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post #1 of 14 Old 04-15-2012, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hey. I'm new to the KLR world- I haven't purchased a bike yet but I'm falling in love with the KLR before I even ride one. I'm impressed with the amount of forums and followers! I am a 28 year old guy, I'm looking at a bike- I grew up riding YZ's and other dirt bikes, Currently I want a bike that I can use mostly for road riding but I LOVE the idea of tearing up the offload paths whenever I want. So: I'll be doing a lot of day rides like the Utah Fire Ride for the fallen, And other rides mostly dominated by cruiser style bikes. Will the KLR keep up with these ride styles? Have any of you participated in such day rides with a KLR? Any advice for a new purchaser?
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-15-2012, 09:28 PM
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Welcome to the forum Aggiefirefighter! The KLR shouldn't have an issue keeping up with any other breed at legal posted speeds. If you are doing mostly roads, then a 16 tooth front sprocket would be a good idea to keep the RPM's down. Lots of helpful folks on this forum, so ask lots of questions. Doing so will likely save you money because if it's been done to a KLR, someone here has done it and can offer their wisdom (read: share their mistakes!) so you don't have to find out the hard way.

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Welcome to the forum. I haven't done any all day rides but do ride with friends on cruisers as well as sports. The sports will beat you in the twisties, and cruisers on the straits but you should be able to keep up with both, you'd just be in the back half of the pack. the KLR is an all around bike, jack of all trades, master of none. Your fuel range should be somewere in the 220-250m range depending upon your right hand and constant rpms. If your going to ride a lot of slab I would recommed switching to a 16t front sprocket. I love how my bike rides with it and since I tend to keep the rpms higher it helps with my mileage. There are a lot of riders on here with a lot more experience with the KLR, I learn something new everyday the above is just my humble take on the bike. One thing I can say for certain: I've found my last bike, the versatilty and fun of the KLR cannot be beat, ridden all kinds but never had as much fun as I do currently. :-)

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Welcome to the forum. One thing you'll be able to do on the KLR is take that dirt shortcut and come out ahead of the others, Ha Should be allot of dirt roads in your area. Wish you luck on your search.
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the klr will amaze and inspire you every time you twist the throttle and leave the driveway. i've been all over on it in every condition and weather style you can think of and it goes through it all and keeps putting away. utah is a badass place to be riding one. pull the trigger and get it. i posted this listing not knowing if it still available or not but its an idea on what you can get for the price. granted thats a killer deal... no pun. anyway. stop on down here if you get a chance once you pick one up. i got a nice ride for us.

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post #6 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I'll certainly put a 16 tooth front sprocket on the bike for street riding.. I'm amazed the more I learn about the KLR- I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on this one! I'm looking at a Gen 2 ('08 +) I'll look ya up if I'm ever down in NM Scrapper! Is there much of a following in Utah for KLR'ers? I was hoping to find someone who'd had experience doing cruiser-style day rides on the KLR.. My primary source of riding will probably be an 80/20 road to off road ratio.
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post #7 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 01:56 PM
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check the forums towards the bottom there is a section to post in for area;s of the us. im sure there are people posting from utah on there.

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post #8 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 02:22 PM
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Get a blue if you can. They're the fastest Gen 2s. ;-)

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post #10 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 07:20 PM
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Certainy the black ones are the fastest! But, being a FF, you'll probably go red!

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