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post #1 of 9 Old 10-21-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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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.

Thanks!
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Don't mean to hijack the thread but why not an intermediate "jump" to a V-Strom (DL650)??
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-21-2013, 11:57 AM
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Welcome, Schropdog!

Congratulations on the "cherry" Generation 1; your riding style and environment remains uniquely yours, but . . . I found the EBC 320-mm front disk and braided front brake line offer much improved braking modulation and control.

Ain't your first rodeo with a KLR650, so you know the territory well. Again, depending upon your intended service spectrum, you might consider upgrading the subframe bolts; an aftermarket rear-view mirror/choke lever bracket can save handlebar switchgear from grenading in a crash.

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Don't mean to hijack the thread but why not an intermediate "jump" to a V-Strom (DL650)??
I had owned a 2008 DL650 and really liked the bike (had a DL1000 too and did NOT like that bike). When I posted my GSA up for sale (ebay, BMWMOA, IBMWR), I offered up taking a smaller dual sport bike on trade. I had probably six, or so, KLR owners wanting to upsize but, no V-Strom owners. I sure would have entertained a VStrom but really like the KLR too.
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Welcome, Schropdog!

Congratulations on the "cherry" Generation 1; your riding style and environment remains uniquely yours, but . . . I found the EBC 320-mm front disk and braided front brake line offer much improved braking modulation and control.

Ain't your first rodeo with a KLR650, so you know the territory well. Again, depending upon your intended service spectrum, you might consider upgrading the subframe bolts; an aftermarket rear-view mirror/choke lever bracket can save handlebar switchgear from grenading in a crash.

Again, welcome!
Good insights Damocles! I knew about beefing up the subframe bolts but your other suggestions I was unaware of.

Many thanks!
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Where are my manners....welcome!!! (BTW: that guy Damocles is one smart fella!)
I hope you continue enjoying your rides and this forum!!
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I did somewhat of the same thing: Went from a R1150GS to a KLR.

BMW's glitches (dang final drive) finally did it for me. (And I've never looked back.)

Plus, I've found it's a lot easier to pick up my KLR in the middle of BFE by myself...

Good call!
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-22-2013, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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I did somewhat of the same thing: Went from a R1150GS to a KLR.

BMW's glitches (dang final drive) finally did it for me. (And I've never looked back.)

Plus, I've found it's a lot easier to pick up my KLR in the middle of BFE by myself...

Good call!
I have owned alot of BMWs but have never really had any major issues. However, their dealer network is becoming so few and far between, it makes service, parts and just hanging out at a dealership on Saturdays, tough to do. My closest "good" dealer is over 3 hours away! Oh and the price of BMW parts....I won't even go there (BMW = "bring my wallet" or "bring more wampum")!

I know what you are saying about picking up the KLR as the GSA weighs about 200# more....that's a big passenger and / or ALOT of gear!

Thanks for the welcome and take care!
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Welcome! Shinko 705's are great!
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