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post #1 of 18 Old 01-28-2015, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Am I too big for a KLR?

I'm going to be buying a motorcycle in the next few months, and I've been very interested in getting a KLR. The problem is that I'm a big guy (300+ lbs) and I worry that it won't be powerful enough to get me up to highway speeds, which is 75 where I live. I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but I was looking for some insight. Thanks.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-28-2015, 06:22 PM
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Before my wife learned to ride her own bike, we used to ride two-up, up and over the mountains of Wyoming from 5300-10,000 ft elevation. Combined weight, about 325 lbs.
Riding with Sportier bikes or Cruisers or Full dress tourers, some of the older, calmer riders were wishing I'd lead a 'little slower'.

But I will admit, I ride-it like I stole-it.
Don't ride a 'Brand New' engine this hard, please. And check your engine oil level at every fuel stop!

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-29-2015, 03:02 AM
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My 2011 owner's manual says "vehicle total payload 401 lb". I weigh 250 and never thought of over loading that thing.
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You'll be fine. I have a pre-Taco Bell Tare Weight of 280 and am well over 300 on the bike with my gear and crap I carry. I have stock sprockets. I can cruise at 80mph indicated on the speedometer which is actually around 75mph due to speedometer inaccuracy.

Don't plan on passing anybody in a hurry, but I doubt even 150-pound KLR riders have much of an edge in that process. They key here is to be proactive and don't put yourself in a situation where rapid acceleration is needed and always be cognizant of how you would extract yourself from a tight situation when your only options are steering or braking.

As far as merging acceleration goes, even a 400-pound rider on a KLR will accelerate up to speed quicker than most any other 4-wheeled vehicle around you.



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Before my wife learned to ride her own bike, we used to ride two-up, up and over the mountains of Wyoming from 5300-10,000 ft elevation. Combined weight, about 325 lbs.
I've ridden two up (with the wife on the back) and we have your number beat but I will not report exact weight of each rider due to possible repercussions at home.

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I've ridden two up (with the wife on the back) and we have your number beat but I will not report exact weight of each rider due to possible repercussions at home.
You speak wisely!

My wife and I have ridden two-up as well, without any problems...

As for the original poster: Nope. I don't believe you're "too big" for a KLR. I convinced a gorilla of a friend to get his own KLR - he's about 6'4" and exceeds 300 lbs all by his lonesome. That's about the only person I've seen a KLR look "small" under.

He kinda resembles Herman Munster on a Vespa.

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You speak wisely!

My wife and I have ridden two-up as well, without any problems...

As for the original poster: Nope. I don't believe you're "too big" for a KLR. I convinced a gorilla of a friend to get his own KLR - he's about 6'4" and exceeds 300 lbs all by his lonesome. That's about the only person I've seen a KLR look "small" under.

He kinda resembles Herman Munster on a Vespa.
LOL, almost blew beer out the nose!!!!

I have a friend/customer of that size. He bought a used Triumph 955 Tiger.
It still looks a little small, to me. With him On It.

Problem is, he 'won't ride it here or there, cause he doesn't want to Hurt IT'.
I don't like to hurt my bike either, but I understand 'gravity wins, usually'.
He has missed a LOT of Great Rides, in my opinion Only!

ps, I forgot to tell ya', he over-braked the Front brake of the Tiger on Main Street a couple of years ago. Pretty Girl on the side-walk caught his Attention, missed the Parallel Parker in front of Him!! $$$$ out of pocket.

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75 for a long time is too fast for a KLR, no matter your weight
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75 for a long time is too fast for a KLR, no matter your weight
johnnail, Why?
It is legal again, at least on less Urban sections of Interstate Highways.
And I find it more fun on twisty two lane highways. But on the twisty two lane highways, 75 mph could 'bite' your wallet.

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75 for a long time is too fast for a KLR, no matter your weight
Eh. If you live out west you'll be out on the road forever if you don't kick it up.

I've droned along at 80 for hours on end on the KLR through Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah and some godforsaken state with a Lander in it.

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