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post #1 of 27 Old 04-04-2016, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I thought I would start here as I am looking to add a new '15 or '16 KLR to my garage. I currently have a '85 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo for when I feel the need for speed, and a Honda NT 700 for middleweight touring. I thought a KLR would get me farther out on the back roads out here in the beautiful Colorado back country.
How is the KLR 2 up? My wife is small, around 100 pounds and I am about 175.
Any info would be great!
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Both of you combined don't add up to many riding these great bikes so I will say you will be fine. IF you do want to upgrade the rear suspension a bit there is a simple inexpensive heavier spring selection you can buy to add some extra help, but I doubt you will need it for light dual sport riding. Anything more than simple tring or dual tracks and I would say get the 7.4kg spring at roughly $100, do not go out and buy a complete suspension package as it's not needed.....imho.
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Great choice by the way!

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post #3 of 27 Old 04-04-2016, 03:42 PM
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If you buy a klr, I can't see ya using the nt700 much. I think you will find that the klr can do everything that Honda can, but offer so much more. I had a versys 650 (similar to the nt700) and have way more fun on my Klr. At a combined 275 weight, I gotta think you would be fine. They stiffened the suspension in 2014.5.

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Hi all, I thought I would start here as I am looking to add a new '15 or '16 KLR to my garage. I currently have a '85 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo for when I feel the need for speed, and a Honda NT 700 for middleweight touring. I thought a KLR would get me farther out on the back roads out here in the beautiful Colorado back country.
How is the KLR 2 up? My wife is small, around 100 pounds and I am about 175.
Any info would be great!
Thanks
I don't think I'd be able to tell a 100 pound person was back there.
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post #5 of 27 Old 04-05-2016, 03:42 AM
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You'll find yourself solo on this bike quite often

They are just stoopid fun and if we don't restrain ourselves the ladies
tire of it quickly, plus don't like sliding forward on the seat constantly.

Sure, it does two riders just fine, but ya need to warn mama you're about
to roll a curb or parking block. It's the bike. IT prefers one rider. LOL

Have fun. and get some Stabil for the other two bikes...............literally.
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post #6 of 27 Old 04-05-2016, 05:52 AM
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Hi all, I thought I would start here as I am looking to add a new '15 or '16 KLR to my garage. I currently have a '85 Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo for when I feel the need for speed, and a Honda NT 700 for middleweight touring. I thought a KLR would get me farther out on the back roads out here in the beautiful Colorado back country.
How is the KLR 2 up? My wife is small, around 100 pounds and I am about 175.
Any info would be great!
Thanks
I am the size of the two of you put together and the bike handles me just fine. Its the main reason I bought it. I wanted something to handle my large frame that wasnt a cruiser.
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post #7 of 27 Old 04-07-2016, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, just put down payment on an nice new 2015 white and black KLR. I pick it up in a week or so. Cant wait.
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post #8 of 27 Old 04-07-2016, 08:01 AM
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Great move!!! Looking forward to seeing and hearing about your adventures.

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post #9 of 27 Old 04-09-2016, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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I pick her up this afternoon! A couple or questions... Extended warranty or are these pretty bullet proof and is that not a real bargain? Doo Hickey this early on?
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Most folks here would say that extended warranty is a waste of money. I tend to agree and never get extended warranty on anything I buy .

As far as the doohickey, it's not a panic on the second gen's like it was on the 1st gens. Some do seem to have weak springs, but I'm guessing you wouldn't have to rush to do it.
(Disclaimer, I haven't done mine on my 08 yet, have the parts just haven't done it).

Gas and go, that's what I'd do! Lol!
Congrats on the new wheels, your gonna love it!
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