Guess I'm the only Brit guy here. '74 Norton and '78 Bonny. I have carried just about everything on the Bonny but the Norton is just too much fun to add anything but me. I occasionally have HD's, last one was a '77 XLCR
Well, after searching for quite a while, I found a used Kawi in excellent shape I was able to deal a good price with the owner. It's a '98 with 30k kilometers (18K miles). It has the higher windshield, electric hand warmer and tail bag. It will need new tires eventually. I should be able to set it up for fishing this week. And just in time, trout season opens next friday.
Ard: I forgot to ask the other day about the heated hand grips on your KLR, how long do they last? On the H-D bikes I have never had a set of heated handgrips last more than a year and a half. When they start failing they don't just quit all together but rather they quit putting out enough heat to keep your hands warm, you can still feel some heat but not enough for those high mountain passes, especially in the spring. One year we had gone down to the San Juan for some fishing on the bikes and on the way home stopped at Pagosa Springs, CO following fishing. The next morning we got up early for the trip home as it was around 450 miles and when we got out to the bikes the seats had ice on them, I think the temp was around 25 degrees. Crossing over Wolf Creek pass it was really cold, we ended up stopping three times to warm our hands on the engines, but once we dropped down the other side of the mountain it was fine sailing the rest of the way home.
Ard: Maybe it is a better quality or your just living a blessed life! Between the wife and I we have gone through 5 sets of heated grips. Spring riding over the mountain passes can sure be wonderful when the heated grips are working correctly.
We took that ride to Talkeetna, with the hand guards neither of us used the heaters. We did hit a bit of freezing rain between Willow Creek & Montana Creek. Things were knida dead in Talkeetna (no tourists) so we had a cup of coffee and headed back to Wasilla. It's probably been awhile since you've seen the Talkeetna Range so we stopped at the over look and took a few pictures. I wish I had done a better job on the train, you don't see them down there either. Attachment 2124