So the last couple of weeks have allowed me to get out a lot on the bikes....I say bikes but honestly the wing has stayed parked.... After half the summer with my ankle in a plastic boot, the KLR has been calling me to wander the mountains. Ten days ago I went trail riding down in Helena. I was with guys way better than me, on trails way out of my comfort level, and I have a blast! It was amazing riding, and really helped me get some off road confidence on what my bike, and I, can do. Pics to follow.
Fast forward to tuesday, and I was invited out with some guys at work for an "easy" trail ride. Keep in mind they are on 450cc thumpers (KTM, Honda CRF, and a Kawi 450), and me on the battle pig. It was hands down some of the toughest (for me) single track I have ever done. I probably had no business being up there on a bike that big. But by god, that thing pulled up every hill and climbed every trail with out a hiccup. I had my struggles, and I am not as fast as them, but I did 25 miles of trail, and felt good about it. I really still cannot believe I was able to ride every inch of it myself. There were no pictures taken, I had my hands kinda full.
Finally, today, I had one last chance before the wedding to really wind the KLR out. I found a gravel road and took off. I covered 220 miles, 160 of which were dirt. I got my rally on today, and it was freaking amazing. Montana has the most amazing country I have ever seen in my life, and they are places I never would have found with out this bike. It was an intense and fast ride, really pushing my high speed handling. The picture below is not even the pretiest area, and 1/4 mileup the road, I ran into about a dozen bald eagles. Really a great chance to clear my head, blow out all webs, cover myself in dirt, and just have a great day.
I built this bike for this. What a day.