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Back in the saddle again!

Finally, after months of deliberation, research and gut feeling, I brought her home. Damn this is a fine ride. I don't know why I ever walked away from my ADV side. I missed it so much, but did not listen to my friends nor my concience. You think my wife would get mad if I slept next to it in the garage for a few nights until it gets accustomed to its new home?

I am so looking forward to walking out the door in the morning and riding to work again. No longer is it a chore to crank out the big bore twin. Enter the thumper. Kevin, the Fieldsheer bags are a perfect fit so all I need to find immediately is a good topcase. I'm thinking Pelican this time.

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post #2 of 67 Old 09-12-2007, 10:10 PM
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I don't know if she would approve of you sleeping in the garage, but maybe you can bring it inside and park it next to the bed. That's what I do with mine.

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the Fieldsheer bags are a perfect fit so all I need to find immediately is a good topcase. I'm thinking Pelican this time.
What size are you looking for? I have a couple of 1500 series sitting around the house.

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Oh..................congratulations too.

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Congratulations. I can't wait to ride, I umm, mean, see it.

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What size are you looking for? I have a couple of 1500 series sitting around the house.
I am looking at the 1500, 1520, and 1550. It would be awesome to find a place that carried a good range of thier boxes so I could see how big they will be on the bike. No luck around here so far.

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between you and f4iguy, I can't keep up with all the bikes you guys go thru.

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Congrats James! A real man would have slapped some knobbies on the Aprilia and taken it off road




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cmelnick is out of the loop...what did you bring home? i'm assuming a bike, not a horse, but what kind?

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Congrats James! A real man would have slapped some knobbies on the Aprilia and taken it off road
Call me a pansy then. No way was I risking that machine off-road. The plastics on the KLR worry me a bit, but i'm contemplating some guards that are integrated with a rock deflector for the engine.

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cmelnick is out of the loop...what did you bring home? i'm assuming a bike, not a horse, but what kind?
Sorry, I picked up a 2008 KLR650 yesterday in arrest-me red. I'll be picking up a 2005 SV-650 today after work.

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What did you go and do now???
Do you keep a bike longer than 5 mos.?

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Sorry, I picked up a 2008 KLR650 yesterday in arrest-me red. I'll be picking up a 2005 SV-650 today after work.
Sweet rides man! Congrats...can't wait to see pics of 'em.

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quit teasing...

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What did you go and do now???
Do you keep a bike longer than 5 mos.?
Yep. To be honest, I should have never sold the Strom. I missed track days enough to convince myself that I did not want it any longer. In reality, for as many interests in riding as I have, one bike just does not cover it all. With the money I made on selling the Tuono, I was able to have the best of both worlds. I bought an '08 KLR for everyday commute, touring, and ADV stuff. I also bought an '05 SV-650 for track days, the SO if she wants to ride with me for short trips, or general curve chasing with friends that come down from NY.

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Call me a pansy then. No way was I risking that machine off-road. The plastics on the KLR worry me a bit, but i'm contemplating some guards that are integrated with a rock deflector for the engine.

Don't sweat the small things such as plastic dude, dirt bikes are meant to be ridden, scratched and enjoyed! Battle scars only mean you've been somewhere and had a blast doing it. Besides, there are inexpensive aftermarket companies that make replacement plastic.




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You, Mike, and Kevin are bike exchanging cheeky monkeys. Congrats, I cant wait to see it.

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Now you can join Kevin919 on his next trip to Central America. I believe he also purchased a KLR for his next trip.

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I am looking at the 1500, 1520, and 1550. It would be awesome to find a place that carried a good range of thier boxes so I could see how big they will be on the bike. No luck around here so far.

I have a 1500 I can mail you if you want to check it out......camera supply stores are a good place to look. These cases are popular with shutterbugs.

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Now you can join Kevin919 on his next trip to Central America. I believe he also purchased a KLR for his next trip.
I would love to accomplish a ride like that someday. Look forward to the report.

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I have a 1500 I can mail you if you want to check it out......camera supply stores are a good place to look. These cases are popular with shutterbugs.
If I can't find a local dealer w/ some stock on hand, I might just shoot down to your area. If not before the BBQ, just throw it in the Scout when you go to the mtns.

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Yep. To be honest, I should have never sold the Strom. I missed track days enough to convince myself that I did not want it any longer. In reality, for as many interests in riding as I have, one bike just does not cover it all. With the money I made on selling the Tuono, I was able to have the best of both worlds. I bought an '08 KLR for everyday commute, touring, and ADV stuff. I also bought an '05 SV-650 for track days, the SO if she wants to ride with me for short trips, or general curve chasing with friends that come down from NY.
weathers turning cool here... looks like I'll have to take a trip south.

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I agree with the tough for one bike for everything. Why I know I want more. Just need to figure out how I can do that with minimal buys.
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Pics of the dirty duo.




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Very cool on both counts...saw the Kawi 650 in the dealer the other day....looks like a load of fun...Enjoy!

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the SV appears to be leaking one helluvalotta brown substance.

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Ordered yesterday for the KLR:

-Happy Trails Skid plate (Will be coated w/ the rhino lining stuff)
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-Caribou cases top plate w/ pelican 1520 case (On B/O until next week.)

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Sweeeeeeeet!

Let us know how they ride...


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the SV appears to be leaking one helluvalotta brown substance.
No, unfortunately, I had some friends stop over w/ a German & Brit ADV bikes. Somewhere in the still of the night, they broke out into a fight. Something about which was the king of ADV riding. The dark stain is all that is left of the battle. Noone was harmed, but egos were irreversibly crushed.

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It's difficult keeping up with your change in bikes. This latest duo is a winner.

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It's difficult keeping up with your change in bikes. This latest duo is a winner.
I have difficulty myself. :help: It took me awhile and a few bikes to figure out that it takes more than one machine to cover all of my riding interests. So, I bought two mid-size bikes to cover 99% of the riding I do. Hopefully, this is it for a long time.

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I have difficulty myself. :help: It took me awhile and a few bikes to figure out that it takes more than one machine to cover all of my riding interests. So, I bought two mid-size bikes to cover 99% of the riding I do. Hopefully, this is it for a long time.

yeah, at least until spring.

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James, fair warning. After you cross your first stream standing up and your foot slips off the slippery rubber crap stock foot peg, and you crush a testicle or two on your tank, you will desire greatly the serated steel foopegs.

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Thanks Dave. I am looking at a new footpeg replacement. Just trying to find a company that makes a set for the '08.

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Looking good James! How long before you dump that KLR in the mud?




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Looking good James! How long before you dump that KLR in the mud?
Hehe, probably not that long. In fact, I may just take it out to the game lands and kick it over on both sides just to get it over with.

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It is most important to look here if you have anything more than a double sawbuck in your purse:



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http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Bran...r_KLR_650s.htm
Oh yeah! Great site, thanks Dave.

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Hmmmmmm I just realized the header to this thread has some serious Broke Back Mountain innuendos




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