does the KLR do on long highway runs? Is 100 miles one way tolerable?

I did 400-500 miles days often.  I was in a hurry to get to the meet point in TX during the trip, and went 912 days in one day.  No probs.

KLR, Versys, WeeStrom, all fantastic  choices.  My trip goal was to take a 1 cylinder with knobbies across the country and back. The KLR did beyond great for this per that scope and expectation  :D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: twowheeladdict on November 17, 2013, 12:43:47 pm
I've just been thinking about trying something a little different. Maybe the Versus is a better choice. I wouldn't be doing too much off-road. Mostly a 3-state commute.
I still get to shuffle from the 2010 C-14 to the 2011 C-14, but they feel so much alike.


My Versys is the best all around bike I have ever owned.  Not a two up bike IMO, but a great one up.  It is my backroads tourer, but has blasted down the highway a time or two.

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb188/twowheeladdict/Versys/Versys002.jpg)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Scaffolder on November 17, 2013, 03:16:02 pm
Thanks guys.
I just saw a new 2013 Z1000 and a new 2011 Ninja 1000 both priced at $7999 pretty tempting.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Spanky on November 17, 2013, 04:35:16 pm
I did 400-500 miles days often.  I was in a hurry to get to the meet point in TX during the trip, and went 912 days in one day.  No probs.


What are you, a time traveler?  lol.
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 17, 2013, 04:57:09 pm
What are you, a time traveler?  lol.

Yeah I try to be!  Thanks for pointing out the error and bringing the thread back on topic as a KLR Off-road/on-road trip my friend  ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 26, 2013, 05:17:08 pm
Almost a sad day, this bike has been sold.  My KLR never was one to ride in the back of a truck like this, but I hauled it away.

Why it was only "almost" a sad day is a good friend bought it (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/icon10.gif)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/mobile/CAM00498.jpg)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 26, 2013, 05:26:06 pm
I kinda hated selling mine as well, for light duty and gravel roads the KLR was awesome.  Loaded down, she was a pig, tractor like, and non stop.  Always put a smile on my face, but I rode a bike with modern suspension and I was so past her.  Probably why I will never cheat on my wife :-X

So, when will we see something orange?
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 26, 2013, 05:52:29 pm
yeah I hated selling it but 6 bikes in the garage was rediculous.  Orange is here, I don't have a decent pic of it yet.  Exc 530, 23 hours, 908 miles, tons and tons of mods to do before its worthy
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 26, 2013, 06:13:36 pm
yeah I hated selling it but 6 bikes in the garage was rediculous.  Orange is here, I don't have a decent pic of it yet.  Exc 530, 23 hours, 908 miles, tons and tons of mods to do before its worthy
Be like Jay.  Use low tech cell phone pics :o
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on November 26, 2013, 06:29:41 pm
Be like Jay.  Use low tech cell phone pics :o


ok just for you =)

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=15830.0 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=15830.0)
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: ZG on November 27, 2013, 06:56:52 pm
Be like Jay.  Use low tech cell phone pics :o


 :battle:    ;D
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: Son of Pappy on November 27, 2013, 07:01:30 pm

 :battle:    ;D
The truth hurts, eh?  ;D  Sell the green plastics and invest in a good camera with good glass/lenses.  I'm gonna pester ya till ya do 8)  I'd come down for some pictures but, well, it's Portland :o
Title: Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
Post by: stevewfl on December 08, 2013, 10:43:40 pm
The truth hurts, eh?  ;D  Sell the green plastics and invest in a good camera with good glass/lenses.  I'm gonna pester ya till ya do 8)  I'd come down for some pictures but, well, it's Portland :o

Thats not even "too far" from Tampa!  ;D