Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Houston, Texas (Sharpstown)
New KLR rider in Houston
I'm a couple weeks away from picking up a 2012 KLR650 I just dropped a big down payment on to get it off the market. I have extensive small form factor Honda XL experience and and even more experience with Honda VFF and VFR 700's. My last bike was a short lived 2002 Honda CR250 which was just too tall, too two-stroke, thus too loud, too peppy and especially too non-street-legal!
I decided a few years back I needed a bike that while parked I could kick it and have it fall over and hit the ground without being totaled. I then needed to be able to shoot it a couple of times with a small rifle and still be able to pick it up, start it up and ride home! Yes, I knew I needed a thumper! My crotch rocket days are over.
I researched everything pretty well and determined any of the big three being the KLR650, XR650L or L or the DR650 would get the job done. I felt the DR650 would likely be the best fit. I figure KLR650 is best for street, the XR650R best for dirt and DR650 right in the middle. After I honestly considered what I'd do the most I figured the KLR650 would be justified. The Honda XR650L is sweet too and I've always been a Honda guy. At 50 I don't want to be trying to kick-start a plated XR650R so it was out.Then I got a great deal on a 2012 black KLR650 with less than 10000 miles on her and am anxious to pick her up, ride her home and post pictures of her here. The previous owner installed a lowering kit on the bike and my 6ft. 225lb body can flat foot on one side which feels great!
I'm very pleased to be here and look forward to all the stuff I'll learn from you KLR650 masters!