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post #1 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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I will be buying my very first KLR soon. Would love any advice on buying new or used bikes. I only have a 30" inseam so info on lowering experience would be most welcome. It looks like Corbin do a good low seat. let me know any thoughts on that. My last bike was a Triumph 800XC which was a little heavy/big/clumsy for my taste. The KLR looks like a hoot to whip around on. I am planning 1000-4000 mile camping trips. Advice on cases and all other farkles most appreciated!
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Nick! No one on this website wants to talk to someone new so I thought what the Hell, I'll reply to myself. Just from all the Utube vids I've seen I'm pretty sure the KLR will be a whole bundle of fun. The Soupy links seem to make the most sense, and they can be adjusted back to stock height easily. Aluminum boxes seem to rule the roost in KLR Land so we'll probably go with metal not Givi plastic. Perhaps you should check out some of the other Klr sites for some more help? Take care, happy trails and safe riding !!!!!
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post #3 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 08:06 PM
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Hey Nick! Welcome aboard!

Yup, with a 30 inch inseam you might need a little help reaching terra firma... Though I'm only 32 inch and have no problems, stock height and wide seat. The Corbin Dual Platform is a good lowered seat, I had one though and disliked it because it rammed my nuts into the tank. Seat Concepts also has a low seat (Sargent too I think) but I have no experience with them. Love my Seat Concepts stock height seat though, nice and wide to relieve pressure points on the butt!

As far as luggage goes, the camps are split on soft luggage and aluminum cases. If you drag a foot with the hard cases chances are good that the case will nail you in the back of the calf or worse, where'as the soft luggage will have some give to them. That being said, I personally prefer hard cases, I don't do heavy off roading (lol, hardly any off roading!) and prefer a nice secure lockable waterproof case. I have soft ones as well, so I guess I can mix it up if I want, but the soft ones I have only hold a fraction of what the aluminum panniers can hold. There are much bigger soft ones (Giant Loop makes some neat luggage systems) so it basically boils down to what you like best.

Again, welcome to the site, we're glad to have ya!
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post #4 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 08:11 PM
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welcome to the forum

depending on your general motorcycle knowledge, buying a used semi or fully farkled KLR might be a good route to go money wise, if not take someone knowledgeable with you

your inseam shouldn't be much of a problem, i wear a 30" - 32" in pants and installed raising links as my first mod. you have to take into account that you with with all your gear will also drop the rear end.

have you been to a dealership yet? you can get some good deals on old stock, especially with the the 2014's coming out shortly.

good luck in your search

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post #5 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 08:43 PM
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Hi Nicaroo!
Welcome to the Forum! We are a very friendly, helpful bunch here just be a little patient and help will come!
I have 2 KLRs, One with the Sargent flat seat, the other with the Sargent low version. The low version is about an inch lower but is NOT stepped like the corbin. It is just thinner. Both are very comfortable and worlds better than the Stock KLR seats, though the low is a bit firmer. The Sargent seats are wider and flatter than the KLR seat, giving a much more comfortable seating area.

What type of roads will you be traveling on? I agree with 650Stew, the hardcases should be left on the roads. I have gotten my leg under my hard case while on rutted trail, it is no fun. My gen1 is set up with AdventureSpec Magadan soft saddlebags designed for offroad adventure riding and are a much better choice for more serious trails. They have about a 35 litre capacity each. Similar to the Pelican cases on my other bike, A Gen2.

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post #6 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for the replies. I am nursing reconnected shoulder muscles right now ( not bike- related, tried to throw 60lb sack over 6' fence, RIP! Shoulder muscles now no longer connected to shoulder bones, ouchy) sold Triumph 800XC, have liked the KLR ever since an owner let me sit on a lowered one in a parking lot. Loved how flickable light it felt, I had a British Royal Enfield back in my home country (UK) so the thumping engine note hit all the right spots. Then. I got on the web and saw how easy this bike is to work on, how it just gets the job done day in day day out . I think getting a pre-farkled bike might be good advice, I had almost $16000 in the Triumph and struggled to get $8600 back on eBay.The KLR is so much lighter and easier to work on, I can't wait to buy one. I have about 3 more months of rehab before the doctors still won't let me near a bike LOL!! I'm going to put together a touring KLR, Scott oiler, heated grips, 12v/USB port, double bubble screen, lowering kit, saddle too, throttle lock, center stand, 3-piece luggage set, tent-pole/tool tube, nautilus horn, semi-off road tires (need advice on those), fuel bottle holders....did I miss anything?
Thank you all so much again, y'all really raised my spirits and I will post all updates on the bike. Can I post photos? Can't see how to do that yet
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post #7 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Oops, missed: crash bars , bash plate, headlight protector , hand guards
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post #8 of 22 Old 08-20-2013, 11:23 PM
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Hi Nickeroo!
You need 15 posts before you can post a pic, its an anti spam thing. If you go into the main forum, way at the bottom is the heading "Forum News, Suggestions and Help", first thread "Please put your test posts here." You can post absolute nonsense there to get your post count up to the 15 so you can post a pic. I believe you have to wait 30 seconds between each post.
Hope this helps and sorry for your trouble with your shoulder!
Best Regards....justjeff

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post #9 of 22 Old 08-21-2013, 04:31 PM
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I posted on your short legs thread - I'm also a 30" inseam. I lowered my bike 1" both ends, and seems to work out perfect. With it 2" lowered, I was flat-footed. With it 1" lowered, I can still flat-foot it if I set the shock preload to a low setting, but I usually ride with it set to 4 out of 5 on stiffness. That'll work for you.

For the bars, I bought a set of Givi bars, and like them. They are easier to install than any of the other sets - important to me, since I figured I'd drop the bike and need to replace the bars eventually. They have a well-engineered geometry, no long unsupported lengths of bar, so they can use a thinner tubing, which is significantly lighter. I've dropped the bike on them twice on dirt at low speeds already, and no damage. Did I mention they are at the cheapest end of the spectrum? I'm a happy customer.

I've got an aluminum bash plate on my bike that's really nice - JNS plate. Came on my bike, and wasn't the model meant to work with Givi bars. The JNS rep was really helpful in advising me how to modify the plate to work with the Givi bars, and sent me the Givi-compatible hardware. That's customer support worth supporting. They make the Motec and Givi compatible versions.

I'm using the stock hand guards and and no headlight protector. Neither were damaged either time I dropped my bike, and I imagine it would take quite a strike to break either. You may be doing more serious off-roading than I am - hell, I go slow and avoid mud.

Heal up - in the meantime you can lower the bike, play with the shock preloads, and order/install your farkles!
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post #10 of 22 Old 08-21-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I need some clarity on seat height. At one inch lowered, don't my feet still have another four or so inches to go before they touch Terra Firma?
I don't know much about suspension, do you adjust it as little compressed as possible for the lowest adjustment height?
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