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post #1 of 11 Old 04-10-2007, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have been looking at bikes for years thinking it would be grand to ride. I think im almost ready to make the plunge. I have been looking at bikes online and have been going to dealers to look around, and I really like the KLR 650 im just wondering if its too much bike for a noobie. What are your thoughts on the subject?

I also love that the KLR is a dual purpose...
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I look at the KLR just as I look at my truck, the ability to drive/ride a thousand or more miles, go into the back country, and explore.

I have a couple other questions for ya all, what kind of fuel milage do they get and where can I get one in green (WHY OH WHY DONT THE 07 MODELS COME IN GREEN!!!!)

Thanks!!
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Welcome to the forum....

Feel free to use the search function, a lot of your questions can be answered that way. Also checkout the FAQ, most of your questions will be answered there, and a lot of questions you will have will already be answered for you.

If "green" is your color you can always buy a set a green plastics and tank to make the 07 the color you want. The plastics from a 1986-2007 and interchangable.

As for the KLR being too "big" for a starter bike depends on you. If your 5'5" and 150 lbs I would say yes it is. If your comfortable sitting on the KLR I don't think you will have a problem. The KLR is not a speed demon, nor does it have the power to pull the front wheel off the ground at 50 mph like most of the sport bikes.

I looked for months tring to find a KLR, I ran across a DR200 and bought it. ( I hadn'r been on a bike in 20+ years) Within the first week I knew the DR wasn't enough bike for me. My wife bought me a new KLR650 two weeks after I bought the DR.

The DR200 was the perfect bike for her to learn to ride on. She soon went to a KLR650, but now she has gone to a Super Shepra (kawasaki 250)

Good Luck in your decision.

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The KLR is quite comfy for me to sit on (6'3" 190 lbs), my feet touch the ground with no effort. There are a couple 650s on craigs-list here in the bay area for relatively little money and low mileage.
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They all are basically the same bike, Kawasaki did make some changes in 95 ( I think it was 95), and the 08's will be a different bike. 97-2007 is the same bike with different color plastics.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-11-2007, 10:34 PM
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You know how opinions are... everybody's got one.

Here's mine: The KLR is a great bike, and SUV's are nice, too. How many
people use SUV capabilities? It's very possible, though, that you will end
up doing a certain type of riding just because you can. And that's where the fun begins. For me, it's old man style dirt bike riding.

The KLR 650 is indeed tall and hard to get used too. If I've got it leaning
while the sidestand is sunk into the muck, it's all I can do to get on and get it upright. I'm 5'9" and my toes just touch the ground on it.

The dual-purpose part is a big plus, but don't mistake it for a road bike. I love that I can jump onto the highway, but I hate it after any lenght of time, especially compared to a bike built for the highway.

I also discourage anyone from getting a bike for the gas mileage and maybe the concept of it being grand. Make sure your heart is into it or
the other motorists will quickly become a discouraging factor.

Happy shopping!

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You know how opinions are... everybody's got one.

Here's mine:
The dual-purpose part is a big plus, but don't mistake it for a road bike. I love that I can jump onto the highway, but I hate it after any lenght of time, especially compared to a bike built for the highway.
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And I love my KLR on the highway.. I've done 500+ days on it and had a blast!! I've also had a blast riding it off road..

It's not the greatest road bike, and it's not the greatest off-road bike, but it does both fine..

I like mine on the road so much that I've done 12 hour road rallys on it, and am doing another over Memorial Day weekend, leaving my 1000 V Strom at home.

Here's a buddy of mine riding through some slightly wet stuff. (I already rode through it)



And here's my bike before a 500 mile ride to Ohio.



The KLR can do it all, if you want it to..
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if you are loking at a KLR...

I am all about TOYS! Boy did I hit a gold mine with the KLR. You can get every mod conceivable to man off the shelf to make it do whatever you want it to.

The KLR isn't designed to do any one thing really really well, but it does lots of things well enough to be acceptable, I see that as a strength in people and motorcycles. It's not a particularly pretty bike, but form follows funcion, and boy does it function.

The one single best thing I ever did...get a comfortable seat early!!
Corbin's are nice but the one I tried seemed a litle soft to me, the one I have is the Afrika single seat from KLR 650.com (brought to you by our sponsor) and it is good for at least 300 miles a day, probably more with appropriate break in.

see you on the streetrailhighwayroad.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-27-2007, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well this NOOB is gonna do it. I went down to the DMV the other day and got my learners permit and classes will be on the 7th of june (a week before I turn 21). I was looking at an 02 with green plastics on craigslist before I had to go on a business trip but the guy seems to have flaked out. I just went to the Kawasaki website and looked at the 08... that is a sexy bike... how have the reviews been on it?
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how have the reviews been on it?
Actually, the intro is this week/weekend, so it shouldn't be long until we all hear.
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