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post #1 of 9 Old 09-14-2008, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Which One????

so im torn between a klr 650 or a suzuki dr200se
which one.... be honest dont just say klr because u have one lol
im lookin for somthin to drive to school and have some fun with the awesome dirt we got here in flo rida
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-14-2008, 09:43 PM
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Well the dr 200 is a small bike where the KLR 650 is a pretty large bike. To decide which one would depend on YOU, and what you want to do on the bike.

I bought a dr 200 when I started riding again after not riding for 30 years and found it too small on the first ride, for what I wanted. It was easy to toss around, but was short on the roads in the speed and power department.

The KLR would be a lot harder to toss around off road, but will carry you down the road.

Ride both of them before you decide.

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We wouldn't have a KLR if we didn't think it was the better bike so why wouldn't we say KLR just because we have one.

You will get tired of just tooling around the neighborhood after awhile. With the 200 you won't be exploring very far. With the KLR it's a vast world out there. The KLR is flexible and as you gain experience will grow with you. The 200 is what it is and really won't be much more.

I'll second Daddyjoe... ride em both if you can, but most dealers won't allow test rides. Ultimately, this is another "only you can decide" type of decision.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-15-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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I've ridden the 200, trust me it'll prolly end up being too small, you're defintely not gonna wanna ride very far on highway on the dr, unless you a looking toward something you can throw around more off-road. I have not ridden a KLR yet but I am looking to buy one here very soon, I tried a 250 and it was waaaay to little a bike for what I wanted.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-15-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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well i cant get a bike intill around december but hopefully ill have made up my mind. asked both the Suzuki dealer and Kawasaki and they both said no test drives so i;; just have to do more research. thanx for your imput
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well i cant get a bike intill around december but hopefully ill have made up my mind. asked both the Suzuki dealer and Kawasaki and they both said no test drives so i;; just have to do more research. thanx for your imput

Check around here for someone who'll let you take their bike for a spin, to get a taste of the KLR ride.

Of course you'd need to fill out your profile so that info is visible before anyone could even offer..
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-30-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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The KLR650 and the DR200 are by no means a direct comparison. I have had two KLRs a Dr 350 and have ridden a friends DR200. IMO the 200 just doesnt have enough power for road and barely enough for off road. The DR650 and the KLR650 are direct comparisons. A good friend of mine has a Dr650 and loves it. More capable for serious off road than the new KLR mainly because of weight not handling. But I do love my 08 KLR650!
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-30-2008, 02:05 PM
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The DR650 really wasn't even that much lighter to be a major factor in the decision over an 07 or older KLR. 324lbs vs 07KLR 337lbs. The frickin 08 KLR is now a real porker at 386lbs. Especially considering the KLR is liquid cooled and the DR is air cooled and the DR also has a much smaller gas tank. Hell, I would have expected the DR to be around 250lbs, so I'm not sure how it can be so close to the older KLR's with less stuff on it.

I imagine the DR has better suspension coming from more dirt bike orientated equipment. That's probably where it gets most of it's better off road handling over the KLR. On-road I imagine the KLR puts the DR to shame.

If I was even considering the DR650, I'd also have to be lookin real hard at the XR650L. These two are more likely a good comparison then either are to the KLR. The KLR is in a world of it's own really. The XR650L is still 324lbs and it's also air-cooled and smaller gas tank. When you think about... how the hell did Kawi get a liquid cooled big gas tank bike down to 337lbs... amazing!!
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-30-2008, 08:28 PM
 
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I have both, and they're similar, but very different.

The DR200SE is a great little machine for exploring your end of the county. Cruises nicely at 50 mph on the pavement. It'll hang in tight curves with a sport bike. It'll go a little faster than 50, but I wouldn't run 60 for long. It's just wound too tight there. Geared low enough to head down unfamiliar trails.

The KLR650 is a road bike. You can get on it and explore the continent. Sure, it has long suspension and all of the features of a dirtbike, but it's bigger and heavier. You'll be content cruising at 60 (it'll go a lot faster). It's not even working on a two lane highway. Thump thump thump. It's geared a little high for serious obstacles (at least with average rider skills). It would do fine on dirt roads, logging roads etc, or across pastures, but I wouldn't be comfortable trying to follow an unfamiliar 4 wheeler trail through the woods.

Let off the clutch on the KLR650 in first gear and it wants to go 20 mph. The DR200 is ready to shift out of first at 10 mph.

I'd rather have the KLR, but that fits my needs. I love to go exploring backroads, and both bikes are great for that, but sometimes those backroads are connected by 4 lane highways with fast traffic. When I go exploring, I don't like having to turn back. The KLR doesn't have any bounds when it comes to roads.
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