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post #1 of 17 Old 05-11-2017, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up A better bike than the KLR? Hmmmm.

Every now and then my mind wanders to what my next bike should be. Something "better" than the trusty Gen 2 KLR650 I've been more than happy with. I do some Googling, look at second hand and dealer pages, check out new bike specs, etc. Then I realise getting something that does everything I need as well as the KLR is actually pretty hard! Most of my riding is my 400km of weekly commuting then the odd weekend jaunt. So the KLR checks many boxes:

Plenty of fuel for a 350km range? Check.

High seating position for a good view of traffic? Check.

Masses of storage with the RJays bag? Check.

Comfortable for the max 2 hour stints I do in the saddle? Check.

Rides 2-up on the weekend with the wife? Check.

Handles well enough in the twisties on street tyres? Check.

Puts a smile on my face? Check!

Sure, I could want for more grunt - but the KLR has still gotten me a speeding ticket! And I could wish for better braking and a range of electrical gadgetry - but I certainly don't need it. The weight is a little much for my small frame too. I could upgrade to a more powerful, newer and probably heavier dual sport but I doubt it'd give me much more pleasure, especially for the added outlay. No other bike really ticked every box, was miles better and good value to boot. I guess I'll be riding the KLR for a while longer!





Or maybe I'll just buy a Harley instead.......

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For what the bike is, it fits me well.

I've had my first KLR for just a few months.

Coming from a dressed '83 Goldwing, I started wanting a bike that I could use off road for the explorer in me. As a kid and a loner on my 360, I loved riding out to find out where that road goes.
I seriously compared it with the Honda and Suzuki which were in my price range. What I especially wanted was reliability which almost had me getting a Honda, but they have a small gas tank and sit higher than I like....and that ugly color.
With the KLR I get everything I want. Great height, good size gas tank, reliability, lots of support and accessories.
Great bike and it's not red.


No need or desire for a Harley.

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For me the KLR is perfect. Ready for anything I can ask for. It has appearance, economy, simplicity, performance, reliability. Even some scratches add character.

The man on top of the mountain didnít fall there.
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Here's mine. This was taken just after my rear shock blew up.
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Here's mine. This was taken just after my rear shock blew up.
All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher
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A couple years back I had 9 bikes in the garage.......one of them was a dusty 2001 KLR in the corner. Now it's the only one left and it found a brother.
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Thanks. I stopped along the water on my way home from work one evening to snap this one off.

We get some pretty incredible sunsets down here in Tasmania!
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Every now and then my mind wanders to what my next bike should be. Something "better" than the trusty Gen 2 KLR650 I've been more than happy with. I do some Googling, look at second hand and dealer pages, check out new bike specs, etc. Then I realise getting something that does everything I need as well as the KLR is actually pretty hard! Most of my riding is my 400km of weekly commuting then the odd weekend jaunt. So the KLR checks many boxes:

Plenty of fuel for a 350km range? Check.

High seating position for a good view of traffic? Check.

Masses of storage with the RJays bag? Check.

Comfortable for the max 2 hour stints I do in the saddle? Check.

Rides 2-up on the weekend with the wife? Check.

Handles well enough in the twisties on street tyres? Check.

Puts a smile on my face? Check!

Sure, I could want for more grunt - but the KLR has still gotten me a speeding ticket! And I could wish for better braking and a range of electrical gadgetry - but I certainly don't need it. The weight is a little much for my small frame too. I could upgrade to a more powerful, newer and probably heavier dual sport but I doubt it'd give me much more pleasure, especially for the added outlay. No other bike really ticked every box, was miles better and good value to boot. I guess I'll be riding the KLR for a while longer!





Or maybe I'll just buy a Harley instead.......



Fantastic photo

I'm heading to Tasmania in 2 weeks. For a week. Just me and my girl. No kids. Woohoo
Just wish I could take the trusty KLR. We up in qld

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