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post #1 of 5 Old 04-13-2009, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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KLR 650 Motor/tranny questions

I am new to your guy's forum. I have been on the Vulcan Delphi forum for a couple of years, anyway I currently own a drifter and have always had an interest in the enduro type bikes. I owned a BMW GS1100 in the past and had great luck with it but due to the high costs of the GS's I recently started looking into the KLR's as my next bike. I guess what I am looking for is a bike that takes minimal maintenance and will run a lot of miles. I have been looking at the BMW 650, KTM 690's and the Kawi 650's. I am favoring the Kawi's due to the price but was wondering if anyone had any success stories on these machines. Does anyone have a high mileage bike that have had good luck with them. I put a lot of miles on my bikes and just want to make sure this is the bike for me before I invest in it. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-15-2009, 09:21 PM
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Ive had several.All still ran when sold with 60,000 miles being the highest.Love my 08!
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-15-2009, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply,, did you have any major repairs on any of yours before you sold them,,such as any tranny issues or motor issue's thanks
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-17-2009, 07:54 PM
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NO real problems.At about 50,000 she started burning about a half a quart of oil every 1,000 miles.On pre 08's do the Doohickey.Ive never heard of anyone having tranny problems and for a single cylinder the KLR's have a long lasting engine design,it has fairly low compression and is not tuned to the extremes like a 250cc dirt bike is.I wouldn't hesitate doing a cross country trip.Another nice thing about the KLR's is their mechanically simple so repairs are easy.If something on a BMW breaks its unlikely you'll be able to a roadside repair on the fuel ejection or any of the other technological stuff designed into them.There is a reason the KLR's are listed in every motorcycle magazine as one of the 20 best bikes in history.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-19-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info, if i purchase a KLR I will let you know,,, Happy riding...
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