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post #1 of 6 Old 11-26-2014, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Comparing KLR 650 to BMW G650 GS

Hello, I have been reading all I can about the KLR 650 and probably will be buying on in the near future. I like all that I have read so far. Seems to be a good dependable bike. I am also researching the BMW 650 GS. They are very close in a lot of the specs. and I like some of the different features they offer. (claimed 74 mpg, fuel injection ) My question is would the two thousand dollar price tag difference really be worth it? Any thoughts, opinions and comments would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-26-2014, 11:38 PM
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Welcome to the forum akwinger!!
I compared the BMW 650 Dakar to The KLR in 2011 when I was looking to buy. The BMW was about the same bike in most ways except horse power. 50BMW to 37KLR. Weight, suspension, comfort, and durability seemed about the same. I went with the KLR for its ease and lower cost of repairs. Most owners can do their own work on the KLR and aftermarket parts abound for the KLR. That is not to say you can't get what you want for the Beemer but it is more expensive.
I know the G650 is not the same as the Dakar/Serato but they are fairly comparable. I don't see the benefit to spending more money on the BMW.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-27-2014, 12:54 PM
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The BMW will get better mpg. Has a lower seat ht too if you're shorter.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-27-2014, 01:33 PM
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A buddy of mine has a Dakar. Nice looking bike and obviously well made considering the manufacturer. My KLR is fairly modified, Ricor suspension, extensive engine work, etc. and although he is a very skilled, competitive rider, by his own admission there is NO WAY he can keep up with me off the tarmac. Also, when I am a long way from fresh eggs I don't want FI. Just some other BS to go wrong. If you have FI problems out in the boonies you are almost certain to leave your bike there, hoof it out or sit bitch on a buddies bike. Na, give me the simplicity of the KLR over the Dakar any day, although I am looking at a 640 Adventure..... Just to add, I think the most capable bike right off the showroom floor in our category is Honda's 650L.... Nice bike.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-27-2014, 07:17 PM
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welcome akwinger ? are you here in AK as well ?

if so there is a few other issues as well if you break down it leaves you with only 2 authorized dealers to wich work on your bike and im not a fan of anchorages shop I have to take my triumph same shop ..

The klr can be easily tailored to fit you and your riding style and do everything very well and the added fuel capacity is a major plus up here . I rode mine from Colorado to Ak and back 2 yrs ago and loved every minute and other than buying a chain and rear tire form wearing out she was flawless ..

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-28-2014, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. I am going to go with my original choice of the KLR 650. Good valid points were brought up and I cannot justify paying more for the other brand.

Yes, I am here in Anchorage but will eventually be relocating to Mountain Home, Idaho.
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