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post #1 of 10 Old 03-26-2007, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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KLR vs. FJR 1300A

I'm heavily debating trading in my KLR for an FJR 1300A. I've had the KLR for 7 years and thought I might like a sport/touring ride for a while. I am a simple person who only likes to have 1 bike at a time, so I would have to part w/ the KLR. Am I crazy to give up the most versatile bike in the world???
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The FJR will make you forget all about the KLR.
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The FJR will make you forget all about the KLR.

Unless you really like riding down unpaved roads..
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Well, you know how easy the KLR is to live with so why not have two bikes and avoid the sellers remorse. The FJR is an awesome bike but the first time you see a dirt road that "looks like it might be fun" you're gonna miss the KLR.
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Having rode nothing but the street until I got my KLR a year ago I have to agree with the other comments. Once I got the KLR I realized the fun and scenery really starts when the pavement ends. I still have my street bike though and my recommendation is to keep the KLR. It's not costing you much to keep it and you won;t get much for it. The FJR is an awesome bike. Love the new color too.

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post #6 of 10 Old 03-30-2007, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your opinions. I've decided, at least for now, to keep my KLR. I can't imagine not being able to check out an unknown trail, or railroad line, etc. It's just not in me to be confined to the asphalt. I wonder if Dunlop makes a 606 for the FJR?
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I'm heavily debating trading in my KLR for an FJR 1300A. I've had the KLR for 7 years and thought I might like a sport/touring ride for a while. I am a simple person who only likes to have 1 bike at a time, so I would have to part w/ the KLR. Am I crazy to give up the most versatile bike in the world???
LOL I have a 2001 FZ1 I bought new and I am thinking of getting a KLR650 (add to my collection, also have a 2004 Honda 599) for the backroads. I think they are two differant motorcycles and hard to compare, it is like comparing my FZ1 to a Cruiser...both fun to ride but both are differant.

If you liek traffic, main roads, and a lot of Interstate riding, then a FJR is the way to go. Don't get the Automatic though, not worth the extra cash and it has a lot of bugs still.
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If you like traffic, main roads, and a lot of Interstate riding, then a FJR is the way to go.
Thanks for the insight from the other side. Actually I strongly dislike traffic, main roads and Interstate driving. I am always drawn to places as far away from civilization as possible. I really want something smooth and powerful but dang it, I want to stray a little bit OFF the beaten path also and I do not like the thought of more than one bike because it would drive me crazy trying to figure out which bike to take on any given day. Maybe I need to start thinking about a Strom with 50/50 tires?
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Thanks for the insight from the other side. Actually I strongly dislike traffic, main roads and Interstate driving. I am always drawn to places as far away from civilization as possible. I really want something smooth and powerful but dang it, I want to stray a little bit OFF the beaten path also and I do not like the thought of more than one bike because it would drive me crazy trying to figure out which bike to take on any given day. Maybe I need to start thinking about a Strom with 50/50 tires?
Remember an FJR is for touring. I have a friend that was looking at Gold Wings, FJR, and ST1300 and he went with the ST1300. All great bikes, just they all work best for "touring" which means Highway/Interstate riding. He won't even do really backwoods stuff now.

I hate to say it, but you might want to look at the FZ1 2001-2005 models. You sit up right, you can toss on Cortech Saddle Bags, Tail Bag and away you go for a week. Still small and light enough to still take backroads. Lets face it with rider on an FJR you are looking at 1000lbs+ with packed gear and all...ouch that is heavy.

Or, how about the new Bandit 1250S...or something smaller the FZ6 or SV650. The Strom is suppose to be nice too but pricey.

Serouisly though I would keep the KLR650 and think about adding a street bike. You should have an idea on what type of roads you plan to hit before you ride out. I know if I get a KLR I will be mostly on dirt roads and trails 98% of the time. However there are times I want to travel which means needing to take a Hwy or Interstate in this part of the country to get anywhere interesting then the FZ1 is what I would take. The Honda 599 is really the wifes (although I put more miles then her on it).

Soo many nice bike sout there...if you got the cash how about a KTM 990Adventure S? A lot of power for the street, and still can do the off-road stuff. Buy an extra set of rims and toss street tires on it when you mostly want to ride the street :-)
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Remember an FJR is for touring. I have a friend that was looking at Gold Wings, FJR, and ST1300 and he went with the ST1300. All great bikes, just they all work best for "touring" which means Highway/Interstate riding. He won't even do really backwoods stuff now.

I hate to say it, but you might want to look at the FZ1 2001-2005 models. You sit up right, you can toss on Cortech Saddle Bags, Tail Bag and away you go for a week. Still small and light enough to still take backroads. Lets face it with rider on an FJR you are looking at 1000lbs+ with packed gear and all...ouch that is heavy.

Or, how about the new Bandit 1250S...or something smaller the FZ6 or SV650. The Strom is suppose to be nice too but pricey.

Serouisly though I would keep the KLR650 and think about adding a street bike. You should have an idea on what type of roads you plan to hit before you ride out. I know if I get a KLR I will be mostly on dirt roads and trails 98% of the time. However there are times I want to travel which means needing to take a Hwy or Interstate in this part of the country to get anywhere interesting then the FZ1 is what I would take. The Honda 599 is really the wifes (although I put more miles then her on it).

Soo many nice bike sout there...if you got the cash how about a KTM 990Adventure S? A lot of power for the street, and still can do the off-road stuff. Buy an extra set of rims and toss street tires on it when you mostly want to ride the street :-)
Thanks for the insight. The more I think about it, I swear I'm just gonna keep my KLR. It's too good of a bike to let go for too little money.
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