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#23086 - 07/02/07 05:07 AM San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650
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Enclosed are a few pictures from my epic 1,500 mile road trip. A unique oppertunity came up. I needed to drop off my son and car in San Diego for the summer. So, I could drive down to San Diego and fly back to Seattle or.....Tow the KLR down and drive it back up. Well afer a little pleading with the wifey, I rec’d The ok. The good news is I have been modifying the bike for distance travel, and I felt it and I were ready.
Bike on Trailer in Seattle...That's the “Trailer in a bag”

side view...fits fine, Corrola towed with no issues

Night at a rest stop in Northern Cal...check the tires and straps..all buttoned up

View from inside the car

Bike ready to travel...extra tubes, oil, travel tools...and full-up camping equipment

first stop Luguna Beach

used the bag as a back rest...nice

Santa Monica Pier...snuck the bike on for pic...hehehe

Twisties in Malibu

rest stop along 101 in Santa Barbra

notice custom seat from Rich’s of seattle...it really saved my butt!...hehehe

Fitness center in Oxnard, Ca

seal waterproof bags..no rain during the trip, but I was prepared

At rest stop....many along the way in all states....about every ~150 miles

stop for gas about every 200 miles

Jail along the way...worth a picture

along big sur

Beautiful coatline

but cold. I used my “warm and safe” liner and gloves almost the entire way. I really needed the heat.

Picture of me

Carmel...Great city...just south of Monterey...pebble Beach.. Day one over....415 miles along hiway 1 and/or 101

Checked the air

nice having a pump

Lock for the night

Cable lock on front....never let lock touch the ground

Lock on rear wheel

+ alarm....Abit overkill, did not want bike stolen

random street in Carmel

sunset in Carmel.....enjoy

check + repack stuff in hotel

stop at alma’mater...go Cardels!

Just crossed the golden gate bridge...very cold and windy...turnoff on the North side..Northbound traffic is free to cross.

closer view of Bridge

stop at Mcdonnald’s. I still love eating there

better view of seat, back rest and Hiway pegs...I always considered the Hiway pegs a novelty till this trip. I would consider both a back rest and hiway pegs necessary for distance travel.

Another fellow KLR’er at a rest stop!

entering the Redwoods

night two...425 miles campsite setup for rest

45 square ft tarptent for Henery Shires at http://www.tarptent.com Used this while backpacking the Wonderland trail.

cot, downmat (2.75 inches) and 800 fill epic material bag...sweet

Down mat Exped downmat 7 (from REI)

Feathered friends brand sleeping bag....www.featheredfriends.com

check of gear...campsites along the way are $20/night

in tent

camping gear...cot...tent....sleeping mat...sleeping bag

bike ready to go

front view...little drag by packing efficiently....no issues

lonely road in redwoods

Paul’s side kick...babe

and paul

rest stop almost at border

great place to rest

entering Oregon

more great coastal views

cluster arangement...heated liner, glove controls, volt/amp meter, watch and GPS

never know what you’ll see

Oregon coast rest stop

sand dunes....not a place for a KLR

many light houses along the way

evacuation route sign

Oregon station attendant pumping gas...one of 2x states where they must fuel your car

Tillmook cheese factory

miles of Oregon coastline to explore

like this

now in home state

getting dark...need to find campsite...day 3 logged 514 miles all the way to aberdeen, wa

swapped out happy trail pegs with stock pegs...fit perfectly...less vibrations

only bug isseu was in Washington state..away from the coast...day 3

LED’s held up fine

saw mill along the way

decommission Nuclear power plant

Washington state rest stop

seattle in back ground...Picture from Alki beach day 4 = 170 miles

So lessons learned:
1. Need back rest
2. Get custom seat
3. Get foot pegs
4. Learn to ride with one hand, get throttle lock
5. Keep warn with heated clothes
6. Southern Oregon coast was the most beautiful
7. Stop often
8. Use GPS for navigation...estimating time to next stop
The XT-225 could have make the trip...maybe add a few days...max speed needed ~65 mph
Keithm
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#23087 - 07/02/07 06:16 AM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: klm4755]
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Excellent pics! I would be afraid to do anything like that on the XT, cruising over 65 for more than an hour at a time must strain the hell out of the Serow! But ain a thing on a 650 right
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#23111 - 07/02/07 07:49 PM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: joelberg]
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hi Keith,

nice little report there.

Can I ask what you thought of the camping bed?

I've tried self inflating Thermorest type pads but find they don't offer enough support when the ground's a little uneven. I've had a go with military type click together units but find them heavy and still fail to provide a noticeable improvement in the comfort levels. I even tried a hammock, which was really comfy but not very practical when in a tree free area!
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#23113 - 07/02/07 08:24 PM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: Reggie]
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Reggie,
Cot is nice. It's the comfort ticket for a side sleeper. pricey but worth a good nights sleep. Also, no worries on sleeping on wet, rocky, uneven ground. The vendor is here:
http://www.luxurylite.com/


few more shots:
me on bike, no gear

Seat view, seat lowered my reach 1.5 inches...I can flat foot
seat view

cot not in stuff bag

Keithm
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#23135 - 07/03/07 03:35 AM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: klm4755]
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Very nice report.

Sure, the XT could do it with that nice light gear on the back roads, if one had the time.

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#23137 - 07/03/07 11:03 AM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: mvnalmn]
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Nice report. Great pics. And gorgous views. How was the traffic?

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#23143 - 07/03/07 06:43 PM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: Wade]
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Hi Keith,

ta for the info, I'll have a look.
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#23147 - 07/04/07 12:04 AM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: Reggie]
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I'd love to do this ride...on my Concours :P In fact I'm definitely going to be doing the SD to SF section as I am attending SDSU and my sister SFSU
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1989 TW200
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-Tire Chains

1995 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000, oversized 320mm dual front rotors

Dreambike: Plated KTM 530 EXC

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#23151 - 07/04/07 03:53 AM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: Wade]
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Wade,
Traffic was low during the trip. No close calls or anything like that. KLR dry weight ~340 lbs so it handled road wind better than the XT would have. No vibraton issues either. As an estimate abot 70% of the trip was at 60 mph. Rest of the speed were below 60 mph. About 40 hours travel time total. If I traveled with my old XT, I would plan on 6x days travel.
Keith
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#23154 - 07/04/07 02:13 PM Re: San Diego to Seattle on a KLR650 [Re: klm4755]
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Loc: northeast PA
Keith, what nice pictures and account of your trip. I felt like I was riding along with you!
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