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Offline stevewfl

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Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« 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:

« Last Edit: October 04, 2013, 03:10:43 pm by stevewfl »
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2013, 02:43:43 pm »
Looks awesome, have a great ride!

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #2 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 =)
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 03:59:49 pm »
 :thumbs: :popcorn:

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #4 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!!

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 08:37:39 pm »
If safety is third and fun is first, what's second?
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #6 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
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2013, 07:51:39 am »
If safety is third and fun is first, what's second?
Open for interpretation.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 08:41:53 am »
Looks like fun.  :popcorn:

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #10 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?

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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #11 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:











Michelin plant fire department brought ADV toys









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



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



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



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



Firehouse garage started filling up as parade trucks arrived


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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2013, 08:13:17 pm »
Have a safe trip.
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2013, 08:47:28 pm »
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Re: Trip report: KLR to California or bust
« Reply #14 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