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post #1 of 4 Old 07-21-2008, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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klr versys ultraclassic?

hi nice to meet all of you i am currently the owner of an 07 ultra classic and to be honest im not all that crazy about it. it runs hot as you know what. how is the klr 650 when it comes to heat the 2008 and previous models? im thinking of selling my harley cuz the wife dont ride with me as much as i would like and its alot of bike, and i love to get off rode i ride 4 wheelers too (bombardier 800 2006). i also been thinking versys is the versys a good dual sport bike or does the klr 650 make a better dual sport? thanks
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-21-2008, 03:41 PM
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There is enough info on the KLR around here, just do some searching, so I'll focus on the Versys.

Just looking at the Versys I cannot see how anyone could consider it a dual sport. Kawi hasn't said anything to insinuate this either. They have it in the dual purpose menu just because it's close enough. It's being touted as a "multi purpose" motorcyle. Multi purpose being practical commuter, urban assault vehicle, Sportbike and Light Tourer. They say nothing about expecting people to take it offroading. A little bit of excellent condition forest roads can be ridden on any bike, that doesn't make them dual sports.

I don't know how tall you are, but the claims about being comfortable have to be BS! Take a look at this guy...

Versus this guy

The first photo makes the bike look pretty small which it really is, where the second photo makes it look larger. 3" shorter wheelbase then the KLR. 2" shorter seat height. That's quite a difference to those who already feel a little cramped on the KLR.

Only you can decide what your willing to put up with. Nobody can really tell you what will make the best bike for your needs. You just need to read all the specs and go look at them in person.

EDIT: OH YEAH.... don't forget the muffler location on the Versys! That bottom plate is for minor debris coming off the tire from the front, it doesn't cover the muffler. Talk about a bad day when a log or rock smashes the piss out of the muffler can. Or if you end up in some ruts and the back tire drops down and smashes the muffler can on one of the dirt humps in between the ruts. Same could happen for deeper potholes that are normally found offroad. Nope... this bike isn't going to survive anything harsh. I've had the back tire of the KLR in the exact position I'm talking about many many many times and I guarentee that muffler on the versys would have been busted all to hell.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-25-2008, 10:54 AM
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I drove both before I bought my 08 KLR. I thought that the versys felt better on the road. This was probably due to the different tires. I was able to drive both on packed trails behind the dealership, and this is what sold me on the KLR. It seemed to hold better on loose footing, and absorbed the bumps better. After riding both I felt like the Versys was more of a cross between street bikes and touring bikes, while the KLR was more of a cross between a touring bike and a dirtbike. I was looking for the second combination. I am 6'2" and have a 34" inseam. I find the KLR very comfortable. I ride around the city alot, but have also taken it on some forest roads, and did a 1280 mile trip around Lake Superior on it. This weekend my family is going to the cabin to do an atv ride. My dad is driving his truck and pulling a trailer 200 miles at 13mpg sucks. I am going to ride my KLR to the cabin, and then trail ride with them. 200 miles at 45mpg makes me smile. This is all just my opinion, but I friggin love my KLR. Take both for a ride on a nice afternoon and choose what feels best for you and suits your needs.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-01-2008, 04:59 AM
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Just sold my 2003 100th Anniversary Ultra Classic and bought an '08 KLR650. Talk about freedom! The Ultra was soooo heavy and handled like a barge. And at the rallies it was a crotch cooker. I, like you, was evolving into solo riding as my wife was getting away from it. I was reluctant to sell the Harley but I have never looked back. The KLR is so much fun and handles so well, and all I have to do after riding is hose it off! Sweet!
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