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post #1 of 3 Old 10-23-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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I am shopping for my first KLR after more years than I care to admit of liking these bikes. I am a bit of a mod junkie on my car and jeep and recently sold a Harley because it didn't offer what I wanted for the off road side of things. I am just discovering all of the mod options on these and am trying to decide between a used 2012 and new 2013. I will get black and pull the decals either way but any thoughts on the years? The price difference is minor after factoring in shipping for the 2012 and it has about 3200 miles on it and I like the look of the flat black tank.

Also I am a bigger guy at about 6'5" and 310lbs. I rarely would ride with my wife but she is tiny at 5'1" and 110. How would this bike do for just me and potentially her on back? Any thoughts on seats, suspension, etc?

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-24-2013, 08:48 AM
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Welcome to the forum K-9.

The consideration I would have of the 2012 vs the 2013 is the new warranty. To me a "minor" price difference would have me choosing the new bike.

You can pretty well make the KLR do anything you want. There are lots of options for seats etc. For some it's not a great bike 2up, others are okay with it. My wife won't get on mine but then she's been spoiled by the GoldWing.

Use the Forum Search option to find some existing discussions.

Here is one for starters:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...&highlight=2up

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-24-2013, 09:21 AM
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Welcome!
Agree with klr4ever. I would invest in a good H-D shock like Progressive 465, or top gun.
With upgraded suspension(front & rear),the bike will be fine for you..not so much two up. Unless you're talking zero equipment!
Many good posts on here about suspension...
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