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post #1 of 12 Old 06-11-2012, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy y'all. My Name is Doug Jones and I started this account with the purpose of getting some advice from those here who have more know how then myself. To make a long story short Im in an ordeal where I need cheap transportation to make my commute to work, around town and everything in between.

My question to all of those who own this awsome machine is if you would reccomend it to someone as a workhorse?

The climate in my area is warm in the summer and mild in the winter so Im not to worried about the wether. The only thing I dont have any grasp on is its all around usability. For the same price I could finance a 2 door pregnant roller skate and it still would just barely touch the MPG.

So what do the owners think? would/could you totally rely on the KLR?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-11-2012, 10:14 PM
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bike good for everyday commute,,as i do.. an great to play around on dirt roads too..

but biggest thing is gear= jacket ,pants,and helment,, as if have good protecting..this also allows you to be comfortable thro multipule temps ,and riding sytles..

as i cook/chef,, an ware, water proof rideing pants over ,work pants.. when get to work just pull off gear slip on kitchen shoes an no problem..

so helment, jacket/pants, boots ,and gloves est:= i spent ,,just under $1000 est.. and can ride in any weather ,any time ..

as far as mantiance,,you should be able, to do most your own work!!!
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I use mine everyday for my commute through traffic, rain, shine, hot or cold. Taken a few long trips on it with and without the wife. Easy bike to work on, tuff as nails, and more fun than my sport bike was. I get 43-45mpg riding higher Rome on the freeway and higher when I watch the right hand around town. Fun bike and extremely versatile.


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You won't regret it. Merely the HEIGHT makes it worthwhile. And it's a beast. A fun, vibrate your arms numb, beast.




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post #5 of 12 Old 06-12-2012, 05:35 AM
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I love KLR's !!

Even bought one cuz they do so much more compared to
any other vehicle IMO. (Although they suck for moving couches
across town).

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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I use mine for a 60-mile round trip commute pretty regularly when I'm not out exploring the local gravel/dirt roads on it or taking shorter 2-3 hour trips to local attractions.

The only time it's ever quit on me was due to my own stupidity and I pinched the gas tank vent line when I put the seat back on after doing some work.

As Lockjaw noted, one of my favorite things about it is that it's tall, giving you better visibility in traffic.

I don't know if you have any experience with motorcycles or not, but they do require more maintenance than a car. You'll go through more consumables like more frequent oil changes, tire changes, etc. and will have to do regular preventive maintenance such as taking care of the chain, air filter, battery, etc. If you do most of this stuff yourself (you can) it works out in your favor. If you're going to have to take it to a dealer/shop to get stuff done, that will quickly become both tiresome and expensive and that's something to consider.

Motorcycles are just as reliable as cars as long as you don't neglect them, plus in my opinion they're a lot more fun.




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post #7 of 12 Old 06-12-2012, 08:32 AM
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This bike IS a workhorse. Took mine to Alaska last summer and now use it for commuting in the LA area. Just "renewed" the bodywork with a heat gun. Love it.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-12-2012, 09:02 AM
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Damn! you guys are makin me want to go out and buy another one.
I'm with everyone else on this one. The only thing bad about commuting with the bike is that it makes it really hard to stay at work with the damn thing whispering "c'mon lets go ride" in your ear all day long.
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Damn! you guys are makin me want to go out and buy another one.
I'm with everyone else on this one. The only thing bad about commuting with the bike is that it makes it really hard to stay at work with the damn thing whispering "c'mon lets go ride" in your ear all day long.
I AGREE!!! I commute 104 miles round trip daily and save $15/ day on gas. It's the toy that earns its keep.


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Howdy y'all. My Name is Doug Jones and I started this account with the purpose of getting some advice from those here who have more know how then myself. To make a long story short Im in an ordeal where I need cheap transportation to make my commute to work, around town and everything in between.

My question to all of those who own this awsome machine is if you would reccomend it to someone as a workhorse?

The climate in my area is warm in the summer and mild in the winter so Im not to worried about the wether. The only thing I dont have any grasp on is its all around usability. For the same price I could finance a 2 door pregnant roller skate and it still would just barely touch the MPG.

So what do the owners think? would/could you totally rely on the KLR?

Welcome!

Do you have any motorcycle experience? If not please take the MSF Basic Rider class before you get a bike.

As Planalp noted motorcycles require much more maintance than a car. You can't just put gas in them and ignore it like you can a car. Your safety depends on keeping the bike maintained.

Gas milage is not the only consideration when comparing costs. A motorcycles tire costs about as much as a car tire but only lasts a fraction of the milage. Typically a rear tire goes about 5-6K miles, a front about twice that. Motorcycles require more frequent oil changes than a car. Chain and sprocket replacement at about 15-20 K miles, etc. So if you look at the total costs the economic difference between a bike and a car is not that much.

I wear all of the safety gear and think it's foolish to ride without it (not preaching). Full face helmet, gloves, jacket and boots are minimum requirements IMHO, figure at least about a $500 investment.

Are you going to have the bike as your sole transportation? It's challenging to do everything on a bike like grocery shopping for example. Yea you can manage but you've got to be motivated!

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9

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