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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2018, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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New KLR650?

Iíve been riding for 2 years now and am thinking of trying a new bike that will meet my needs for a commuter better than my current one.

Iím hoping the KLR might be it.

Hopefully Iíll be able to test drive one soon.


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post #2 of 7 Old 01-10-2018, 09:55 AM
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KLR is good for commuting. It's good for many things, and not so good for many others. It lacks power, it's heavy, and it's NOT a dirt bike. It's also NOT a street bike. It will do reasonably well off road, and equally reasonable on the pavement. You WILL not race anybody (either on the street, or off road), but it will carry you to the places off the pavement, where most street bikes won't. It will also carry you around town (with gear), where dirt bikes won't (or are not legal to be). You will be able to go through traffic jams, cross ditches, crisscross parking lots, and go over most obstacles in the city (if you need to).

When considering (or riding) KLR, one has to be aware of it's limitations. It's a great bike for what it is (BIG enduro), that will serve well, and for a LONG time if one takes care of it. There are much better bikes out there, but MOST of them are purposely built for the niche. KLR is "do it all reasonably well on the cheap" kind of bike.

I have a horse ranch, and KLR will round up horses just fine, It will carry tools to repair fences just fine too. If I have to make a quick run to town (to a hardware store) 15 miles away, it will do that with ease. I can stop at the bar for a drink, and it won't look out of place on the main street either. I can ride it with my boots covered in the horse manure, and sit on it in my dusty jeans (unlike my BMW),....it's perfect for me. It's a proverbial "workhorse".

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-10-2018, 10:12 AM
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Iíve been riding for 2 years now and am thinking of trying a new bike that will meet my needs for a commuter better than my current one.

Iím hoping the KLR might be it.

Hopefully Iíll be able to test drive one soon.


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Welcome to the forum 'lazyb8s'.

If you have at least 34 inch legs you will find the KLR650 quite capable at almost any duty you ask of it. (32 inch legs, order a Sargent low or Corbin low seat)

Check its engine oil Every Morning, before you start it up!
75 mph = 5000 rpm, so freeway speeds can cause some KLR's to consume more engine oil than others.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-10-2018, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Currently Iím riding a HD 1200. So I know all about limitations.

Out here in Tucson AZ, we have an interesting system of crappy roads and not much interstate.

As long as I can go 75, Iíll be fine for most of my commuting.

Sounds just like what I need. A jack of all trades, but less expensive than everything else. Except maybe a Honda NC700X.

Howís gas mileage?

and you say oil consumption?

What about the headlights? Are they pretty bright?


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post #5 of 7 Old 01-10-2018, 10:51 AM
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My Ď16 gets between 48-54 mpg depending how I ride.
Headlights are nice and bright.
It uses oil at about 5,000 rpm and up, maybe a pint every few hundred miles.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-10-2018, 04:10 PM
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Dan is pretty much spot-on for average mpg.

Headlight may need to be adjusted for Vertical focus, they all come out of the crate TOO High. And very few dealer prep techs even adjust them down for their weight. Usually some skinny kid anyways, lol.

Many KLR's use very little to zero oil between changes. Some may use a quart per 2500 mi. A Bad or Damaged KLR may consume a quart per 250 miles. (stay away from un-rebuilt Low Mileage 2008-2009's)
Oiled Foam Air Filter must be Thoroughly RE-Oiled after cleaning.

Check your engine oil daily and preferably before 1st start. 100% full oil window before start will usually show 7/8-3/4 full at gas station, after filling with gas. The high mounted oil filter drains back into the crankcase over night.

Enjoy the view and the ride.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-12-2018, 08:24 AM
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You say: "Out here in Tucson AZ, we have an interesting system of crappy roads and not much interstate.
As long as I can go 75, Iíll be fine for most of my commuting.
Sounds just like what I need. A jack of all trades, but less expensive than everything else. Except maybe a Honda NC700X."

My reactions:
1. If you are using the bike mostly for commuting and intend to drive 75 mph, you might want to change out the front sprocket from 15T to 16T. This will slow engine speeds by about 300 rpms, but still make it possible to take off without slipping the clutch. Even with larger sprocket, the engine is going to be working hard at 75. One of the first persons to respond to you said something about this being a large dirt bike.
2. If indeed the roads are crappy, you will enjoy the suspension travel of the KLR. Before buying mine, I tried out the NC700X and found that it was more uncomfortable on expansion joints and other sharp bumps. The dirt bike suspension system of the KLR has advantages on the street. Try them both to see what your experience is.

Other great things about the KLR: a wealth of aftermarket items and a supportive network of fellow riders on this website.

Have fun looking.

ar

PS As ice gives way to snow in central Indiana today, I envy where you live at the moment.

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