Join Date: May 2019
Location: Travel full time
review of my 2018 1,500 miles so far
Hi. My first KLR 650, had lots of Harleys and BEEMERS. I have about 1.500 miles on it now and its stock except for crash bars. ( and my 17 tooth front sprocket) I do highway and gravel roads and logging roads/fire roads. Ill be lucky to get 3,000 miles out of the rear stock tire. I am now in northern MN. lots of gravel roads and flat straight highways. The bike loves gravel and is a joy to be able to not have a street bike to enjoy the back roads. The speedo seems to be 2.5-3 mph off. With the 17 tooth sprocket its a pleasure to drive. In my opinion. Im about 170lbs and 5.11 with a full face helmet with a good head wind it runs out of power around speedo 80mph. Last night outrunning a rain storm, with the heavy wind at my back, running 6,000 rpms, I was doing 100 or more, speedo. Smooth as heck. So far I love the bike its so simple and back to basic.
On my last Harley a street bob, when the speedo hit 82 mph the front end would have a slow wobble, a $270 front stabilizer and it stopped the wobble. KLR no wobble and rides on rails.
Since its not a fashion show for me anymore. first thing I did was to take all the staples out of the seat and have at it with the kitchen electric knife and restaple it. I can now have both feet on the ground almost flat footed.
So far everyone hear seems helpful and friendly.