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Another one bikes the dust! 2 months 2 weeks ago #119575

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Attention all!

A little introduction: I be a Citizen of the fairest Cape of them all! No not the West, nor the East, but the NORTH! From the dust and rocks and sand of the green Kalahari (and the Haakbos and Kameeldoring). From a village known for its particular shade of pink called Kathu. Well it's hardly a village anymore these days to be honest...

Excuse the drama but I thought it best not to just enter but to announce my presence with some fanfare. Enough of that now.

I am fairly new to biking (motorbikes being death machines and all evil distilled into metal and plastic and fuel and noise!). I am very new to KLR. I started riding October last year on a CRF250L. Still have it but... it's not lekker to be full throttle just to hold 115 for more than 6,6 minutes at a time. And being from the big sky country with it's vast horizon and endless gravel highways, a need was identified. Now I know that a KLR could never be described as a luxurious bike however, it is for me a vast comfort upgrade from the 250! Thus enters a 2007(8) new shape with 26k km within my budget. It is red with a silver frame. (Everything in Kathu turns pink eventually, so if the plastics fade, she should fit right in :P). I am struggling to re-size images - pics to follow.

I have not had the pleasure of a lot of cross country trips yet, but I have done a couple of long days in the last couple of months. 500km of gravel and 700km tar being the longest.

Likes thus far: The thumper sound (Penta aftermarket can installed by a previous owner).
Not having to wring it's neck to hold 110-130. The wind protection - no idea how good it is compared to say a BMW GS, but vastly superior to having none! The weight (better in cross winds than the 250...)

Dislikes: The stress of HEARING about the doo, not knowing what it is, where to find it, what happens when it goes to pieces etc. (My doo has been done - tracked down the original owner who confirmed it's an Eagle Mike jobby).
The pegs - they're bent and really not great to start off with.
The installed pannier racks - don't know what brand but it vibrated loose on a bad stretch of gravel, almost ending up in the rear spokes and I could not get the nuts and bolts to stay fastened for more than 25km's after that. (Took it off the moment I got home).
The clutch lever - it snapped off when I took a wee tumble at the end of a long day riding (we all get tired ok?). Where can I find shorty levers by the way? I did file the sharp edges so I guess it is a shorty now - Pooratech style!

Anyway - that is it for now. Looking forward to tap into all the knowledge and experience on the forum. I will try to add to it in due time!

Theo
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Another one bikes the dust! 2 months 2 weeks ago #119576

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Hallo Theo - gooi my jou selnommer, dan sit ek jou op ons weskaap whatsapp groepe
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Another one bikes the dust! 2 months 2 weeks ago #119579

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Wes Kaap is so 700-1000km van my af... Ek is nader aan Gauteng.
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Re:Another one bikes the dust! 2 months 2 weeks ago #119580

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If you feel like a lekker ride, take one down to Kenhardt. Eeton is a KLR member and owns the hotel in Kenhadt
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Welcome Theo!
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Re:Another one bikes the dust! 2 months 2 weeks ago #119582

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Thanks, I will keep that in mind. I've been eyeing a ride out that way for a looooong time - going via Boegoeberg, Put-sonder-water and Verneukpan. Trouble is finding the time for all the dust trails I am printing in my mind's eye.
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Thanks!
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Another one bikes the dust! 2 months 2 weeks ago #119585

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Welcome, you are certainly spoiled with riding options.

I have soft pannier racks made by Errol with which I am very happy with. Never once came loose. I use soft luggage with it. The soft luggage also seem to be softer on the bike. If you use a top box you will have to reinforce the carrier rack, the standard bolts are not strong enough.

Many happy safe miles.
Abré le Roux
The adventure is out there.....
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