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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I need a back mono shock that will keep the back end up with 500lbs on the bike, the stock shock is way to low with weight and breaks. Anyone have a super upgrade idea that will keep the back end up high with a lot of weight. Also, can heavy duty springs be put i the front, blew out two frount seals.
Hi; I just installed the Progressive 420 (Larry Roessler series) rear shock. Sorry, can't give you a report since I haven't ridden the bike with it yet.Sure hope it is better since it was about 600.00CDN. Progressive does offer a new spring to fit into the original shock. Maybe someone else can chime in on that. Good Luck. Neil
Originally posted by pcm678: I need a back mono shock that will keep the back end up with 500lbs on the bike, the stock shock is way to low with weight and breaks. Anyone have a super upgrade idea that will keep the back end up high with a lot of weight. Also, can heavy duty springs be put i the front, blew out two frount seals.
Once you've got a spring / suspension that can carry the 500lbs you will probably end up with other things breaking. Try to lose some weight!
As for suspensions: I have very good experience with Hyperpro and White Power front and rear. Both supply custom made springs as well as replacement shocks in different versions (adjustable compression / rebound, hydraulic preload etc...) Not sure about availability in the US.
Never ever use pressure preload on your forks. Be very careful with higher oil level to increase fork progression.
I used the Progressive Suspension shock, already mentioned, on my rtw trip last summer, and it served me well, being a major improvement over the stock unit. Progressive's fork springs might also help your fork seal problems, although I don't really know that, just surmising. But they do result in better handling on a loaded bike than the stock springs. However, I was not carrying anything like the load you are planning (I was loaded to only about 290 lb on my trip, including my own weight).
I, too, would have concerns loading a KLR that heavily. According to my owners manual, the maximum load capacity of a KLR 650 is 401 lb., including the rider, so you are almost 100 lb over that. A subframe mounting bolt upgrade would definitely be recommended. There are two types available, one being simply four higher grade bolts and sold by a variety of companies such as Happy Trails, and the other utilizing a single, very strong upper mounting bolt going completely across the subrame and requiring drilling out the bolt holes in the subframe slightly (and two stronger lower mounting bolts). The latter is sold by Dual Star, http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Bran...pgrade_kit.htm
With a few modifications the KLR 650 makes a great adventure travel bike, IMO, but I don't believe they are the best bike for carrying heavy loads. I know of two being ridden solo but with very heavy loads and over very rough terrain in South America, and both developed cracking of the welds along the main frame tube underneath the tank, and have heard of one that was being ridden two up in the US that also developed a cracked frame (no other details available).
PCM - I don't know if you've found a shock yet, but in regards to Big Macs comment about the Progressive 420 Series, I've also heard good reviews about them. www.dual-star.com seems to have the lowest price at about $380 USD.
Does anybody have a personal review about the 420 shock? The shock on my KLR blew out after 61.000 km, and I recently put in a used one (from a wrecked KLR) that I picked up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I'd like to get a 420 eventually...
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