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Respect the 701

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As a long-time rider, I've had soooooo many different bikes from small-bore to big-bore, 2-stroke and 4-stroke, on and off road, and everything in-between. @Bryan Bosch and I have been raving about these new mid-size, do-it-all bikes, and they seem to be perfect...a little too perfect, as I found out on our last riding trip. These bikes have started to lull us into a bit of complacency due their tame mannerisms and being so smooth, balanced, light, and overall very rider-friendly. Well, I got bit by that complacency last weekend (as you'll see in the GoPro video that @Bryan Bosch was able to capture) and what 70+ horsepower looks like when you twist the throttle just a little bit too far and those tame mannerisms all but disappear into a fit of rage.
 

So, thankfully there was a KLR650 with us on this trip as it was the only bike that I'm sure I could have ridden home on. Off to the local Urgent Care facility for some x-rays and pain meds. Six sleepless nights with long days void of coughing, sneezing, or laughing without falling to my knees and crying out in agony, it's getting better...now I can almost laugh out-loud when I watch the video and continue dreaming of the next time I get to ride and all the things I'll do differently.

#respectthe701





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Heal quickly Steve and get back on that Husky! I am following your blog as I am considering getting a new 701. I just completed the Trans America Trail from Trinidad, Colorado to Port Orford, Oregon (last week!) on a heavily modified DR650. After that adventure, I definitely have no love for that bike! In 43 years of riding, it is the worst handling, most un-enjoyable bike I have ever ridden!! Time to upgrade to a modern dual sport! Going to go test ride the 701 tomorrow. I look forward to you and Bryan's future posts!

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On 9/15/2017 at 3:50 PM, Heli-Pilot said:

Heal quickly Steve and get back on that Husky! I am following your blog as I am considering getting a new 701. I just completed the Trans America Trail from Trinidad, Colorado to Port Orford, Oregon (last week!) on a heavily modified DR650. After that adventure, I definitely have no love for that bike! In 43 years of riding, it is the worst handling, most un-enjoyable bike I have ever ridden!! Time to upgrade to a modern dual sport! Going to go test ride the 701 tomorrow. I look forward to you and Bryan's future posts!

Sorry to have missing your post! Thanks for following along. We hope to have a bit more content as the heat in central FL is finally beginning to relent and the torrential rains have mostly stopped.

How'd your 701 test ride go? Did you buy it? I''m om the 690, but have ridden the 701 a number of times. Happy to answer any questions you might have.

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