I am new to riding (took my course last week) and just purchased my 11 KLR650 yesterday. I read every forum on the internet about what bike I should get and It was really my only choice. I found one within my price point and I had to have it! Much to my dismay when I got there to check it out was just how big it actually is. I’m 5’11” and have a bit of an Amazon attitude, which soon turned to embarrassment as I eagerly climbed up and couldn’t touch the ground 😂 The very nice 6’4” man adjusted it for me so I could sit quite comfortably with both feet flat on the ground. I have read that adjusting can affect suspension and I should get lowering links instead. Is it really needed? I haven’t taken it out in any traffic and have only been bombing around camp roads. I’ve gotten pretty used to it and am almost secure enough for pavement. Any advice with this specific bike as a newbie? Thanks!!
Welcome and congrats! Maine is a great place to play with the KLR!
I also learned to ride on a KLR and I remember how tall it felt at first. I'm a few inches taller than you but now I ride with a wool seat cover, a high sprung aftermarket shock and raising links and it's fine. If, once you get used to it and still can't comfortably get a foot planted, then I'd look into getting a lower seat before considering lowering links.
Good for you for taking it slow. I remember when my brother and cousins got their first bikes, they went straight for the highway and pushed their limits day one. I rode for months before going into 3rd gear...ha! Take your time and don't feel like you have to push your comfort zone. It will come with time and miles.
Check out this great thread by DPelletier, be safe out there and have fun!
Welcome to the forum, Marcella. A modified / lowered seat is better than installing lowering links. Lowering links usually cause the kick stand to need be shortened & also reduces the capacity for carrying travel / touring gear. If you have 34" legs you should be perfectly fine with the standard links & rear shock.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
Thank you! I think I’m going to see how I feel about it by the end of the super short season and take the winter to decide on the must haves. There’s so many possibilities with this bike. Now if I only had more days off 😂