Kawasaki Concours Me and MyConnie

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2013 International Motorcycle San Mateo: Part 3 – The Demo

( continued from Part 2 – The )

Those Sweet Demo

There were a lot of interesting motorcycle accessories and people to see at the Progressive International Motorcycle in San Mateo. And the rear parking lot of the Center was full of manufacturers demo rides on Saturday and Only the San Mateo, Long and Phoenix shows have rides available, I suspect of poor weather when the nine shows are in their cities.

The participating manufacturers year are: Can-Am Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, Star Motorcycles, Victory and A full listing of which are available for demo rides .

My First Demo Ride

A for me at the show was taking two demo Saturday morning courtesy of My new mission is to learn how to ride on a dual sport and my first along that journey was to ride a Kawasaki KLR650. The KLR is a dual-sport machine that was in 1987 and remained virtually until 2008, after it received excellent upgrades fundamentally changing the platform.

Although arguably less than BMW’s GS series, the KLR has the globe just like McGregor’s storied ride in his “Long Way Round ” and “Long Way ” TV documentaries.

I talked to Danny and Roy an the booth Friday night and out that signups started at the trailer at 8:00 A.M. wife would handle the It was great to meet and greet the crew the evening before the and then talk to them the morning as I signed up.

I arrived at and took advantage of the free parking in the front parking and was the only bike there at early hour. Unfortunately, the didn’t open until and the demo ride trailers all the way in the rear parking lot where was $10. That meant I couldn’t walk through the but had to walk all the way around the San Mateo Center.

But, it was a beautiful and a 15 minute walk in the brisk air was welcome.

When I arrived at the Kawasaki there was already a line of a dozen riders ahead of me. were plenty of bikes and to go around, though, along great camaraderie which arriving early a very experience. Coffee and pastries offered by the ROK people (Riders of ) for their members or new enrollees. As I to show my drivers license and the all-encompassing waiver, I noticed the below.

It actually made me sad to that this sign was at all, but such is life in a full of squids.

I came to that Kawi limited rides to two per day per person, which eminently reasonable. The way riders a second signup was to go to the rear of the and sign up again when you got to the of the line—a very fair After I secured my back-to-back rides for the KLR650 and new 1400cc I then waited for the safety

First Demo Bike: KLR650

Riding a new bike for the time can be a nerve-wracking experience. going from a 650 lb. top-heavy, Kawasaki Concours like . to a tall-in-the-saddle thumper like the I first needed to ensure my would touch the ground so I fall over at every

Like most dual-sports, the KLR has a seat height, and my 28-inch legs worried me at first. I found out that once my weight was on the bike and the suspension a bit, I could firmly my toes down on both to balance the bike. Or, I could my whole foot flat on one or the other if necessary.

It took me a getting used to, but I checked the item on my list: I could this bike even my rhinoesque legs.

After the safety briefing they a big point of asking if anyone was new to on a freeway. I was surprised to find out this was frequently answered in the but not this day. Today we all chomping at the bit to get on our steeds and out on the open

A few moments later we were to saddle up, start our engines and get to roll.

The Route

The demo route was much better I expected. We received a 30 minute, ride through town, 55 mph 65+ mph interstate, 35 mph back country and then back to the show. group of about 15 riders had an who wore high-visibility vests one up front, one in the middle, and one at the

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Here is a map of the route we took.

Map of Google Map

My Impressions of the KLR650

The KLR was a lot of Danny at Kawasaki told me the KLR felt very much what we all originally wanted to get out of a light, nimble and quick that can go anywhere. He was right. the seating was high I felt different than when on my low-slung Connie.

Also, a mostly … bike, I was to having a lot of wind hitting my torso and helmet. This a problem, but it added a bit to the first jitters associated with accustomed to any new bike. After a few though, I felt like had the KLR for years.

What especially surprised me was how it was at 70 mph on the freeway, even with tires! I could easily see a KLR in my for motocamping trips, especially they only cost $6,200 brand new. are also many available online for a good amount than that.

As much as I love to consider a BMW GS, it’s to rationalize the $15K+ price tag and service costs which coin the snarky acronym B M y W allet.

Second Demo Kawasaki Concours 1400 ABS

after returning the KLR to the demo it was time to saddle up for my next on the new Connie. I’ve heard a lot this successor to my bike the other members of the Concours Group (COG). I knew at 1400cc, it had 40% greater displacement MyConnie and almost double the making it good that it had ABS brakes.

Last year, a 70 year old rider in the show parking lot me that the variable valve made it so fast that his Suzuki Hayabusa had to work to keep up.

What I noticed mounting this supersport beast was that the speedo to 180 mph. Humm-baby! But even I had great anticipation of feeling ponies beneath me, after up the Connie the first thing I did was on the heated grips and adjust the to “microwave” to take the chill from my previous ride.

tourers are so much more than canyon racers.

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