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post #1 of 43 Old 03-31-2010, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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6'6" 273, think I've found my first bike...

Hey, great forum here. Was gung ho 2 years ago about getting my motorcycle license but replacing my car vs. buying bike was more important at the time. Anyways on my way again to getting my license and was once again looking for a bike big enough for me. A lot of tall riders looking for answers for that question, especially as a beginner bike. That's how I found out about it, someone brought it up in an answer of that in some other forum.

And eventually that brought me to a store I pass all the time today that has a variety of sport motorcycles out front. Asked if they had any klr650's, dude took me out back where they were selling a new red 2009 for exactly 5k. Niiice big bike. I sat on it felt comfortable, didn't take it for a spin, don't even have my permit yet, but as far as something that's not going to have my knees hugging my ears goes, it was pretty damn good. 5k is definitely more than I want to spend, but not necessarily impossible, I'm also saying this because I just got home and all I can think about is how bad I wan't it.

Anyways, great forum here, have learned a lot in a short time!
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I'm not trying to start a fight with you (seriously not trying to start a fight)......but you got good advice. The KLR is a good beginner bike for big folks. One thing to keep in mind since price is an issue is that these bikes are pretty bullet proof aside from a few easily fixed soft spots. The used market is competitive, but there are good bikes out there for way less than 5K. The core of the bike has not changed much.

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Thanks LJ, good bikes less than 5k, but can they fit a 36 inch inseam comfortably? That persistently seems to be the 5k question.
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Sorry, should have been more specific. I meant used KLRs.

Or, if you want to buy a 73 Honda that you would crush (I'm 6'2" 210 and I feel like I'm in the circus after riding the KLR), I might cut you a deal.

Seriously, though, lots of used KLR's. And a lot of dealerships are hurting right now and willing to deal.




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I've got my eye on a couple bikes on c's list, but I'm trying to have it not get to my head, cuz I still have to take my permit test!
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That's a good strategy. If you've decided it is definitely something you want to do...keep looking, be ready to act fast. Learn as much as you can.

Have you ridden before?




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post #7 of 43 Old 03-31-2010, 05:34 PM
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6'4"/250 lbs first bike was (and is) my KLR

I purchased mine in May 2008 ..... I have about 10k miles on mine and have riden it from NC to WV and all over the mountains and have had no issues w/ cramp feeling. I have 35in inseam and it has started to sag some but it is still better than any bike I have tried out.
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LJ, no I haven't ridden before, not even a moped. I read on another thread, maybe on this forum, someone advising to buy a real p.o.s. to get the hang of it, and sell it for same after you really got the hang of it. That may happen. The true answer will reveal itself after I get my license. They've got some good courses around here in Mass that you can get your license at. Something like 300 bux to zip around on honda nighthawks 250's with instructors. I'll be looking to schedule once I get my permit

Yeah clayman, obviously I havn't ridden it, but never having been on a motorcycle I was surprised how comfortable the position was just sitting on it. Sometimes I'll watch some riders on bikes in weird positions and I think, how could you do that for an hour?
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I think we have a 6 foot club going 6-4 here spring geeting week going to replace it with a top gun spring for the gen 2 they have 3 to choose from. [email protected]

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The only advice in my opinion is expect every one in a car to pull out in front of you always expect that when a car is approaching form a cross street and the cursed cell phone rs. not to discourage you just some cations. welcome to the neighborhood.

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