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