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post #1 of 24 Old 06-03-2011, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Why Dual-Sport? Why The KLR?

I was spurred to start this thread after participating in another thread about what other motorcycles people owned besides their KLR.

Why do you get into DS? Is it just a branch of motorcycling to explore while you still ride other bikes, either dirt or street? Are you strictly a DS enthusiast or do you embrace other motorcycling "disciplines?"

What other DS bikes have you ridden in the past and why did you choose the KLR?

Personally, I've never gotten into "street bikes" and while I've ridden a very few, have never owned one. I've never been a "dirt bike guy" because I don't possess the skills to make the most of owning one and don't really have a nearby place to practice riding one: plus I'm old and fat.

I've owned a Suzuki SP600 and a Honda KLR650L before taking a hiatus and then picking up the KLR I currently own.

I can't afford anything beyond "The Big Three." I'll freely admit it, I chose my KLR because of the price and its long history and reputation. The Suzuki 650 is purported to be better off-road than either the Honda or the Kawasaki, based on reviews and internet info, for what they're worth.

The Honda "looks like" a premium DS machine, but having owned one, it's really not much better off-road than the KLR and costs a hell of a lot more and sucks to ride on the highway if you need or want to.

Share your thoughts: I'm interested.




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post #2 of 24 Old 06-03-2011, 01:29 AM
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I bought my KLR because I wanted a simple, bulletproof, cheap bike that could hold a lot of gas. And I like to sit upright. Dirt hadn't entered my mind. Now I appreciate that aspect of it, too.




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My background is in motocross racing. That’s where I start. I think you are always more comfortable on the first bike you ride… Meaning, if you Learn how to ride a bike on a Honda rebel, you will most likely end up riding a Fat Boy. If you rode dirt bikes growing up you will feel at home on a dual sport.
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I wanted something more versatile than my SV650. I really like having the ability to cruise down the highway then cut through the ditch and head off down a gravel road.
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I wanted something more versatile than my SV650. I really like having the ability to cruise down the highway then cut through the ditch and head off down a gravel road.
When I started riding, there were no "dirt bikes", just bikes. I used to do just that with my bikes. It was how you rode them not the bike itself that made the adventure work.
If you wanted a dirt bike it was off with the lights and mufflers, on with a skid plate (made from a fallen highway sign) and maybe a knobby on the rear.
Then and now...All fun stuff!

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I have owned 2 XR650L's and have a fair amount of seat time on various YZ250's and other mx bikes. The deciding factor in getting a KLR and not another XR for me is comfort. The XR is a better dirt bike, no question, but if your dirt spots are seperated by 100+ miles of 65+mph highway, I found the XR to be miserable. So for me, the KLR is a comfy streetbike with enough offroad ability to be entertaining. The KLR's reputation for reliability and ease of maintenance didnt hurt either, and they are cheap (bonus!!).

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In 2001 I moved to a house where I had a mile and a half of dirt road to negotiate. It got old pretty quick riding a Gold Wing in the mud on the rain days, so I looked for an alternative bike for poor road conditions. I chose a KLR based on an article in Motorcycle Consumer News by Dr. Greg Frazier, price and gas tank capacity, and bought one in the spring of '02.

Liked it so much I bought another one in '04 as a spare.

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When I started riding, there were no "dirt bikes", just bikes. I used to do just that with my bikes. It was how you rode them not the bike itself that made the adventure work.
If you wanted a dirt bike it was off with the lights and mufflers, on with a skid plate (made from a fallen highway sign) and maybe a knobby on the rear.
Then and now...All fun stuff!
Wish I would have read about your fallen highway sign skid plate idea before I shelled out the $ for an aftermarket one for the KLR.



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Why the KLR? Versatility, plain and simple. Ive owned a BMW R1150RT, maintenance ate me up and the GS was just plain out of my price range, short term and long term. My '08 C14 has been heavily modified (Full pipe, PCV, and Auto Tune) which produces somewhere in the neighborhood of 160 at the back tire, I have a set of ZX14 throttle bodies waiting to go on. I use her for street touring, commuting (40+ MPG), and I've had her on the track a few times. The YZ450F allows me the ability to connect with my youth on an old RM250, wild and on the edge, insane power. I think I've found my wifes limit on bikes. Good thing is, they are all tax deductions, another benefit of being an instructor.
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My first "real" motorcycle was an early '70s' Honda SL 100. It was a dual-sport, but they weren't called that back then. Maybe that's why I like my KLR 650 so much. It's the same bike for big people. Bulletproof and just stupid fun!!

You can keep your Harleys', (GAG!), gold wings and whatever else you ride. To me, the KLR is an everybike. High gas prices? LESS IS MORE!!

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Honda CB 360
Kaw Z1 900
Honda V45 Magna
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Honda CBR 929 RR '00'
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Keeping the KLR, too cheap to trade, too attached to sell, A keeper.
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