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post #1 of 26 Old 07-26-2011, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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New Member wondering if a KLR650 is right for me?

Hey guys I'm new to your forum I just registered today. I'm been riding since I was about 4 years old and could actually ride my older brothers PW50 before I could ride my bicycle without the training wheels. I had the balance thing down I just couldn't pedal fast enough to be able to use that balance, but on the PW I could just twist the throttle and not have to worry about pedaling so I was hooked from then on! Anyway now I've got a 2006 CBR 600 F4i which had been my dream bike when I was riding dirt bikes. Well now that I've been riding on the street for the past year and a half my bike doesn't really fit how I want to ride. So I'm in the process of trying to sell it and have been thinking about buying a good used KLR 650. That way I can have a toy for the dirt and have a bike I can still ride to school or to work and save a little gas instead of driving my Jeep. So do you guys think a KLR 650 is right for what I'm looking to do? Thanks for allowing me to join the forum and I can't wait to dig through some more posts and learn more about the KLR.
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First, Welcome! I'm kinda new here too. Second, I am impressed with your balance, finally, your desire to have a multi-purpose bike to "do it all" is totally dependant on what type of dirt riding you do. I have an 09 klr and it is a very capable street/touring machine. I love it more than the GSX I gave up to get it. I have taken it down some forest trails here in MI and two tracks are no problem, haven't been determined enough to take it in some nasty stuff (check out some of the galleries here and you will see it is possible).

If you are "serious" about dirt biking (as I am) like GNCC/National Enduro terrain, then you will be probably disappointed. My solution was to secretly hide a CRF250X in the garage so my wife couldn't find it.
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Buy a decent used one and you can probably sell it for the same price if you don't like it.




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First, Welcome! I'm kinda new here too. Second, I am impressed with your balance, finally, your desire to have a multi-purpose bike to "do it all" is totally dependant on what type of dirt riding you do. I have an 09 klr and it is a very capable street/touring machine. I love it more than the GSX I gave up to get it. I have taken it down some forest trails here in MI and two tracks are no problem, haven't been determined enough to take it in some nasty stuff (check out some of the galleries here and you will see it is possible).

If you are "serious" about dirt biking (as I am) like GNCC/National Enduro terrain, then you will be probably disappointed. My solution was to secretly hide a CRF250X in the garage so my wife couldn't find it.
Haha thanks for the compliment on the balance! I have really enjoyed getting to ride on the street and its a very practical and beneficial use of a motorcycle. However, I miss the dirt lol I really would like to have something I can ride the heck out of again but I also need something I can get good gas mileage on and commute with. That's why I've been looking at the KLR because to be honest I don't really have the oppurtunity to ride like I'd like to. My family lives on about 120 acres of land about 40% woods and 60% rolling grasslands. I can ride here but it gets boring pretty quick and I don't really have any riding buddies except for my dad and brother and my bestfriend who all have streetbikes so they wouldn't do me any good in the dirt. There is a local park that has trails I could go ride but they're probably more intense than I'd want to ride on a KLR and even then who am I going to ride with? I've also looked at fully converting a CRF450x to street legal because it is much more off road capable but its not nearly as on road capable and in all reality the most off roading I will probably have the chance to do and the ability to do will be a well beaten path or back road. That's why I've been looking at the KLR because its known for its excellent usability but its not affraid to get dirty either.

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Buy a decent used one and you can probably sell it for the same price if you don't like it.
I figure if I bought one and for some odd reason didn't like it my dad would try to steal it from me! He wants one but hasn't decided to give up his FJR1300 for one yet.
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That works, too.




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What makes the KLR650 such a great, is it can be what ever you want it to be. I use mine as a giant enduro / mx bike, then change the gearing, and do a 1500 klm weekend away. I ground the stock foot pegs down to stumps playing with sports bikes on tight tar roads, i would lift my inside foot off the peg, so it could fold up againt the frame in corners. It has got it's faults, but they are easy to fix. The other plus to the klr is you got this site, to help you out with anything you need to know. BTW welcome.Cheers Peter
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I commute daily on the KLR 80mi round trip to work and back, like you, to save gas money.

I load it up with all the bags and have done 5000mi highway touring, occasionally taking a nice trail or fire road fully loaded.

I have ridden my KLR 75mi to get to the trail and then did a 50-60mi trail ride and then another 75mi to the first gas stop back in civilization.

While it wont do what a real MX bike will do and its not as comfortable as a Honda Goldwing, I believe its a nice compromise that allows you to do a little of everything and just about anything you could want to do on a motorbike.

If that sounds like what your looking for, than the KLR is for you.

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What makes the KLR650 such a great, is it can be what ever you want it to be. I use mine as a giant enduro / mx bike, then change the gearing, and do a 1500 klm weekend away. I ground the stock foot pegs down to stumps playing with sports bikes on tight tar roads, i would lift my inside foot off the peg, so it could fold up againt the frame in corners. It has got it's faults, but they are easy to fix. The other plus to the klr is you got this site, to help you out with anything you need to know. BTW welcome.Cheers Peter
Yeah I've heard sprocket swaps for different occasions are common. On a scale of 1-10 how hard is a sprocket swap with being the hardest?

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If that sounds like what your looking for, than the KLR is for you.
I appreciate your entire post but that was my favorite part!

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post #10 of 26 Old 07-27-2011, 04:22 PM
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CS swap is super easy, as long as the nut is not done up to tight. I just snug it up. Stand on the rear brake side of your bike, put your foot on the brake, put a 27mm socket on the nut with the handle towards the rear, and then lift up on the handle. That will undo the nut. If your tab washer is folded over, you have to unfold that first. 99% of the time i don't fold them over, but i check the nut every ride. If i was going on a long ride / trip i would fold it over then. On the side of the road it's a 5min job max. One other thing i cut the CS gaurd up, so i don't have to take that off first. Cheers Peter
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