The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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The Klr650 is like a Jeep , it will go pretty much anywhere and will be very reliable if you do take care of it, I had 2 and the last one had 80000 miles without any problem. If you go online you will find the mods to be done and for little money will have a great bike for one up plus luggage. just try one before buying it as they are tall and top heavy.( didn't bather me much)
TQ all for bringing up the question about KLR suitability for the RTW and some positive replies. I am planning to do the RTW on KLR 650 model 2008 myself starting from my country (Malaysia) moving westward. I have made little mod on the bike except for height adjustment. Tall bike for me. Now I am doing some regional ride as a drill to the RTW. My assessment on the Bike, value for money. Ride Far Ride Safe. Amzah.
Location: since 2005 on the worldtrip,on two bikes and more than 300.000km
KLR for RTW,yessssssssssssssssssssss
Hey matesI change from BMW R 100GS to a 2008 KLR 650,and I can say now after 27000km,much better handling,more economic,simple single zylinder with more power what you need,check every 26000km,the valve clearance and drive without problems.(I don't change the doohickey,why).I like my green one,better than the Old GS,sorrys freaks,but that's my experience now,on my trip around the world from 2005 to until.................,more under,FRED KLEIN
now with english translation tolls babel fish,Fred.
In pre-2008 models, the doohickey had a bad habit of breaking into pieces, which could be catastrophic for the engine. This part was significantly strengthened in the 2008 and later model, but some still complain that the spring is not strong enough/wears out too easily and results in unnecessary wear and noise from the balancer chain. So, one could say that replacing this part isn't mandatory in the 2008 and later model, but many who are particular about the longevity of their engines will replace the part.
If you want lots of how-to's, etc., check out the KLR650.net forum. You'll find write-ups on cheap boxes, tool tubes, etc.
I just bought a 2008 KLR and am extremely happy. Handles well on, good riding position for tall guys like me, excellent range......and fun to ride on any surface.
.... also, worth spending a bit extra for crash bars, pegs and skid plate.
Mel Falcon (sp) says in the DVD series that any bike can make the trip...its all about the rider.
The only suggestion I would make concerns buying a used bike. So many people swap out the exhaust and modify the airboxes. The real question is if the bike has been tuned properly. You want that happy medium between performance and reliability.
Speaking for myself...I won't buy a bike that's been modified. I might if the owner can produce the OEM take offs. Even oil changes are suspect. Who knows what oil has been run though it. The manuals say to use JASO-MA specifications....but allot of people use automotive oil instead.
If you can, purchase a new one. What ever you get....your going to have a great time.
I'd say all the posters here are full of it - the KLR, I mean.
Can anyone who's been on this forum point to TWO KLR's that have actually been around the world - not just Turkey to Mongolia and back, or not down to TDF from NA.
Who's actually gone over 100,000 miles, riding around the world, on this thing? Doing 100K miles in North America doesn't count - that's not same as taking it to South America and scorching the piston by riding at high altitude with the improper carb jets! (try buying KLR parts in South America lately? )
My take on this scenario ,is that the KLR appeals more to the younger guy on a restricted budget .A lot of these guys have very little mechanical skill , hence the bike is abused and/or dumped at the end of the ride .
As with any bike : if you look after it , it will look after you .
All the postings on the HUBB for folks dumping, err selling, their KLR's after reaching South America had me confused.
I can understand your confusion. But I happen to have arrived at your post immediately after reading about two (2) GS riders stranded by breakdowns in the Andes--one regular contributor waiting for major parts in Peru, I believe, begging for someone to help out, and another trucking his bike back to Colombia (with advice from the list referring to all sorts of obscure coding, parts and procedures). Of course, the second poster probably needs just a battery....which might address the comment about younger, less mechanically-adept riders. Or not.
KLR parts look to be perhaps a bit difficult at times, but then again parts for my KLR can be fabricated or faked almost anywhere. I will shortly be trying to prove that true in S.A. as it is elsewhere.
The idea that RTW travel is defined in terms of 100k miles may suit some, but that does not make it the law of the land.
(from someplace ridiculously hot and humid in Panama, 2007 KLR headed south with 57k miles on the meter)
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