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post #1 of 19 Old 11-20-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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why a klr

i was looking at a dr650 but it wasn't the perfect riding position for me so i decided to look at the klr 2009 or newer. after reading a lot on 3 forums there's oil burning, the need for a doohickey,a thermobob wire chafing anything else i missed? OK so maybe a new bike would be better, then i read Kawasaki didn't fix anything whats up with that??
don't ever want to hear people talk about my Harley.so anyway what to do.it's getting cold here in NJ i will have all winter to think this one through.

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-20-2012, 06:27 PM
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The oil burning was pretty much, as a serious issue, a 2008 problem.
The doohickey was fixed; it's the spring that's the problem. An easy fix. Well under a benjie, even if you have to buy the tools.
Thermo-bob is nice but certainly not essential.
The wire chafing was a 2008 thing, at least as a problem more severe than on any motorcyle.

If you don't tell us about your Harley, we won't talk about it.

Buy a KLR.

There. It's gonna be a long winter now! You can help it pass more quickly by checking out the Common Mods and Issues thread and planning your Spring activities.

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-20-2012, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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will wait till spring

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post #4 of 19 Old 11-20-2012, 07:12 PM
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I started out shopping for a DR650.. Ended up with a KLR..

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post #6 of 19 Old 11-20-2012, 07:40 PM
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i was looking at a dr650 but it wasn't the perfect riding position for me so i decided to look at the klr 2009 or newer. after reading a lot on 3 forums there's oil burning, the need for a doohickey,a thermobob wire chafing anything else i missed? OK so maybe a new bike would be better, then i read Kawasaki didn't fix anything whats up with that??
don't ever want to hear people talk about my Harley.so anyway what to do.it's getting cold here in NJ i will have all winter to think this one through.

thanks
Bonus is you have all winter to read up on all the different bikes your interested in... Tons and tons of info on KLR's online. It does have a few warts, but I'm pretty sure that you'll find all the different makes of bikes have their own weak areas. I love my KLR, I find it to be an excellent all rounder for me. Buy what feels right to you

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post #7 of 19 Old 11-21-2012, 11:25 AM
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When I bought my 09 there were two recalls by Kaw. I think one was the fuel tank bolts and the other some metal burrs causing chafing on a wiring harness. I would think those would be corrected by previous owners. My 09 was a great bike but someone made an offer to buy that I couldn't refuse. My new 12 is in a dealers warehouse. Loved the 09 and had no problems at 12k miles.
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post #8 of 19 Old 11-21-2012, 01:43 PM
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KLRs aren't pretty until you've known them for a while. They don't go fast. There are a few minor issues you have to deal with, but once it's done it is done, and we all know what they are.

The KLR community is AMAZING. The bike puts you nice and high in traffic. It can handle the dirt and isn't bad on the slab. It has a HUGE gas tank. I wouldn't trade it for another dual sport. They've been making them for a LONG time for a reason. The military uses them...

Just some things to think about.




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post #9 of 19 Old 11-21-2012, 01:50 PM
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Now is the time to buy if you can......spring the prices seem to go through the roof in places.

The KLR is Kawi's best selling machine...that has got to tell you something....we all can't be wrong...can we?
As said above, the few things that do go wrong are not worth worrying about IMHO. Sure you have to address them to fix them, but to stop you from buying the bike, I don't think so.
The only big issue would be IF you did get an oil drinker.....but that too is an easyish fix also. Search out 685 kit and have a read. Yes it's not that cheap to fix but again, there are other benefits to doing this fix. Reduction of vibrations from the thumper, a bit more grunt and finally solving the oil issue once and for all.

So please don't allow a few smaller items stop you from enjoying the best dual sport machine on the market dollar for dollar.
There are many to choose from all with their own little issues, every bike made has issues.....even Hardleys....lol.

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post #10 of 19 Old 11-21-2012, 03:55 PM
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I bought an 08 unaware of the issues I now know about. It had 12000 miles, I have put another 3000 on it. It uses oil but I ride it hard. It was between the KLR and a mint DR, I took the KLR and have no regrets. Maybe some day I'll do the 685 mod but checking my oil is no problem. And Rotella is cheap!


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