Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Joisey, southern half
As I wrote in my introduction, I'm searching for a 4 stroke dual purpose motorcycle. Please indulge me while I tell my tale.
Being the most familiar with Honda, I looked at their dual sport offering first. Air cooled I could live with. Careful reading revealed a bad habit of the engine dropping valve seats. Shame, Honda used to be as dependable as a rock. Then there is the matter of the coated lightweight valves (titanium) that don't last. Buy a new bike and in a few years have to spend $$$ to install steel valves that will last. No thank you, I'll pass. Shame Honda doesn't still offer their water cooled 650.
Next, for no particular reason was Yamaha. Had a Banshee for a while before I discovered it was as crazy as I was, but it didn't bleed when it got hurt. Anyhoo, I looked at the Yamaha 4 stroke dual sport offerings. Titanium valves and a 250cc engine. No way I would take a bike that small on the street. Their larger offerings were ignored due to price, as was offerings from BMW, KTM and Triumph for the same reasons.
So, here I am looking at the KLR Kawasaki. The bike seems nice, but it seems to have it's drawbacks like all modern offerings. Steel valves are a large plus. Higher ground clearance would be nice, but I can honestly say that I've taken my Harley down some nasty dirt roads with no trouble. They don't have anywhere near 8 inches of ground clearance. I'm not looking to hill climb, those days are long behind me. Lazy dirt roads and woods trails are more my speed.
There is a short laundry list of things that appear to need replacing on the KLR, but nothing that is scaring me off. So I'm here reading and learning, and asking questions if I have any. I honestly think the KLR will do all that I need it to do.