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post #1 of 5 Old 01-20-2015, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hiya everyone. Looking at getting back into some off road riding. I started riding in the dirt at age 11, I'm currently 58. In my 20's I went to the street and have had many, many wonderful years travelling the Western U.S. by motorcycle. Over the last few years, I have developed an itch to get back to some of the less traveled and seen parts of the country.

My days of anything even remotely "hardcore" are behind me, I'm just looking for some nice scenery that my street and sport touring bikes are hesitant to take me to. I think a KLR may fit that goal nicely.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2015, 02:04 PM
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Appreciate the KLR for what it is: A good, affordable, all-around bike that does nothing spectacularly, but does pretty much all things well. It's tall, underpowered (for its 650 cc engine), and at times top-heavy and ungainly.

However, it's also an extremely versatile, fairly easy to maintain, very easy to personalize (with various farkles), fun bike!

Personally, I absolutely love my KLR. She does pretty much everything I want her to do, when I want her to do it.

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Thanks for the welcome.

Thanks acidman, I think I'm a realist about what to expect from the KLR. I understand it's not the most powerful, etc, etc. But I have an FJR and V-65 Magna I just finished restoring for when I have the need for speed and horsepower.

Today, while the spirit is certainly still willing, the flesh is, well, getting old. Still, while I say that I'm just looking for something to get me off the pavement to better smell the flowers, I know myself and at some point I almost certainly will look for just a little more than that from the bike. But not much....I think.

I've got a local dealer willing to sell me a shiny, brand new 2015 for 6.4K OTD. If it should turn out I ask more from the bike than it is made to give, I've learned here that there are a bunch of things I can do to improve the bike. Or, I can sell it and look for something else. The way these things seem to hold their value means that even if this was the wrong decision, it's not one that will break my bank.

A couple of years ago before I moved south I picked up an ancient '83 XL600. But I soon learned that off road riding in my home state wasn't what it was 30+ years ago. (Another good reason to fight for your rights as a motorcyclist as once those rights are gone, they are gone for good) So, I dumped that oil burning, leg breaker kick starting hulk. But, what a blast I had blitzing around town on it. If anything it only fed the fire I was feeling to ride off road again. Now that I live in an area that is friendlier to off road riding, the itch is really back again.

This forum has been a great resource for me as I educated myself on the various strengths and weakness of the KLR. Thanks to all who have contributed, I feel I have been able to make an informed decision on purchasing the bike before dropping my money on it.

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Welcome to the forum. Lots of good information available and nice group of people.
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