Look online for how to break in a new motorcycle, and you will find more opinion on “the correct way” than you asked for. Of course, there is always the manufacturer’s instructions, which can be found in the owner’s manual. My best guess is that the engineers who designed it know the best method for proper break in.

So that’s the method I am following for my new Kawasaki KLR 650: keep it under 4,000 RPM for the first 500 miles, and then under 6,000 RPM up to 1,000 miles.

It requires some miles, and of course roads. Yesterday, I cruised out to the dealer, Clinton County Motorsports, just to say “hi.” And then, I managed to find a little gravel to test its stability. I was very pleased.

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The more I ride this KLR 650, the more I like it. It’s going to be a great exploration vehicle.

See you on the highway.

Brent

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Round-the-world adventure rider Allan Karl kicked off his WorldRider book tour in Columbus, Ohio, recently. Speaking to several different groups, signing books and talking with patrons, Allan, delighted the crowds with tales of his adventures.

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His book, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection, is unique in that it not only tells the stories of his travels, but also offers up recipes from the countries he visited in his three-year, five-continent motorcycle adventure. His plan is to offer a sampling of a recipe at each of his stops. In Columbus, with the help of one of the local restaurants in the North Market, he offered a Fattoush salad to the audience. The recipe comes from the Middle East.

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Allan plans to visit many more cities in the USA in the coming months. Check his web site for a location near you. WorldRider.

See you on the highway.

Brent

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Are you one of those individuals who reads and researches to the Nth degree and ponders your reasoning before you buy something. I am one of those, especially on big-ticket items.

I have looked at other motorcycles for some time, and scrutinized a couple … very closely, reading up on all the forums, basically anyplace I could find credible information and feedback. It’s probably overkill, and may be considered part of my borderline mental health issues.

In my last post, I wrote about not buying a KLR, I thought that if I put it down on paper, out there for every one to read, that act alone would be my confirming decision. Instead, that little voice in my head nagged me even harder.

I surrendered. I bought a Kawasaki KLR 650, the 2014 New Edition.

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Stablemates: my trust V-Strom 650 now has a companion, the new KLR 650 dual sport.

See you on the highway!

Brent

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Facebook vs. Helmet Time

July 1, 2014 Motorcycling

Frankly, trying to make a decision while reading Facebook posts and comments is a terrible idea and could be a disastrous influence. For Facebook, not only wants to get in our minds, it was recently announced they were using posts and comments to influence emotions of users. Now, I’m all for social research, but that […]

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2014 Appalachian Festival

May 10, 2014 Destination

Every year, the Appalachian Festival arrives in Cincinnati. This is the 45th. See you on the highway. Brent

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Overland Expo is about education and networking

May 8, 2014 Destination

Next week, one of the biggest events for adventure travel is happening in Flagstaff, Arizona. Celebrating its fifth year, this event just seems to keep growing and growing and growing. The event is May 16-18. More info and registration materials can be found at the web site, www.OverlandExpo.com. Here is the conversation with marketing consultant, […]

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Photography Workshop Session 4

March 17, 2014 Fine Art Photography

Below is the abstract for Session 4, Dramatic Light. This will be the last of our assignments. Next session will be Q&A and a look at all of our photography. Proper exposure in dramatic light: Last week, we talked about light and shadow, how to properly expose an image and how to compensate for over […]

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