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post #1 of 15 Old 08-21-2015, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Should I embark on this KLR adventure?

A friend of mine said he'd sell me his 2011 KLR 650 for just over $3000. He's a responsible motorcycle mechanic that bought it new, and I trust that he's taken very good care of it. He's only used it for about 9500 miles of commuting. It's got a few upgrades: An FMF Q4 muffler, Dynojet jet kit, MSR footpegs, TrueGel battery, and a few other bits.

My background: I have a Ural, a Sportster, and a '70s Honda cafe racer. I've been eyeing dual-sports for a while now, usually considering something like a 250 or 300. But let's be honest here: I might get bored of something that small, and I'm not looking for a bike to replace some day.

The tough/fun part, depending on how you look at it: It's not the price that makes me want to do this. Anyone can find a good price on a good bike. Most of the reason I want it is to be able to fly across the country, visit all my old friends for a week or so (I haven't seen most of them for several years), and ride it back from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I know it's definitely not a good highway bike so I'll have to find a non-truck or non-highway route and take it slow, which I don't mind at all. My wife is supportive, if that counts.

I really want to do this, but I'm looking for some ideas on both sides of the argument here. Would you tell your husband or wife this would be a bad idea? Would you help talk your neighbor, fellow employee, or best friend into doing it? Would you do it?
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-22-2015, 12:25 AM
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Do it!

If your wife is supportive, take her up on her positive attitude.

Do it!

Plan out a route along the back roads - away from the Interstates - and enjoy the scenery!

Do it!

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-22-2015, 06:02 AM
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I have a couple of '70s Hondas with lower bars but not cafe racers. My '01 KLR is a better highway bike than my '75 750 SOHC touring bike. The SOHC engine is smoother but for long ride comfort the KLR wins. Both will exceed the speed limits although I'm sure the SOHC will exceed them by more. I've done enough freeway on both but smaller roads and the KLR were my choices for crossing the continent. (I saw the Pacific only in Anchorage).

The '11 KLR should be a better highway bike than my '01.

The KLR will suffer in comparisons to Ninjas, Gold Wings, FJRs and other modern road bikes. I think it will compare well with the bikes you already own. Probably not as fast as your Sportster, but equal in real-world use.

EDIT: I was thinking of rural interstates and small cities when I posted above. In larger cities with fast close traffic on freeways the KLR isn't so fun. Even cities like Akron or Albany which are OK some times of day are too fast and close at rush hour.

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Do it. You will not regret.
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The important thing about this decision is not what others think. It is what you think and feel. You already answered the question in your post above when you said "I really want to do this."

As far as road types are concerned, I rode my 2008 KLR from Houston, TX to Newfoundland, Canada on Interstate Highways and Trans-Canada #1 and then on a few thousand miles of dirt on the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail and then home on two lane US highways.

The price looks good too.
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You've come to the right place for opinions on KLRs. We all love them and I'll bet you will, too.

And $3000 for a well-maintained KLR is a very Fair price.

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-04-2015, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I know it's been a while since my original post, but that weekend I started my planning and never looked back. I'm on a plane now heading from Oregon > Boston, and I'll be leaving MA on the bike in 7-12 days.

Wish me luck!
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. . . I'll be leaving MA on the bike in 7-12 days.

Wish me luck!
Good luck!
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You made a wise decision. Have fun!




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post #10 of 15 Old 09-18-2015, 04:47 PM
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Have a great ride!
Hope you enjoy the bike.
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