Here's the deal, I'm a college student so funds are limited, but I don't have a car. I've always thought a motorcycle would fit the bid because of the gas mileage and the fact that it is cheaper. I race bikes so I would transport a bike with the motorcycle, I've seen trailers that I could fit a bike on. I also kayak and I used to see a kayaker haul his boat behind his motorcycle. I guess what I'm asking is would the KLR be a good choice? I'm about 5'11 and 170lbs. I would mainly drive to races and go home on the weekends. I don't want a big cruiser or a crotch-rocket and I would travel on fire roads to get to some races or rivers. My father who used to race motor-cross mentioned this bike. I'm new to motorcycles, but I need some transportation. Any help is greatly appreciated?
You're spot on!
I am a student, again, due to the economy. Although I have a vehicle, it sits. I can use much less in gas commuting with my KLR. It cost me about $10 bucks (sometimes less, sometimes more) to fill up. In comparison, it would take my older and small little TOYota pickup about $25 bucks to fill up every week. $15 savings x 52 weeks = some nice cash for a student! ($780).
Remember, you are better off saving a dollar than earning a dollar. A dollar saved = $1.00 in your pocket. Earning a dollar = $0.55 +-... GOT TO LOVE THOSE TAXES! I wonder when WE are going to pay 100% in taxes and stand in line for everything
(but, I digress)?
Since you're 5'11", I wouldn't be too worried about handling the KLR. You race bikes; therefore, I am going to presume you have great balance and coordination. There is only really one difference in a bike and a motorcycle: Pedals v. Throttle/clutch.
If you can ride a bike, you should be able to ride a motorcycle! If you have never used a clutch on a car, "HOUSTON... we have a problem."
A motorcycle's clutch needs to be mastered and manipulated all the time on the dirt. I have raced motorcycles professionally (motorcross/supercross), so I can speak to this. Without mastering it, you can still ride and get by on the dirt; however, you lend yourself to the risk of falling or getting stuck in a situation. On the streets, you can get by; however, you lend yourself to risks of other people. Those "other people" are cars/BIG trucks. You don't ever want to just get by... you need
to master the throttle/clutch before mixing it up with those other people.
If you have driven a stick in a vehicle and you ride bikes, you will have no problem being a master of the throttle/clutch. I am confident of that!!! I have been riding since I was five, so I can do have a little experience in what I am saying.
As far as hauling a trailer around with your motorcycle (m/c), I have seen it done before and seen some pictures of people doing it, but I have never asked anyone about the set up because I am never going to venture into doing it. If you see a guy or a picture, ask them. I like the two wheel feel, only. If you have a trailer, you will have to be super careful around corners, traffic, and things in the road (did I miss anything?). But, it can be done. A bike is not going to be a lot weight to haul on your m/c. It's the tools, supplies, spare parts, and spare bike that might make it difficult... but, what do I know? ... I haven't done it before.
Just go out and do it! Save money! Have fun! And, report back to us that it can be done... and, of course, your results from your races!