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post #1 of 11 Old 01-10-2015, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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New to riding, I want a KLR650!

Hello everyone, thanks for letting me join the group. I am new to riding and I am looking at the KLR650 as a first bike. I live in West Virginia and I have access to many good trails, backroads, etc but I also want to be able to ride on the main road too. Can you all give some of your pros and cons of the bike. I am 6'2 so I don't think I'll have any problems with the height. Thanks for any helpful advice!
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-10-2015, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Also, will it last me a long time? I want to keep it for many years
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I think the general consensus will be that the KLR isn't great at anything but good for everything. As an all round bike for the use you describe it fits the bill perfectly. A lot depends on your budget too.

As far as lasting a long time. It's all how how you look after it. There are many old models still on the road, some with 100,000 miles.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-03-2015, 11:29 PM
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Its an awesome ride on road and off. We call it the urban assault vehicle
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-04-2015, 03:16 PM
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Buy right and if you don't like it, sell it.
that's the beauty of the secondary market.
more specific to your initial questions,,,,, it aint a trail bike, but you can ride it on the trails if you don't mind kids on MX's blowing past you and if you are able to pick up such a pig when it decides to wallow in a mud hole, it aint a tourer but it'll do 75 on the highway longer than you probably can ( about a 250 miles per tank full)
I like mine best on the back roads (paved and gravel) but like mentioned earlier it will do fairly well at all of it.
if I could only have one bike to take me the rest of the way till I take the dirt nap, it'd be the KLR 650
I called it a neither/nor bike 'till I got one. now I love it and feel really smart about owning one.
my $.02
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-04-2015, 04:23 PM
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Also, will it last me a long time? I want to keep it for many years
I purchased my 1987 KLR650-A1 brand new, 27 years and 75,000 miles ago.
I'm still trying to wear it out. Some years it's less than 1,000 miles, some years 5-6,000 miles.

Yes, it receives regular maintenance. Oil changes, at least every 3-5,000 miles. Air filter cleaning and RE-OILING, as needed. New chain and sprockets every 10-15,000 miles. Tires as needed, every 3-10,000 miles. Battery every 3-5 years.

Sometimes it needs repairs, usually 'crash' related. A GOOD friend just acquired me a New old stock, WHITE L.H. Hand Guard! Yeah!!

Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-08-2015, 08:38 AM
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Nice bike. I have a 2007 KLR, and I'm 197 lbs, 6'2" and boxes on top, and two on the side. I'll do 80 mph fully loaded on all the highway passes here in Colorado unless there is a bad headwind. It does vibrate a little more than I'd like. Easily field strippable carb, and repairs. But, if your looking to do 100 mph on the highway, get a BMW 1200GS.
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-10-2015, 05:52 PM
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One guy called it "the Swiss army knife of motorcycles". He was right. If its your style you'll like it for the big tank, long range, lots of suspension travel (helps my bad back) and big enough to take your girl for a spin. New or used I have had a 94, sold it and a year later got a new one. If you must buy used make certain that it has all of the pieces and is not all beat up. You will be in good shape.
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-12-2015, 05:29 AM
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Hi there, i bought my first dual sport bike a month ago n what a bike.its an 1988 model gen 1 n the motor is strong as an ox, i call it my bush pig n road freak. With the right set of wheels on it you can ride it to the bush, ride all day long on the trails n then ride it home(doesnt get much better than that),as long as you keep all the fluids right ie good motorbike 4 stroke oil, good coolant cos thier known to get hot n keep the air filter n oil filter clean n use good fuel(pay the lil bit extra) it will serve you well if you are wanting to ride on n off road it will do them both with ease. Im really happy i bought a dual sport bike as im not really into mx jumps n ruts n stuff so it suits my style of riding i like technical riding i find it alot more fun.i say go for it. I read somewhere that kawasaki built them for the american army for the desert storm war so if they can take the arab deserts i think it can handel anything aus can throw at it. Happy riding n stay the right side up
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-13-2015, 01:09 AM
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I had an '83 XL 600R back in high school.
A few road bikes later it was a DR 650 S.
The HD and Goldwing Phase came and went.
Always loved the KLR's over the years and how they didn't change from
year to year. That says a lot.
When the Generation 2's showed up I was in love with the more streetable
version and cool bodywork. Decided that would be the last bike I ever owned
and it's true thus far. Gave it a year to work out the bugs and bought a new
'09 with the harness recall supposedly done, and broke it in on the way home.
Other than one breakdown (shorted main fuse) it's been very happy on road and
off. I'm 6 feet even and the bike fits me perfect as-is.

The military version is diesel, but basically the same as what we have. Notice
the rubber boots and dust guards all over the place. The intake is high coming
up under the seat where the air would be cleanest too for desert riding. In our
cases too, the sealed ignition and high intake make crossing water up to the top
of the front tire an easy deal.

I may get another bike or two in the future but the KLR stays in this stable for life.


(most of us feel this way too with either generation)

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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