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post #1 of 10 Old 06-10-2015, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of owning a KLR

Hello to everyone out there. I don't actually own a KLR (yet), but I am seriously thinking of buying one. I want to use it as a commuter. I live on a two mile dirt road before I hit pavement so I need something that can handle the dirt and pavement. I've read nothing but good things about the KLR so far. Is there any inherent problems with it (?), or if there is anything anyone would like to share with me before I take the plunge and buy one I'd appreciate it. I owned a Vulcan 750 for several years, but of course I couldn't get it back and forth on my dirt road because of some steep hills, so I had to keep it in storage which just didn't make sense, so I sold it, but I'm feeling the itch to ride. Once again hello to everyone and any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-11-2015, 08:18 AM
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First thing is that it has to "fit" you.

Being new to the KLR family myself I will say this, I have owned strictly dirt bikes and strictly street bike throughout my entire life....there is something very liberating about driving down the highway and making a right turn, down through the ditch and up onto a trail for no reason other than you felt like it and just want to get away from the monotony of asphalt.
The removal of limitations creates a very different type of ride. I have only had my KLR for 2 weeks but I have a feeling it is going to be around for a long time.

My 2 cents..
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I've owned my KLR since September 2012 - and I can honestly say that I'm 1000% happy I didn't purchase a pavement princess all decked out in chrome... I want a bike I can ride, pretty much wherever and whenever I want, and the KLR fits the bill. It doesn't hurt that in my growing up years I learned to ride on enduros, and never got into the "cruiser" mindset.

My KLR gets ridden as often as possible - far more often than my coworkers chromed-out Hardly-Ablesons and such. If it rains, I just put on the rain gear and continue on. If there's more than a 10% chance of rain, the chromed bikes stay in the garage, because it's "too hard to clean off all the water spots from the chrome".

Seriously. That's one of the excuses I've heard over the years.

If you like riding, and don't expect the bike to jump out from under you, the KLR is a good choice. It's a multi-purpose bike that doesn't do a single type of riding spectacularly, but it does multiple types of riding adequately.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-11-2015, 11:09 AM
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Stop thinking about it and start looking for one.

IMHO, one of the best parts about KLR ownership is the people. Ain't nuthin' like a KLRista.

And you can be one!
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-11-2015, 09:44 PM
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As has been said, a KLR is a great choice, particularly if you care to work on your bike a bit, you care to be part of the best/most helpful forums related to your bike and you want to ride the most versatile bikes ever made!
Choose wisely, but frankly it's hard to go wrong buying a KLR.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-13-2015, 06:08 AM
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I just pulled the trigger on a 2015 KLR650. I have been trying to get the best deal on one brand new; I got a deal for a 2015 with a five year warranty (standard 12mo. + they're throwing in a 48 mo.).

I have the feeling I'll be much happier with my KLR than my friends Ducati pavement princess; I hike, camp, fish, do long trails, etc....These KLR's fit the bill for PEOPLE WHO ARE ADVENTUROUS and love the freedom to go places
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-13-2015, 06:26 PM
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The KLR is just fun to ride and that's all there is to it. It's a damned good motorcycle.



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post #8 of 10 Old 06-13-2015, 10:56 PM
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Guy (non-motorcyclist) asked me, at a service station, why I chose a KLR650.

I answered, "Affordable and versatile. Under 5 grand [at the time] for a bike capable of maintaining Interstate speeds and riding off-road."

No regrets.

Yet . . . got to ride a KTM690 for 100 miles the other day . . . hmmmmmmm . . . hmmmmm.

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-15-2015, 05:32 PM
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I picked up a new 2013 model,

It's not my first thumper, but it is the biggest and heaviest I have owned.
It is not the fastest by far. These big bikes are not the best choice for dirt or gravel roads if you are not already a dirt bike rider. That said, I like it, and it will do any reasonable task well. I just rolled 1500 miles on mine, and the rear tire is not holding up very well, although I never spin the rear tire.

Good luck on your choice, try to take a test ride on one before you pull the trigger.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-12-2015, 09:44 AM
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KLR would be perfect for your intended use, way more fun than a Vulcan!
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