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post #1 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Am I NUTS or what?

Total newbie! Did the MSF basic course, learned alot and had a blast. Well worth the time & money. Now I am looking at the klr650 & klx250s. They both fit well, I'm 5'11" & 170. Interested in back highways & forest service type roads, no technical or serious off road. I live in a rural area. Am I delusional or is the klr a bit much to start with? Or would the klx250s be better for a year & lots of miles to get the experience, then move up? Really like the feel of the klr & klx. Oh yea, I'm a 65 y.o. retired professional pilot who isn't ready to be done with adventure/fun.
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 06:01 PM
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Personally, and this is just me, I would go for the KLX if I was you . They're both fantastic bikes but if your just starting out in dual sporting the KLX will be a much more user friendly bike. The KLR is kind of a top heavy beasty until you get used to it. I'd ride the KLX for a year and then if you want to go to the KLR you could probably sell the KLX for close to what you paid for it. Or, you might really enjoy the KLX and stick with it. A friend has one and he absolutely loves it, great bikes!

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 06:13 PM
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+ 1!

I have a KLR250 (predecessor to the KLX250S, in a way) and now also a KLR650; obtained in that order.

An undeniable fact; a 250 is EASIER to pick up than a 650! (Even backing up to it and doing the "dead lift" routine, the "baby steps," and so on.)

While the 650's the choice, when tooling down the pavement, I'd have to say the 250's the more versatile.

Yet, you can't go WRONG with either.


Then again, if I were shopping for a 250, I'd have to take a look at the Yamaha WR250R, today; fuel injection, advanced suspension over the KL's . . . YMMV!
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post #4 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 06:15 PM
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Welcome, I would tend to agree with 650Stew. I am 66 and about your size. I took the course three years ago and bought a used KLR. I had ridden smaller dirtbikes moving cattle through sandhills and sagebrush but it had been a long time. I went with the 650 for more highway riding, but it is a bit heavy and a little spooky on gravel for my skill level. Good luck and be safe
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post #5 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 07:05 PM
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I would agree with the aboves. I've got about 100 pounds on you, but I've ridden 250 dual sports (never owned one) in the past and for 90% of the riding I do, I wish I had one, although I would keep the KLR for riding to work. There are a lot of spots around here where a 250 would be just the ticket, especially when riding alone: much easier to manage if you dump on a hill, get stuck in the mud, etc. I'm always looking and if I ever find a good deal on a 250, I'll most likely try to pick one up. Plus, might get me a riding partner because I have a few friends who can ride but don't own motorcycles anymore.

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post #6 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 07:48 PM
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ShadetreeAZ, as far as your sanity goes, this is your first post... we need more to go on! I can echo all of the above except that I have 30 lbs and 4" on you. I currently ride a 650 but am keeping my eyes open for a lighter 250 - 400cc just to screw around on. The 650 is perfect for road and most trail riding, but unless you really need the load hauling capacity, a 250 would be a blast and really whet your appetite for more. Who says you can only have one bike in the stable anyway?!! Keep your adventure dreams alive and be safe.

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post #7 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 07:54 PM
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Not sure I agree with the more conservative point of view pilots we tend to. Take care of ourselves a bit above the average. Sooooo do not tell me how old you are.rather, tell me the shape you are in. If my suspicions are correct I would strongly suggest the KLR,BUT KEEP THE FACTORY TYRES on it for 30 hrs. Of riding. Read like pilots do and your experiences will be blessed.

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post #8 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 09:03 PM
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my first motorcylce was my klr. however im 6'3 160ish 24 yrs old. ive never ridden the 250 but i think either way you go it will be good. it just depends on what style of riding your doing. the klr does fine on gravel/dirt roads just have to get used to it. if your doing some serious offroad i would go with the 250. just for picking it up reasonability the klr is a bit much on an incline when its on its side. either way i wish you luck and look forward to some pics. btw the first motorcycle i ever rode was a 42 flathead suicide shift...interesting first ride :-)

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post #9 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Experience counts! That's exactly why I asked you guys. In aviation we learn much from the stuff others did that cost them much (often lives), I'm thinking motorcycles are no different. I really appreciate the guidance and wisdom from your collective experience. Just trying to do it right and not become a statistic for the naysayer's. I'll post on the move when it happens. Thanks.
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post #10 of 20 Old 03-05-2012, 12:45 AM
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250 until u learn to ride dirt. i m your size and i can abuse my klr off road now, but it took me several years to get there. wish i spent some time on a 250-450 dirt bike first. my next bike will be yam wrf450

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