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  1. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    Thanks for accepting my application.
    I am new to the forums and to the sport itself.
    Picking up my first ride on Thursday.
    It is a 2001 klr650. Will be a daily driver and hitting the trails on my days off.
    I'm 38 yrs old 5'11 300lbs live in Toronto and will be practicing in and around Bancroft area. My weekend is Monday Tuesday so I won't make many weekend runs.
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  2. toslow

    toslow ODSC-ADV Member

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    good choice of bikes, welcome to the forum
  3. michel mondou

    michel mondou ODSC President

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    My first ride was also a 2001 KLR! I still ride it, it's a great bike you'll love it. Welcome to the forum,

    Michel
  4. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    Well I picked it up yesterday, went on my first ride and found myself popping the front end up unintentionally now I have a cracked engine case.
    Who ever said KLR650 is top heavy is full of cow pucky lol. not sure what hurt worse my knee of the walk of shame into work after.

    Time to get wrenching on it already.
  5. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    Ian sorry to hear that. I dropped my KLR the very first time i went out on a ride. Something about those bikes is that they seem to give everyone something to remember them by. Welcome Welcome
  6. 2wheeljake

    2wheeljake ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new bike! I rode trail bikes as a kid, then had street bikes for 25+ years - after getting a little bored of riding on the street, I picked up a dual sport bike to venture off road...as a result I fell in love with riding all over again! Check out the ODSC Bethany ride (April 23) - there is a "Big Bike" on road route or an offroad Dualsport event - either way you'll have a blast and meet lots of great folks to ride with!

    Cheers!
    Jake
  7. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    Thanks all, I'm going to try and get off work for the mar 25th meeting. I don't know if I'll be healed up enough for Bethany I had hoped to go to it. My knee is still the size of a beach ball pretty sure I'm hurt worst than the bike pretty sure I got to the kill switch before it dumped oil.
  8. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    Nice meeting you at the AGM yesterday Ian. Pretty much everyone has a new bike story.
    Cheers

    Kevin
  9. cambam

    cambam ODSC Executive

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    Yes Ian. It was nice meeting you yesterday. Stay in touch
  10. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    Was a fun evening out for sure. I'm going to check the bike over tomorrow and try and sort out what needs fixing. Looks like I may have bent the steering. Thank you all for the warm welcome.
  11. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    Bent bars? Triples might be out of whack but they are an easy fix. There are lots of knowledgable people on here who are very helpful. Post up if you need opinions.
  12. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    I'll post pics tomorrow. Going by eye it just looks like I need to true the bars to the wheel. The bar isn't bent
  13. 3BeeJay3

    3BeeJay3 ODSC Past President

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    Probably the forks are twisted a bit. Very common & easy to fix. There are a few way to approach it. Sometimes just a kick to the wheel will do it. Other times it may need the triples and front axle loosened a bit , then everything straightened, then everything retightened.
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  14. Steve-copley

    Steve-copley ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Welcome Ian, sorry to hear about your bike and knee. I ride a KLR too, 2009.. I went on a bunch of these rides last year, my first year doing it. It is a great time and great people. I found the KLR to be perfect for the rides, not too heavy (with help) to get it up when you go down, just enough guts to get up or through anything I came across. I did the trail rides for a couple of years riding a WR426 (2001), I'm 56 now, I found that I didn't like the chances of getting hurt when your real tired at the end of the day, and I have to get to work on Monday. That's why I switched over to the KLR, gets me to work and the trails and on the trails. I live up near Bancroft, Havelock south of Bancroft, but I have family there and if you ever want to get together to do a little riding let me know. I usually ride the Eastern Ontario Trail System to get up there, from my home I can ride the trail all the way to Bancroft. The EOTS isn't difficult at all, just old dirt/gravel roads for the most part. I don't know any trails up that way but I'm sure there are tons of them.
  15. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    The forks straightened out pretty easy, I'm having having trouble with the right foot peg though. both bolts are loosened off but just turn when i try and tighten them. like the impact jarred the nuts in the housing off. any ideas how to fix this?
  16. Ian.L

    Ian.L Limited User

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    Well I finally got around to getting my klr all fixed up and have a set of crash bars on order through twisted throttle. I'm thinking I'll drive it over to Humber college and get some more training on the parking lot coarse in after work tomorrow.
  17. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    That's very important Ian. I learn much more by attending rides and watching the pros do their stuff. This week, I had a chance to do a Pre-ride with the President of our club Michel. Riding behind...I watched his body position on his bike, How he took his turns; when he starts to gear down approaching a stop and so much more. At the end, I can say that i am a more competent and safer rider. Get out riding as much as you can..You will only get better.
  18. DR650DAN

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    Hey everyone, just picked up an 09 DR 650 after a lot of research and thought about what kind of riding I want to do.
    I'm located in ajax and am looking for like minded riders to tag along with or even start up a new group with.
    My bike is still completely stock but my new sargent world sport adventure touring seat should be here today or tomorrow and I plan on upgrading to the tm40 carb, doing the airbox mod, full fmf exhaust omong other minor mods like handlebars, bash plate, fuel tank, etc..
    Would love to hear any suggestions for mods or riding spots or anything like that!
    Really excited to join the community and looking forward to learning as much as I can here! : )
    Ride Safe, Ride Strong.
    Dan.
  19. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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