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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2008, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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New member, Old KLR questions!!

My name is Juan, and ive just joined and i was hoping to get some questions answered that ive been wondering about. Might be a bit of a read but i would appreciate any help or critisim i take it very well.

I'm 19 years old, 6'7'' tall , 40'' inseam, and weight 180...and i have brown eyes =p. Im in need of transportation after driving several cars (no collisons or anything) and am hell bent on owning a KLR650 because i would love to go off road, because gas prices continue to climb like spiderman, and because driving a car is boring and my car were unsually 90% empty.

Im am told by my uncle who is a veteran motorcyclist that with my height i would be most comfortable on a dual sport with its high seat height (35in) and that i would be able to learn on and manage it with my height safely. I dont like the idea of buying a 250, being uncomfortable, and having to sell it for less than what i paid plus more in order to upgrade, is this a fair arguement?

Currently i have 0.00 experiance riding but if things go smooth i will have done MSF and gained experienced riding months before im able to buy my own.

And finally when i do have the funds to bring home the bacon, by reading the spec improvements on the 2008, i wouldnt want to buy any year less and also every model before the 08' has that square headlight that looks like it belongs in the 1980s, i thought it was about time they made the headlight design appropriate. Was there a reason for this square design?

and also the reason im leaning to the KLR650 over any others right now is because its suppose to be the best selling dual sport, and the only i could find that has dedicated forum support and fan sites. Is there a reason i should consider another brand?

and also more finally, the biggest problem im having in my head is the question about riding in bad weather. Is riding in the rain practical? i imagine if its really cold im not going to want to ride through the wind chill factor on my face too. In the past my parents deterred me from getting started riding because they say "you must have a car before you can ride a bike in case weather is bad". How does everyone else deal with this??



THANKS FOR ANY REPLYS IM GLAD THIS FORUM EXIST I PLAN TO BE A REGULAR HERE.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-26-2008, 09:15 PM
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Welcome to the Forum Juan...

Man your tall...LOL, therefore your Uncle is correct, a dualsport bike is going to fit you better than anything else out there. The KLR has the ability to be lowered or raised to fit the individual. You won't have to lower it. You are correct, they get great MPG, averaging 50 or better most of the time without exhuast or engine mods.

First, as you said, Do take the MSF course and listen to the instructors well and ask questions about things you don't understand or feel uncomfortable with. They should be able to help you with anything related to riding a motorcycle.

As for the square headlight, I like my square headlight..LMAO ok I am older and I like the older dirt bike style, but I do understand you seeing it as outdated. The reason for the square is because in 1987 when they first came out that was the design and it was good then. Kawasaki just never saw any need for improvement on the bike during its 20 year course.

Now for 2008 you see a much more street looking oriented bike with some nice design to it. It seems to be a love hate relationship. You either love the looks or you don't. It does have enough improvements over the older models to merit some serious consideration, but I have way too much time and modifications invested in my 07, that I won't be getting rid of it for quite some time, unless someone made me on heck of an offer for it.

Yes the KLR is one of the best selling dual sport bikes out. The amount of after market accessories is huge and many items for the 08 are becoming more and more available.

I can't think of any other brand that you might like better, but then I am kinda partial to my KLR .

As for weather, if this is going to be your primary mode of transportation, you will need to fork up some bux for good riding gear that will 1) Protect you with pads and armour, and 2) will keep you dry. I have a bit of a handicap when it comes to being able to find good gear to fit, see I am wider than taller...LOL and there is very very little stuff out there available in my size, so I have to do the best I can. You will need a good full faced helmet, this keeps most of the wind out of your face and there are grip heaters to help keep your hands warm and also heated vests that can help keep your body warm and one manufacturer is making a seat that is heated also.

The best thing you can do, is just google KLR650 and start reading everything you can, also read stories of guys that have done trips to Mexico, Alaska, cross country and you will get a good idea of how dependable these machines are and also what kind of gear is available and how well it works. Sorry this has been so long, but hard to give you a short amount of information and all that you asked. Good luck in your search and decision.

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Welcome Juan, you didn't say where you lived. Wet weather riding is no fun in my opinion. I started off in 84 with only a motorcycle license and a honda xl100 in sunny los angeles. So rain wasn't too bad. I learned quickly that grabbing too much front brake on wet roads will slam you into the ground very quickly. The MSF course will teach you all the hazards to avoid. Be careful with your throttle hand as motorcycling is a dangerous sport but is also a very fun and rewarding. Ride safely and being very observant to other drivers and hazards will allow you a long and rewarding fun life. The klr headlight is a small concern compared to you learning how to ride and be safe as your life is in your hands. If you live in a state that has snow in the winter, I highly recommend you also get a cheap beater car for under $2000. I've bought many reliable cars for under $1500. A lot of younger kids nowadays are concerned about what they drive or how they look to others. I was just glad to get from point A to B. This may sound like a lecture, but I just want you to be safe and learn from other peoples journeys in life.

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Tall guy....best to have a tall bike !!!

One of the guys that road with us back in the 70's and 80's, had a 500cc Yahmaha and given he was 6'8" he looked like he was always riding on a "mini bike". Ron always complained about being cramped up..... I bet if he was still riding, he'd love a KLR.

So much for a walk done memory lane........

Go with the bike that fit's you the best.... remember, you have a life time ahead of you to try all the other bikes out there.

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oh right well i live down here in Houston Texas and its has rained here today for the first time in 4-5months it seems.

Yea i like the idea of getting the bike first than a beater car for when i really need it and later a decent car for when im out of college and stuff.
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Right. You've got a good head on your shoulders. I bought my first house and I had 2 used motorcycles and a mini truck (Toyota) with over 100,000 miles on it. The house was brand new though. Some people have BMW's with chrome rims and live in an apartment.

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Welcome aboard vaavoom. The KLR sounds like it will be an ideal bike for you. I am 6'5" and weigh 230lbs and the KLR is one of the few bikes I am comfortable on. As far as riding in the rain its no big deal if you have the proper gear and adjust your riding accordingly ie. slow down. But I am an ex coastie so I am used to operating in less than ideal conditions. Finding good rain gear might be difficult, but it is out there. I bought a set from walmart seven years ago but I doubt they still carry it. Check Stearns' website they might have something that will fit.
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