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post #1 of 8 Old 01-07-2014, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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I have been lurking these parts for the last year or so. I have finally decided to join so i can make up my mind. I have been going back and forth between the XR650 and the KLR. KLR wins. I will be hopefully picking one up this spring as they seem to be plentiful here in the midwest.

Looking forward to continue to learn and relearn to ride, have not ridden anything in 15 years.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-07-2014, 11:50 AM
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Welcome to our little corner of the KLR Universe - and congrats on your decision to buy a KLR! I've had mine for about 16 months, and I can honestly say that I do NOT regret the purchase. It's a perfect bike for my type of riding!

Grab yourself a tasty beverage, sit back, and enjoy reading about your (upcoming) new toy!

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-07-2014, 06:02 PM
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I've owned both the Honda and KLR and given my druthers I'd have both right now, but I can only get away with one or the other so I chose the KLR and haven't regretted it. Good luck in acquiring one and have fun riding!

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-07-2014, 07:29 PM
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Welcome to our little corner of the Net, the home of the world's most dedicated KLR 650 owners.

Reading is fun, but being involved is way better! Make us your online KLR 650 source.

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-08-2014, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all!

As my first time back on a bike in long long time a am kinda torn between Gen1 or 2.

I prefer the appearance of the first but didnt know if there any advantages getting the 2nd gen.

I have gone over the DIY's of the 22 mod, doohickey and feel very comfortable performing these myself. I am very very experienced home tech so wrenching is not a concern.

I am a bigger guy. After a long weekend could be pushing 300 lbs so i looked into the top gun rear/ front spring.

So my question is which platform will handle the more weight or does it matter.

Thanks for the warm welcome.

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post #6 of 8 Old 01-08-2014, 11:39 PM
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Basically the same suspension mods for gen1 vs gen2 to upgrade for the weight. Gen1 a little lighter and less damage to plastics in a laydown. Gen2 better wind protection and arodynamics on highway. Gen2 front forks are a little bigger diameter tubes making for a slightly more rigid and predictable steering action. Gen2 brakes are better but it doesn't cost too much to upgrade gen1s if you find them lacking for your use. Either bike will get you there and home again. Either bike will require mods to make it what YOU want it to be. I have one of each!

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-08-2014, 11:58 PM
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That's a good answer. And you made a good choice. Many of us almost got a Honda. I would have if it weren't for the tiny gas tank.


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post #8 of 8 Old 01-09-2014, 12:17 AM
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I loved my XLR !!!

Too much of a dirtbike though. I like the more streetable KLR generation 2.

Welcome to the site! I researched many before joining here. The knowledge and friendship/ brotherhood drew me in. The motorcycle can handle two-up riding easily, which means it can handle 300 lbs no problem unless you ride hard offroad.

Have much fun!

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