So today I bought a 2007 KLR650, something completely different for me compared to anything I've ever ridden before. Call it part of my new personal riding evolution which began on Sunday July 9, 2006 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Since then I have been riding differently, and wanting to take more time to catch the scenery and breathe in the fresh air.
I'll still be out with the regular yahoos on my blue bicycle, but I'm thinking of using the KLR for either an Alaska trip, or a B.C.-Alberta exploratory trip. Or I might just head east and drop in on a friend. I've pretty much never been north of Cache Creek, so Alaska tops my list of Must Do's.
2007 will be about 20 years (?) since I obtained my Class 6 and began riding. Coincidentally, that's about how long the KLR has been around, during which time it hasn't changed at all. A 2008 second generation KLR is due out soon, so it's only fitting I buy one of these as a personal milestone (OK, fine I admit it they're CHEAP).
The KLR is a riot. Mounting the beast is an intricate yoga session (I'm all of 5'7" tall). But as a matter of principle I refuse to lower its lofty 35" perch. Once astride the seat though, the suspension compresses and I can tip-toe the ground like a ballerina, albeit with none of the grace you've come to expect from the Russian Ballet.
The 650cc thumper makes about 35 bhp, so if you see me on the road in your mirrors ... chances are I just pulled out of gas station behind you, and it won't be for long.
Thanks to Trevor at Burnaby Kawasaki.