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Offline stevewfl

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #30 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!
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #31 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

 

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



Of course I jump on the buffet after a long shower



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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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #32 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.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #33 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



They installed this for me



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.



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



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....



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



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.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #34 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.

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #36 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!
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #37 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





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




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







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.



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



Ended up dark and in Flagstaff. Tomorrow Vegas again, Thursday Death Valley!
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #38 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?

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #39 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 =)
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #40 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.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #41 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.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #42 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



I eat



Find some serious curves



And even better sweepers



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



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





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

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #43 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

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #44 on: October 17, 2013, 08:47:30 am »