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post #1 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi im new to the forum not new to riding ive done the crotchrocket thing and the harley thing which is way over rated been doing the dirt thing all my life. So now im in the market for a dual sport from what ive been reading the KLR is right now my number 1 candidate only problem is I had a brand new kx250 back in 1998 and blew the motor in 3 days so needless to say im a little gun shy about throwing my leg over another kawasaki. Im hoping I can get past this I want to hear from some KLR owners who can testify as to how tough this bike is and will it be the last one I have to buy for a long time I know how to take care of a bike as far as simple maitnence oil brakes etc. I just want to make sure im getting my moneys worth this time. Thanks in advance for your input.
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 06:39 PM
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Hi Propain, and welcome to the forum.

A few of the reasons I bought my KLR (keep in mind these are MY reasons)

1. It is a jack of all trades, and a master of none. It is a workhorse.

2. tons of add-ons, and after market goodies

3. Most important!!! The support of all the other KLRista's we have here, and in other forums. There are techdays all over the nation to help, and guide you with everything you need.

I dont know what happened to your KX, but I have not seen anything like that on a KLR that was properly maintained. Just a week ago, at our last techday there was a KLR there with 54,000 miles on it.

I hope this gives you a little help. I really like my bike, and believe it was the right choice for me!

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 07:02 PM
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Well, the KLR is a completely different motorcycle than a 1998 KX250..

That said.. I was never a Kawasaki fan.. I typically rode Hondas and BMWs, and had the odd Yamaha.. I wanted to get more into Enduro and Hare Scramble racing, and the KDX was a perfect candidate.. I asked around and the only thing that I could find as far as complaints was that they were outdated, but with some cheap upgrades, could be made to be a fun bike..

I bought a new 1999 KDX200 and had a BLAST with it.. Opening up the airbox and exhaust, as well as rejetting made it a completely different motorcycle!! I rode it for 5 years, riding everything from Enduros to Dual Sport events, and everything in between. The state of IL was kind enough to send me a title and plate for the KDX because I asked, so I rode it all the time..

I sold it when I decided to go into an actually LEGAL dual sport bike.. I was kicking around a DR650 and a DRZs 400, but I found a like new KLR.. It was heavier than what I wanted, but the fact that it had fuel range, unlike my old XR650L Honda appealed to me..

4 years and 17K miles later, I've having a blast on the KLR.. I figure those miles would be double if it weren't for the fact that I have other bikes, too..

No motorcycle's perfect, as they're machines built by humans, but the KLR's are a great bike!!
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post #4 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info Mark 54k is alot of miles on any motorcycle in my opinion its a good sign though I will admit that with the KX I had i was probablly riding it to hard I was under the notion that If I could do it the bike can handle it when I was younger I was very hard on dirt bikes the only one i never had any problems with was a 490 yz but im little older slower and wiser now when it comes to riding.
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I can't speak from experience because I just got mine however I know a guy in the Army and he rode a military KLR quite a lot. He said the abuse they go through and still keep going is amazing and he wouldn't own any other bike.
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Is the KLR the same bikes the Rangers use when they take an airfield if so then ive seen them and they do abuse them its hard to tell who those bikes are made by just by looking at them from a distance because of the mods like the IR headlights that you can only see with night vision thats cool.
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 10:56 PM
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Given this a "pro" KLR site, you are not going to hear too many bad things from us.

I have an 06, and after 3 years I have finally started to ride a little more. (getting ready to retire from work and thought I would at least break in the engine) Managed to get 5000 on it this summer.

As mentioned by some of the others, the bike truly is a " a master of none" but after 16 bikes and over 35 years of riding, the KLR is by far an over all good performer. It's not a "gas go bike", seldom are, however it's pretty simple to work on.

I am not a mechically inclined rider, but given all the support out there, someone always seems to show up to help out.
All you need to do is change the oil, lube the chain, tighten the bolts, get a seat cover, get on and hang on.

At close to 60 miles per gallon (Canadian) I get tired before I need to stop for gas.

Enjoy the KLR, good luck. (if you buy one)

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post #8 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 02:10 AM
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If you actually plan to go offroad, then the KLR is a great compromise between every dualsport out there. I have a pretty open mind, but still will never get why anyone would buy a KLR for a street only bike. There are way far better options for street only use. I run a pretty good mix of on and offroad. From forest roads, to atv trails and singletrack.

The only thing really lacking on a stock KLR is interstate manners. I hear the 08 improves this, but I can't see it being night and day from previous models. Some people just have amazing tolerance and don't mind it.

In stock form when I was learning to ride I abused the sucker offroad and it survived with minor wounds. Now I am much better at riding and abuse it offroad in a funner way and it's still taking me wherever I want to go. The stock tires were reasonable, but once I went to Mefo's everything improved on and offroad. Mud.. sucks no matter what tire you run. Sand.. found out last ride that Mefo's suck in sand. I have no interest in mud or sand, so I'm good. Not interested in running full knobbies either, that takes away street ability.
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post #9 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 11:35 AM
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Actually, the KLR is a pretty good around town bike for us big guys (6-4, 240). The torque and upright position are big pluses. It's tough, simple and easy to work on (and it does require owner attention).

It is not a highway cruiser but it is one of the better all around bikes I've found in 50yrs of bike ownership (no joke - google Simplex Servi-Cycle to learn about my first bike).

If you want a gas and forget bike, a highway cruiser, a techno marvel or a loud head-turner, you'd probably be better off with something else.
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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How is the KLR on the interstate as far as maintaing 70 to 75 mph
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