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post #1 of 7 Old 04-14-2008, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Why should I buy a KLR???

Been gaving serious thought of a Dual Sport bike.In my younger years I raced motocross with 4in of travel and also Enduro's.So it's been awhile since I've been in the dirt.But I'm tired of coming to the end of the road to find a dirt road that I really would like to took. My road bike is NOT good in any dirt...I'm looking at these two motorcycle DL 650 & KLR 650.So here's the question why should I buy a KLR over a DL.But before you answer I'm looking for a motorcycle that I can ride say to Utah or DV ride the dirt trails than come home. Thanks for answering NOOB question.
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This is from BigCee.com. Pretty much covers the question you have. I am not very familiar with the DL, but I do know it is more dirt oriented, has a much smaller fuel capacity and is air cooled as opposed to water cooled. It is a great bike for more off road type riding.

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The KLR650 is a great all-around bike. It's relatively cheap, is getting an increasing amount of aftermarket respect, and easy to work on. An experienced rider (and some not-so-experienced ones) can work it over black-diamond single-track, it can carve through the twisties, and roll out on the highway. However, because it can do all of these things, it doesn't do any of them particularly well. It can be a lot of work to ride offroad, especially in sand or deep gravel. It doesn't have the best wind protection, and the light weight and upright riding position lets it get blown around by wind on the highway. If you want something more dirt-oriented, you might want an XR, DR or KLX; if you want something for the highway, you may want a standard or sport-tourer. But, if you want to ride a thousand or more miles, go offroading, and ride home, the KLR is a great choice. The KLR's capabilities can be tilted towards dirt or street through changes in tires, gear ratio, suspension, and other areas.

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ooppss..just noticed I didn't read your post thoroughly. I had a DR650 on my mind, not a Wee Strom. Just ignore the first part of my post above. LOL.. The DL 650 is a nice ride also. I think a few of the guys in here have owned or road one and will probably have some great input for you.

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Both the Wee and the KLR would be great bikes. The Wee is a better road bike, by a long shot, but the KLR will travel down the road just fine, also..

I guess, if I were you I'd look at how much off roading you're going to do, and how much you're willing to spend..

Again, both are great bikes.. It depends on how much off roading you're going to do, how much ground clearance you'll need, and how much damage you're willing to chance.. The Strom isn't the best bike to have rocks smacking the bottom side of the bike.. Both are going to require some farkling (accesory additions) to protect the bike offroad..

I sold my DL1000 a while back, so I now have my KLR and a Wing (to make the better half happy)..

If I could have only ONE bike, it'd be the DL 650.. If I could have a road bike AND a dirtbike, I'd have exactly what I have now.. (Ok, I really would like a 1800 Wing, but that's not the topic here)..
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I currently ride a ST1300 and it's a great road motorcycle.I guess you can say I have road bike,but I'm not trailer anything I can ride.That would mean I would need some form of transportion to get it to the DIRT.That is not what I'm into.I don't want to go single tracking either been there done that.Forest road,dirt out in DV or White Rim Trail in Canyonland.I worry about the seat ht. too I'm 29" inseam.The DL is alot lower but I really worry about the exhaust pipe hanging.I also thought about the DL 1000 and sell the ST.Decision decision.And a other thing is the roads in Calif. are getting crazier & crazier if U know what I mean.

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Bikes are like potato chips...you can't stop at one. You have a road bike (Green?) ..The KLR is the one everyone needs..Just because.Check out the YOU-TUBE Vids. Alaska ,Desert,Mountains,highways,dirt,mud ice and snow heck even Uncle Sam has them. No computer injected electronic thing a ma jig to break du to humidity out in the middle of ?.You Can fix it with tape and gum.Ya can't go wrong with the KLR. Hey I got a Blue 1to play and commute.And if all goes well this summer..the stork will deliver a Dl 650..just because.
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I would love to find a DL close by that I could try out. sitting on them in the dealer show room just aint the same. The only concern of mine is my legs feel a little more cramped up, ie. crotch rocket style than they are on a KLR. I also don't think I would like the seat where I have to sit in one spot, I like being able to slide way back and then back to the front. But as I said, if i rode one, I might find I would like it.

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