Dirt and Trail September 2019

RobRidefast

SA's adventure magazine

Notes on our bikes from Stephen.

My Dad and I both currently ride 2011/13 KLR

650s. Of all the bikes I’ve owned, this is the one

I have had the longest which says something,

either I’ve chilled out a bit or it is an amazing

bike. Truth is it’s probably a bit of both. Believe

it or not, there is life after the realization that

the endless pursuit of adrenaline is mostly

fruitless. For the riding we do, which includes

some commuting and a trip or two a year,

the KLR is ample. Yes, 2-up with an adult

passenger and long distance free-way riding

would be better served on a larger machine,

and if you enjoy riding full throttle off-road a

suspension upgrade would serve you well.

In essence the KLR is an inexpensive and

rugged tool, well equipped to cover almost

any terrain at a steady pace without pomp

or protest. It gets the job done and is a good

all-round motorcycle. If you are not in a hurry

and prefer the road less travelled, the KLR is a

bike you can grow very attached to.

Charl was on his Honda XL700V Transalp,

which hails from circa 2010 and boasts

Honda’s build quality and has higher freeway

cruising speeds and better suspension,

but does lack the larger tank preferable for

adventure riding. This shouldn’t be a problem

in most scenarios though, and this Honda is

also a great choice for an adventure riding

companion and everyday commuter.

What a ride, what an adventure. A real

family affair.

You really need to get yourself an adventure

bike and live a little!

“What a ride, what

an adventure. A

real family affair.

You really need

to get yourself an

adventure bike

and live a little!”

DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019 37

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