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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #50 on: May 25, 2015, 10:24:58 AM »
It wasn't the easiest decision I've ever made.

I had been in contact with Vito for a few weeks.
He has a two year Visa. He's heading up the coast on his way up to Prince George BC.
He has a job waiting for him. After a couple months he'll go over to Alaska for a bit.
I'll see him again in about 6 months before he has to go home for Visa reasons, and then come back for more riding around the US.

I picked him up Friday morning and took him to his first American diner where I had to explain grits, biscuits, gravy and links.
Got the bike signed over, insured and some last minute supplies.
Showed him how to do an oil change and what daily maintenance she needs on a long trip and sent him on his way.

As far as replacing it. I don't know yet.
I've been looking a Craigslist but haven't seen anything good yet. Some neat bikes though.
Luckily my Wife is letting me borrow her Bonneville to get back and forth to work.
And i'm waiting for a the new tail light for the DRZ.
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Offline xrjak

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2015, 08:30:39 PM »
 :lurker:     Replacement? No pressure.

Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2015, 08:51:50 PM »
Ok, nobody throw anything at your computer now.
I've gone to the dark side guys.
As you can see, my son likes it.
It's an 07 wee, with less than 11,000 on the odometer. Lot's of extras. And it was cheap!
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Offline xrjak

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #53 on: June 01, 2015, 09:52:53 PM »
Nice. Not knowing was the worst part. As usual ride a few miles for me.

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #54 on: June 03, 2015, 07:15:50 PM »
Hope you enjoy the new ride! Looks nice and comfy.

But can I make an early prediction??

...you'll be back on a KLR at some point.


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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #55 on: June 03, 2015, 08:53:28 PM »
Heh, You're probably right Oldstove.  :beer:

So far I can't say that either is better. They are very different bikes.
One drawback is I can't make the strom wheelie as easy as the KLR.
I'll figure it out.
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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #56 on: June 27, 2015, 07:52:55 PM »
Honestly. I'm not diggin the wee.
I've put about 1500 miles on it and have made up my mind to sell it.
I'll sort this out so i can get back to having fun and start doing some good posts.
And yes I'll probably get another klr. Live and learn
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Offline MacGyver

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #57 on: June 27, 2015, 09:09:43 PM »
Several years ago while I had my 01 KLR, I bought a Wee. It was smooth and had more power and was great to ride. I had it a few years but no matter how I tried, no matter what parts I changed to get it right, it never "fit" me. It was a great, trouble free bike, just not for me. I bought my 09 KLR to try out the Gen 2 and resell, but after a few rides I realized that the KLR does fit me.

Nothing wrong with scratching that itch and trying something else, it lets you realize what does work for you.   :ricky:   

Offline trialsguy

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #58 on: June 27, 2015, 09:27:25 PM »
Nothing wrong with scratching that itch and trying something else, it lets you realize what does work for you.   :ricky:   

Aye, it's no doubt the Wee is a great bike, but maybe doesn't suit.  I got crazy and got a Concours when I wanted a cool sport-tourer.  That was my mid-life crisis, I think.  Age 60, so I'm good to go to 120.  :beer:

Anyway, I wanted a DS, got the KLR, and now the Connie(s) (there are 2) aren't used and need to go.  Great bikes, they just don't suit me now.   :wacko:


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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #59 on: June 27, 2015, 09:31:13 PM »

And yes I'll probably get another klr. Live and learn

Well regardless of what you end up with, know that it's a great pleasure trying out the various options. With any luck you'll end up  with a sweet KLR.

Good luck in your search. Looking forward to seeing what you decide on.


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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2015, 10:42:47 PM »
The wee IS a great bike. It's got evrything i wanted. I've even added more farkles.
But It's just not right.
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Offline rarepartbuilder

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #61 on: June 28, 2015, 08:55:27 AM »
Hey Alan...

That right bike combo  will land when you least expect it. I travel solo the most...  born out of  riding mucho on weekdays. I was by- passing some interesting rock shelf/garden type trails on the KLR and realized those areas were off limits coupled with the margin of safety needed to just "get home " on a big bike. It boiled down to the KLR being the big picture bike... and a WR250R being the zoom up close unit. ..i couldn't be happier.

I'd like to add that maybe a couple of weeks ago I was following up on a trail system called the Old Debert road in Nova Scotia...that  i spied  earlier  on the KLR .. being a stubborn old goat I buckled in and aborted a 40 km trail at about 20km mark while on the WR ..it looked like this pretty much non stop...

HPIM3363 by Freewillie KLR, on Flickr


I plan on returning to finish the route but new to me is the plan to post up another rider invite on the local DS site... Many would say thats just common sense..."But" i hadn't hit the plateau were my need to roam conflicted with being too far off the beaten path or something that even resembled a road.


Best of luck ... the best part is your youth.... and a beautiful family at your side while all this unfolds...

Bill


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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #62 on: June 28, 2015, 11:01:33 AM »
Interesting discussion on the wee/KLR decision. My KLR has been down for an extended time for maintenance (nothing big wrong, I'm just slow), and I've been riding the Vstrom.

I really like it, but today when I finally got the KLR buttoned up and took it for a test ride, I found myself thinking "Yeah, I'm back where I belong". Kind of took me by surprise, as I say I like the Vstrom a lot. But it ain't a KLR. There just seems to be something about these things, once they get into the blood, it's like malaria... once you have it, you always have it.
Well armored and filthy

Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #63 on: June 28, 2015, 08:20:41 PM »
I love that pic!
I've wanted to try out a wr for a while too but will stick with the drz for now.
It's a lot of fun

That comparrison to malaria had me laughin.
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Offline Jettn Jim

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #64 on: July 04, 2015, 05:50:35 AM »
Good stuff here... just read it from the beginning.  Great pics, cool video, ups and downs, and now some bike ins and outs. 
What a year!  :deal:   :standing_by: Thanx for sharin'  :thumb:
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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #65 on: November 17, 2015, 10:21:36 PM »
Well well, guess who showed up in my driveway last night...  :muhaha:
And she is beat to hell with a bald tire, a lot more scratches and 17,000 more miles

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Offline xrjak

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #66 on: November 18, 2015, 08:13:50 PM »
Well there must be a story behind this? :lurker:

Offline trialsguy

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #67 on: November 18, 2015, 10:44:55 PM »
Looks an awful lot like my bike!   :thumb:

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #68 on: November 19, 2015, 05:41:02 AM »
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Offline rarepartbuilder

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #69 on: November 20, 2015, 04:47:24 AM »
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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #70 on: December 03, 2015, 08:18:56 PM »
OKAY, so I don't actually have her back. I'm more like baby sitting her until March.
But the guy who bought it was kind enough to add me to his insurance so I could ride it.
Vito, (the guy who bought this bike from me) had to go home to Tasmania for visa reasons.
He went on an adventure that makes my old 9,000 miles in 26 days look like a ride to the store.  :poke:
Any who, it needs some work and I don't like how it runs right now.
So far I put a new back tire on it and am waiting for a couple parts.
Unfortunately Vito isn't overly mechanically inclined. Very nice guy though.
Stuff I need to address:
New front tire
exhaust leak
intake leak
fan doesn't come on
brake fluid
oil/filter change
cracked fairing
remanufacture the highway pegs I built
reshape one pannier
bend a pannier bracket into square
fix the passenger pegs (flopping around
broken mirror
bent lever
clutch adjustment
check the valves
strip it down and check the frame welds
find the oil leak
grease the speedo drive
coolant
fork oil
 klrt3
He's paying for any parts and labor.
Don't tell him, but I would have done it for free. Shhhhh
 
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Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #71 on: December 13, 2015, 08:56:58 PM »
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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #72 on: December 15, 2015, 03:18:18 PM »
Hi Alan..  consider doing a water pump seal install thread in the engine section? Was great to have similar reference material as confidence builders for newbies in the old forum.
I'm thinking that when i check my valve clearance this winter i could do a write up for that. :think2:

Offline ajeli

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #73 on: December 17, 2015, 08:33:29 PM »
Actually I WAS thinking about it. I remember using a really good write up someone did when I did the Doohickey years ago.
You should do a valve check write up so we can start building the library up again.

Just waiting on some parts to show up.  humph1
Hoping they get here tomorrow so I get it done.
Alan
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Offline rarepartbuilder

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Re: Another Liter of Water
« Reply #74 on: December 19, 2015, 03:49:44 PM »
will do in the new year..especially since the "weatherrrr" has pretty much closed in here... got spoiled last year with the riding till end of Dec.
 I remember seeing things like the wobble socket to take the valve cover off and the hemostat tweezers to pull out the shims with.

 

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