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post #1 of 33 Old 03-15-2012, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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No motorcycle experience. Thinking about klr650. St louis

Ive been on this forum and advriders and love the klr because of its long legacy and the price. Ive only ever ridden 125 dirtbikes and not very experienced on them. My question is: Would a 650 be too much or should i go for a 250 or even another maker. I would like to buy knew as of right now. I do plan on taking a msc before i even think harder about buying. I want this style of bike because i plan on doing cross country rides eventually and my family has a cabin in se missouri on a back road and its all gravel and there is river access that requires an atv or 4x4 that i could take my bike to. Thanks.
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Ive been on this forum and advriders and love the klr because of its long legacy and the price. Ive only ever ridden 125 dirtbikes and not very experienced on them. My question is: Would a 650 be too much or should i go for a 250 or even another maker. I would like to buy knew as of right now. I do plan on taking a msc before i even think harder about buying. I want this style of bike because i plan on doing cross country rides eventually and my family has a cabin in se missouri on a back road and its all gravel and there is river access that requires an atv or 4x4 that i could take my bike to. Thanks.

Hey welcome to the forum!

my .02... buy a used bike to learn on. You'll drop it alot off-road! The KLR is much heavier than a 125 dirt bike, >150 lbs. It's better on the road of course but is much more work off-road. Find a used street legal 250-400 dirt orieinted bike (WR, KLX, DRZ, etc.) and ride the snot out of it. When you get tired of it on the road then go for a KLR.

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Ive been on this forum and advriders and love the klr because of its long legacy and the price. Ive only ever ridden 125 dirtbikes and not very experienced on them. My question is: Would a 650 be too much or should i go for a 250 or even another maker. I would like to buy knew as of right now. I do plan on taking a msc before i even think harder about buying. I want this style of bike because i plan on doing cross country rides eventually and my family has a cabin in se missouri on a back road and its all gravel and there is river access that requires an atv or 4x4 that i could take my bike to. Thanks.

Hi Chev,

To add to what Spec said, ... He's probably right on the issue of getting a smaller bike to peddle around on.... just for the sake of being lighter and all. Heck, why not just go for the big one?... its not any more quick snappy than the other smaller ones..... just a lot heavier. It takes a lot of oomph to pick it up, especially inverted on a hillside.....yep ... been there...So, maybe get an older KLR? if you only want to deal with it once that is. you will be breaking things however new it is or what model/size. Get good armor in either case. Riding jackets with elbow/shoulder/back padding, and pants with padding in the hips, knee areas can help save your bacon. get a good helmet too...Shin guards.... I'm not fond of the MX helmets as the chin piece sticks out too far and can wrench your neck in a high speed incident..... my two cents worth.

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Ya an older 250 sounds to be a good start for me. I know i will drop it and it will allow me to get used to riding on the road and it will do the job.
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Ya an older 250 sounds to be a good start for me. I know i will drop it and it will allow me to get used to riding on the road and it will do the job.

plus: he will have a small bike in his garage thats paid for when he gets his new KLR. The best of two worlds.

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don't be worried about the power of this 650, i would bet that pound for pound those little 125's have more horse power. but like the other have said a smaller bike like the klr250, drz400, wr250, xt250 or crf230 may be better to get experience on. BTW I am in st. louis also (Hazelwood). if you want to check a klr out, maybe get a better feel for it pm me.
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my first bike was the klr so i cant really say whether or not to go smaller first. i seem to do fine, and yes also been there on the hill. even worse was there was a 1 1.2 ft deep water drainage cut in the hill where we went down. had to sit in the hole and lift...even worse.

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Why not the KLR first?

You know how to balance, steer, shift.
Start careful n' cautious, and get the bike you want.
(Just another thought to put in the soup.)

I think you'd tire of a mid sized bike quickly.

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Ive been reading alot the past couple days and it seems that a one time purchase of a 650 makes more sense for me. I will keep it off major roadways for some time to help build my skill and i really enjoy looking how much people change thier bikes to match what they need out of them. Im not a speed freak so a sports bike isnt for me and i have atvs that are for off roading but in place of both of those a klr fits nice. It seems to hold up strong for 10's of thousands of miles. I am graduating college in may and looking to get into my first career so my bike purchase wont come for a little bit in time so i have plenty of time to ponder my ultimate decision. I have 2 questions in the mean time.
1. Where is a good place on line for good safetry gear?
2. What is the 650 competition like out there in terms of suzuki honda and yamaha for dual sport/ adventure bikes? Ktm and bmw i hear are freat but initial and mainence prices are high.

Thanks for your input so far and helping out a newbie.
Ps kt seems there are a few motorcycle saftey courses around, but they require pants jacket boots helmet and a bike.
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All of the single cylinder 650's of Japanese make are worthy bikes, I just prefer my KLR. You really can't go wrong with any of them, it is a personal preference. You are right, KTM and BMW are nice but the prices are high. Hit Motosport.com or Motorcyclesuperstore for a good look at gear. If you are new to bikes a safety/riding course is a good idea... Welcome to the world of the most versatile bikes available.
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