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post #1 of 14 Old 02-09-2014, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Well i jsut sold my BMW g650Xchallenge. I know there are a lot of people who think its the ultimate 650 dual sport, but i think i have other plans in mind
Now i am tossing the idea of getting a old beater KLR for my bush bike and a Triumph toger XC for my trips that are 90% highway. Let the research begin! this will also double hopefully as a bike to get my Mrs her license and then some short trips together with her on the KLR and me on the tiger
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-09-2014, 10:09 AM
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Welcome to the Forum gumbellion!
Just wondering what you weren't happy with on the XChallenge? They are lighter and more powerful than the KLR with better suspension. I am curious as I was looking at buying one.
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I was more than happy with it. Before the xchallenge i had a street titled XR650R, and husqvarna 610. The xchallenge was by far the winner in all aspects. I had progressive springs, ohlins rear shock and a heap of other mods. The reason i got rid of it is i have a couple rides planned that are going to involve long days on the interstate. Also i wasnt getting into the bush much anymore on the bike. So for that reason i figured i will get 2 bikes for different purposes. Something cheap to be my main goto for going camping and bush roads, and going to get either a F800GS or Triumph Tiger 800XC for my longer rides that are interstate all day with a small amount of maintained gravel.
They are the best 650 i have ever ridden., comfortable, powerful, and can actually go anywhere with ease.
They have a few draw backs like that aluminium sub frame. so if you plan on long range travel with hard cases (which i have planned) your only real option is the touratech luggae set up with steel subframe @$1699 for the kit plus tax and shipping. I just sold my X for 7K, add on the cost of the Touratech set up puts me at 9K, that will get me a really nice used tiger with low miles already set up with the essential mods like hard luggage, heated grips, exhaust, centre stand, wind screen blah blah blah. If someone were looking at a Xchallenge you can find them for 5-6K in the states set up with luggage already, but dont expect to find any used stuff if you buy a bike without, as it never comes up on ADVrider.
Any questions shoot me a PM. I was lucky that my bike sold in canada where there is a really good market for 650 dual sport bikes
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sounds like the klr is what you are looking for. but dont sell it short it can do the interstate as well. granted it doesnt have the torque the bmw or triumph has but it will still do it.

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I just have to askL650???
just wondering, given your history and perceived needs....
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A friggin V-Strom!!
Why is my IPAD so fussy!?

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I also rode a 2005 SV 650 as my commuting bike for 3 yeasm so i figure the DL is much of the same as far as power. Really liked that bike and it was a wheelie machine!!
There is one guy at work with a 4-6 year old DL and they are nice bikes. I figure the 800 will be my baby then the KLR will be my "beater" no offence to KLRs but it will be the bike i am willing to crash, dump, sink and all the other things.
I would like to find one that looks like it was in a war but mechanically sound. From what i read you need to nuke a KLR from orbit to stop them from running
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Had the tiger, had the KLR, just for your own piece of mind> my favorite bike is a GoldWing towing a KLR.Since I'm not that wealthy, I pick the DL650 for what you are talking about. ( just got my second KLR!!!! for local stuff!!) BUT love my DL650 for so many rides---long and short!!

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