i'm 45, 5'10, 200 pounds. have ridden motorcylcles/quads/snowmobiles since i was 3. have a deal set up for tuesday to pick up a new orange/black 650 for $5,500 out the door. thought this was a great deal cause the best anywhere else in my state i could do on that color was $6,400. i'm an orange guy so the color i must have!!!
my riding will be a mix of 50% paved road, 50% gravel roads. the weight doesn't worry me, rode bikes in the sand for years. no off road for me, i'll leave that for the younger crowd
seems like the klr would be a great fit for me. what worries me is all the posts about oil consumption, is this a problem with all the gen 2's or just the first ones? i ride almost every weekend and a lot of time that is alone so i need a bike that won't let me down. i ride my quad for 8-10 hours a day so the klr will be getting some serious time and miles from day one. that is one of the things that led me to the klr is that 5.8 gallon tank!!!
i know on these forums a little problem can be made out to be a lot worse than it really is. so i'm here asking has the klr earned the cult following it has because its a great bike or because theres not much competition in its class?sure do like the looks of the new bike, seems to have all the goodies to get me where i want to go! just don't want to get stuck with a bike that needs a new top end right off the showroom floor. although after you get used to buying snowmobiles it seems like thier giving these things away
any mods it needs right out of the box or can i just ride it. figured the 4th of july weekend would be a great time to get out to the coast and up for some mountain riding also. sure i'll take care of the break in period and then some within the first week. will probably put around 5,000 miles a summer on it and plan on keeping it for quite awhile, have heard these things go for well over 50k and just keep on going.
so if you could buy a new one tommorow would you? if not what would you pick up? not interested in spending 10k or more for a bike, i need to save that coin for the sleds.