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post #1 of 10 Old 10-24-2008, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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KLR or BMW GS 650?

Obviously I've come to the right place to learn more about the KLR. My 1st question here is "Why the KLR and not another bike like the BMW GS 650?" I love the looks of both bikes and have heard about the legendary reliability of the KLR, but is there something inherently wrong with the BMW or is it just a personal preference?
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-24-2008, 10:34 PM
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I'd say it's more or less the simplicity of the KLR and availability of parts and overall cost of ownership. The BMW is a sweet lookin ride though.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-26-2008, 03:43 PM
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There has been reports of some of the F650 bikes (BMW singles) that have or had very, very bad issues with surging at steady speeds. On the other hand, I have a friend with a 650 Dakar that hasn't had any issues, and it's got 20+K miles on it..

The big difference between the bikes is cost. BMW's cost more to purchase, parts are more expensive, but they'll retain their value, too... As someone who just paid $3K for a 24 year old BMW, there's something to say about resale values of BMW's..
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-26-2008, 05:05 PM
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R80 ? rt/rs/??? miles? hijack??
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-26-2008, 05:19 PM
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Just a straight R80 with bags. 1985 monoshock with dual front disks and "S" handlebars. Around 30K miles. I had a R65 just like it, but sold it years ago in an effort to find a monoshock R80.. Took a while, but I finally found one like I wanted, in the shape I wanted, for the price I wanted.

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In the later 90's I had the 86' R65 and a FZR600 (as well as a couple other bikes)..

On the FZR, even though I was fully protected and not dressed like Ricky Racer, I'd have a police officer behind me within the first 10 miles of riding.. On the R65, I could ride 20mph over the speed limit, all day long, and nobody would pay any attention to me.. To everyone, I was just some old fart on a BMW with bags.. Needless to say, the BMW stayed and the FZR left.. A year or so later I sold the R65 to a friend and my R100RT at a swap meet, to have cash to buy a R80.. Never found what I wanted..

My buddy with the R65 still has it, and he and his wife often have a tough time deciding who gets to ride the bike, as they both always want to ride it..

I've tried to buy it back a few times over the years, too, but they weren't interested, and instead would ride it when with me to torment me.. Now I finally found what I was after.

Now to mount an accesory outlet and a GPS mount, and it's ready to go.. The bike had a complete service and lube this spring, and was only riden 500 miles all summer.

I guess I'm glad I kept my BMWMOA life membership in good standing..
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-26-2008, 07:12 PM
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Congrats. That's a real score. When I find an RT of that vintage and caliber I'll stretch however far it takes.

I'm sure I'll always have my KLR just cause she's like one of those high school blind dates when the date-arranger says "...but she's got a great personality" ....... and you find out she really does and likes fishing too!!!!

Last of hijack.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-29-2008, 08:16 PM
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Been riding BMW R1100RS for many years before I swap to the new KLR 650. Reason? My build is small (5ft 5inch, seam 32 inch and weigh 136 lbs) and the RS is a bit too heavy for me after riding for longer period (few weeks plus). Drop the RS once at a parking area and had to wait for somebody to help me out considering the heavy loads I mounted on it that time. I found out that the KLR is much easy to handle and no worry about upright it if drop. The only downside about the KLR is, the max speed is way below the RS (I stay on-road mostly) but Im happy so far to go around 90 -100mph.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-30-2008, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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I don't know why you would want to go 90 to 100mph on a dual-sport, but if you do......please be careful. It would be a real bummer to blow a front tire at that speed.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-31-2008, 08:59 AM
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It's a toss-up really. I lost a bearing in the trans on my KLR at 26,000, a friend lost the transmission in her 650GS at 34,000 and another friend has rebuilt the transmission in his DR650 a couple times now and he's around 50,000 miles now. These all resulted in fairly major engine damage and needed full engine rebuilds.

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post #10 of 10 Old 11-01-2008, 06:30 AM
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Not really a speed-freak but knowing what the KLR can and cannot do is something I wanted to know since the swap. TQ for your advice; will stay on legal speed limit.
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