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post #1 of 6 Old 03-04-2018, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, this is pretty boring stuff so I don't expect anyone to read it, but I'll introduce myself anyway. I've been racing motocross for 35+ years, all closed-course pretty much, and I've never really done much trail riding. Never owned a dual purpose, but I'm getting old and decided to see if I could handle the non-competitiveness of a fun ride here and there. Got myself a 2011 KLR650 yesterday and tried it out on the front yard track. Whew, that 430+ lbs is a bit different than my YZ250... and I think the stock springs are way too mushy for this big gal, lol. I'm told I'm not really supposed to jump the KLR, to save that for my MX'r, but don't jumps kind of come up on trails?

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Hi Pix,

Welcome to the forum!

KLRs do nothing really well, but they do everything adequately. That includes taking jumps. The KLR will soar like an eagle when launched off a perfect whoop. It will then land like a grand piano.

If you plant to ride it quite aggressively you'll need to do a bit of suspension work. Look into Cogent Dynamics.
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Welcome. I also came from a racing background (harescrambles and X country) and had to adjust to the KLR's differences when coming from my KTM race bike. I ride my KLR's extensively offroad and though you'll never make one into a hard core offroad bike, some smart mods can make the world of difference as Tom has pointed out. Suspension upgrades are the single biggest functional difference you can make to a KLR IMO and Cogent is definitely my preferred shop. www.motocd.com

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I'm sure with your riding background you'll adapt quickly.
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-04-2018, 03:56 PM
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Welcome! My new (to me) KLR is also my first dual sport (and first motorcyle). You seem to be putting yours through harder paces than I am. I'll have to work my way up to jumps.
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