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I just picked up my first adventure bike and I love it! It's a Triumph Tiger XCA with a nice set of panniers. How is everyone setting up their bikes? Tips on traveling or tricky mods?


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Nice bike, much better than the one I was using when I was in Korea - I had a hyosung 250. A great little bike, cheap to run and repair; I drove about 30000km all over the country:

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When I was in Saudi Arabia I had a 125cc Chinese bike that I would load up and take out into the desert for a camp - it was hard getting 20 litres of water strapped onto that little bike:

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I did not have any dedicated riding packs; I just loaded up the backpack as if I was going hiking then strapped the whole thing down using a long bungie; I found the bungie nets to be super useful too for holding a small day bag with food, rain-gear and so on.

Navigating in a foreign country was not the easiest, more so on a motorbike; this is what spurred me to buy my first GPS unit and carefully plan routes using google earth and whatever other map data I could find. Dangerous it is trying to read a map while moving on a motorbike.

Used lots of sunscreen. Also started using a Hennessy Hammock - super light and small for packing and very easy to set up a discreet camp.

I had a few mods made: the first was adding in a cigarette lighter for power to run the gps and charge up the phone and ipod. When I was in Saudi I bought a 1 million candle power spot beam and mounted that on the front to augment the crappy headlight - that was awesome when riding through the desert. But it looks like your fancy bike would already have good lights and a power port.

I carried an extra clutch cable and a puncture kit.

I kept my super large tarp easily accessible so that during a sudden rainstorm I could easily set it up and wait it out. Even the best rain gear would leak at riding speed.

Adventure Rider, http://advrider.com/index.php, has a lot of photos and trip reports...

One of these days I thought about getting a proper long-distance touring bike and going on a ride from Canada down to Mexico or something like that...

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Not exactly an adventure bike, just smaller. 2015 Yamaha WR250R, might be replaced by a KTM 500 EXC soon...

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Really thinking of picking up an adventure bike. Love the whole idea/purpose behind them.


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Here's my Tiger Explorer, haven't done any adventuring with it but it's a great ride on the streets. However, I will say I'm not a fan of the stock seat so I got a more comfortable one from Corbin.


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My 2008 Kawasaki KLR.

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My 2008 Kawasaki KLR.

Disadvantages:
Overweight,
Underpowered, and
Mechanically unsophisticated

Advantages:
Will not die,
Will not die, and
Will not die.

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A Kawasaki was really on my short list. I had my heart set forever on finding one of the diesel ones for sale but they are quite rare...

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Really thinking of picking up an adventure bike. Love the whole idea/purpose behind them.


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I pondered for a while about going with an actual adventure bike myself and really loved the idea as well. I ended up going smaller just for the off road advantage as there aren't many dirt/gravel roads here, no fire roads, and very little single track, mainly corn and soy fields. They are definitely a nice tool to have and a lot of fun!

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Tips on traveling or tricky mods?

A very general tip: find an enthusiast forum for your particular bike and identify the one component/system that is most likely to fail. Every bike has a weakness. If there's a known aftermarket mod or user fix, get that done. If there isn't, buy the parts and tools necessary to repair it in the field, learn how to do that repair, and carry that stuff with you always.

Take that one known mechanical weakness right out of the equation.

For my particular bike it's the counterbalance chain spring tensioner, derisively known among KLR owners as "The Doohickey". The factory part is made of inferior metal and it's been known to fail.

The original doohickey on my KLR never failed, but it's long been swapped out for a high quality stainless steel aftermarket replacement. Doesn't mean something else couldn't go wrong, but the one major weakness of the design is simply off the table.

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Fresh home from the dealer

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Did the Balancer Shaft Drive Chain Tensioner (Doohickey) and the ThermoBob right off the bat. Tucked away in the garage during an April snow storm:

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Love my Happy Trails panniers. Added auxiliary power, heated grips, adding a custom Arduino driven GPS before my trip to Maine this fall. Been as far as the extreme east of Quebec. I love it. Plan to have it until it or I drop.


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Thanks 50. Seeing the picture of your bike in Sept 2016 makes my day. I knew someone could do it!
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50, PM me if you want to get together with a fellow KLR owner/ZS'er for a craft brew in/around Portland during your Maine trip. Also I just recently did a road trip (on four wheels, alas) to Ohio (Granville) and might have a few recommendations for you re: routes from OH to ME.

PS: I have a Thermobob kit kicking around my shop and keep meaning to install it, and keep not doing it. The KLR is the 10/22 of motorcycles; there's just no limit to how you can customize/improve it.

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Asymetryczna - yeah that camera is set up for Rest of World as far as the date goes so Day, Month, Year. Catches me off guard often enough.

Major - will do. What an amazing beer scene up there.


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I am going to say the BMWs are the best. I have a friend who rode one from Alaska to the tip of South America.

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I am going to say the BMWs are the best. I have a friend who rode one from Alaska to the tip of South America.


BMW riders are the real riders... In America, Harley Davidson's like to dominate the "biker image" lifestyle, but most Harley riders I know won't take their bikes out if it rained 3 days before, let alone rack up 150,000 miles and drive around the world like Beemer riders.

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I am going to say the BMWs are the best. I have a friend who rode one from Alaska to the tip of South America.


BMW riders are the real riders... In America, Harley Davidson's like to dominate the "biker image" lifestyle, but most Harley riders I know won't take their bikes out if it rained 3 days before, let alone rack up 150,000 miles and drive around the world like Beemer riders.


I see Harley's like Lincoln Navigators or some other high end large American SUV or even a sports car. They almost never get used to their capability and are more of a status symbol for rich people or toys for gang bangers. Still good bikes.

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I am going to say the BMWs are the best. I have a friend who rode one from Alaska to the tip of South America.


BMW riders are the real riders... In America, Harley Davidson's like to dominate the "biker image" lifestyle, but most Harley riders I know won't take their bikes out if it rained 3 days before, let alone rack up 150,000 miles and drive around the world like Beemer riders.


I see Harley's like Lincoln Navigators or some other high end large American SUV or even a sports car. They almost never get used to their capability and are more of a status symbol for rich people or toys for gang bangers. Still good bikes.


Yeah my dad likes his. He has a full bagger though and really puts miles on and roadtrips it a couple times a year. But he's the one who thinks BMW riders are legit.

I just don't like Harley's business decisions. All the bikes I like, they stop making. They just don't agree with me on taste hahahaha. I love Triumphs and Kawasakis myself.

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Keeping in mind that not all Harleys are those Harleys.

Been riding Sportsters since 2006. Rolled from central Colorado to Seattle and back, then from central Colorado to Philly and back. Have put some miles on a bike not really built for touring. I've got friends who have rolled from the South up to Alaska, too.

But they aren't those Harleys. :rofl:

And Triumphs are awesome. If i had my druthers on a bike stable, there would at least be one Triumph in there. :clownshoes:

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Keeping in mind that not all Harleys are those Harleys.

Been riding Sportsters since 2006. Rolled from central Colorado to Seattle and back, then from central Colorado to Philly and back. Have put some miles on a bike not really built for touring. I've got friends who have rolled from the South up to Alaska, too.

But they aren't those Harleys. :rofl:

And Triumphs are awesome. If i had my druthers on a bike stable, there would at least be one Triumph in there. :clownshoes:


HAHA yeah I just like ragging on Harley riders. Shit I don't even ride... I did one summer and after almost being hit like 40 times, I decided I wanted something with 4 wheels and a cage.

The true test of finding "that" harley rider is showing them the harley davidson south park episode and see if they laugh or not...

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The way I look at it is everyone gets the wave from me. As long as you're on two wheels and there's a motor in there somewhere, I'll acknowledge you're a legit rider. Don't matter if it's a Sportster, a R1200GS or a Tao Tao scooter, my attitude is you're livin' the dream, just like me on my KLR.

As to whether the wave is returned, that's another matter and frankly, the other rider's own hang ups. Motorcyclists can at times be excessively tribal, but I personally don't dwell on such silly distinctions.

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Keep posting pix of the bikes!!

I like daydreaming but don't know if I'll ever go back to motorized 2 wheels. I had a bunch of bike adventures up until I decided to go to college. Sold the 'cycles to pay for books and tuition the first year. I keep the motorcycle endorsement on my license but am not sure I want any new injuries to go with what I have. :shock: :mrgreen:

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I don't ride on the road much anymore. My old giant cruiser sits sadly in the shop and I am considering putting it up for sale. My KLR gets ridden to an off road location more often than not. I'd still take the KLR in a bailout (on a trailer) because it is a really useful vehicle when roads are in bad shape, the cruiser not so much.

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I don't ride on the road much anymore. My old giant cruiser sits sadly in the shop and I am considering putting it up for sale. My KLR gets ridden to an off road location more often than not. I'd still take the KLR in a bailout (on a trailer) because it is a really useful vehicle when roads are in bad shape, the cruiser not so much.



Dual sports are what tempt me. Figures you have a nice KLR!

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