With my 1125 lacking any kind of wind protection and my S3T halfway taken apart in my garage, I've not been getting too much riding in this winter, which is a shame given how warm the winter has been so far.

But fear not - luckily for me I live on a street full of gear heads and one of my neighbors just picked up a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 for a song.  1,700 miles and even has a new set of beefy knobbies on it.

I was surprised when he hopped off and handed me the bike to run up and down the street some - I was not surprised that I took him up on it.  No gloves, no jacket, no helmet.  Love it.  (kids, don't try this at home).

It felt incredibly light and a little too "tippy" for my taste, but then again I haven't ridden a dirt bike since I was 14 or 15.  As gutless as it was, it should have plenty of power for the trails and can even hold a good highway pace if you want to cover some distance to find the real good dirt.

They are also easily farkeled to all hell, which I'm sure the owner will be doing.  That is, if he decides he likes it.  This guy goes through toys like no one else I know and it's perfectly conceivable that this bike will be gone before spring.

He told me I'm welcome to borrow it any time - I may do just that sometime just to see how it does on more than my street.  All I know is it felt good to hop on something and run it through the gears, and it has me thinking about something new for the stable... Maybe that Ural Patrol will show up sooner than anticipated...

In other news, I think since the last time I've posted I've added a few pages to The Fleet for some of the other bikes I've owned, if anyone is interested.  Also, you may be seeing some ads on the pages as well - my goal with these is to make only enough money to cover the expense of buying my own domain name in the near future, not to get rich.  With that in mind, I'm trying to keep them as subtle as is reasonable and not appear too "spammy".  If anything has a spam-tastic feel about it, please let me know and I'll adjust it.

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