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post #1 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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What is the perfect addition to the KLR?

The wife has ridden with me on the klr. She does not like it, "its too much of a dirt bike" she says. So now I need a touring bike for her and I. something for two up. after the kids are all grown, for long distance. For now just short 100-200 mile day trips.

what is the perfect addition to the KLR?

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 03:39 PM
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Won't the bikes be hovering by the time all your kids are grown up? 8)
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 03:56 PM
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im not qualified to voice an opinion what a nice 2up tourer to have would be..since i never rode a tourer of any kind.but those big hondas sure seem nice.
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 06:28 PM
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I sold the wife's KLR and bought a wee-Strom for two up riding.

The 650 has PLENTY power for two up,
The 650 costs a couple thousand less,
The 650 gets better gas milage.

Everything I read about the 650 said it was a great 2 up bike, and I have to agree.

We have been on a few rides and the wife says the rear seat is fine for her. I took my son back to Agusta (355 miles) on the wee and he complained his back hurt, (second time he has ever been on a bike), but I think he would complain if they hung him with a new rope. :wink:

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post #5 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 07:48 PM
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I like the ST1300. I'd sure like to ride one of the new Tigers though.
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 07:53 PM
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On the extreme "other" end of the spectrum and looking quite unlike the KLR but snuggled up next to it nicely would be a Triumph Triple. I could "cruise" with that machine. :wink:
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 08:37 PM
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I've owned a couple of Concours in the past and I think they are a perfect match to the KLR. Lotsa bang for the buck. Underated. Efficient. Easy to tinker with and a blast to ride. Yeah!

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post #8 of 17 Old 10-13-2006, 09:33 PM
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I had the KLR first and looked for a second "road" bike. I wanted faster, more power, and yet didn't want to duplicate any of the KLR features. I ended up with a V-MAX. It's fast off the line without being a crotch rocket and I don't feel like I'm humping the tank when I ride. Plus it is big and heavy so it isn't buffeted around on the freeways or by the wind nearly as much as the KLR. I would still like a V-Strom just for the size but want to try riding one before I make the plunge.

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post #9 of 17 Old 10-14-2006, 06:40 PM
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The KLR IS my touring bike. I ride dirt bikes, sport bikes, and dualsports. My beard may be grey and the arthritis may be reminding me of better days but I'm not so old as to need the Hondpottamus or the Geezerglide.

I'm not interested in riding to a place to take pictures of stuff, I want to ride on stuff.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-14-2006, 07:35 PM
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Hey ya Tazman. My wife loves the hind seat on our HD TourGlide. Bikes come & go in our garage but she loves that bike so it stays. My wife has a Buell to call her own but when it is two up, she likes the Harley.

So me , myself, and I, says take the woman who adores you out cycle shopping. Let her pick and chose. My Tour Glide came home while I was shopping for a Buell hooligan bike for myself and she saw the Glide. The Glide came home. We have had some very memorable rides on the Glide and while it isn't my optimimal idea of a cycle it works for us, key word being US. Yeah. when the boss lady is in cahoots, it works out well.

Get her involved in the decision. It is hard to go wrong that way.

Enjoy your choice together!

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