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post #1 of 22 Old 05-26-2007, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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I am interested in changing styles of bikes. I have had my 1400 Intruder for about 10 years now and want something different (dual sport). I started off riding dirt bikes as a kid (Hodaka) I recently went to a bike shop and saw my first KLR. Do any of you commute daily in the city? Opinions? I have a 50 mile round trip with 20 miles of it stop and go traffic.
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-26-2007, 09:26 AM
 
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TLB, the way i see it is that the Klr is a great "do anything, go anywhere" bike. BUT, if i had 20 miles stop and go i wouldnt ride this bike, its too high and it has your leg out-stretched too far when you stop. Some tall people wouldnt mind but i'm 6'1 and cant stand coming to a stop on this bike. I'd say go to a dealer, if you can flat foot both feet then its fine and it would be comfortable, otherwise stick to a cruiser for the city stuff. Also if you plan on doing 50 mile days regularly a new seat might save your behind. The KLR seat is a little to soft for me, after about 45 minutes to an hour i get lower back pain....and im only 18!!!!
Bottom line, try one and get a feel for it, for the riding i do(all short trips, no dirt) i probably should have gotten a crotch rocket or standard bike, but i can still get by with the KLR and i still get the most amazing looks ever, no one knows what it is so when i stop at a gas station there is always atleast one person stopping to take a look.(yesterday someone on a GSXR 1000 was drooling over my bike, lol, then again i was doing the same over his).
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-26-2007, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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I've been checking out the vstroms also. I'm kinda tired of the cruzer thing.
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-26-2007, 10:36 AM
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TLB, I don't think you would have any problems with it for your daily commute, as for being too tall, lowering links are available from the aftermarket, and many that have used them, say the handling characteristics of the bike are much better, with the lower COG. I use mine daily for my trips into town, work, and whatever else I would normally be using my Jeep for, and on the upside, 50 MPG really puts an even bigger smile on my face. Just my 2 cents worth. Oh I am only 5' 11" and have no issue whatsoever with flat footing my bike at stops.

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DXKLR, how do you flat foot at 5'11, do you slide to the left side of the seat, at 6'1 i can tiptoe both feet. Im considering lowering links, but i hate doing work on automobiles, i probably do an oil change every other month(4 cars in my household), on top of brakes, fluids, and whatever else my big sis finds ways of messing up on her car, lol. Another really easy consideration is the corbin dished seat. I hear it gives you an inch more room.
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That's too funny!! I came off an Intruder 1400 after a number of years and bought a KLR. Buy one, it's very refreshing after being locked into a reclining position on a cruiser bike.

The klr is a great commuter. Big tank lets you fill up once a week, water cooled so you don't worry about the motor when you're stuck in traffic, many upsides for commuting.
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post #7 of 22 Old 05-26-2007, 04:27 PM
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fourtwoone, "snickers" I have an advantage I doubt the rest of you have. I am well over 300 lbs. So needless to say, I can flat foot the bike...Snorts!! Yes my rear spring is set on 4 with the rebound maxed and it works great for me. Not too soft, not too hard, just the way papabear likes it...rof

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post #8 of 22 Old 05-26-2007, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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That's too funny!! I came off an Intruder 1400 after a number of years and bought a KLR. Buy one, it's very refreshing after being locked into a reclining position on a cruiser bike.

The klr is a great commuter. Big tank lets you fill up once a week, water cooled so you don't worry about the motor when you're stuck in traffic, many upsides for commuting.
Big tank is what I was looking for. I was only getting 110 to a 3 gallon tank. Here is some pix of the paint I just finished in prep for selling.
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Wow, thats really nice, not my style but still know a nice paint job when i see one. You do your own work or you payed for it?
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post #10 of 22 Old 05-27-2007, 06:00 PM
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Krikey, 20 miles of stop and go! Bum ride. I'm to work in ten minutes, maybe two miles of s & g. I like to ride but I'm not sure I could handle your commute, hat's off for doing it.
btw, at 5'11", I only put right foot down at stoplights, doesn't matter what bike I'm on.
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