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post #1 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone.

I'm a 30+year rider of enduro/street-trail style bikes and a brand new and proud KLR 650 2009 owner! I'm finally glad to join the ranks of such a enthusiastic group of KLR riders.

My last bike was a DR650 and she was a sweet ride for the last 8 years. I put thousands of miles on the the old lady in the Appalachians where I live.

Currently, I'm living in south-central WV, around the New River Gorge and looking forward to hearing from others that love the thrill of the ride!

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-08-2012, 02:43 PM
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DR650's are great bikes. I would of bought another but I wanted more wind protection and basicly just a more road friendly bike overall.

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 12:14 AM
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Just curious: why the switch from the DR to the KLR? Oh, and welcome to the forum!



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post #4 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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The switch? Well, that was really only because the DR was getting some age on her (95 model) and I just happened across a KLR (09' with 1,234 miles) for $4,200 and I couldn't pass it up. Plus the bike came with 4 helmets a GIVI Monokey Top Box, a cover and a KLR softbag.

I was very happy with the DR and would certainly buy another without hesitation, but I must say that I love the styling on the KLR and it feels to be a lighter, smoother runnning bike than ye old DR? That may be comparing apples to oranges considering the age differences though?

Suzuki makes a fine bike as I'm certain that Kawi does too. PS. The Zuki seems to have a more powerful engine, but that may be because the KLR isn't really broken in yet with only 1,200 miles. Thanks for asking. N8
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 07:07 AM
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I had a '96. It really opened my eyes on how guys could rack up the miles on a bike compared to riding my DRZ. It was so less taxing cruising down the highway.
I thought my KLR would stick to the asphalt. Looks so heavy compared to the DR. But once I got on gravel I was surprised how well it did. KLR gets a tad bit better mpg too.
I wouldn't switch back now.

N8 if you do the .22 mod, frugal exhaust mod, and remove the airbox snorkle, you will get as much throttle response as a DR with airbox mods and Dynojet'd carb.

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Savage.

Hey thanks for the advice! I always appreciate some helpful hints and some good constructive critique every now and then too.

I'm very curious to see what kind of mileage the KLR will get. My DR was getting 65 MPG consistently, it had a 3.3 Gallon tank. Hey...would you recommend a Hanes manual? I don't have an owners manual and I'd sure like to get one somewhere for this bike. Any suggestions, I suppose I could go to the dealer for one.

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post #7 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Savage, since you were so kind as to offer some mod advice. What do you think about the Thermo-Bob in the above link? Would this be something worthy of investing $100 in?

Ooops, sorry, I need 15 posts to place a link.

Anyways, the Thermo-Bob is a thrermostat bypass device that another KLR forum was raving about? Any advice on this doohickey? Thanks! N8
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 09:05 AM
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I have no clue how you got 65mpg out of a 650? Even super lean I don't know how you did it.

I've read about the thermobob and I don't get it. I know what it does, but I don't see the point. Just my opinion. Some guys on ADV strongly oppose it and some love it.
I bought the stock manual off ebay and learned my KLR has a 6th gear! Score! I don't know that I'll ever need a service manual.
Doo Hickey seems like a weak link in the KLR, but it sounds like some have had just as much issues after they replace it from kinking the spring. I'd like to do it for piece of mind, but on the other hand you have to think how many KLR's are running around out there and their owners have no clue what a doo hickey is.
The internet makes us all over-analyze everything.
My bike has 9500 miles and its silky smooth, my bud has 20k on the stock doo...

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N8, I've had a Thermobob on my bike since 1300 miles just because I ride a lot of cooler temps in the early morning and my bike never really seemed to warm up. It has since warmed to a more stable temperature a lot faster. In hotter weather it does not help to keep the temperature cooler, however it does not seem to hinder cooling either and the temp swings at stops are more gradual. I can't say it was a necessity, however I do like the fact that the engine stays at a more stable temp as well as warms quicker to a stable temperature before half of my commute is over. Just my .02


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post #10 of 13 Old 05-09-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks guys.

I'm appreciative of all input good or bad.

I don't how I was getting that kinda' mileage either, but I can swear that it was approaching that over the life of the bike. Maybe because I do a lot of trail riding at slower speeds and not so much highway cruising? What's an average MPG for a KLR?

Thanks again, gents.
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