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post #1 of 4 Old 12-16-2007, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Talking New around here.

Right now I ride a 02 honda vfr. I love the bike for longish road trips cause its so fun in the twistys and is easy on the body.
I do about 98% of my riding two up,and seeing as how my vfr realy sucks for off road use(yes I've done it) I'm looking for a ds type of bike.

Is the klr a bike that can do two up?
Total passenger weight is about 300 pounds plus a few pounds for over night gear.
I've been wanting to do some weekend rides in the Sierras and maybe down into the desert areas in Southern California and Arizona.
How does the bike do at freeway speeds?
What are the RPM's like at 75 MPH?
I've tried the 650 Vstrom and feel that is just a bit too bulky for off road use...I don't know what bike to get...Help
TJ.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-16-2007, 09:13 PM
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Welcome, Clyde!!! That might be a do-able weight for two-up. I can tell you that me at 220 in gear and a 130 lb passenger to Yosemite and back in one day isn't a good idea.

Are you looking at the '08? It seems to have a little more wiggle room than the '07 and older.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-19-2007, 09:30 PM
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Sounds like a simular situation I was in back in '94. I had my '92 Katana 750 for a couple of years and really enjoyed it, but was really eagar to do some FS roads and trails. The KLR 'Barbie' has been a great bike from everything such as single track to long touring rides. My wife likes to ride mostly on FS roads and mild trails. The longest ride she has taken with me on pavement, from point to point, with 1 stop, was only a 2 hour ride. I figure if you make enough stops, and maybe swap out the already good seat for a better one, it could make a nice touring machine for ya. Plus, she won't have to lean forward.

Good Luck!

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-20-2007, 08:40 AM
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Two Up

TJ,

Two up may be a little tight, however I have seen bikes loaded down with a lot of gear. Someone told me they saw a young couple travelling from coast to coast last year, round trip. (Canada)

If high speed travel is on your agenda, then you should look at other bikes, possibly the BMW. I think 75 /80 mph is good for passing and little burst of speed now and again, however I personally find the KLR is comfortable at 65 mph. The bike is light in the front end and with two it may even act a little lighter.

Hey, may be some of the other guys/gals on the forum can offer you more thoughts.

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