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post #1 of 18 Old 06-20-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Don't know if this is the right bike for me... Guys tell me what you think of this bike road and dirt wise and how long your able to ride. And will it hold up another rider ( wife ) but mostly I'll be riding the bike for a to work and play is there a good aftermarket for this bike


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post #2 of 18 Old 06-20-2012, 05:29 PM
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Use mine daily for commute and have taken some trips with bike fully loaded and wife on the bike. It's a workhorse and the most fun I've had with any bike.


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post #3 of 18 Old 06-20-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Do you use those hard bags on the side


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post #4 of 18 Old 06-20-2012, 08:16 PM
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No, I use a cargo net on the back rack. I have a fender bag strapped to the right rear for my tools but don't like the rear panniers since I split lanes often during heavy traffic. Also came off riding sport bikes so prefer a little sleeker look. When I need to load it up I just use my ALICE pack on the back rack as well.


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post #5 of 18 Old 06-20-2012, 09:02 PM
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This bike will do everything you asked about quite adequately. If you have concerns, see if you can find someone in your area that will give you a test ride.

I use mine for my daily commute to work and have taken a couple of trips in the 1 - 2 hour range. I need to get off about once an hour to get the blood flowing again but it's doable. I have ridden with my wife several times with no problems even after switching to a 16 tooth front sprocket. There is plenty of power available even while cruising at 65. I still get 50mpg even with all the highway riding I do.


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That's a nice set up you got there ... I don't know of any dual sport riders in the area .but yesterday I saw a klr 650 go down the road first gen . He had soft bags an a tank bag.I live near the blue ridge park about a 1hr 30 min ride from the house Iam in south carolina and a hour from chimmey rock nc and 20 mins outside of rockhill sc


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You can use the Regional Forums here to try to find others in your area.

http://www.klrforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=45

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My KLR was and is my first bike, I commute 50 miles one way and ride my bike almost daily. I have also taken 3 long trips (500 mile one way) and done it comfortably. The trick is stop before you feel you need to, I stop and walk around at least every 150 miles, last time I rode to southwest Kentucky (658 miles) I checked into my hotel and went for a motorcycle ride. I can't imagine buying a KLR and not being thrilled with it.


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Don't know if this is the right bike for me... Guys tell me what you think of this bike road and dirt wise and how long your able to ride. And will it hold up another rider ( wife ) but mostly I'll be riding the bike for a to work and play is there a good aftermarket for this bike


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Welcome to the forum!

Do you have any motorcycle experience? A good place to start is the MSF Basic Rider class. Also I always recommend David Hough's




My advice is don't ride without gear ever. Helmet, gloves, jacket is minimum IMHO. Buy decent quality first and you won't be upgrading anytime soon. Figure at least $500.

The KLR is a good bike. It's versatile and reliable, people have taken them all over the world. More important than what bike you choose is you, get trained/educated and wear safety gear.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-21-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Does the klr 650 have many aftermarket parts so like this bike can handle anything you throw at it


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