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post #1 of 6 Old 11-30-2007, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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G'day from Australia!

Old fart, just getting back into bikes, fancy a dirt bike, but because I am 6'3" and biiiiiiigggggg I keep coming back to the KLR (I have fancied one for years). I also go hunting about 450miles away and a KLR would allow me to make cheap trips there, other tarail bikes would no doubt be better on the fire trails, tracks, etc, but would have to be trailered in which makes the trips expensive.

I also have a 184 BMW R80ST, which is a cool old bike.

Anyway, glad to be here, looking forward to lots of useful info and comradrie. I also fancy doing a KLR trip of the states one day (actually one three or fours months).

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-01-2007, 02:13 PM
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New here m'self, but I made the switch to the KLR from my F650ST cuz I'm 6'2" and generally un-small. The KLR is very comfy.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-01-2007, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, they look good, I keep going aound in circles, looking at other bikes, I fanciy getting a GS1200 or Adventurer next year, but I keep coming back to the KLR. I guess it boils down to the fact that I will either end up with a KLR and a smick road bike like a Moto Morini or a R1200R or similar next year or an Adventurer and a cheap scratching bike (no doubt my R80ST with a few mods). Maybe I should get the KLR, keep the R80ST for genteel touring, riding and a close quarter scratching bike and a big bad mutha road bike for scaring myself witless every now and then. Or maybe an Adventurer and mod the KLR more for dirt / trail bike work.

The kawasaki dealer in my town is a really cool guy and will set up your KLR well. The KLRs sold in Australia are a bit de-tuned so that they are learner legal. He returns the carb to normal, cuts up the exhaust system and does his voodoo that he does so well with the MIG, giving you a much healthier note and performance, sets it all up on the dyno to make sure he is getting max performance. he does this for about $300 and if you are buying new, he will change springs, etc, front and back for the cost of the springs and put whatever front sprocket you choose. While he is doing it, I might get him to fit the doohickey and strengthen the footpegs.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-01-2007, 06:17 PM
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Welcome to the forum...

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-01-2007, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, That's one big rig in your avitar!
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-01-2007, 08:35 PM
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Welcome to the new guys. I personally love my KLR650. Being a poor teacher, one bike has to do it all. I made the right choice, 13 years ago, when I got 'ole barbie'.

Get out there and ride................

Keep Loving Rides!
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