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post #1 of 11 Old 06-17-2013, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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New member/old guy here. Thinking about adding a KLR as a stablemate to my Concours 14. Got some lurking and learning to do first before I pull the trigger.
New or used, gen 1 or gen 2?

I've owned lots of bikes over the last 45 years. Street and dirt. Last dual sport though was a 1975 Honda XL 350. I'm figuring there's been some improvements since then.

Thanks for the help in advance,
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Welcome to this little corner of the KLR universe. I'm a fairly new owner do a 2012 KLR that I picked up new last fall.

This little board is great - good folks with good advice. So grab a beverage, kick back, and enjoy the read!

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Welcome to this little corner of the KLR universe. I'm a fairly new owner do a 2012 KLR that I picked up new last fall.

This little board is great - good folks with good advice. So grab a beverage, kick back, and enjoy the read!
Thanks. So how's the '12 treating you? Any regrets, second thoughts?
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gen 1 or 2 is really only a style preferance, the bike is the same except for a few minor things. both gens should have the doohickey replaced and a torsion spring installed. if you plan on being a little more agressive offroad with it i would go gen 1 hwy miles gen 2, but they both will do you right.

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The Gen II has served me well - with no problems so far. Granted, I've only got 2,500 miles on it, but I enjoy riding it as often as possible. For the warmer months, it's my daily commuter - a round trip of approximately 40 miles. I also hot up the dirt roads to check out places in the mountains nearby.

And I have no regrets about the purchase.

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gen 1 or 2 is really only a style preferance, the bike is the same except for a few minor things. both gens should have the doohickey replaced and a torsion spring installed. if you plan on being a little more agressive offroad with it i would go gen 1 hwy miles gen 2, but they both will do you right.
Right now I am leaning Gen II, as much dirt/gravel as I want to do, fact is it will probably end up being 80% street.

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New member/old guy here. Thinking about adding a KLR as a stablemate to my Concours 14. Got some lurking and learning to do first before I pull the trigger.
New or used, gen 1 or gen 2?

I've owned lots of bikes over the last 45 years. Street and dirt. Last dual sport though was a 1975 Honda XL 350. I'm figuring there's been some improvements since then.

Thanks for the help in advance,
Steve
It's hard to go wrong with the klr as a stablemate. If you shoot from the hip before looking, you can always get your money back or at least most of it if you change your mind. Especially if you find a good deal somewhere. ps.-How old is old to you? From a pretty old guy myself.
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I picked up a 2008 (gen 2) last July. I've added 9,000 miles to the 7,000 it had when I picked her up. I enjoy her immensely. Mostly road, but I've ventured off road when the opportunity presented itself. It's nice to know I can.

2008 and 2009 are notorious for burning oil, and mine burns oil. When I keep her below 5,000 rpm, she doesn't burn much. The other day I rode 250 miles and ran 80+ mph the last 75. She burned an entire quart in that trip. Mostly, I just add oil without worrying about it. Occasionally, I consider upgrading the poor girl to a 685. She runs good, so I'm not in a hurry to spend the extra money.

Get one and go riding! I'll bet there are lots of great back roads in your part of the country!

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It's hard to go wrong with the klr as a stablemate. If you shoot from the hip before looking, you can always get your money back or at least most of it if you change your mind. Especially if you find a good deal somewhere. ps.-How old is old to you? From a pretty old guy myself.
So yeah, I checked out your profile.....congratulations for staying on two wheels and keep it up. I'm looking at my 60th b-day in just a few weeks....something about getting into a new decade is trying to make me feel a lot older. In resisting though.
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I picked up a 2008 (gen 2) last July. I've added 9,000 miles to the 7,000 it had when I picked her up. I enjoy her immensely. Mostly road, but I've ventured off road when the opportunity presented itself. It's nice to know I can.

2008 and 2009 are notorious for burning oil, and mine burns oil. When I keep her below 5,000 rpm, she doesn't burn much. The other day I rode 250 miles and ran 80+ mph the last 75. She burned an entire quart in that trip. Mostly, I just add oil without worrying about it. Occasionally, I consider upgrading the poor girl to a 685. She runs good, so I'm not in a hurry to spend the extra money.

Get one and go riding! I'll bet there are lots of great back roads in your part of the country!
Resale valve does make buying a KLR a no brainier doesn't it... So has the oil burning thing been corrected since the 2008 came out?

Yeah there is some great riding around here...back roads or off road. Although off road is getting harder to find all the time.

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