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post #1 of 4 Old 11-12-2015, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all. I'm pretty new to riding. I'm thinking about a KLR as my first bike. Is that a good idea? I there anything I should know about them to be careful with?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-12-2015, 03:49 AM
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I'm glad that my first bike was shorter, lighter, and had less power than the mighty KLR. I'm glad I started with a used bike that needed some TLC that helped me learn all the systems on a motorcycle.

But I also know people bigger and taller than me who started on KLR and are perfectly happy.


Are you thinking about a new KLR or used for your first. I have always bought used and I always expect it will need some catch-up on "deferred" maintenance plus some plain old repairs.

You need to know about the doohickey. '08 models have a reputation for burning oil. Other than that I'd say that just being a wrench will help you with the KLR or any other motorcycle you buy.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-12-2015, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Grinin for that. I do want a bike that's taller. The ones at school were too small. I googled the doohickey and it has something to do with the chain. That's good to know about burning oil. I thought about getting a cheaper bike to start with. The problem is If I get one I won't be able to convince my wife to let me upgrade so I have to get what I want to start with.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-12-2015, 08:01 PM
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Then the mighty KLR is your answer. lol

Very stable and reliable platform.

Very few issues. Cheap to maintain and ride.

The only thing to be careful of is falling in love with the fun factor and not seeing
your wife as much.

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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