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post #1 of 8 Old 08-29-2017, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Prospect in Kincardine, ON

Hello All

Kicking tires at this point as I'm undecided whether to buy a dual sport bike.

I've been riding since the 70's and the last 15 have been on full touring HD's. I've been through 9 out of 10 Canadian provinces, and all but 10 of the lower US states on bike.

The Trans Labrador has been on my bucket list for a few years, hence the desire for a used KLR 650 as a second bike, this would allow me to do the final Cdn province by road instead of ferry.

But hitting 60 in December and a weak back is causing me to have some doubts about the purchase.

Anyway, looking forward to going through your knowledge base and participating in the discussions.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-30-2017, 08:09 PM
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I'm 61, bad back (compression fracture when I was a pup, NEVER try to jump a Honda Trail 90) , knees and a hip that haunts me and I love my KLR. Ours have been lowered an inch without any adverse effects which helped with my knee issues. I find it comfortable (have changed the seat and added a 1 inch handlebar riser) and agile. Quite happy with it ...
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-31-2017, 03:52 PM
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Fused from my pelvis to L3. Wrists fused and shot knees. Get the suspension dialed in and you will be fine.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-31-2017, 05:03 PM
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Welcome; I also had a HD for awhile (2010 FLHTC). While everyone is built differently, I sold the 8 other bikes in my stable and kept the KLR largely because it was the most comfortable for me - years off offroad riding and many crashes has taken it's toll on my knees, hips and back.

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-02-2017, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well that didn't take long........

Came across a 2016 which was purchased in March with only 280 Km on it. The poor fellow developed medical issues right after buying it and couldn't ride.

It's bare stock other the the lowering links he put on which I quickly took off, 6'6" tall, don't need it lower.....lol

Did a quick check over this morning and rode it 220Kms mostly gravel this afternoon along with some "Use at your own risk Roads"

Still not broke in, so I didn't rev past 4,000rpm. I still did the HD technique, but I'm thinking I was too late as it should be done first thing:
3rd gear, 30-60 MPH 10 times, after that, ride it like you normally ride. Do this BEFORE you reach 50 miles, after that, the rings are set.

I've done that technique on 3 other new bikes, never had issues with oil burning or reliability. Probably pushed the envelope on the KLR, but.....gotta try.



I found the KLR a joy to ride, very light and nimble. Brakes where good, suspension dialled in ok. Seat was tough after 4 hrs of riding, gone to use my Airhawk on long hauls.

Can't get the shifter where I want it without it hitting the frame and preventing downshifts. Need to do some homework on that.

Orderd JNS engineering foot peg lowering brackets.

Windshield needs to be higher,
Footpegs are useless to stand on
Bars too low.

Initial mods, more to come.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-12-2017, 04:38 PM
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Re standing on the pegs - I initially picked up some $15 eBay metal wider footpegs. They felt cheap, as expected, but also passed a lot of vibration through to my feet. I ended up buying SW-Motech on/off road footpegs from a local store for $135CDN. They have a removable rubber insert to keep the vibrations down, but off-road, you can take the rubber insert out and have regular metal footpegs.

You can find pictures on the FortNine website, but don't order them from FortNine - I originally did and they sent the wrong ones - the box had 3 part # stickers, the SW-Motech one was right, but F9's supplier sticker had the wrong part # and the F9 sticker also had the wrong part #. They agreed that it was a problem on their end, but then said that they didn't carry the part # for the KLR, but you can still buy these footpegs for a KLR from their website, so they haven't fixed that yet.

I was going to suggest that you'll likely find the ride more plush on the KLR than on your HD.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-12-2017, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I was going to suggest that you'll likely find the ride more plush on the KLR than on your HD.
Thanks for the foot peg advice. I now see it's easy to spend $1,000.00 for farkles...

I'm running Pro Action rear shocks and a HD Police seat with shock over coil suspension on the HD, it's pretty good, although I must admit the additional suspension travel on the KLR does soak up the jarring bumps better
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-14-2017, 09:54 AM
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We run the same pegs on ours and really like them ... Everything about our KLR's (after a few mods) is more comfortable than our Harleys ...
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