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post #1 of 14 Old 04-11-2018, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all. Currently on a 1995 1200 sportster and looking to upgrade to a klr650. The KLR650 has been my dream bike for about, well, 30 years now. I just have a hard time with the price but I am finally tired of all the noise and I REALLY need to slow down and smell the rose and maybe get off road and smell some dirt. (FYI,m I run dual sport tires on my sporty)

I know everyone loves THEIR bike, I love my sporty too, but do you LOVE the 650 and what are some reason I might not want one? I commute on my bike in heavy traffic everyday mostly.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-11-2018, 12:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Pat!

I have two bikes. I'm on my second KLR, both of which were bought for dual sportish rides of a shortish nature. My other bike is a BMW R1200RT, which was bought for roadish rides (it has a skid plate, so gentle off-road use is OK) of a longish nature.

I ride the KLR 90% of the time and it seldom leaves the house without going at least a thousand miles. It's been all over the western US. I love the stupid thing. It's uglier than a mud fence, pretty slow and way too heavy. I don't call it 'my girl' or 'my pig'. It's just a damn motorcycle (don't anthropomorphize motorcycles; they hate it when you do that). It's rather noisy, crude, vibrates a lot, gets blown all over the place, is reliable as a rock, and handles like a dream. See @klr4evr's sig line.

You won't like it if you want to go fast. You won't like it if you expect it to be a chick magnet. It's tall so, if you're not, it will take some getting used to. It's addictive, so you'll fiddle with it quite a bit. It will make you want to bury your Sportster axle-deep in the front lawn and plant flowers around it.

Do not buy a 2008 or 2009 unless you decrement the asking price by $1000 and set that money aside to rebuild the top end.

By the way, mine is for sale. I'll take the first offer over $10K.
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-11-2018, 01:32 PM
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Hey all. Currently on a 1995 1200 sportster and looking to upgrade to a klr650. The KLR650 has been my dream bike for about, well, 30 years now. I just have a hard time with the price but I am finally tired of all the noise and I REALLY need to slow down and smell the rose and maybe get off road and smell some dirt. (FYI,m I run dual sport tires on my sporty)

I know everyone loves THEIR bike, I love my sporty too, but do you LOVE the 650 and what are some reason I might not want one? I commute on my bike in heavy traffic everyday mostly.

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Welcome Pat.

I had nine bikes in the garage a couple years back (2002 CFR150F, 2004 CRF250X, 2006 and 2007 KTM 200XC's, 2010 KTM 300XCW, 2008 Versys 650, 2006 ZX6R, 2004 Ninja 500 and a 2001 KLR650.......I sold all of them except the KLR; added a 2010 Harley FLHTC at one point, sold it and bought another KLR.

Since that time I've continued to tweek my KLR's for my use (mostly offroad and single track) and couldn't be happier. They are nowhere nearly as capable as my KTM's offroad and couldn't hold a candle to the ZX6R on pavement nor are they capable of carrying a passenger and a ton of gear as well as the HD bagger......but they are the most fun to ride for me and can truly "do it all" ....well, for the most part! ;-)

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-11-2018, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Cool, I think I'm going to maybe get it Friday with 3k miles on it more or less. It's a 2014. I mean, if it's meant to be. I find that bikes find YOU just like dogs do.
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Cool, I find that bikes find YOU just like dogs do.
They sure do. Mine was given to me as a present. "Do it all UJM"! What else would you want? My other bike is BMW R 1200C,.....for the road, and "two up". This one I call "Donkey",.....it does it all just like a good donkey.
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Welcome Pat. Iím very new here as well. I just bought a 15 KLR. I have only done one off road ride with it so far but I had a blast. The KLR is a great dual sport if you want windprotection and something you can ride on the interstates to get to the dirt roads like I do. I have owned a DRZ400S, XT600, and a XT350 and they are all better off road then the KLR but are terrible highway bikes. So for me the KLR is a great compromise. I also have a FJR1300 for two up street rides. Iím in the Gastonia area so if you ever want to ride some dirt with us G-town boys let me know lol
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post #7 of 14 Old 04-11-2018, 07:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum Pat!
The KLR650 is truely a do it ALL bike. It just doesn't Do any part of IT, ALL that Great! But it will do Dual Sport better with Any Tires, better than a Sportster with DOT Knobbies!

And I wouldn't sell my 1987 for less than $1500. And it is NOT for sale.
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And I wouldn't sell my 1987 for less than $1500. And it is NOT for sale.
It's a shame really. KLRs are not the only thing in this category (things we won't sell for "market value", whatever that might mean). To you, 87 KLR is worth MUCH more than $1500 (1500 being chump change these days).

I have SEVERAL vehicles with very low mileage (all luxury,...either sedans, or SUVs,....seven to be exact). Wife says, .."you need to sell some of that stuff, we don't need it"! And here we come to a quandary.......how do you drive the line between "need", and "want"!? Example.....one of the vehicles is the Benz that popped up in one of my previous posts,......2002 S class AMG with ......drumroll.....45K original on the odo! I could sell it,......easily,.....for about 5-6K (!). I don't need the money, and it's worth MUCH more to me than that (even if I drive it once a year!). Then she says,....."but all the insurance, registration, maintenance........you are throwing money away!" Sure do. I would rather "throw money" at something I like, than being concerned which kid will get how much (and they'll get plenty!) in few years when I croak!

Sorry,....just a rant prompted by $1500 "price tag" on a perfectly functional UJM that will provide countless hours of pure pleasure (either riding it, or working on it).
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Welcome Pat. Iím very new here as well. I just bought a 15 KLR. I have only done one off road ride with it so far but I had a blast. The KLR is a great dual sport if you want windprotection and something you can ride on the interstates to get to the dirt roads like I do. I have owned a DRZ400S, XT600, and a XT350 and they are all better off road then the KLR but are terrible highway bikes. So for me the KLR is a great compromise. I also have a FJR1300 for two up street rides. Iím in the Gastonia area so if you ever want to ride some dirt with us G-town boys let me know lol
I keep meaning to get that way and fly with some of your drone boyz too. Have to get me a klr drone bag.
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I keep meaning to get that way and fly with some of your drone boyz too. Have to get me a klr drone bag.
Ok go get that bike!
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