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post #1 of 15 Old 10-02-2008, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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New here, lots of questions...

Hi all, I'm new here. I just bought my KLR 650 last June, and so far it's been great. My question is has anybody ever taken a long trip on theirs that required it to run for hour at a time? What's the max time one would want to run around 5000 RPM without a break?

I bought mine when gas prices went up and I chose it because I don't like being limited to either off or on road. It handles either very well.

As I stated in my title, I'll have lots of questions.
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-02-2008, 09:39 PM
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Your ass will give out before the KLR will !!!!

I put 16 tooth front sprocket on this summer and I cruz at 4500 to 4800 for a hour or so at a time.....giving the body a break, not the bike.

I rode from Winnipeg to Duluth in August, 60 to 75 mph for 6 hours.

close to 60 miles per gallon....

Can't ask for much more out of 650 single.

Have fun...enjoy the riding

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-02-2008, 09:46 PM
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The engine is pretty much bullet proof. We've ridden from Kentucky to N.C. and back doing 70-80 mph all the way in the middle of summer heat. Never a problem except for us the riders over heating.

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Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
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When I was bike shopping several guys were telling me things like "you'll need at least an 1100" or "don't get anything less than a 1200", but to tell the truth that bike goes lots faster than I care to travel. I'm 6' and about 190 lbs and it drags me around (and somtimes with my wife on the back) just fine and has plenty of response. I bought it with 417 miles on it so it was slightly used and I'm still looking for somthing to complain about. The only thing I can find is the seat is a little uncomfortable, but that's it.
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guys like that tend to get buddies hurt or on the wrong bike because of worrying about bigger is always better. That's not always the case.

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-02-2008, 09:58 PM
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You're only problem will only be the seat. My bike is an 08, and I've ridden a few times for over an hour. I'm 6'5 and 260lbs. It pulls me easy. The only issue i have, besides my tailbone, is that on the highway, I get blown around a bit by the truckers. It may be cause I'm so high up on the bike, and I also think its the loose coat. Any comments on outerwear is welcomed by the way.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-02-2008, 10:42 PM
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There's Aerostich, and then there's everything else..

Darien jacket and pants, and you'll be set for years!! Great venting and water resistance, and a company that stands behind what they sell.
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You're only problem will only be the seat. My bike is an 08, and I've ridden a few times for over an hour. I'm 6'5 and 260lbs. It pulls me easy. The only issue i have, besides my tailbone, is that on the highway, I get blown around a bit by the truckers. It may be cause I'm so high up on the bike, and I also think its the loose coat. Any comments on outerwear is welcomed by the way.
A good balanced street tire will hold a line. You will still get slapped in the chest with air from trucks but you wont stray.

I agree, your butt will give before the bike.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-03-2008, 01:12 AM
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What did you end up paying for it? If you got a good deal, you can upgrade the seat and tires and still be ahead.
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-03-2008, 06:27 AM
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I found by putting on a seat pad for long hauls, helps a great deal..... WalMart sells them... Check with Paper, he got one for me and it was a lot cheaper than a new seat.

Also, I added a front crash bar which comes with touring foot pegs. Sounds silly to put touring pegs on a dirt bike, but I am sure I won't be the first to tell you they are great when you need to change your riding position to give the old "ass" a break and stretch the legs.

Regarding your comments about the wind tossing you around when the trucks go by, well that's life. You can reduce the front movement by adding a front fork brace and a lower fender.

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