Well, after months of internal debate I pulled the trigger on a 2006 KLR this week. I have never done any dirt riding and the closest bike to the KLR in geometry I've ridden is a Ducati Hypermotard. Until now my riding has all been on the road, first consisting of a string of Honda Magnas ranging from 1982 to 2000. I sold my last Magna several years ago for a 2000 Honda VFR800Fi, which I still own and love.
The most recent addition to our increasingly crowded 2-car stable (now including my VFR800 "Vickie", 2006 XTerra Off Road "Alexis", fiancÚ's 2008 Ford Taurus AWD "Dante", and her Suzuki SV650S "Olivia") is a yet-to-be-christened 2006 KLR650 I just picked up from my local classifieds for $2,400. I will be the third owner. Supposedly the first owner just used it for commuting and the bike was left baking in the torturous Utah sun, which faded the red paint to a nice pink color. The bike was sold to the second owner, a retiree up in Midway, UT who wanted to do some dirt riding. He used a paint restorer to try to get the original color back, which worked fairly well except for some nooks and crannies. He was an aircraft mechanic so he did a lot of work on the bike, replacing the doohickey, changing all the fluids, tires, brakes, tune up, carb cleaning, and putting on an aftermarket exhaust can. Unfortunately for him, after one ride on a dirt road he decided he was too old to learn dirt riding and put the bike up for sale.
There are a couple of small cracks on the front fairing, but I think I can fix it with a plastic welder.
I think I want to respray the bike. My summer touring suit is yellow and I don't want to look like a rolling McDonald's (and my cold-weather suit is red, so yellow is out too). I was thinking about white.
My other vehicle is a 2006 Nissan XTerra Off Road with a 2.5" lift, rock sliders, and I have a set of skid plates on order. I've done off road driving in SUVs since I was 15, so I'm looking forward to learning how to ride dirt. Eventually we want to get a DRZ for my fiancÚ so we can do a ride to Alaska and back.
Anyway, I'm glad to find a community around my new bike and I look forward getting out there. I pick it up on Friday when I can get a trailer.
Oh, and test-riding a bike in 9░F isn't just cold, it's painful.
Last edited by XRoadRider; 01-18-2012 at 11:47 PM.