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post #1 of 21 Old 07-19-2012, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Reasons for Buying the KLR 650

I was curious what everybody's reasons were for choosing the KLR over other dual purpose bikes? I rode dirt bikes most of my life. Cruisers the last few. I have been thinking about buying a dual purpose for the flexibility of being able to go on and off road. Thanks.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-19-2012, 11:17 AM
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My first two dualsports were of the more bare-bones variety: a Suzuki SP600 and a Honda XR650. I chose the GenII KLR because it's my only motorcycle and I wanted something a little more roadworthy than my previous rides. Price, of course, was also a big factor.



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post #3 of 21 Old 07-19-2012, 12:21 PM
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#1 - weather protection, i can ride year around in NH with this thing
#2 - tank size, with 6.1 gallons I can easily go 300 miles between fill ups
#3 - Comfort, rider triangle and seat better than the other dual sports for me
#4 - reliability, not any better than other dual sports but it is important

Just for fun, reasons not to buy a klr...

#1 - offroading, if you plan to spend more than half your time offroad you will probably want to look else where. Too much plastic equals hard to protect, heavier than other duallies, stock tires are terrible off road, not a lot of suspension travel, too soft of suspension, and large tank is just extra weight.
#2 - Fuel economy, almost every other true duelly on the market gets better FE save the DR650 (ie bmw 650, drz400, dr200, klx250s, wr250, xt250)
#3 - High speed highway cruising, at speeds exceeding 80 mph things can get unstable and engine is revving very high with not much left.
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-19-2012, 12:35 PM
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Since most of my miles are spent commuting, I went with the KLR. I like to do sone longer day ride with some friends from time to time, so on road worthiness was a factor for me. I'm not going to be going on anything worse than jeep trails.

I looked closely at the DR650 and DRZ400 and if a good deal on one would have come up, I may have gone that route. But I decided on the KLR for its comfort and affordability, and now that Ive put some miles on it I'm glad I went with the KLR.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-19-2012, 03:43 PM
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For me it was:
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Tail rack (my KLR IS my pickup truck and winter beater.)
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Mine is mostly a commuter, but the last mile and a half to home is gravel road. I'm only a couple weeks old with my KLR - a used 2009 - but I'm really liking it. Agree with others - I grew up on dirt bikes and this is not a bike you would want to run an enduro on but for moderate offroad it's fine. Yes, these tires need to go at the first excuse.
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post #7 of 21 Old 07-19-2012, 09:47 PM
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I have a lot of gravel roads around where I live and know several people who ride the gravel only. Then I met Dr Greg Frazier and talked to him he put me in the direction of the KLR. The final was when I talked to Jack Robinson from fssnoc who sold me my first bake bake in 76 I started looking at the KLR seriously Bought an 05 with 33000 miles all stock 3weeks ago loving it
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I was curious what everybody's reasons were for choosing the KLR over other dual purpose bikes? I rode dirt bikes most of my life. Cruisers the last few. I have been thinking about buying a dual purpose for the flexibility of being able to go on and off road. Thanks.
what other bike is/was made in same style for over 20years (an still is made with,, same frame ,tank,etc,with some upgrades here an there) ???

what bike is sold an used in more countrys across the world???

what bike is/was used the longest ,, in a USA military service???

klr = no bike compares for what this beast will do..
for a true dual sport OR price per pound ,,,yes = klr is the,, winner..
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you will see them all over back country Alaskan roads loaded to the hilt with gear and nothing but smiles on the riders face ..

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