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Yeah, you must be a pretty good rider to do that at all on a KLR.  I rode the Armenia Dual Sport on a KLR a couple years ago and it was quite simply the hardest day of my life.  The trails were insane on the KLR in some places, essentially impossible to get around without throttle steering, which I couldn't really do on a stock 15 tooth front sprocket.  Now, I might try it again, without all the fast bikes on the course with a 14 or 13 tooth sprocket and every single thing that wasn't essential stripped off the bike and only half a tank of gas.  We survived, and it did make me a better rider, but I learned the term "Dual Sport" means different things to different people.  At the end of the day, I'd have had WAY more fun on smaller bike, of any kind.
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major issues!!! lol
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This is cool on a couple of levels; first you see the guy who actually invented it and dipped our toes into the technical pool of the making of it, and second he touched on the development of the product and why this version was chosen and how it's superior to what was built from the factory.  Cool stuff.
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So now S&W M&Ps are crap?  Maybe gun people are crazy afterall! :)
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A picture would help here...
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Well done, esp covering the oil checking procedures.
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You're welcome, thanks for the feedback.
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If too loud you could probably fit a intermediate resonator upstream I'd think...?
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A good bike, to be sure.  But I think it's important to note that for me, and others like me of which I think there are plenty, the KLR fits a specific set of purposes.  Those being; 1. Cheap, 2. Durable, 3. Ubiquitous, 4. Jack of everything.  So I took my 98 KLR (which is exactly the same as the other billion KLRs sold during the Gen 1 period) , did a little carb work, suspension work (500lb rear spring, Racetech emulators/springs in forks), 14 tooth sprocket (but I carry the 15 tooth if I am gonna run on highways a long ways), Seat Concepts seat, full knobbies, home made luggage rack and 20 mm ammo can bags, and it's a great bike.  Utterly bulletproof and is the exact same bike from 87 to 2007, so parts are every friggin where.  It starts every single time, without fail.  And if the battery is totally flat, since it's a Gen 1 will push start.  So I'm not saying I dislike other bikes, but this bike is pretty perfect for me.  When I crash, and I do, I really don't care about dents, scratches, etc., and if I had a prettier bike I would.  And I don't think I have more than $3000 in the bike since I got it.  And that's counting tires, gas, and add on stuff.

So the Pegaso/F650 are cool bikes, just not sure they fit my need.  And for power, I have the C14.  Funny thing though, the KLR is more fun with 1/3 the power than the C14 any day of the week.
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+Nate Harris Most definitely! In the long run I went with a KLR on my adventure tour over the Aprilia for those very reasons you mentioned!
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Had mine since 2005 when I bought it new.  130K on the clock now, and besides a battery, tires, oil, timing belt change, I've has no (as in literally ZERO) issues with the vehicle.  The AWD does the job well.  I drove 250 miles in a crazy snowstorm from Cary NC to Charlotte NC a few years back and did it at 50mph, when there were dozens of cars in the ditch and 'real' SUVs were driving at 15mph because they were all over the place.  VTM4 works very well.  Just stop comparing it to traditional front and rear live axle 4x4's.  It aint that.  But what it is is a damn good AWD system that will get you out of 99% of what you find yourself in, and 90% of shit you should of never driven into in the first place.  And it doesn't ride like an old 4x4 either.  Been there, done that.  Newer ones are better, but they still ride like a covered wagon by comparison.
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WOW!  So rare to find a video that conveys the experience so well.  This has me on the edge of my seat, heart rate up and beads of sweat.  What a thrill!  Magnificent sites and sounds.  Simply exquisite.
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IT Consultant
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  • XMS Solutions, Inc.
    COO, 2008 - present
  • US Navy, Microsoft, M3
    Various, 1988 - 2008
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Charlotte, NC
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Conway, Arkansas - Norfolk, VA - Virginia Beach, VA - Leyton, London, England - Portsmouth, VA - Charlotte, NC - Fort Mill, SC - Hillingdon, London, England
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IT guy, Motorcycle guy, cigar guy.
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1988-2000 US Navy (Radioman turned Electronics Tech)

Grew up in Conway, AR, went to Conway High School.  Graduated in 1988.  Met my beautiful wife in London England.  Have one son, Kieran (a good guy), and Kimberley is my step-daughter (another good kid).

Living in Charlotte, NC area now.  Started up a Consulting business in 2008 called XMS Solutions, Inc.  Been a crazy couple of years!  2009 cost me alot of hair.
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