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post #1 of 14 Old 08-09-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Wish I had gotten a bike sooner.

Well I finally had to put gas in the 2012 KLR today, cost me $17.74 to fill it after riding every day to & from work & to lunch everyday for 3 1/2 weeks. Driving the 74 Chevy truck it cost me about $35 a week to do the same. Why in the world didn't I get a bike sooner!!!!! Imagine the money I would have saved.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-09-2012, 09:36 PM
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yes, i still take my car when it rains tho...
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 03:04 AM
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I ride year round. With the right tire... The KLR is a beast in the rain. Used to dread riding my ZZR in the rain. My KLR however... Bring it on!


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post #4 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 06:06 AM
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With the right tire...
So what kind of tire is it???
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 06:17 AM
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My truck gets about 15mpg...the KLR between 50 and 55. I take the bike every chance I get and it still only saves me about $600 a year in gas. (thats assuming 3000 miles, or about a third of my annual miles) That doesn't count insurance or maintenance on the bike. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, just not really worth getting a bike just for the fuel mileage unless you put a lot more miles on a vehicle than what I do.

That being said, I love the ride to and from work, so even if it cost me more, I'd still take the bike. Unless it's raining, riding in the rain sucks...no matter what tire you have.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 08:25 AM
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I get about 3 times better gas milage with the KLR than with my truck. I ride to work whenever I can.
That said, you cannot put a price on the fun-factor. Especially being a KLR. The bike is so much more enjoyable.
The fun-factor actually has a negative impact on the gas milage. It may get 3 time better gas milage, but, on my way home from work I take a bunch of dirt roads and I end up riding 4 times as far.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 09:14 AM
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I have a GMC Sierra that gets 14 mpg. I usually put around 25K miles per year. Four weeks ago I got me a 2012 KLR and have since put 1,300 miles on it. The bike gets me 55 mpg. I use the bike mostly to go and do house inspections and give estimates. I don't need lots of tools so my "trunk bag" is all I need for carrying my equipment. In four weeks at 1,300 miles I have saved quite some $$$$ and I think it was worth the purchase of the bike. I can't say that I have experienced the bike to have fun. I am too busy working. Maybe a camping trip in the near future :-)
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 09:58 AM
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Not surprisingly, the KLR made the Top Ten list:

http://motorcycles.about.com/od/buyi...der-10-000.htm



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post #9 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 10:12 AM
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I have a GMC Sierra that gets 14 mpg. I usually put around 25K miles per year. Four weeks ago I got me a 2012 KLR and have since put 1,300 miles on it. The bike gets me 55 mpg. I use the bike mostly to go and do house inspections and give estimates. I don't need lots of tools so my "trunk bag" is all I need for carrying my equipment. In four weeks at 1,300 miles I have saved quite some $$$$ and I think it was worth the purchase of the bike. I can't say that I have experienced the bike to have fun. I am too busy working. Maybe a camping trip in the near future :-)
Sounds like you are in a position to make the KLR make money.

IMHO, unless you save at least 10,000 miles on your other vehicle, it's not really worth the expense of the bike. But like I said, the savings, or cost really doesn't matter to me...or most of us for that matter.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-10-2012, 02:34 PM
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Bucket69,

It is not as important for me to MAKE money. I just want to SAVE money and have fun at the same time. I did not buy the bike as an investment.
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