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post #1 of 9 Old 05-12-2016, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hi my name is Rob. I have owned my 2008 KLR 650 since the late 07. It is bone stock with the exception of some Kenda tires. I'm from Western Pennsylvania. I have over 14,000 miles on the bike now. I am 45 years old I grew up on riding 3 wheelers and quads have owned a lot of street bikes but this is my first two wheeled off road experience. It was always my dream to own an Enduro if that's what they're still calling them. I like to do all of my own wrenching and it's about time to do some on this bike so I will find the right forum and ask lots of questions. I primarily ride it on the road far enough to find someplace to go off road. I am lucky enough to live on the edge of true wilderness and I love to explore it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-13-2016, 09:22 AM
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Calling it an "Enduro" shows your age . Now it's called a dual-sport. The only real difference is it has a USB charger for your phone, GPS, heated grips and a MP3 player with Bluetooth.

If you had an Endoro and a Bluetooth, you had a real problem!

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Yep, welcome. :-)


Ahhhhh; the "enduro" discussion! In the really old days.....1970's, Enduro was used to describe a bike with offroad aspirations/capability....used more in Europe than North America. by 1980, "Enduro" meant an offroad, non street legal dirt bike meant for enduro competition....all the big players made them, Kawasaki KDX, Yamaha IT, Honda XR, Suzuki PE, etc. My literature for my 2000 KLR refers to it as a Dual Purpose bike and the KDX as an Enduro.....I like these descriptors as they seem accurate to me - not alot "sporty" about a KLR! LOL.

....of course these days you can buy a street legal Dual Sport bike that is fully capable of racing any offroad course in the world, namely the KTM 500EXC.

Adventure bikes: all the big twins; KTM's 950/990/1190, BMW F800GS and F1200GS, Yamaha Tenere, Triumph 800XC, etc.

Dual Purpose bikes: KLR's, DR650, XRL's, KTM 690, F650GS, etc.

Dual Sport Bikes: KTM 500EXC, Yamaha WRR, and similar street legal bikes

Enduro: not many dedicated enduro bikes left; mostly KTM XCW series bikes, CRF X's

MX: CRF R's, KXF's, KTM's SX series, etc.


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I am lucky enough to live on the edge of true wilderness and I love to explore it.
Ron, Welcome. Sounds like your in the right place. Grease under the nails and all.
I would like to question the true wilderness part though. Where is this? I love the wilderness! Where I am we are forever west. But the forest service calls a lot of land "Wildernes".
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-13-2016, 03:17 PM
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I called them Enduro's, till I was "corrected" by a BMW rider.. lol

I came off Harley's (they got stuck in mud and sand too easy) and hit the KLR. not looking back!!

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I am lucky enough to live on the edge of true wilderness and I love to explore it.
Ron, Welcome. Sounds like your in the right place. Grease under the nails and all.
I would like to question the true wilderness part though. Where is this? I love the wilderness! Where I am we are forever west. But the forest service calls a lot of land "Wildernes".
It may not be pure original wilderness but it has certainly been forgotten about in this day and age. Chestnut at Laurel ridges have reverted back to nearly wild condition. Mostly because everyone's too lazy to get back that far in. Unless they're drilling for gas of course those guys make lots of nice roads for the KLR
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