Welcome KLR owners and fans
As a rider I have 30 years riding experience,
love dirtbikes, owned a Goldwing, two HD's,
6 various versions of mopeds, XL 600, DR 650,
CBR 700, CB 750 F Super Sport, and an HD Sprint 350.
As an owner I always like knowing my equipment and
it's capabilities, and do most or all of my own maintenance
With the intro outta the way this a guy who LOVES bikes.
Since just after High school I had KLR pics on my bedroom wall,
then on the mancave walls over the years but never got one.
The Honda had a closer dealer when I was young and 400 bucks
Cheaper so I got the XL instead. DR too a decade later. A few
bikes and another decade later it was just time for the mighty
elephant known as the KLR 650. I've read every article probably
ever written up on them. What grabbed me the hardest was/is
the simple fact that they don't change year to year other than colors
n' graphics. (except the 90's tengai) This tells us volumes when
all m/c's and cages change every year. Kaw researched and tested
both generation versions, worked out most bugs THEN went into production.
The others may have over time gained three horsepower, dropped a
few lbs, or been completely redesigned all while the KLR's fired up
and ran great day after day, year after year. When the "Next" generation
was annouced I started gathering my pennies for a 2nd year buy. Give
'em the first production year to fine tune the processes and make any
tweaks or necessary changes early on. Bought my '09 in Spring of 09.
Approaching 6 years on the same bike I couldn't be happier with this
choice of horse. This bike is the last one I will ever own. Might buy
another or two, but the KLR is my baby. Riding it yesterday around the
block was just as thrilling as the day I drove it home from the stealership.
Most of love our bikes here at KLR forum, not just "have a bike".
There's something similar to the way a Harley grabs ya. It grabs
me by the soul and sets me free every ride. I'm no longer a dad,
husband, no longer an employee, nor running errands on it. It's me,
my horse, the area around me, and God all hardwired together. I
become one with the machine and we go adventurizing. No other
scooter has done this the way a KLR can, knowing the amount of things
it can do, and the excellent controllability have me hooked for life.
Yeah, the CBR's did 130 and 145 respectively, the 'wing was a comfortable
couch on wheels, the Harleys had their shake, power, and icon status, even
used them to get wimmin' quite easily. The XL wheelied without the clutch,
etc, etc. Every other bike did something better than the KLR but what they
couldn't do was everything. These bikes do. Both generations. One
is lighter feeling and accelerates a little better, Generation 2 is more
plasticky and Euro-styled and the inherent wind and water protection that
comes with fairings n' windshields.
If you own one you understand what I'm saying.
If you want one you have made probably the best
practical and very fun choice. These things are very
reliable, forgiving if barely maintained, and have very
few issues. Those issues can be addressed at home using the service
manual, this killer site, and youtube for walk-thrus on procedures.
I call this site killer cuz I'm a moderator and never have to moderate.
These are the most helpful, patient, and passionate riders and wrenches
on the planet. Searched out 5 or 6 KLR sites and this place won as soon
as scrolled thru it.
Ride 'em if ya got 'em,
get one if you don't,
and enjoy the 2 wheeled life on the best bike (and sales prove it)
on the planet overall.
This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
Last edited by CheapBassTurd; 03-12-2015 at 03:51 AM.