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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have been a proud and very satisfied owner of an 09klr since it was purchased new that year. And now am a 'new to me' owner of an 05 BMW F650GS, purchased for my wife because of the ultra low seat hight, not because I just had to have a beemer.

And now we have noticed an interesting phenomenon when both bikes are parked side by side. Strangers, typically other bike owners, will come up to us and once pleasantries are exchanged and the conversation turns towards the bikes, will be more drawn and interested in the KLR then they are the more modern 650GS.

I'll start by telling them about the ability to turn OFF the ABS on the BMW for the dirt roads and they politely interrupt me to point at the Kawi and ask what the two wooden dowels wrapped in grip tape and bolted to the engine guards are for. I explain that those dowels are my 'highway pegs'.
Then I try and explain that the wifes bike is fuel injected and you don't have to worry about jetting because..., "and so what is that little toggle switch that is mounted near the instrument cluster" they ask, as they stare at the KLR. I tell them it is my manual thermostat bypass inorder to have control of the radiator fan for when the trail gets slow and gnarly or I'm stuck at a traffic light for extended periods in 95f heat and I just want to turn the fan on.

Point of this is that in a side-by-side comparison, people still seem to be intrigued and drawn to the outdated Japanese 80's KLR and the owners ability to field customize things to their liking. Raise your beers high my friends.

Oh, and did I tell you about the 'on the fly' pre-load adjustment...
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 02:43 PM
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It's like parking a new Z06 and a '32 duece coupe side by side. Who cares about the Z06?

Or the new Caddy and a '64 duece and a quarter. People like the Buick.


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post #3 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 07:39 PM
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On our monthly company ride last week there were
New Harley, whatever the cafe style model is
BMW GS1200
Ducati Monster
Honda Hawk
My 08 KLR
As we were leaving our lunch break a couple of guys came to ask me
"how do you like that bike?" "how does it handle?" etc
No question about the other bikes.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 07:58 PM
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Kinda like a freak show, folks are just drawn to the unusual. Don't get me wrong, I love my KLR but I get the WTF is THAT comments also. I have a more modern "semi high tech" bike too. Different purposes.

I keep the KLR for it's simplicity. as I've said before it's my Zombie Apocalypse bike.

That reminds me. I need to get over to the "Should I buy a KLR" thread and respond to planalp's post.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-14-2013, 11:18 AM
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Recent local Antique Motorcycle Club show with lots of cool old bikes.

Some guy rolls up on an old KLR, dented panniers, covered with dirt, loaded with 500 lbs of camping gear, etc. fresh from the other side of the country.

Guess who got all the attention.
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