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Buying a new bike is fun.  It takes a lot of research, soul searching and effort to try to find the right one. I love my KLR650 and I hoped it would take me into the new to me realm of off road riding and it did, sort of.  I really ended up using it […]

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I have loved owning, riding and wrenching on my KLR and my VStrom over the last few years.  Each has had its ups and downs.  Mostly ups for the VStrom and a lot of hands on for the KLR.  To be fair, the KLR did come to me with a used engine at 8000 miles.  […]

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When I left off, my KLR was rideable, but it was still randomly hesitating.  Very slight, very random and a long time between, but still there. I put another 500 miles on the bike with no noticeable change from this randomness.  I was starting to get used to it, when the bike just stopped running […]

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I have a few other articles about my problems with my 2005 KLR650.  It all started as a intermittent but persistent hesitation under load.  It would idle fine, run wide open throttle fine, but under about 5200rpm it would randomly and fairly rapidly hesitate, like it had dirt in the fuel that was catching in […]

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It’s just 3 short weeks to the Not Superman Rally – Coney Island to the Golden Gate Bridge in 50 hours or less.  The weekend is done, work beckons, but the VStrom is ready.  I’ve done everything I know to make it reliable for the trip. My front Shinko 705 had 13,000 miles on it […]

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February 21, 2016 I’ve been riding the KLR over the VStrom this winter.  The KLR just seems more appropriate for the winter months somehow.  The last few times I’ve been out, a stuttering, like the bike is running out of gas, has developed about 50 minutes into a ride.  It only seems to happen at […]

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The question is always the same:  What oil is best to use in my HonHarlKawazuguzzi?  People are really opinionated about this kind of stuff and get really wound up when you don’t agree with them and immediately change your oil regimen.  I’m not like that.  I don’t know all of the answers to that question, […]

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One of the things that many long distance riders shy away from are bikes with chains.  They just involve too much maintenance when you are on the clock.  I have had my chain issues while on the road:  I lost a master link clip in Canada once and I have left, twice, on trips to […]

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  I know it’s winter in New Mexico, but really, it’s not supposed to be like this when I want to ride!  We got around 2 inches of snow yesterday and another 7 inches last night.  More is expected for tonight.  Fortunately, in New Mexico, if you want to experience a change in the weather […]

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July 4th is over as is about half the riding season.  Here in New Mexico, we’ve had our windy season which has pushed into an early (sort of) monsoon season.   The winds are staying late and the afternoon rains are early.  Then there are the early season fires too.  It is a bit smoky […]

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