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Went for a ride today!
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:13:12 pm »
It was cold here this morning, but just before quitting time I walked outside and decided that I'm goin' for a ride!

This thing is AWESOME!!!  I think it is just what I've been looking for all along.  I can't wait until it's broke in.  I only put 40 miles on it today but I was smiling the whole time and I haven't even moved the map switch off of 0 yet.

This will be the second time I've added fuel and I'm consistently at 42 MPG. Nice!  That is flogging it from low speeds to 70-80 MPH on gravel roads, I imagine it will be much better when I start holding a constant speed.  Compared to the KLR's average of 34 and the KLX 450R in the mid 20's this is a good sign.

The one concern I have is the carrying capacity.  Not so much of the bike itself but of the current luggage system I have going.  I'm going to have to add a few more bags and plan accordingly.  On the KLR I have a big Wolfman duffel that can fit a lot.  On this bike I currently have an enduro tank bag (off of the KLX), a set of E-12 saddle bags, an enduro duffel and an enduro carry all.  I have a enduro tool bag with the tool roll that will get mounted to the rear fender and a enduro fender bag for tubes.  I think the KTM front fender should be able to handle that without support.  This setup will be more than enough for around home base.

What I'm thinking of adding for longer trips are some (3) Wolfman rolies.  I'm thinking a large one will fit between the duffel and the tool bag and maybe a medium set for tank panniers.  Hopefully that will give me enough space for all my stuff.  Once again my only concern is all the bags are relatively small so it is going to be tough finding space for larger items, for example my overpants and a set of shoes to wear at camp/destination.

As a side note I have't received the paperwork from my dealer so I can register the bike.  Today has marked a month.  Monday I was pulled over and received a warning for no plate.  I hope the paperwork arrives soon as the weather is getting nice and I want to ride!

I'm a pretty happy camper.  I'm going to have to do my first oil change soon... better get some filters on order.

I hope you all are having as much or even more fun than I am!

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Re: Went for a ride today!
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2014, 09:48:29 pm »
Hey SDMF_Reaps,

Glad you like it!  I picked up a 14 this year too.  I just took mine off of setting 0 and went to 3.  It was already responsive on zero, but now... ;D.

I'm going to try the Kriega US20 on the back with a NR rack.  Let me know how the tank bag works out, I could be looking for that next.

It looks like you are considering a lot of luggage, I'm going more for minimal luggage.