Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wallingford, PA
They make nerf bars dudes.
They are less than a new fairing and you keep the wind protection ... I got into KLRs recently so I don't have the connection to the older model. I see the attraction to both, I think a lot of the knocks against the new model mostly stem from visions/memories/fantasies accrued during 20+ years of the old one. It's not a bad looking bike, just different from before.
Everyone is into their farkles, if you're so worried about busting the fairings up, get some protection and forget about it. Or just let them break the hell off and you got your original back... right?
Out of curiousity, was the radiator more protected in the pre-08 models? or was the silloutte just narrower?
I can't understand why everyone so non-chalantly mentions all the upgrades every responsible KLR owner must undertake - doohickeys, washers in the carb, seats, drilling out pilot screws, etc., etc.. but we can't seem to come to overlook/deal with the trade-off with a new larger fairing.... I mean people honestly are completely comfortable with the idea that a NEW owner of a NEW KLR 650 should responsibly expect to undertake an almost complete disassembly of their bike to install a spring and a 4 oz piece of metal yet the size and shape of the stock fairing is addressed with shocking disbelief and sincere unacceptance.
we love the fact that the klr is competent and affordable, let's admit that everything is a measured compromise and as the bike develops and, hopefully, evolves the sides of the compromises shift and old benefits may shrink as new ones grow.
I think I love the KLR because it is the perfect combination of a Rhinocerous and a Ferrari - anyone who prefers a little more of either one is bound to be a little disappointed...
come on now!
Mods: iRaytheon Fork-mounted Radar, SpectraVex Bar Lasers, HedsUp Windshield-Projected Navigation, CoreDon RunFlat Bulletproof Tires, Cosmo-Go-Moto Hypo-Allergenic Smokescreen/Oil Slick Deployment Center, SinSack TankTop MagnumXL Condom Dispenser, Cup Holder, Bose WaveRadio, Bunz-Warmerz seat heater/massager, GoldenFist Air-Freshener, Margaritaville Bulldog Bimini, too much to list ...