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post #1 of 22 Old 10-08-2006, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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KLR (or DS) Popularity

Have you noticed the rise in popularity for the KLR or DS bikes in general? I have only had my KLR for about 11 months but the seems to be a real surge in the DS market! A day does not go by now that I don't see at leat another DS bike or have somebody pull up next to me at a traffic light and want to talk about how cool my bike is. I had a trucker talk to me at a traffic light on GA 400 on Thursday and then he pulled in to the QT I was getting gas at and we talked for about 1/2 an hour or so about DS bikes!!!

I love this bike!!!

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-08-2006, 08:17 PM
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Well, they're cheaper to purchase, use less fuel, cheap to operate and insure, and fun..
They'll go anywhere a bigger bike will go, and go a lot of places a bigger bike can't go..
I've always had a dirt bike and a street bike. I finally bit the bullet and bought an all in one that I actually liked. (I wasn't impressed with my old Honda XL600R and XR650L)

Now I have a small DS bike in the KLR, and a big one in the 1000 V Strom, but I really doubt if the Strom will ever see off road use..

I'm glad I bought mine because it made perfect practical sense..
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I think motorcycles in general are on the rise. Gas prices is one contributing factor. People are going to the d/s bikes so they don't have to polish all the chrome.
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post #4 of 22 Old 10-08-2006, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Daddyjoe
I think motorcycles in general are on the rise. Gas prices is one contributing factor. People are going to the d/s bikes so they don't have to polish all the chrome.
I think another factor is that people who want to ride a bike because of the fun and economy can do so on a Dual Sport and not feel like they're being a greasy biker or a squid. You can also wear a helmet and jacket and not feel out of place like you would on a cruiser..

An average "Joe" :lol: can ride one without feeling like he/she's anything out of the ordinary..
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post #5 of 22 Old 10-08-2006, 08:30 PM
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Around my town DS bikes are scarce. I can't figure that one out. :?: :?:
Just a few minutes outside of town are endless miles of one and two lane paved, gravel, dirt, and sand sand roads just waiting to be explored.

Now that I am the official wierdo riding a big honking green dual sport in and around this town, I get lots of inquiries about it. I think there would be more DS bikes around here except most people seem to be awestruck with how high it sits.
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post #6 of 22 Old 10-08-2006, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with the chrome thing! Even if I had a chopper, it would not have chrome!!! I like the bare bones look! All motor, all dull, no rear shock, bobber look!!! :twisted: But I would have to keep the KLR for real rides!

One of the guys I work with's dad has an orange county chopper and I took it for a ride a couple months ago and I really could understand why they trailer their bikes every where!!! That longgg asss front end would take some time to get used too!!! :lol:

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I picked up my 06 KLR two years ago. It was a no brainer once I saw the bike and read the stats. The price sealed the deal. I'm one of the few KLR riders within 15 miles of Springfield. I think that the roads are just to well maintained for people. I have to go at least 40 miles from home to find a trail or road that's a challenge. But man do I love it once I'm there and I get better all the time. Plus having some KLR friends who are good with a wrench and full of great advice always helps.

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post #8 of 22 Old 10-08-2006, 11:43 PM
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I think the bacon guy hit the nail on the head.

For years motorcyclists could be summed up into two large and outspoken culture groups. And the average joe didn't find either group appealing.

There was the harley 'biker' look with the gangland style riding colors. These guys are remembered by the Hells Angels fame. You had to prove that you were on Parole before lifting a chopper.

And then there was the 'crotch rocket' or 'hooligan group' with neon colored leathers. These guys are remembered for blasting by at twice the speed limit, and then stopping in a front wheel stand. You have to be under 25 to buy one and still have a girlfriend who's still in high school. And the girl only wear's tight tops and short shorts when riding on the back.

Also a seperate, yet a smaller group, were the 'giant bike' group which included the Aspencades and the full fairing Harleys. Those were regulated to retired folks. Only those with an AARP card could buy them. And those monsters are too large for the average joe to be interested in.

The DS bikes aren't so intimidating, and you can do everything with one. You can wear leathers or a levis jacket with a skull on the back, it doesn't matter. You still look like an average joe who doesn't know what the heck he's doing. There's no poseing required.

God bless the do anything DS bikes. Dorks like me can finally ride with all his camping gear, and be accepted as, well.... a dork on a dirtbike! We don't try to fit in. We're proud of not fitting in.

We call that adventure riding. 8)
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post #9 of 22 Old 10-09-2006, 02:35 AM
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I'm actually surprised it's not even more popular. Around here I see a few KLR's and the occasional DR, XR, and a KTM or two, but i never see anybody dualsporting, to them a smooth grated dirt road is offroad, and their bikes are way too clean and scratch free. It saddens me to see a dualsport more than a week old without some mud, dings, and scratches.

Just because you ride a dualsport doesn't mean you're dualsporting.

I think it's good that popularity of DS bikes is up, but i think most of em are only seeing pavement. I've never even so much as seen other tire tracks anywhere locally, and there are KLRs around. I meet riders, when milegae comes up, i ask how much is dirt. Most look at me like i just grew a third arm out of my forehead at the mere mention of such a wild and crazy concept as taking a KLR offroad. Dualsporting with a dualsport, who woulda thunk? :roll: Hey, ya gotta have somethin to farkle up though, right?
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post #10 of 22 Old 10-09-2006, 03:51 AM
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Very popular up here as you might imagine! Mostly Beemers up here as there's a fair amount of money as well.

BUT, it's amazing how many of my friends are talkin about gettin a KLR now that've seen mine AND find out how inexpensive they are! From Beemer owners to sportbike buds are expressing great interest. It's funny. Maybe it's the stylish new blk/slvr scheme of the '07 and all the farkles on mine already! :P

I'm lovin it! Mark H.
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