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post #1 of 2 Old 11-10-2008, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Hello from Ohio

I'm currently 44 and I've been riding since the age of seven. I've owned many bikes over the years (Goldwings, Magna's, CB's, DT's, TS's ect.). I have accumulated over 100,000 street miles and I completed a MSF course several years ago. I'm probably due for a refresher. I always wear my protective gear.

I don't usually ride more than 250 miles from my home, mostly due to my busy schedule with my threee kids, Wife, dog and job.

Currently riding a 1985 Honda VF700C Magna in very good condition with 26,000 Miles that I bought two years ago with just over 15,000 miles. Love these bikes, I've owned several. I ride two up quite often but my wife doesn't like the Magna seat for more than a 100 mile ride.

I'm currently thinking of buying a new bike (second bike). The KLR 650 is on the list of possibilities. Mostly due to it's light weight, good handling, off road capabilities, large fuel tank (I hate stopping for fuel) and low price tag. Also, my 17 year old daughter has expressed interest in learning to ride. Hopefully, this bike, once lowered won't be too much for her. She has ridden my Magna a few times. I'd prefer for her to learn on a 250 but I'm already pushing my luck keeping two bikes.

I'm 5'8" tall with 32" inseam but the lowering kits I've read about seem to work pretty well and there's always a Corbin seat that lowers the seat height another 1.5". I'm a little concerned about how much power it will have riding 2 up.

I'll be reading many of the posts on this site trying to decide if the KLR is for me.

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post #2 of 2 Old 11-11-2008, 11:10 PM
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Welcome neighbor. Just up rt56 from you and to answer your question, the KLR is really a bike that is what YOU make of it. I've seen them tricked out to be street machines that stand up to sport bikes. Me I went the other way and have mine oriented to the tight woods trails. There are tons of variations that you can make to the bike and the price makes that affordable no matter which way you go.
Often it is said the KLR is not a great street bike, not a great off road bike, but it will do either better than most other bikes on the market.

*** KLR650, Tweeting long before your kids thought it was cool.

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