I’ve had a few emails from people wondering what has happened to the KLR650 project that we launched back in January. Good question.
Well, it’s still on. The hold up has been getting all the parts that we have requested. We managed to work a deal with Ontario’s Dual Sport Plus who agreed to supply any parts that we required (and they could get) in exchange for a plug.
Deal done, and we have received a shipment already, but are still waiting for the second which has been held up as they wait for some back ordered product to come in. We’re hoping to get that any day now and once we do, we’ll assess, weigh and start fitting the parts so that we can bring you Part 2 of what is proving to be a slightly drawn out project.
The good news is that we’ve managed to get a pretty good A-list of parts organized based on Dual Sport Plus resident KLR guru Les Clarke’s experience of what works and what doesn’t, and our own criteria for keeping the final project below the $3,000 mark.
Sadly, our attempt to highlight some Canadian product (namely a Britannia Composites fairing and and Elka Suspension rear shock) didn’t come to fruition as both companies declined to send a sample.
I could rant here about the general inability of Canadian business to seize on promotional opportunities (Progressive Suspension from the U.S. jumped at the chance and sent a lovely shock and fork springs) but then there are Canadian companies like Dual Sport Plus who got the idea and have jumped on board big time.
Regardless, rest assured that Project KLR650 Adventure Tourer is still ongoing and we should have that second update for you sometime in May, when I get back from my UK trip … Hey, I have a Ducati lined up and tickets to see TT3D, so the KLR can wait a little longer!