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post #1 of 14 Old 05-13-2014, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

My name is Mike and I live in Maine. When I am not working I love riding.

I am brand new to the site and brand new to the dual sport scene. In fact, I haven't even bought a KLR yet but as soon as my cruiser goes down the road, I am going to pick one up. I'm hoping to sell my old bike as soon as today so I am looking ahead to the new bike and what people have to say about the KLR. I keep hearing what great, reliable, fun machines they are and I know it has to be more comfortable than what I am selling. I want to be able to ride for 20 miles without wishing I had left the bike in the garage.

Anyway, that's the short story on me and my desire to have a KLR.

Mike
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-13-2014, 11:57 AM
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Welcome to the forum. I am new to the KLR and like it so far. I have another bike that is my primary commuter because it has luggage already and I don't have it on the KLR yet. I get on the KLR on weekends and enjoy the lightweight feel of it and the fact that it feels like the all around motorcycles I grew up on. I also enjoy having the off-road capabilities which was my main motivation for getting it initially.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-13-2014, 12:37 PM
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Delvis: 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 #4 of 14 Old 05-13-2014, 12:39 PM
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Sorry to hear you had such problems with your cruiser. My only regret with past bikes was that I had to sell them in order to make room for the next.
Obviously if you have signed in here, you are going to find a lot of fans of the KLR, and you wouldn't be disappointed if you bought one! I have owned much more expensive, specific use bikes, but enjoy the "do all" nature of my KLR.
This is a great forum and I have received all sorts of good advice from the members!
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-13-2014, 06:38 PM
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Hi Mike,

All I have ever ridden have been 750 to 1000 cc street bikes for he last 35 years. This year I put my triumph Tbird into moth balls for a while. I watched this forum for 2 years before buying the KLR. I got a like new used one for $3500. I absolutely love this bike. All I want to do is ride it. They stand tall. I am 6'2' and it fits me perfectly. Flat footed at stops. My running buddies are still on their Harley's. But I still go riding with them. My KLR cruses comfortably at 65 mph. And I mean go all day long at 65. I have done absolutely no mods to this bike yet. I love every aspect of it. The only thing I can suggest to be very very very careful of how you park that bike. It is the only bike I have ever had blow over on a windy day. When you start searching this forum you will find topics on every single question you have about this bike. and some unbelievably knowlegable nice people willing to help. Good luck when you get your bike !!!!!
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-14-2014, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. I am a little late getting into the motorcycle game as I didn't get my license until I was 39, but I do love riding. I have had two cruisers up to this point. The first was a 1987 Honda Super Magna and it was mint and stunning and beautiful and about as comfortable as a pointy rock. It had enough motor but was certainly not big enough to fit me. I am 6' tall and pushing 250 pounds so not a lightweight. The next bike (the one I am hoping to sell tomorrow) was a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1600. This bike fit me a lot better than the last but I still have issues with the seat comfort. I think it is the low saddle height that brings my knees up almost higher than my hips that is bothering me so much. I know that won't be the case with the KLR because it is tall and the pegs are below you instead of in front. At the very least I will be able to tell once and for all if the comfort issues I have been having are because of the bikes I am riding or just because of me being a wuss. Lol. I look forward to telling everyone about what I find once I have cash in hand.
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-14-2014, 08:39 AM
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Hope you find the bike that fits you and gives you many miles of enjoyment.
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-17-2014, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Update

The Vulcan went down the road and I have money in my hand. I put that money with a little extra and have found what I hope will be a great machine. I am going to buy it Sunday morning. It is a 2009 KLR with 1370 miles. The guy realized he wasn't riding it much and feels he will get much more use from an ATV so he is selling it. I am pretty excited as the machine still looks brand new. I'm already planning on upgrades like pegs and crash bars and tires and luggage and on and on in my head.

More to come...
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-17-2014, 09:55 AM
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Congratulations on finding the bike. The guys on this forum have a lot of good advice if you have questions. Let us know when you pick it up and what you think.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-18-2014, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I picked up my very own KLR today and am more than happy with it. I took it for a quick 30 mile ride on both dirt and tar and I really like it. I'm already dreaming about progressive springs and crash bars and tires and on and on. Looking forward to riding this new machine! More experiences to follow.

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