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.
Last edited by planalp; 06-03-2011 at 01:15 AM.