Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The bike came with some items already installed:
- Happy Trails front Nerf Bars (engine guard/highway peg combination): http://www.happy-trail.com/klr650/pdnerf-klr650a.aspx
- Acerbis handguards: http://www.happy-trail.com/Acerbis/Acerbis-Handguard-Multiconcept-Pro-Kit.aspx
- IMS Pro-Series rider footpegs: http://www.imsproducts.com/Products/index.cfm?SeriesSet=Pro-Series&TypeSet=Footpegs&seD=true&tyD=true&maD=true
- RAM mount for Garmin Zumo 660 GPS: http://www.amazon.com/RAM-Motorcycle-Mount-Garmin-Zumo/dp/B005ECSQOG
- Kawasaki KLR OEM Soft Top Case tailbag: http://www.kawasaki.com/KawasakiNew/Accessories2/PCItemDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=K57003101A&Reason=Y&intCatalogID=1&intCatalogType=4&ProductTypeID=11&ModelMarketingId=124&ModelYear=2013&CategoryID=160
- Kawasaki KLR OEM soft saddlebags: http://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-Klr650-Saddlebags-Luggage-K99994-499B/dp/B005D1J8HM/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1358877693&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=Kawasaki+KLR+OEM+Saddlebags
- Eagle Mike's KLR fix-it products (basic lever/doohickey, torsion spring, Thermo-bob, raising links): http://www.eaglemike.com/
- EZ-Lift center stand (from KLR650.com): http://www.klr650.com/EZLiftCenterStand.htm
- Kenda K270 tires: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/5346/ITEM/Kenda-K270-Dual-Purpose-Rear-Tire.aspx
- Wolfman Nerf Bar bags:
- Rear panel racks (locally fabricated)
- MRA Vario Touring Screen (with 7-position adjustable spoiler): http://www.twistedthrottle.com/mra-variotouringscreen-windshield-for-kawasaki-klr650e-08
- Kawasaki KLR OEM handlebar bag: http://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-Klr650-Klr-Handlebar-K57003-103/dp/B005D17MHA
- Progressive front fork spring kit: http://www.happy-trail.com/klr650e/progressive-fork-springs/klr650e.aspx
- RAM handlebar mount for SPOT satellite GPS tracking device
- Iron Butt Association license plate frame (I earned it, baby!)
- Centech AP-1 fuse panel and AP-170 relay kit
- Vista Cruise throttle lock
- 12 volt accessory power socket
- Saddle upgrade (comfortable!): Sargent, Corbin, etc.
- Fog/driving lights:
- Heated grips
- Fork brace kit (Progressive or Eagle Mike)
- Scott-oiler (oer similar)
- Tank bag (Kawasaki OEM or Wolfman)
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Spot GPS link: http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=5d6850ea449153b4b&showInfo=yes
The Nate Harrison Grade is about 50 miles north from my place.
Who is/was Nate Harrison you ask? Well, take a look at this link to learn more about this very cool ex-slave who lived in these parts a while back: NHinfoLink An important character in
The pavement ended about a mile in and I was left negotiating crumbling old asphalt, hard-packed dirt and light gravel; really, not too bad of a road at all.
I didn’t see any other vehicles on the grade as I moved higher, on toward
The road gave up any sense of rideability and quickly became muddy, then slushy, then icy, then snow-covered.
As the family watched me motor by, a little girl asked, “What are you doing, mister?” When I gasped that I was riding my motorcycle, she responded that maybe I should buy a snowmobile. Ah, from the mouths of babes…
I stopped alongside the road to check my bike (and my shorts) where I took a few minutes to make a little snowman.
At the 76 I turned left to see if the Hideout was open. I could have used a burger and a brew at the cool little biker bar. It was closed, so I took
Again, it was still chilly, so not many motorcyclists would be out and I saw no other vehicles.
I had the road to myself so I pushed it as much as I dared. The road was damp and muddy in some places but in overall good condition. I passed two other dual sport riders on big ol’ BMWs going the other way but no cars. I stayed on that road for more than 15 miles until it dumped me on to