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post #1 of 18 Old 01-11-2016, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought a KLR

Just wanted to say hi. I just traded in my CB1000r for a 2015 KLR. I've owned a Versys 650 in the past and loved it. I often thought of trading for a KLR back then but got sidetracked. Though some may think I'm crazy for going from a naked sportbike to a KLR, I'm really excited about the new roads it now opens up. Just hope I don't hear too much about a doohickey....LOL!!
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-11-2016, 08:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Back2Kawi.

Just as long as you understand IT and it's issues, I'll not mention IT!

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-12-2016, 11:58 AM
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You may have made a mistake because the CB1000r will go further off road than a KLR. Just look at the photos of various tight highway corner incidents and think you'll have to agree that the CB is usually found further from the road?

Just wanted to warn you that's the kind of logic we like best here.





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Just wanted to say hi. I just traded in my CB1000r for a 2015 KLR. I've owned a Versys 650 in the past and loved it. I often thought of trading for a KLR back then but got sidetracked. Though some may think I'm crazy for going from a naked sportbike to a KLR, I'm really excited about the new roads it now opens up. Just hope I don't hear too much about a doohickey....LOL!!
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-12-2016, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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LOL!! Just wondering, how are the stock tires for the road? I'm a little uneasy as I've never ridden with a tread like this before. How are the twisties with a KLR? Im kinda nervous to ride through them as I did with my Versys due to the tread.
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-12-2016, 01:42 PM
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IMHO, the stock 50/50 tires are pretty good on the pavement, not that you want to race the sport bikes on the twisties with them!

On the other hand, be cautious of true knobbies on the slab; e.g., Kenda TrakMaster IIs. My front tire washed out as I was gaining the roadway after being forced to the shoulder by an on-coming delivery truck . . . there's just not enough contact footprint on a hard surface for such a full-up knobbie to get good lateral traction . . . I think a stock 50/50 tire would have grabbed enough road surface to prevent the fall-down.

Depending upon how much pavement you intend riding, I've found Continental Trail Attacks particularly pavement-friendly (good rain tire), but wouldn't push 'em much beyond groomed dirt and gravel roads and fire roads, in the off-road direction.

BTW, rode a Versys for a couple of thousand miles a couple of summers ago, through the southern Appalachians (including the Dragon); boy, wish Kawasaki would implant that power train into a KLR650!
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IMHO, the stock 50/50 tires are pretty good on the pavement, not that you want to race the sport bikes on the twisties with them!

On the other hand, be cautious of true knobbies on the slab; e.g., Kenda TrakMaster IIs. My front tire washed out as I was gaining the roadway after being forced to the shoulder by an on-coming delivery truck . . . there's just not enough contact footprint on a hard surface for such a full-up knobbie to get good lateral traction . . . I think a stock 50/50 tire would have grabbed enough road surface to prevent the fall-down.

Depending upon how much pavement you intend riding, I've found Continental Trail Attacks particularly pavement-friendly (good rain tire), but wouldn't push 'em much beyond groomed dirt and gravel roads and fire roads, in the off-road direction.

BTW, rode a Versys for a couple of thousand miles a couple of summers ago, through the southern Appalachians (including the Dragon); boy, wish Kawasaki would implant that power train into a KLR650!
Thanks for the info. And yeah, a world of difference between the Versys and the KLR. I felt more comfortable in the twisties with the Versys than I did with my ZX6R or the CB.
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There were a couple of young guys on CBR600RRs on the Duffy Lake Road who were pretty dismayed by being overtaken by three old guys on camping gear and mud covered KLR's. :-)

760 Kendas on mine.
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Back2Kawi,
Let me suggest what the 1st thing to do with the stock tires on a KLR is.
AIR them up! The factory is all wet!! Their recommended front pressure is Way too Low on the asphalt. And too low for faster rocky sections.

How much do you weigh?
Start by trying 32 psi Front / 30 psi Rear. Always more in the skinny front tire. At least up to Maximum pressure in both ends, ie carrying a passenger.

If you were ever brave enough to touch a peg feeler or boot toe on a ZX6 or CBR, you can touch a boot toe on a KLR, with stock tires.
The only time my KLR pegs actually touch down while cornering is while crashing in the dirt or gravel.

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Back2Kawi,
Let me suggest what the 1st thing to do with the stock tires on a KLR is.
AIR them up! The factory is all wet!! Their recommended front pressure is Way too Low on the asphalt. And too low for faster rocky sections.

How much do you weigh?
Start by trying 32 psi Front / 30 psi Rear. Always more in the skinny front tire. At least up to Maximum pressure in both ends, ie carrying a passenger.

If you were ever brave enough to touch a peg feeler or boot toe on a ZX6 or CBR, you can touch a boot toe on a KLR, with stock tires.
The only time my KLR pegs actually touch down while cornering is while crashing in the dirt or gravel.
Great info!! Thanks. I can't say I've dragged peg on my CB1000R but definitely used all my back tire. I did think the 21psi recommended seemed low.
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Back2Kawi,
If you were ever brave enough to touch a peg feeler or boot toe on a ZX6 or CBR, you can touch a boot toe on a KLR, with stock tires.
The only time my KLR pegs actually touch down while cornering is while crashing in the dirt or gravel.
Sad story!

Touching down was the exciting part of sport riding! Anyone can go fast in a straight line. Getting that knee to the ground was the most exciting part!

I rode multiple sport bikes over a number of years and loved it. I still have one, but when I took this KLR out with my brother I realized I could still ride pretty damn hard in the corners and it didn't even slip out on the corners. I was extremely happy with it! It wasn't even ideal road conditions (temperature/cleanliness)!

These KLR's are everything I could want in a bike. Not much for super retarded fast in a straight line because I've done it and I'm not too thrilled for it. I'll leave that for the drag racers since it gets them going. Twisties is where it's at for me as well as the versatility of the bike! I do wish the KLR had just a tad bit more top end so it was screaming on the freeway at 80mph.

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