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post #1 of 41 Old 10-13-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Talk me out of a KLR....

Greetings KLR Krew....

I'm looking for some input regarding the search for my next bike.

Background: Relatively new rider. Age 47. 5'-9" with 31" inseam.
My first bike was a BMW G650gs that I "thought" was the right bike for me a couple years ago. I was looking for a duel-sport bike with low seat-ht and the Beemer fit the bill. For a number of reasons, I sold the bike a few months ago and now I'm looking for something else.

Enter the KLR.....

I plan to use the bike as a commuter and also to explore the endless mountain dirt roads near my home in Denver. I have no plans to tear down single-track trails or terrain beyond my current skill level. I want a simple bike I can tailor to my needs and do some work on myself.

I guess my hesitation with the KLR is that the bike is quite a bit taller than the Beemer was. Figure I can do the dog-bone lowering thing and maybe spring for a lowered seat if needed.

So am I over-thinking this? Are there other bikes I should be entertaining?
I really like the looks of the KLR and it's long-standing reputation speaks volumes to me.

I appreciate any feedback you guys might have for me.

Nate (the newb)
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post #2 of 41 Old 10-13-2012, 06:30 PM
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Greetings! Lol, you came to the wrong place to be talked out of a KLR!
From what you describe, it would be the perfect bike for you! They're simple, reliable, cheap to buy and cheap to run. As far as the height thing is concerned your bang on, get yourself a lower seat and if you still cant reach try the lowered dogbones. If funds are tight the dogbones are cheaper than the lowered seat, just remember that you have to cut the sidestand accordingly or the bike will flop off the stand on you... KLR's are kind of prone to that anyway .
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Welcome to the forum.

As Stew says you are in the wrong place but what we will do is talk you into a KLR. From what you are describing as you desires save yourself the time spent searching, by a KLR, and start riding.

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post #4 of 41 Old 10-13-2012, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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My post title was kind of tongue-in-cheek. I appreciate your feedback.

Where would you guys point me to look for a lowered seat?
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My post title was kind of tongue-in-cheek. I appreciate your feedback.

Where would you guys point me to look for a lowered seat?
Outdoor,
I use my KLR as a 70+ mile commuter daily. It's nice being able to look Yukons and other SUVs in the eye. I don't know about a lowered seat but one option as well if you don't mind the 365.00$ price tag is a progressive 1" lower shock. This, with the dog bones should help out a lot. I would recommend it but its not a necessity. I switched from sports and love the fact the KLR will handle the twisties when I want to as well as be nimble splitting lanes on my commute. It may not be the best at any one thing BUT it is the best at being able to do ANYTHING! I won't be going back to sports again. Welcome!

Edited later: if the lowered shock interests you, PM me and I will let you know where I got it. They're not a sponsor and I forget the rules about posting websites.


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My post title was kind of tongue-in-cheek. I appreciate your feedback.

Where would you guys point me to look for a lowered seat?
Lowered seat? My best recommendation would be to go for a Seatconcepts.com lowered seat kit... You use your own pan and glue new foam on it and stretch the new cover over (easy stuff!) I think I paid about $160 CDN for mine. If you don't want to go that route and have a little more cash to play with I would say go for the Sargent low seat, I've heard lots of good stuff about it. One seat I definitely wont recommend (from personal experience!) is the Corbin Dual Platform... I was never so happy to get rid of a seat in my life. Very pricey and the only thing it did well was ram my nuts against the tank!

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I am 5'10" with a 32" inseam. I installed a Sargent flat seat for comfort. I found the factory seat uncomfortable after 45 min as many have.I really like the Sargent seat! After riding my new 2011 for a while I found the springs sagged and I no longer needed to lower it. Eventually as they sagged more I ended up adding spacers to bring it back up.
Oh! This is a terrible bike. They suck. They are expensive,hard to work on, no one has parts, they suck fuel and are ugly. If You were selling one I wouldn't pay you 50$.Everyone hates them. I hate Mine. Do you want it? You will be cursed by the Farkle Gods if You buy one.
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No offense, but you guys are doing a crappy job talking me out of a KLR

I really dig that there are options to tweak things to make the bike work for me.

I saved my full set of Caribou (Pelican) cases off the BMW so I'm set for the first round of farkles.

Still trying to decide between private seller or new from dealer. Denver has several dealers so I'm wondering if I might score a deal on a 2012 as the snowflakes start to fly.

Thanks again....
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Klr ?

I also debated for a long time about a KLR. ( Iím 5í 11Ē 32Ē inseam. )
When I came across my ( almost new ) KLR at a dealer at a good price, I took the plunge.

Mine was already lowered ( dog-bone ) and had a shortened side stand. I took my seat to an automotive upholstery shop, and had them take off 2Ē from the rear of seat. ( It now is almost flat from front to back. )

I still have to do a ďbunny-hopĒ to get on, mainly because I keep a large tail bag on the rack. ( Good to practice your exercises every day. )
When Iím on, I can place my feet flat on ground. I donít really have any trouble in gravel, and light off road riding. I just have to keep my eye on the way the ground is when I come to a stop.

Iíll probably never take mine in the same places I take my little NX250, but for longer trips and exploring abandoned back roads, the KLR is topís.

I can do most normal maintenance my self. Thatís a big plus! ( The rear wheel, on the KLR, is way easer to remove than my NXís wheel. )


PS: This is really a bad place to get negative opinions on a KLR

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post #10 of 41 Old 10-14-2012, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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"PS: This is really a bad place to get negative opinions on a KLR"
Thanks for the feedback Larry...I really appreciate it.

I was thinking any negative feedback would be focused on my shorter stature and limited experience....not so much the KLR.

The cockpit of my BMW felt cramped and I was always sliding toward the tank.
Was always shifting my big ass aft toward the rear seat.
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