New Member / Nice place
Hello KLR Forum
I just joined today and am glad I found this place. It may seem strange but I don't have a KLR yet. Here is my short story. After not ridding a motorcycle for over 35 years, ( Do scooters count?) I wanted to get back in the saddle once again. I had a Yamaha DT-175 Endruo at 17 and road it everywhere. It seemed right too get started again on a duel sport motorcycle at 52 years old. I looked on line at everything and the KLR caught my attention. The problem is that we had no Kawasaki dealer in our town. Not wanting to go to the big city mega dealers in Portland, I visited my local dealer just to see what the Suzuki DR650 looked like and to sit on it. I wasn't planing to buy it. Just sit on it to see what a 35 inch seat height would feel like.
I was then going to go to Bend Oregon and look at the Kawasaki KLR. While on the bike the dealer walked up to me and talked up a storm and told me about the Suzuki DRZ400S he had on the lot. I told him I was interested in a larger bike in the 650cc class for it's better road power to get to Duel Sport events. Eastern Oregon was on my mind. He said that the DRZ would do fine. Not knowing any better, the next thing I know is that I am home with the DRZ400! Don't get me wrong, It's a great dirt bike but it's to small for extended highway ridding. I went to Shaniko Oregon from The Dalles after I broke in the motor and while it did OK, it was very buzzy at anything over 65 MPH and the tiny 2.6 gallon gas tank limits your travel and looking for gas stations. It does very well on the forest service roads going up to Flag Point and on back roads but I am finding that I am more of an Adventure rider.
I could put on all the upgrades to my DRZ but at this point, I just want to move into the KLR. After reading about Dr. Gregory Frazier going around the world on a KLR, I am even more convinced that the KLR is what I want. I will sell my DRZ next Spring and head over to Bend Oregon to get a KLR. Until then, I'll just keep reading all your posts.