KLR from a GSA
Well....I pulled the trigger on Saturday and traded off my 2009 BMW R1200GS Adventure for a 2005 KLR 650 with 3,700 miles. Yeah....I know, that is a big difference in value but, I also got quite a wad of cash back! I decided to do this as I have had numerous BMW GS models and as nice as a bike as they are, they are just a bit big, heavy and cumbersome for me as I age. Plus the money back into the retirement account ain't a bad thing either!
The 2005 KLR is mint and only needs a set of tires to be up-to-snuff. I am thinking about Shinko 705s front and rear as I have read quite a bit of good reviews on them on "Motorcycle Superstore" and "Revzilla". The KLR I got was pretty well equipped but, I am not sure about the high windshield eventhough it does it's job very well....I don't like how the mastercylinder hits the shield when full turned to the left. The KLR has Happy Trails engine / body work guards, full alloy skid plate, gel seat, wing vents, dash panel surround piece, center stand with protection plate, Moose off-road pegs, IMS folding shifter, ROX rubber mounted bar risers, etc. I have only put about 50 miles since picking it up Saturday but, I can tell a suspension upgrade will need to happen over the winter. I am thinking a RICOR for the rear and their fork insert "things".
I have owned a few other KLRs in the past including a mint Tengai that I could absolutely kick myself for selling!
Well anyway...thanks for reading my introduction and look forward to getting back up to speed on KLRs on this site.