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post #1 of 9 Old 05-28-2008, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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First ever Bike...questions??

planning on selling my snowmobile and getting a KLR650 possibly a 2008 next spring. Ive always wanted a motorcycle but never driven one. My dad has been riding a bike for many years (07 kawasaki vulcan 1600 currently) and i want one to cruise around on. i know someone who owns one and they said they love it, i just want others oppinions.

1. for being a first time rider, would this be a good bike to start on??

2. Ill mostly ride on back roads, small highways in the counrtry. But may go offroad like on dirt roads that are mainly small rocks and sand. How well is it on a light dirt road?

3. Is it user friendly???

4. any pros and cons, what you like about it, why you bought it... things that could be better.

5. im 185 pounds 6ft. i dont need to be a speed deamon but still want something that i can open up and get good speed maybe 75-85 mph.... how fast can a klr go without being strained too much????

thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-28-2008, 04:23 PM
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http://www.bigcee.com/klr650faq.html#generalinformation

Here is a great link that answers many questions people have about the KLR's.

The KLR is a great starter bike, due to its torque, forgiving clutch, and easy upright riding position.

The KLR can be ridden pretty much anywhere. It shines exceptionally well of course on back roads, highways, dirt roads and gravel roads. It is a "heavy" bike, weighing in around 400 pounds or so. The key is to respect your learning curve and take your time, till you and the bike become more aquainted with each other. The first gravel road I road on last year, I wouldn't dare get out of first gear for fear of sliding. Now with a year under my belt and lots of riding down in TN and NC, speed on gravel roads is not much of an issue.

The KLR is extremely user friendly. You have to remember the basics are based on a twenty year design, even tho the new 08's have an updated design the baisc pretty much remain the same. Simple gauges and switches. No computers, and sensors to deal with.

Pro's: Everything
Con's: Everthing

I know that is confusing, but the KLR is great at nothing but excels at most everything. It's not the best road bike, it sure isn't the best dirt bike, but if you want to check out that gravel or dirt road, it will get you in and out without problem and be the most dependable bike doing it.

I am 350+ weight wise, and my bike knows nothing under 70 MPH..LOL..70-80 on the interstate is not a problem. I do consume more fuel than the average weight Joe, but at 44 mpg I don't care. Of course some of the mileage loss is due to an aftermarket pipe, and some carb mods.

I am sure some of the guys with the newer 08 will chime in with some suggestions and comments, but as far as the bike as a whole, I think you will enjoy it immensely.

I do suggest a MSF riders course if this is your first bike. Wear the correct gear and be safe in all that you do.

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I do suggest a MSF riders course if this is your first bike. Wear the correct gear and be safe in all that you do.
PLEASE, take the MSF beginner course!!
Take the course and learn the correct habits, not bad ones.

If you take the course, you'll be a licensed rider when it's done and typically you'll get an insurance discount that will cover the cost of the course, or more!!!

As a new rider, we'd rather have you take the course (and meet new people with the same interest as you) and become a life long rider, than someone new who ends up getting hurt, or worse..

Take the MSF beginner course this year, ASAP.. Next year, take the MSF Experienced Rider Course..

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Suggest you take the MSF course before you buy your bike. You'll learn a lot about bikes in general you'll probably get to see and maybe sit on some various bikes there. And you might find that you don't really like riding all that much. Hope not.

But the MSF course is a must.
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thanks guys, i do plan on taking thwe course.. they hold it not too far from my house at a college i went to bout 15 miles so good deal for me, i actually i watched it a few times at the end of the semester and looks like you learn alot... cant wait to get my bike!
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Did you get one?

CNY Rider, how did you make out? Did get a bike yet.
I bought my KLR 08 last September. I was in the same position as you (except I cant give up my sled) new rider and always wanted a dual sport. I did my research and asked a lot of people a lot of questions. I took the biker safety course and got my license (great course).
I did a lot of back road riding and around town. Good advice is to take it slow. I road one seasonal road before the snow hit (seasonal road to Stillwater and out to Big Moose).
Last weekend a friend and I went up to Buck and the Penn Mountain. Had a blast!
Im very satisfied with my KLR.
Itd be good to have another dual sporter to ride with. Shout out if youd like to join us for a ride.
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cool, i plan on riding those same roads too, i live in Holland Patent im sure you know where that is. Nope havent gotten it yet, still trying to find someone to buy my sled
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Before I answer, I'll tell you I'm basically a beginner myself. The KLR is my first bike. I've had it about a month and have put 500-600 miles on it.

1. It's a great beginner's bike. The controls are smooth, mellow, and predictable.

2. Can't say. I've only done street riding so far.

3. I don't think a bike could be much more user-friendly. The controls are as simple and sparse as any bike's could be.

4. Pros: The upright riding position is much healthier for your back than the riding positions of many bikes, the gas mileage is great, you can make small mistakes and the bike won't fly out of your control, you can ride anywhere, you can pack a lot of stuff (I don't think there could be a better bike for camping), you can see over SUVs (at least I can, at 6'6"), scuffs, scratches and dirt only add to its character.

Cons: The upright position lets you get blown around easily at 40+ MPH (or sometimes even at lower speeds if there's a strong wind), the exhaust is very quiet and does little to make brainless women on cell phones aware of you.

Well, I'm getting sleepy and need to write another post before I go to bed, so I'll end here. I hope that was somewhat helpful.
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The most importain thing I would think you should do is take the rider saftey course. Learn the basic's and go from there. Remember open your eyes, ears, and mind. Wet , cold , hot or what ever it's a blast.
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