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How Much Fun Can You Have on $6,000 Worth of KLRs?


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How much fun can you have on $6,000 worth of KLR? Three of us set out to try, today. Rather than lots of words, we'll just illustrate with pictures.

 

At dark o'thirty, one-eyed Rosie trots over to wish us well:

 

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We pull into a local breakfast place:

 

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Here's Kenny Haynes (left) and Jim Williams:

 

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We headed south from there, and stopped at a deserted campground:

 

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What kind of person puts farkles on a KLR? Apparently Jim:

 

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From there we followed the Bald River for a bit:

 

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Through lots more gravel roads through the forest:

 

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We eventually made it to the upper Tellico off-road vehicle area (kind of like our version of Moab). I'll start with a more artistic shot:

 

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From there we decided to try some of the tough trails ourselves. The pictures don't really capture how touch some of these were. But suffice it to say that if we'd been on pavement, we'd have to confess to 2.5 "incidents." But since these were off-road, none of them counted. tongue.gif

 

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Then we decided to finish it with a boat ride at Casa de Haynes:

 

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Here's Grace, Kenny's better half and a great cook:

 

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Great time, guys. Who knew you could have this much fun on POS $2,000 bikes. grin.gif

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My yard looks really nice, trimmed, weeded. Really glad I stayed home frown.gif

 

Looks like a blast. thumbsup.gif Glad you guys had fun!

 

Well you confessed the 2.5 incidents, might as well go the rest of the way and tell us the who, how and where grin.gif

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Well you confessed the 2.5 incidents, might as well go the rest of the way and tell us the who, how and where grin.gif

 

In order, and severity:

 

1.0--Jim

1.0--David

0.5--Kenny

 

If you had a hair on your ass, you'd have been here today. smile.gif

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Kenny Haynes

Great time guys, wish you could have been there Mark. We need to do a little camping/riding up on those trails sometime. Xr's would be better suited on the rough trails up there, but we had a blast. Today was excellent, despite some bee stings and minor mishaps. When we going back?

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He clipped those off while I went out for a ride today grin.gif A guy on a KLR told me today that they are way too heavy to take on the dirt...looks like you proved him wrong thumbsup.gif!

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In order, and severity:

 

1.0--Jim

1.0--David

0.5--Kenny

 

Everyone OK?

 

If so, lets get down to analyzing the crap out of the incidents...so we can all learn from them, of course wink.gif

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Everyone OK?

 

If so, lets get down to analyzing the crap out of the incidents...so we can all learn from them, of course wink.gif

 

Okay, let's start with any jet ski incidents you may be aware of. tongue.gif

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Okay, let's start with any jet ski incidents you may be aware of.

 

Huh? blush.gif Technically it was not an incident. (Thanks Hooner!)

 

I did learn to not follow boats to closely on the jetski, especially when you are looking behind you. crazy.gif

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It really was a great day. I got stopped sideways on a pretty tough trail and fell the wrong direction. No harm done except for a broken blinker. The technique for avoiding this kind of incident involves not spending the day following these guys.IMG_0108.JPG

 

David neglected to take a picture of a woman we met at a gas station. She is destined to have her own footnote in the human genome. She seemed to be particularly interested in Kenny.

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Thanks alot for posting this pictorial essay of dual sport fun.

Now I have to choose between a DR650 with 1800 miles and a '66 El Camino driver/project!

Shoulda left the computer off this morning.....

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Ima guess these snappies are posted here and not on advrider because you ride like gurls.

 

If you had a hair on yer ass...we'd see snaps of you coming thru the creekbed doing a flying wishbone knack knack into a sooperman body burial...with the front wheel in the air. (giving the proper salute of course)

 

Buncha wimmens.... grin.gifgrin.gif

 

Great stuff kids. Wish I lived near somethin' like that. thumbsup.gif

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You guys have all the fun,all I got to do yesterday was watch a bunch of crazies chase each other around a loop with no end. grin.gif

 

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I would have rather been in the cool woods on a KLR.....if I had one. bncry.gif

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I hate all of you...

 

+1, Tasker.

 

That includes you too big-t...I would have gladly been at the races, than running around doing errands! tongue.gif

 

Looks like a GREAT time! We're going to have to make another trip back east...can't let you guys have ALL the fun...

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That looks like fun! thumbsup.gif

 

Is that kind of riding physically demanding? I'm feelin' kinda achey and sore looking at those (great) pix ...

 

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Is that kind of riding physically demanding?

 

Yes, it is. Not that you have to be super strong in any area, but it's an exertion type thing to throw the bikes around, even though the KLRs weigh only 325 or so. Still heavy for off-roading.

 

Then if you dump it and have to pick it up by yourself on a steep, rocky, muddy trail, it's a recipe for some deep sweat.

 

Not that this happened to us--that's just a hypothetical example. grin.gif

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Not that this happened to us--that's just a hypothetical example.

 

"...uh, yeah, that happened to some friends of ours...actually, I just read an article on it...yeah, that's it"

 

Nice try! thumbsup.gif

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Kenny Haynes

This is the same stream crossing pictured above about 6 or 7 years ago. The forest service has improved it recently, so it is not as difficult as it used to be. The first time I took my xr across it about 15 years ago, the water was almost to the tank. 89685999-L.jpg

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