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post #1 of 27 Old 03-13-2014, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Should I buy a KLR

Hi guys...I haven't had a bike for over 20 years but recently got my L's and want to get back on a bike for some fun and as a second vehicle thats cheaper than a car. I'm in Newcastle Australia and will need the bike to carry me and my video kit (camera bag, tripod etc) for work...

I'm not entirely sure what kind of riding I'll be doing until I get back into it so its tricky to know what bike to get but the KLR is high on the list. I thought I'd get a good insight to the bike here and maybe some info on the alternatives (assuming its OK to talk about something thats not KLR?)...

I guess I'll mainly be doing road riding for work but I like to have the option of going off the beaten track if and when I want to. I ride a mountain bike but don't hit the trails hard, just up and down curbs, across the odd field and some fire trails when I fancy it...road bicycles or motorbikes do nothing for me...

That said I don't want to sacrifice any road safety but I've always liked off road bikes although I (and wife) prefer something that is safer on the tarmac. If that means a road specific bike then I'll have to go that route...but I'd rather not.

I've been looking at a few options - Husqvarna TR 650 Strada - Suzuki DR650 - Suzuki DL650 (Vstrom) Honda CB500X and maybe the Kawasaki Versys. I'd prefer a good second hand bike but new is an option...

I've seen so many conflicting reviews on the KLR. Some love it to death and others warn me away from it as its heavy and hard to handle etc etc...I like to do my own research and make up my own mind, so here I am...cheers

Thanks for any input...
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-13-2014, 04:15 PM
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The KLR is a reliable, safe bike. That said, if you really aren't doing much offroad, a Versys or a Vstrom will be WAY more comfortable.

I like my KLR. So do most of the folks here. It's like a swiss army knife. I like knives. I like old knives with beat up scales. If I had to pick one for all my needs, it would be a SAK soldier with Alox scales or a Leatherman. I can only afford one bike. The KLR does everything I need and has never let me down.




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Welcome. Glad to hear you are getting a bike. I hope whatever you choose exceeds your expectations and gives you years of safe and reliable riding.
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+1 on lockjaw

i agree with the comfort factor and as the klr can do 2 up riding i prefer to not. but like jaw said if you want a bike that will do it all and beg for more klr is your bike.
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Welcome, as an ex Raymond Terrorist you have some great riding on your door step.

The only question you need to descide on is whick Kawi dealer your going to give your money too. The KLR does nothing great, but everthing well. I have a KTM 450 that seems to spend more time in the shed these days due to getting the KLR out. Sure it needs some money spent to improve suspension to suit you, but so will a KTMBMWTRUMYaHA-ki. You need to descide what your mainly use the bike for,,,more road than trail=KLR, more trail than road= DR (similar money) The DR needs a fuel tank to match the touring distance of the KLR, that $650 can be used to correctly suspend the KLR

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Hey Lockjaw. I like knives as well. My Leatherman is my favourite by far.

BLU what other dealer would you suggest? I've only been to the Newcastle guys and didn't know there was a choice.

The Vstrom is definitely a serious option and I'm hoping to test one tmrw. But new will be different to a second hand one.

I'm keen to test the Honda as it's a twin to compare it with the KLR but there's not many second hand and it's a new untested model.
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Cant help you with a dealer, i left the Terrace in the mid 80s
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I'm glad this thread lives on. Needs more pics though!




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I'd have to also agree with Lockjaw also. If you're mainly riding on Tarmac with occasional fire roads, the V-Strom or the Versys would probably be a better and more comfortable option. The CB500X does seem enticing also, but I'm one of those who doesn't necessarily jump on the new version of anything. I'm only saying this from the point of view of a cheap (I did buy a KLR, didn't I?) home mechanic. You never know what kinks need to be worked out, or what part cost/availability is going to be on a first or second year production run bike.

This all being said, you should also test ride each bike you're considering. There is much to be said for how comfortable each one is to you. Either way, enjoy whatever you decide to get!
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