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post #1 of 6 Old 06-16-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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as above i am new to the klr,,,its 27 year old 600,I have herd loads of stuff about not being that good offroad,,and the stories about the dreaded doohikey thing,and if its a problem on the 600 or just the 650,,,god knows,I am sort of thinking that if the bike is 27 years old and done 32,000 miles it must have either have been done or it aint gonna be a problem????????????,it rides nice man,,
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-16-2012, 08:08 PM
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1985 600 cc you say?

The oldest KLRs I know of are 1987 and they are 650 cc.

A quick google search shows something about a 600 klr, but I can't say much about those bikes. For all I know they have a good doohickey.

I don't think it is uncommon for a klr to get 60 k miles. Some will get theirs well past 100 k and I've heard of a few 200k KLRs.

I've heard someone say the klr is "overbuilt and under powered" which generally coincides with my thoughts. Though she isn't the most powerful or light bike in the world, she is reliable and lasts for miles of fun.


I probably ride about 300 days a year and in the year and a half I've had mine, the closest to broken is the time I drove with the choke on and couldn't figure out why it was stalling and wouldn't start. Flick of the choke off and off I went.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 01:21 AM
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as above i am new to the klr,,,its 27 year old 600,I have herd loads of stuff about not being that good offroad,,and the stories about the dreaded doohikey thing,and if its a problem on the 600 or just the 650,,,god knows,I am sort of thinking that if the bike is 27 years old and done 32,000 miles it must have either have been done or it aint gonna be a problem????????????,it rides nice man,,
I think that even with its "outdated" components, that KLR of yours will make quite a capable off-road machine compared to, say, a GenI KLR650. I don't know how much it weighs, but it's gotta be less than a 650 and check out that ground clearance! Hey, only one way to find out.......I'd get some good knobbies on it and take it off-road.

As far as the doohickey goes, I have no idea.



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post #4 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for that mate,as its my first time on a bike like this,,I aint got anything to compare it to,but first impressions are awsome,there is a old unused factory not far from were I live,,I have spent a few hours over there messing about,,,weight wise it feels ok, suspension is great,Its not the fastest thing on the road,but it does the job,after six months on a cbr600 with aching wrists ect,the ride comfort is amazing,if feels like i could ride all day with no problem
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 01:42 AM
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I was curious so looked it up. The dry weight on your KLR600 is about 295 pounds. Motorcycle weights can be iffy, but that's pretty light in my book.



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post #6 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with you mate,,I have put it on its side and made sure I can pick it up,its not that bad at all
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