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Old 08-30-2017, 06:12 PM   #1
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I just took my 2015 KLR from Ottawa through NY, VT, NH, ME to N.B. and back. I rode about 600km per day and tent camped at night. Except for Shinko 705s the bike is still pretty much stock, including the seat. The bike was awesome, no issues other than a blown tail light bulb. It handled 60mph winds on the top of Mount Washington and kept with 80mph traffic on I-95. It carried myself and 75lbs of gear in soft bags without complaining. Still loving this bike. Some notes:
1) Running at 70+mph highway speeds kills fuel economy. I had to switch to reserve at 310km when I can usually go at least 350km.
2) I need to add a throttle lock for long rides. I was often needing to shake the pins and needles out of my right hand on the road.
3) The trip had quite a bit of backroad riding but I did spend a few hours on the highway at 6000rpm. Surprisingly the bike didn't burn any oil. I had a quart with me but didn't have to top up.
4) The stock seat isn't that bad.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:21 PM   #2
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That sounds like a very good ride.
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Old 08-31-2017, 09:31 PM   #3
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Nice ride - thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:38 PM   #4
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Try out a Cramp Buster before you get a throttle lock. It allows you to ride with your fingers stretched out but still retain immediate control of the throttle. In true KLR fashion, it is much less expensive too.
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Try out a Cramp Buster before you get a throttle lock. It allows you to ride with your fingers stretched out but still retain immediate control of the throttle. In true KLR fashion, it is much less expensive too.
Thanks for the suggestion. I picked one up for $7 at my local shop and it works great, it is just what I need. Thanks!
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Thanks for the suggestion. I picked one up for $7 at my local shop and it works great, it is just what I need. Thanks!
Glad you like it.
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Thanks for sharing....I am planning a trip down east...good to know it is fully capable.
How much does those saddle hold?
Are those the Kawi KLR bags?
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Looks like it was a nice trip, thanks for posting!

Which shop did you find that carries the cramp buster? I like the looks of it and want to check it out.

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Looks like it was a nice trip, thanks for posting!

Which shop did you find that carries the cramp buster? I like the looks of it and want to check it out.

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I picked one up from the Ottawa Goodtime Center on Hunt Club. It is made by Python and appears to be equivalent to the wide version of the Crampbuster. Attaching a pic to show the width on the grip.
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Thanks for sharing....I am planning a trip down east...good to know it is fully capable.
How much does those saddle hold?
Are those the Kawi KLR bags?
Those are the Kawi saddle bags. They hold 5 or 6 liters each (about 12" x 7" x 4") and put their weight on the seat. Fairly water resistant but I used plastic bags inside to be safe since I hear the zipper may let some water through in heavy rain. Got them second hand but other than the usual "fade to purple" they seem OK, the zippers are still working. Keep in mind that any saddle bags rubbing on your plastics will scuff them up over this many miles. I put light stuff like clothes in the Kawi tail bag to keep weight off the rack. The heavier stuff went into the duffle bag on the seat. The best part of the duffle bag is that it doubles as a back rest. I doubt if I could have made this many miles without having something to lean back against. It will certainly be part of my setup for any future long trips.
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