Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Crozet, VA, USA
455 miles and she's home
Hmm, I haven't posted pictures to this forum yet so not quite sure how.......
Picked up the K/RS in Yonkers, NY on Thursday--did the ol' rail and ride. Timing worked out perfectly for a change. Got on Amtrak in Charlottesville, VA at 7 AM after dropping off my daughter for her school, early-morning bus-trip to Jamestown. Very smooth and leisurely ride to New York's Penn Station where we arrived early. I took the subway to Yonkers and was met by a lovely Irish gentleman who likes to buy and sell motorcycles among other things.
Well, I'd say I got a pretty nice deal. I checked her over, loaded the bags (has system cases) strapped on the extra windshield he gave me, and left within one hour of getting there. I decided not to go down toward Manhattan and the Jersey Turnpike, rather I went for the wide Hudson River and the Tapenzee Bridge and south-west from there. I busted out 122 miles to Bethlehem, PA as it was getting dark and misty and I thought it best to go ahead and get a room instead of pushing 300+ more miles at dark. So far, I had only been on the slab, something I rarely did on the KLR this jet replaced.
So, first riding impressions: a bit awkward at slow speeds since I am used to a big front wheeled enduro but as soon as I pointed her onto the freeway and blasted out of the exit ramp, wow. I was trying to play if very cool working the different bmw-style blinkers and keep my speed close-ish to legal and keep my eyes peeled and I quickly realized that trip digs is possible without a thought. OK, the riding position on this one is a bit terrible. I am 6'1" and was cramped up like a race-horse jockey, not an ideal position for the long haul. And, the particular windshield was great for slower and warm weather driving but I was definitely in the buffet zone for high speed city evacuation. Corbin seat very nice, very firm, but could have been dished out so that I was so close to the raised pegs. I have got to see how I can lower those puppies.
Looking forward to getting it all cleaned up and looking underneath to see everything. Need or want owners manual, repair book(s), a few new tools (suggestions), and more time in the saddle. Occasional box of rocks but not much at idle. Seems perhaps a bit when fan turns on but not sure there. Love the sound, smoothness, gear box very smooth. All in all I was very pleased with the bike. She seems very solid and gave me zero issues on way home.
More later and I'll figure out how to post. do I insert the link or just get my file size small enough to attach?