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post #1 of 12 Old 09-24-2009, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've been watching the prices on the 09 KLR's drop as the season passes and I'm about to pull the trigger and buy one. I need some advice from current owners.

My son will be getting his fist dirt bike in February and I want to ride with him. I dont want to buy a dirt bike and found the KLR to be a good option as I can commute to work on it, which can justify the purchase. In your opinion will the KLR 650 be a good bike to ride on dirt with my 10 year old son? Or, is it too heavy for that? I dont want to drop it or get myself hurt. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-24-2009, 05:54 PM
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How long have you been riding for? Ever on the dirt? How big are you? How long is your commute?

In general, the KLR is considered an adequate off-road bike. Only adequate. Probably fine since you don't want your son (I assume) tackling anything TOO gnarly IF you have ridden a MC before. If not, you're probably biting off more than you want to chew. My .02

But, answer those three Q's and we can advise you much better.




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The KLR is a lot heaver than a dirt bike i agree with lockjaw. you must whey it out. ask lots of questions.

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Ha. In about a year, your son will be kicking your butt. Do the sensible thing. Buy both - a KLR for everyday and a beatup dirt bike to play with the kids.
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I have ridden street only and am very competant on the street. I have not ridden on dirt very much, only short trail ride stuff on a friends TTR90. I'm 6'2" and weigh about 190 and my commute is 90 miles round trip, lots of turns and hills, through the country, which will be nice on a bike. I dont want to buy a dirt bike for fear tha I'll get hurt, I'm 41 years young and can't miss work. I'm thinking the KLR with its weight and size will keep me in check on the dirt? Bill

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post #6 of 12 Old 09-24-2009, 07:42 PM
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Heavy + dirt = bad news. Only time I've been hurt on the KLR was when it was newer and shiny. Got in some soft dirt where I should have let it drop but struggled to keep it upright and pulled a groin muscle pretty bad.

I don't consider the KLR a dirt bike at all (at my skill level), it's just a great bike for single track and back roads.
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I would suggest the KLX 250s if it's a backroads commute and you want to do a lot of trail riding also. The 250s will keep you in check, the 650 will keep you on the ground if you try to follow dirt bikes unless you have the strength to manhandle it a little bit. It will trail ride all day long if you keep your own KLR650 pace though.

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post #8 of 12 Old 09-24-2009, 09:32 PM
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For me, 250 would be perfect for what you describe. Good advice you're getting all around. Like BIGIRON, I kept my bike up once when I should have let it fall. A few days later started having chest pains. Right by my heart. Wife tripped. I went and got an EKG. Nothing. Finally the Doc asks if I do powerlifting or heavy manual labor. Nope. I pulled a muscle under my heart. Dawned on me when I got home. The KLR is heavy. No joke.

The advice is right on. For the KLR to be any kind of dirt bike you have to have dirt skills. Mad skills. I don't.




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post #9 of 12 Old 09-24-2009, 11:28 PM
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I am coming from the other direction; I have ridden dirt bikes for many years and my 09 KLR is my first street bike. Also, both of my sons ride dirt bikes.
I like the KLR, but would not consider it for a moment for your purposes. Your son will inevitably want to explore- far and fast- and you will be miserable trying to follow. The KLR is too heavy and doesn't seem to want to do much more than fire roads.
When I made the decision to buy the KLR, I was trying to decide how much dirt and how much street I'd realistically be riding. I chose the KLR because I already have a dirt bike and would mostly be commuting and hitting local fire roads.
Had I opted for a dirt bias, I would have bought an XR- or for a serious steeet legal dirt bike, a plated KTM. I don't know which state you live in, but we have all kinds of registration problems with plating dirt bikes. It is possible that you could get aroiund this in your area. In that case, any trail bike like the Yamaha WR or Honda CRF-X would be great.

Hope this helps.
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In that case, any trail bike like the Yamaha WR or Honda CRF-X would be great.
For future reference... the KLX 250s is a dirt bike made street legal. The old KLR250 was a smaller version of the KLR650 where the new 250s came from their dirt bike line.
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