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post #1 of 11 Old 12-13-2007, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys and gals. I currently own an 05 sportster 1200 and am considering trading for an 08 Klr. My concern is that I will miss the extra horses. Anyone have any input?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-13-2007, 10:21 AM
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Depends. I've owned several Sportys and have just had the KLR for a couple of months - 300 miles. I really like the KLR for around town and the few back roads, trails I've been able to get to. It's been in several places I wouldn't have taken a larger, heavier, lower bike. I avoid the freeways/interstate (what few we have here) but I'm guessing the HD would fare better there (though still not as well as a larger bike). (BTW I'm a big guy 6"4" 240 and the KLR has plenty of power for me).

I like Sportsters. I think they're the only way you can use "HD" and "handling" in the same sentence!

The solution is, obviously, to have both.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-13-2007, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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great response! All advice is welcome.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-14-2007, 01:03 AM
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i sold my zx12r for a klr 650 08

sure it has less horses
but its an altogether different style of riding
i love sitting upright
i love being able to just go up the gutter when i park at the shops on the footpath
i love the mileage i get 250k's max with the zx12r and 330 k's with the klr 650

it only has one piston so it will feel nothing like a roadbike and everything like a very comfortable lawnmower

i am really enjoying mine
still running it in 600k's so far
when im riding along and i see a dirt track or a paddock i just pull off and go exploring, ive found places i didnt even know where there

you cant do that on a roadbike, hills, rocks, branchs, train tracks, puddles, etc. no problem just go for it
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-14-2007, 11:16 AM
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I've never been impressed with the HD's and a sportster is hardly a fast machine. Biggest thing you're loosing is weight! But your gaining suspension, agility and fuel milage with the KLR. You're likely to notice more turbulance on the highway with the KLR though due to height and weight.

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post #6 of 11 Old 12-15-2007, 12:44 AM
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Go for it.......

It takes a little getting used previous mentioned, the weight diffrenece is very noticeable, particularly in the wind and at hiway speeds.

The up side to adventure biking is you get the best of both worlds, economically, ride the gravel, ride the asphalt and go to places the HD will not take you.

Good luck

(16 bikes, 2 trikes, still no HD)
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-20-2007, 10:58 PM
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I have a 90 sportster 883 about to be bored out to 1200 and I have had Harleys big twins and sportsters since age 19. I just this last april bought my 07 klr 650 and love it. It is a totally fun change of pace from street only machines. I now find myself exploring all those places I wanted to ride but would turn around when the going got to rough on one of my street bikes. The klr might not be the best on the interstate but neither is a sportster in my opinion. I like both and if you could swing it would keep both, but if I could only have one bike and wanted to do everything the klr is awfully hard to beat. Have fun and ride safe.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-21-2007, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dredog44 View Post
Hey guys and gals. I currently own an 05 sportster 1200 and am considering trading for an 08 Klr. My concern is that I will miss the extra horses. Anyone have any input?

What you'll miss in horses you'll gain in smiles.

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-23-2008, 07:11 PM
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I have owned around 40 motorcycles in my life. Sorry to say none have been Harleys. I have owned 3 KLR's, the latest is a 2008 - light years ahead of the others. The only thing that the sportster can do that the KLR can't is make noise as you leave the bar. I have run over a 1,000 miles in one day on the KLR and can plog around on gravel roads all on the same bike. It isn't as roadworthy as my Honda ST1300 was, but it's pretty good.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-23-2008, 07:58 PM
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hey iron butt tom true enough about the harleys, was too young and dumb to keep what was probably the best bike i ever got a hold of. a 1994 goldwing se, was definitely the best bike i ever had for hauling me and the wife long distances, would like to try an st1300 one time have never heard anything but raves for these bikes
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