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post #1 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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new guy interested in KLR

Just checking in on here, hoping to gain some information.

I became interested in a cost effective bike when the price of gas started climbing through the roof. My current daily driver is not the greatest on MPGs these days, I'd post a picture but apparently I am to much of a noob It's an Xterra that was built with basic overlanding/adventure type riding in mind. It's a fantastic vehicle but with the modifications I have made to it my gas mileage is terrible.

Given the directions I have gone with the Xterra, I'd like to continue along those same lines with a bike but this bike will also be as close to a daily driver as I can get. I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia so while I may not ride the bike year round I can definitely ride it for a large portion of the year. Several friends and coworkers that ride have recommended the Kawasaki KLR 650, so far, to my inexperienced eye it seems like a great bike. My reason for posting over here now is to see if I can gain any insight from current owners of these bikes. I'm looking to purchase sometime before the end of December so I have some time to do my homework.

First off my questions are basically what are the overall opinions on this bike? The other things I am wondering about are simple maintenance questions etc. I do all my own work on the Xterra and would like to keep it that way on the bike as well. Are there any large issues that I should be aware of? Defective components that have been found out as the years have gone by etc?

One other question I had, in my looking around I noticed that there are atleast two very definite body style changes. It looked like it maybe switched in 2009? I like the look of the newer ones alot better but wanted to know if there were specific advantages to any of the models, any signifigant upgrades made other than body style changes etc?

Any and all opinions would be helpful

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 05:11 PM
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Hello there. I'm a new KLR owner myself, and I can say I've talked with some nice folks on this site so far.ive owned a 2012 for around 3 months that I bought mainly as a commuter and I live the thing. It's NOT a gsxr, but i knew that going into it.other guys will be able to fill you in on all the pros and cons of these my opinion for the money it's a great buy.😜

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 05:14 PM
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Many, if not all of your questions (e.g., changes by model years) may be answered bythe Wikipedia KLR650 entry.

The BigCee KLR650 FAQ's should be useful, also.

Over 25 years of production, mild evolutionary changes, perhaps; nothing revolutionary, for the KLR650.

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 05:55 PM
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Welcome to the forum....

The KLR is considered by most as a reliable cost effective motorcycle that is not the best at anyone thing but it can do everything....

I have used mine for commuting and come to prefer it to my suv. Even learned how to stay warm over the cold months to a point where it is only parked for two months of the winter.

Found that the group here give great honest advice and opinions..

Good luck with your choice.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 06:20 PM
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parts are cheep and there are many fourms on the web to help you. I just got my bike too..This is the best forum I found, folks will help you here.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-28-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info guys, this was mostly what I was wondering about. With my Xterra there is a huge issue in which the coolant actually mixes with the automatic transmission fluid causing an expensive headache, this is easy to fix but it was still a fault on Nissan, those were the kind of things I was looking for about the bike.

Thanks for the link as well, that was really helpful.

I'll post up here if I pick one up, hoping to have one withing the next couple months.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 02:24 PM
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Be sure to check out the following thread:

Tom put together a very comprehensive list of common mods and issues. It covers both Gen1 and Gen2. He not only covers what to do, but why.

BTW: Welcome to the forum!
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 04:16 PM
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The doohickey is the only issue. Plenty about that on here. Super easy fix.

If you can wrench on your Xterra you can do it on this. Sounds to me like you were made for a KLR, man.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for all the responses, between all the links I have found enough reading material to keep me busy for a while!

I'm definitely getting excited about this bike. I've started watching for some deals but in all honesty I'm probably not going to be purchasing one until beginning of December so I'll post up when I do. Until then I'll be surfing around here and reading up as much as I can.
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