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post #1 of 15 Old 01-19-2015, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hey mates! I'm living in SE Ohio and I have big plans for a KLR that I have yet to get. In about a year's time I plan on meandering around the country on one to visit my friends and see what the USA has to offer! I'm very new to this whole forum business so if someone could suggest some threads for tips on buying a bike. I'm looking at a 2000 KLR w/ 35k miles on and loads of top-notch farkles, but there are a few weird things like the back sprocket is so worn the teeth look like dorsal fins. (not a good sign I presume) Any way, I'm pretty set on getting a KLR for the reasons that they seem to be the most economic and reliable bike to take on a back road. I'm excited to talk about things on here and hopefully throughout the next year I'll be a KLR expert/enthusiast that can contribute back to this community.

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-20-2015, 04:32 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Feel free to browse around and ask all the questions you wan to.

Are you into Subarus?

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yeah, I have an old '97 outback that I'd love to drown in money, but I figured a motorcycle would be a more affordable toy to baby.
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-20-2015, 06:23 PM
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I recently traded a 2000 F-250 4X4 for a 2014 Forester.

It's a hoot.

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Oh man, those are pretty sweet machines. Good choice on the trade. They got an entirely new overhaul for the 2014 model. Is it a stick shift?
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No, I got the 2.5L with the CVT. Opted for the Premium level to get the X-Mode.

I can climb a rock scramble balanced on diagonal wheels with the other two in the air. Pretty incredible.

It really does get 32mpg on the freeway without trying hard. I've managed in the high 30s with a bit of effort.

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That's pretty awesome, I have a pic of mine in a ditch on the diagonals when I tried to get into a field and didn't realize the depth of the ditch. I was pretty confident she'd pull out no problem so I left her there for the time I was in the field doing some work. Pulled out no problem when I left. About the only time I've ever gotten stuck was when I was on a hill of pure ice. Even then I just calmly backed down without too much slip. Any way, my love for the power and versatility of a subaru is pretty apparent, so is it fair to say that the KLR is sort of a two wheel analogy?
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-21-2015, 09:25 AM
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That's fair to say. I think you'll really enjoy a KLR. They are simply built, easy to work on, and quite reliable.

There are a few quirks, but they are well known and easily dealt with.

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Yeah, that's what I've heard/researched.
I have a forum related question: I really want to get some opinions on the KLR that I'm looking to buy from a guy in my town, and I'm not sure if I should just peruse the forums or create a new post with all the pertinent information to the specific bike I'm looking at? Also, which forum thread would I pose this discussion?
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Start a new thread in the "KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion" sub-forum.

Describe as much as you can, then ask away.

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