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The Path Less Traveled


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KLR Kraziness

Posted 02-06-2010 at 06:55 AM by Gamuru

It's been extremely busy here these last few weeks. With April and I getting our KLRs and having to sort out their unique problems, I haven't had much time to sit down and write.

We went for a couple of "test" rides yesterday to try out the lowering links I put on April's bike to see if they were set at the right height. So far, they seem to be about right set at the 2 inch drop level. These lowering links I picked up from Scootworks.com are pretty trick. They're drilled in such a way as to allow you to lower the back end 1", 2", or 3". Then, for the front forks, you just loosen the triple tree clamps and let them up the same amount as you lowered the rear. Pretty simple, really.

For our test ride, we rode up Forestry Service Road 41. Our first excursion took us out to the end of 4111 where the road stops because a slide took it out. It was here that we discussed the suspension settings and decided to head back home to change it to its current two inch level.

After packing the bike bag with lunch and some water and resetting the ride height, we headed back up 41 all the way to the end. That's where you'll find the Three Fingers trail head. From there you can hike out to Saddle Lake and Goat Flats. We decided to stop for a few and chow down on the sandwiched April made.

By the time we got home, we were both exhausted. It's rather surprising how much of a workout it is to ride these bikes over rough terrain. (I must admit it's a lot more fun than using the elliptical, too!) In fact, we were so tired it was an early-to-bed night for both of us. But, damn, we had a great time! I highly recommend it.

Oh, we took a ton of pictures, too. If you'd like to see the rest, you can click here to open this ride's photo album. April has her own, but I'm not sure where she put them.

Thanks for visiting.
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    jdpesz's Avatar
    Your poor Maxims are going to get lonely out in the shed! Are you ever going to ride street again?
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    Posted 02-06-2010 at 07:45 AM by jdpesz jdpesz is offline
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    Gamuru's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm feeling a bit guilty about that.
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    Posted 02-06-2010 at 08:16 AM by Gamuru Gamuru is offline
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    Ariadneo's Avatar
    No guilt! My XJ is mighty glad it's not going to have to get that dirty again. lol
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    Posted 02-06-2010 at 09:13 AM by Ariadneo Ariadneo is offline
 

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