Dr. Frazier has logged 35,000 miles on his KLR650, see photos of the bike in Dr. Frazier’s Globe Killer KLR Part 5 photo gallery. Read more about how the machine has fared through its travels in the Dr. Frazier’s Globe Killer KLR650 Part 5.
- The KLR650 fully loaded on the way to some off-pavement adventuring in Wyoming.
- After one get-off on the left side, an inspection of the PD Nerf Bars showed they had done their job and had not folded into the motorcycle’s plastic or gas tank.
- The left side Happy Trails Pannier suffered no more than a few powder-coat scratches after a low side adventure, adding to the well-earned adventure rider patina of the Globe Killer.
- The original Kawasaki hand protector, modified with an Acerbis protector underneath, showed minor scratches after touching the earth at a moderate speed.
- Paul Westman showed his collection of rear Avon Gripster take-off tires, one with well over 15,000 miles on it.
- The Happy Trails adjustable center stand and skid plate still allowed for plenty of ground clearance and both were doing their job at 35,000 miles.
- One wise investment was the Happy Trails KLR650 Lift Handle which made muscling the motorcycle onto the centerstand a manageable job versus having nothing to grab without it.
- The quickly attached or detached upside down helmet visor added to wind protection on days when I was doing 400-600 miles at highway speeds of 65-75 mph. The bugs showing on the plastic windscreen could have been on my helmet’s face shield.
- Turning over 35,000 miles, the KLR650 was still ticking like a Timex watch.
- A favorite stop for tire kicking and sage advice was the “Oldest Kawasaki Dealership in USA,” Lander Marine and Kawasaki, Lander, Wyoming (1964-2014).
- 50 years of selling Kawasaki motorcycles, Lander Marine and Kawasaki owners lent their knowledge to my shade tree mechanical skills before starting the 35,000 mile check-up.
- Westman brothers Eric (L) and Paul (R) sent me away fully armed with what I needed to look for at the 35,000 mile mark on the KLR650. They added one of their famous T-shirts which I proudly wore for the next three days of off-pavement riding, the only clean shirt I had after several days of camping.
- Some of the last 5000 miles included soft sugar sand testing the suspension of the fully loaded KLR650, sand like I previously found with other motorcycles in South America, Australia and Africa.
- This mud wallow tested both the KLR650’s Gripster tires and the eyes of the pilot to find the best line through the bog.
- Ugly rocks like pictured here tested the Happy Trails Skid Plate as the KLR650 bounced over this nasty section, several times surviving major “thunks” as rocks hammered the skid plate protecting the engine case.
- There was a wild story here, but the ending was the Happy Trails PD Nerf Bars, K9 Shifter and SU Side Racks took the hit. The only damage suffered, other than to an ego, was a smashed left side mirror.