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post #1 of 10 Old 08-26-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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What do you think?

I am thinking about purchasing a KLR but want to get your opinion. I have decided to go back to school and looking for a commuter, I want to use it to go back and forth to school (about 10 miles freeway and 5 miles city) and on the weekends for fun on the trails. Do you think this is a good idea or should I stick with a pure street bike? I have owned four street bikes in the past ranging from Harley's to Ducati's and a hand full of dirt bikes so experience is not an issue, now I drive a F250 and it's pretty difficult to park at school. Thanks for your help

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-26-2009, 10:13 PM
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i have had both gave it up to raise a family now kids gone went with the klr to have a bit of both no regrets great for an all around bike will not ride like a cruser or ducatti and not as nimble as a full blone dirt but that is my opinion. that is a question you have to deside.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-26-2009, 10:39 PM
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I think it's a great bike for what you said. Just don't expect the chicks at school to drool over it....

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-26-2009, 10:58 PM
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I think it's a great bike for what you said. Just don't expect the chicks at school to drool over it....
I'm married so its probably better I give the sport bikers a fair chance for once.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-26-2009, 11:25 PM
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Then yep, I think you described an ideal situation for the KLR.




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post #8 of 10 Old 08-27-2009, 10:35 AM
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For that short of mileage, I would consider the KLX250S. This bike was all new last year and quite a few improvements from the KLR250. I have no personal experience, but they say the power has improved quite a bit. This thing will eat up the trails way better then a 650. Since you've had dirt bikes, I imagine you like more challenging trails and the 250S will do better on those as well. Cheaper also and massive gas mileage.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-27-2009, 11:18 AM
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I thought that at first too, Wanderer. But I wouldn't want to take it on the freeway. Maybe I'm just used to the crazy winds around here, but I am always happy for the extra weight/power. And I only do about 10 miles on the freeway, max, as well on a daily basis. Guess it kind of depends where you live.




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post #10 of 10 Old 08-28-2009, 02:36 PM
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I think it's a great bike for what you said. Just don't expect the chicks at school to drool over it....
Don't believe it - chicks dig the KLR!
Take it to Hooters - you can't keep the cute girls off it!

I ride my '05 daily - rain or shine. 35,000 miles on it - never cracked the cases or removed the carb. Supreme reliability (and four ounces of Seafoam every fourth tank of gas!). I commute 40 miles per day, every day. Then a couple hundred mixed road and gravel/dirt roads on weekends. Multistate road trips, camping excursions, grocery shopping - with the right racks and baggage, you can make that bagger kid's eyes pop out when you cause a cart load of stuff to 'disappear'.

The KLR650 is truly the Sport Utility Vehicle of the motorcycle world!

And chicks dig it.......
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