My KLR reasons
This is lifted from my thread in ADV. Id like to get some feedback here and to pass the time & just talk bikes..
Just fishing around. Trying to pass some constructive time in the deep freeze.
Looking for some input from some of the KLR'istas.
I owned a 02 KLR 650 back then. It lasted 6 months (dreams of suburban happiness forced sale). Got back into bikes shortly after that stint of insanity. Now I am looking into another kick at the KLR can. Well to be honest here, i've got the itch to find a good old airhead. However cost factors heavily here and I dont feel like paying 3000$ (all prices in Cdn ) for a 30 plus year old BMW bike with 100k kilometers.
I did like the KLR when I had it but it was my first non sport bike. So the oomph factor wasnt there (I also did some off road but found it unwieldy). The bikes Ive had since then have been more pedestrian (wee strom and a bonneville). So the oomph factor doesnt factor anymore. Also at the time I never really looked at the aftermarket for KLR's. Now it's like a smorgasbord of farkles
Here is what I need the bike for-
It will be my transport for 90% of my seasonal riding. Commute with 25 lbs of work related gear, grocery getter, sunday morning getaway machine, and off road (fire, ATV roads, and really shitty Quebec cottage roads).
No long tours planned other than a 6-8hr ride to either Vermont or New Hampshire (with Harley cruiser types). No two up. I dont want to worry about cleaning, I dont want to worry about dropping and I dont want to worry about over paying banks or dealerships or fuel companies.
3000$ is what I want to pay. I do want to mess around and "make it my own" ie:
Heated grips, bash guards (or that neat IMS tank), panniers. I also have an affinity for military bikes (and I can see a desert camo or autumn camo paint job in my bikes future)
What I like about the KLR is the network of support that is out there. Parts availability and affordability.
What I like about the BMW is maintenance ease, shaft drive, that twin motor.
Ive got a high (68000 kilometer) KLR in my sights at 2K$
Id like to know what (if all the proper work was done) to look for in a bike with this mileage? Is there specific issues to this motor or frame/bearing/'lectric issues to be aware of (I know of the whole doo thing as I have a friend who changed his out)
Anyway, just an open dialogue here. Love to hear what people have to say (as if it hasnt been said a thousand times over) But I figure you people love your bikes.