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post #1 of 22 Old 07-23-2009, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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How fast KLR650 go up too?

I have been looking to get a long distance tourer. I have slim down my choices, KLR650 or the VERSYS. My question in regards to the KLR650, what is the top speed on this bike? are they quick and fast enough on the free way?
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I have been looking to get a long distance tourer. I have slim down my choices, KLR650 or the VERSYS. My question in regards to the KLR650, what is the top speed on this bike? are they quick and fast enough on the free way?
Quick?? That's a tough one.. When at freeway speed, they'll get out of their own way fast enough, but they're no speed demon..

Stock, they're more than fast enough for freeway speeds, but if you're doing nothing more than touring, I'd suggest going one tooth taller on the front sprocket to drop your engine speed a bit.

I haven't ridden the new KLR model, or a Versys, so I don't know which would be better, but my hunch would be the Versys would be a better bike for strickly freeway riding..
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IMHO, neither one is a long distance tourer. You want a nice heavy bike with a substantial motor 1000cc plus for long distance touring.
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My 08 with basic mods will get up around 100 mph on the freeway. It comfortably does 85ish. I also agree with Wanderer, though, if you're going to be seriously touring at freeway speeds, you might want a bigger, less buzzy bike.

Given, the two choices you listed, I would pass on the KLR. You check out the VStrom?




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Given, the two choices you listed, I would pass on the KLR. You check out the VStrom?
Actually, over the VStrom, I'd recommend the Wee Strom DL650.. It'll do the job with ease..
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i was at the dealer today. the speedometer of the klr indicate 120mph. But with all the luggage and add on, will it be enough for highway traveling? I am interested in bike that would do both on and off road, and i don't want to spend ton of money for a bmw.
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The speedometer on my eff-two-fitty goes to 120, too, but with the 4.30 rear end it pretty much tops out at 95 or so. It's got torque up the wazzoo, though.

So does the KLR.

The KLR is a great bike, but marginal for loaded touring. And, in my opinion, it's not a bike for sustained high speeds.

Listen to the advice; you may be better served with a Versys or V-Strom.

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I think it's time to start spillin your guts and tell us what your plans are because you'll just waste everyones time by keeping us guessing. Mentioning the Versys suggested you weren't interested in off-road, but you say you are so we need to get your plans out in the open here. What level of off-road? What mileage do you mean when you say long distance touring, how often will you do the long distance touring, how often will you off-road, will you be off-roading locally as well. Spill it!
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I think it's time to start spillin your guts and tell us what your plans are because you'll just waste everyones time by keeping us guessing. Mentioning the Versys suggested you weren't interested in off-road, but you say you are so we need to get your plans out in the open here. What level of off-road? What mileage do you mean when you say long distance touring, how often will you do the long distance touring, how often will you off-road, will you be off-roading locally as well. Spill it!

Ok, this is the breakdown of what I want to do. Long distance road trips, i live in california. Something like going cross country, and up to alaska. I like a bike that excel in both off and on road. I will do as much off road as i can at the same time i want it to be capable of hitting the highway with out lag. All of this with luggage I will be hauling. I've test ride the GS1200 by BMW and gs800, the gs800 was perfect compared to the larger gs1200 dual sports. But its kinda pricey for a bike. So i thought something of litre dual sportbike would be to much for the application I like to do? I see many picture of KLR owner taking the bike long distance. maybe its just enough for What i need?
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Mine has the standard 16 tooth sprocket, airbox opened up, dyno jet kit, and MSR exhaust and it gets to 110 indicated with me tucked in on the tank....and thats a bit scary on a KLR.

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