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post #1 of 11 Old 03-28-2018, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hello to all, been looking into possibly getting into a dual sport, always thought of a KLR being a great pick. My concern with the KLR, opposed to say and adventure bike (GS or a Tiger) would be a few things:
The weight of myself (215lbs) and gear weight, would this be a problem going down the road/ trail?
Road trip, would this bike be ok going 200-300 miles a day on asphalt going 70 mph?
As to comfort going that long?
Any other issues I should consider?
Thanks in advance for the input!!!
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...The weight of myself (215lbs) and gear weight, would this be a problem going down the road/ trail?...
No, probably not. If the trail riding is aggressive then you'd benefit from an upgraded shock from the likes of Cogent Dynamics.

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...Road trip, would this bike be ok going 200-300 miles a day on asphalt going 70 mph?...
Typically my KLR doesn't leave the driveway without going at least 1000 miles. 300 miles is a short day on the highways. Changing the front sprocket to a 16 tooth makes doing that a bit better as it reduces RPM by 7%.

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...As to comfort going that long?...
The stock seat has always been an ass-hatchet. The model year 14.5 and up have a better seat, but I can't say if it is comfortable for three hours at a stretch. You may need a better seat if you're going to be riding for hours at a time.

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...Any other issues I should consider?...
The KLR is a good bike, but can need some modifications. There are, as with any bike, some things that need to be attended to. Read as much as you can, ask a lot of questions based on what you read, then decide. You should start with this:

http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...kes-avoid.html,

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Thanks for the input Tom!
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Dual Sport/Dual Purpose/ADV bikes are all exercises in compromise......the "best" choice will be different for everyone. From your post you might be happier with an F800GS or an 800XC. How much offroad do you plan on doing and how "offroad" will it be?

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Been doing trails for years now. So it will be more off road than on. Mostly doing Baja....
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Are you also looking at the DR and the XR? Both are more trail-worthy but less road-worthy. Typically lighter with better suspension, but peanut tanks.

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Been doing trails for years now. So it will be more off road than on. Mostly doing Baja....
Well then, I consider a properly prepped KLR to be superior to all the twin cyl ADV bikes on trails and better than most of them on dirt roads too. Modifying KLR's to work better offroad is a passion of mine.....if you have questions, ask away. All that said, I'm not a fan of riding my KLR's on the highway at 70mph for hours at end....I didn't really enjoy that even on my touring bike.

Here's a pic of one of my Gen1's;

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Are you also looking at the DR and the XR? Both are more trail-worthy but less road-worthy. Typically lighter with better suspension, but peanut tanks.
Yeah, good point; If I was going to buy a brand new bike today, It'd be a DR not a new KLR.....but that's for what I do.

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When I finally decided to get a dual sport I was sure that what I wanted was an XR. I'd had my eye on one since about '82 but was having too much fun abusing an Ossa Pioneer and an IT490. I had no road bike at the time and wanted to get back to it. I did what you are doing, began examining what the capabilities of the XR, DR, and KLR were.

What I wanted to be able to do was ride off-road when needed, but the primary desire was to be able to use it as a light-weight touring bike. The XR and DR seemed well-biased toward off-road, perhaps 70/30 if assigning percentages makes any sense. I thought the KLR was more like 30/70. I wound up favoring the KLR for what I wanted but then proceeded, over the course of 10 years, to modify the KLR to be a 50/50 bike.

I'm happy with the choice and feel comfortable taking it on extended asphalt tours, but am equally comfortable if it needs to go onto anything that resembles a road. Truth be told, it's (a 2009) just about half Gen 1 and half Gen 2, though the suspension is mostly aftermarket. If I'm really planning on going off-road, I need to swap out the front fairing, the front fender, and the wheels. I don't like changing tires much, so I keep a set with knobbies in the shed.
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As you can see from Dave's photo, he started with a Gen 2 exhaust heat shield and built a Gen 1 around it.

I started with a new 2008 that got blowed up and got turned into a used 2009. The suspension is Cogent Moab in the back with Racetech Emulators in the front. The ignition has been changed to Gen 1 and the electrical system extensively modified to be simpler, a kickstart added, Gen 1 suspension knuckle, Gen 1 brake pedal, valve cover, brake pedal and a UFO superbike front fender. The stock headlights have been replaced with Infiniti G37 projectors and the stock dash replaced with a Vapor. It came to me with a dusted engine, so the top end was rebuilt with a Wossner piston for 678cc displacement (at 11:1 CR). Exhaust is going through a GSXR750 pipe. Valve timing has been modified with adjustable cam sprockets. Paul Westman's oiling mods have been done. The previous owner had fitted an IMS tank and done a good job with the handlebars and guards, so I left all that alone. There are a few other things, but they are in the weeds.

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