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post #1 of 11 Old 06-10-2008, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Got my first today!

Got my first bike today and got the KLR. I like it so far, got it mostly for gas mileage since i drive a diesel truck. I hope to learn alot from everyone here!
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-10-2008, 10:01 PM
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Welcome aboard, We are here to help in anyway we can... Congrats on the KLR purchase..

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-10-2008, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-10-2008, 11:19 PM
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Welcome to the world of dualsports. Even though you may have bought it for gas mileage, do the math and you'll see it doesn't really add up so just ignore the gas thing and have fun with it.

This is the basic formula based on a $100, 15mpg in a vehicle, 50mpg on the bike, and $3.80 gallon gas. Rounded off for clarity.

$100 = 26.3 gallons of gas.
26.3 gallons = 395 vehicle miles
395 vehicle miles = 7.9 gallons of KLR gas.
7.9 gallons = $30
--------------------- total made up so far $70
$30 = 7.9 gallons of gas
7.9 gallons = 118.4 vehicle miles
118.4 vehicle miles = 2.4 gallons of KLR gas
2.4 gallons = $9
--------------------- total made up so far $91
$9 = 2.4 gallons of gas
2.4 gallons = 35.5 vehicle miles
35.5 vehicle miles = 0.7 gallons of KLR gas
0.7 gallons = $2.7
--------------------- total made up so far $97.3
$2.7 = 0.7 gallons of gas
0.7 gallons = 10.7 vehicle miles
10.7 vehicle miles = 0.2 gallons of KLR gas
0.2 gallons = $0.80
--------------------- total made up so far $99.2
Close enough.

So.. 395 + 118.4 + 35.5 + 10.7 = 560 miles

$5,600 bike would be 56 times 560 miles.

It will take 31,360 miles just to make up for the base cost of the bike. Basically, for every $100 spent you need 560 legit miles to make it up. Legit miles being if you only rode it in place of the truck.

Add any finance charges, taxes, plates, insurance, riding gear, and over time any replacement parts, tires, tubes, oil, brakes and farkles. You'll also have to add the cost of any recreational riding that you do because that's otherwise money not spent if you didn't get the bike. Recreational mileage adds up extremely fast!

So... bottom line.... like I tell everyone, forgot the gas excuse and just ride the piss out of it!
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-12-2010, 11:50 PM
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(Interesting stats Wanderer). Welcome on board your KLR. I have an 09. Just put 140 miles on it today riding two lane roads thru Georgia country side. Most of my riding is going back and forth to work. 50 miles round trip. I parked my full size pick up and only use it when the weather is crappy. SAVING A TON of MONEY riding my KLR. The cost is 10 bucks a week on the bike. VS 45 bucks a week in my truck. My KLR was last years model bought new. $5,300. tax tag and title out the door. Insurance is $27 a month. I feel it was a wise investment. Have 1,900 miles on it. Bought it in March. Break in was important and done properly. First 20 miles rode it a little hard. Changed the oil and filter. Then did lots of long down shifting. for the next 1,000 miles. If your not careful you will end up with a oil burner. The rings need to seat properly. I did the "motoman break in method" thing for the most part. Google it you will see what I am talking about. I did not beat the piss out of the bike. Like he says to do. I am using 20 W 50 oil in it now. Seems to like the oil in the 90 degree temps. They say not to run with synthedic oil until you have at least 3,000 miles. I will more then likely stick with 20 W 50?
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-13-2010, 07:51 AM
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Welcome to the site, and especially the world of m/c ownership!!!
Much better than saying "rode my buddy's bike" here and there.

The KLR is one of the best choices for a standard commuter/ do-it-all scooter.
It's shortcomings are few and usually easily addressed.
Very versatile in it's adaptability for sizes, weights, and heights of many riders.
With handlebars, risers, footpegs that can be relocated, highway pegs, many
seat choices, etc. etc., the KLR can be set up very easily for individual comfort.
(I got lucky there. The cycle fit me well from the factory. Few changes were made.)

It's shy on horsepower, but has gobs of usable torque and can be a total hoot
to ride! Even though it's no racer, plenty fast n' shoulder-yanking power comes
in the lower gears. When light on the throttle, mileage is excellent. Expect around
50mpg for normal daily driving.

Everything is better when a KLR parked outside your door.

Enjoy the site, and feel free to give us a hard time,

15w-45 semi-synthetic here, btw. LOL (@2296 miles currently)

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-13-2010, 01:36 PM
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Welcome to the KLR world - which is an interesting place with great people.
This site has been a great help during my short time as a new KLR owner!!

I forget where I read it but the saying is so true:
"You don't buy a KLR, you build a KLR" - some really smart guy

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-13-2010, 08:05 PM
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Your going to love the KLR, of all the bikes I have had this one has grown on me the most
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-14-2010, 03:34 AM
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I got my first bike last year, and like you, I also got a new KLR. And also like you, I got it primarily for the better fuel economy. One additional thing to add to the "equation" of fuel savings, is not just the potential monetary savings to your wallet, but the savings of CO2 emissions to the planet. Personally, I'm willing to pay a little extra out of my pocket to help our lovely planet's health, (and ultimately the health of all of us).

Good on ya Southern Rider,
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-14-2010, 07:27 AM
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Great formula's but I only paid $2,500 for mine, so it will take half the time to justify the savings. Also, only $100 a year for insurance versus $70 a month for the car, which of course I still had to keep

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