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post #1 of 8 Old 05-26-2008, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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I've decided on a KLR

I've looked and looked for a month or two at four bikes. I've even looked at scooters. Here are a few reasons as to why I'm going to get a KLR 650.

1) Upright riding position
2) 6+ gallon fuel tank
3) Decent MPG
4) Been around forever
5) Friendly forums
6) Guys have taken the bike around the world and then some
7) Easy to find KLRs to buy
8) Lots of ways to carry 'stuff'
9) Can go anywhere...although most of my riding will be on pavement
10) Lots of extras can be bought for the bike
11) Availability of a large windscreen

Other bikes I've looked at and thoughts on them
ninja 250
1) Riders get sore after a short time
2) Fantastic MPG
3) Some 250 forums have immature youngters
4) Should keep revs up all of the time.....can be a pain in traffic
5) I weigh 230 so riding two up is at the limits of the bike
6) I'm 6' tall so my legs would be more cramped
7) Looks cool
8) Hard to find and dealers are starting to charge $500 over msrp
9) Look at all of the plastic....esp changing oil, dropping the bike etc
10)Limited at to what you can carry
11)At highway speed the motor is working hard....ie little left over

Ninja 500
1) Great bike IMHO
2) All the sport I'd ever want in a bike
3) Still a small windshield
4) Still a hump-over riding position
5) Decent MPG
6) Can ride two up with ease
7) Looks cool
8) Still hard to find
9) Has a great reputation
10 Still limited as to what you can carry

1) Costly...I know it has some good stuff but it still costs more
2) Love fuel injection
3) I'd rather have the flat back end of the KLR
4) Sitting on the bike feels great
5) Appears to be close to the 650r

Scooters......I'd get a 250cc if they didn't cost so much. When I see 5 grand for a decent 250cc scooter I ask myself why not a motorcycle.

Bikes I've had in the past include a 79 Honda 500 cx.......great bike, loved the ride but perhaps a bit underpowered. I've also had a kawasaki vulcan 750. This one had good power, comfortable ride but the darn thing fell apart on me. Also, with no windshield I felt like a parachut riding down the road.

I'm mainly going to use the bike for the following
1) Driving 15 miles round trip to work....mostly interstate travel
2) Long drives from SC to almost Canada during the summer (800-900 miles)
3) Camping during the summer
4) Around town trips (mostly 45 mph speed zones)
5) One of my top ten things to do before I part this world (hopefully a long time from now) will be to tour the USA.....mainly AK. I might go up to Canada or Mexico or South America some day.

I'm a fairly rugged guy and the KLR seems to fit me. I don't mind riding even when it is cold (about 20 or 30 F) outside. Camping to me is a little bit of heaven and should be done as often as possible.

Look forward to getting to know some of you guys and gals.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-26-2008, 12:56 PM
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Welcome aboard Tifford... Looks like you have done the pro's and con's of all the bikes that interested you. The one shining quality of a KLR and also it's weakness, is that it does nothing outstanding, but does everything you want it too. The fit to you physically would be a big plus, along with the ability to do adventure riding and carrying your supplies and still be able to get you to work and jaunts into town for misc. things. I think you will find the KLR will fill almost every niche you would want from a bike. Keep us posted on how things go.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-27-2008, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-27-2008, 03:12 PM
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Sounds like you have really done your research. No bike is perfect but the KLR is coles. The fuel tank is not as big as they claim but it still carries more fuel than any thing else on the market. Depending on how deep your pockets are there's all kinds of farkles out there to spend it out. Have a good time. Rain or shine , hot or cold it's a blast.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-28-2008, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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That was another reason for the KLR.....aftermarket products. Also a fan base that have found add ons such as hard luggage. Some of which is home-made which saves money. Lots of people have 'been there and done that' with the bike which has paved the way for the rest of us.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-28-2008, 01:00 PM
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Smile I love mine!

Youíll love every minute of it. I am a new bike owner as of last September when I purchased my KLR. I always wanted a dual sport and I also did my homework and found same as you did. I was riding mine probably 98% on road, however I took it off road really for the first time this past weekend and it was a blast! We have a lot of seasonal roads here in central NY. Iíll be exploring every one of them!
I added a leather trunk I found at a bike shop while on vacation in GA. Iím not sure what itís intended use if for but it happens to have all the clips & rings in the right place to secure to my 08ís rack and is big enough to run to the store and for day trips.
Have fun with yours and if your ever in CNY, give me a shout!
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-29-2008, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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I will shout out. When I tour the country (eventually) I will be looking for KLRs to go riding with.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-02-2008, 06:11 AM
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Just got mine last week.

I als had done the research between the KLR and the Suzuki DR, I decided on the KLR and bought a 2004 with 2100 miles on it. Went for my longest ride yesterday (40 miles) and loved it. I am so glad I picked this bike. You will love it for all the reasons you mentioned.
Good luck and ride safe,
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