Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
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.
Tom [email protected]
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