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post #1 of 4 Old 11-11-2008, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your help.

Well after 1 & 1/2 years of enjoying my KLR, sadly I have decided to sell it. It is just to cumbersome for the type of dirt riding I want to do. I have a CR 125 with a big bore kit that shreds in the dirt, but that means having to take two bikes or leaving the KLR at home. My wife, son and daughter all have bikes and if i want on and off road abilities, I have to take five bikes along. and I just don't have the room. I have decided to get a DR650 which feels much more nimble and seems to handle the off road tasks better than the KLR, and I still have the road capabilities. The aftermarket is not bad for the DR, but nothing like the KLR, but I have found everything I have been looking for to outfit the DR. I am going to push my luck and keep the KLR as long as possible, until the wife says get rid of it. The bike I'm looking at I found on craigslist with the following ad, it sounds pretty good to me:

To start off this bike was purchased from Progressive Suspension. All modifications were done by them. I purchased the bike from them in 2000 and haven't put on more than 1000 miles. The bike has just over 4000 miles and is in excellent mechanical condition.

Here is a list of modifications:

- custom rear spring and shock
- desert 6 gallon tank
- edelbrock performance carb
- yoshimura exhaust
- parts pack on rear fender
- suzuki gel seat
- 2 sets of front sprockets
- aftermarket combo spedometer/odometer
- new smaller aftermarket rear blinkers

All fluids have been changed regularly and filter has been cleaned as necessary. The bike has been down before, nothing to be unexpected with a 12 year old bike but barely any cosmetic damage. This bike pulls very well for its size and handles any road, paved or dirt with ease, but then that also depends on the rider. I also have a knobby tire that goes with it with a lot of tread still left. I would definitely recommend running it if your planning on trail riding only as the road tire can break loose very easily with this bikes torque.

It has less mile than my 2004 KLR and really looks and runs good. He's asking $1900 and that seems like a steal. However he is opento offers so I will offer him $1700, and see what he says.

Like I said it is with great sadness parting with my KLR, but I think this bike will serve my purposes well. Again thanks for all the advice and help, and I will still visit this forum from time to time.

Mark
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-11-2008, 05:58 AM
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The DR is a street legal dirt bike, where as the KLR is a dirt legal street bike. (Just my opinion of the 2 bikes) My brother has the DR and loves it

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-11-2008, 07:52 AM
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That's a tough one. But you gotta do what you've gotta do.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-16-2008, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone,

Just wanted to check back in, I had decided on the DR650 I was looking at, but the guy I was to buy from had some issues with returning phone calls, telling the truth, and I guess he sold it to someone else. Be that as it may, I looked at some other bikes and ended up buying a 1992 XR600r with a big bore kit and a Baja Designs Dual Sport Kit. This bike is unbelieveable, I had know idea that a 600cc bike could have so much power and unreal torque. It is FAST. After some rethinking I have decided to sell off my CR125 and Sportster and keep my KLR. With the XR I have no need for the CR anymore, compared to the KLR the XR is very light and nimble and I have no doubt it will be a great dirt bike that can be ridden on the street. And I will still have my KLR for those lon distance rides I like to take.

If you ever get the chance ride one of those XR's the difference between it and the KLR is night and day. It's really a lot of fun, especially around town it is a definate street fighter with the heart of a dirt bike. Lots of fun from stop light to stoplight.

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