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post #1 of 19 Old 08-29-2018, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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I'm saving and shopping for my first bike. I have to get used and the KLR 650 is my first choice but the seat height is 35". My aches are 30" inches from my crotch. I know you can change seats and adjust the shocks but what kind of range do these bikes have?
My second choice is the Versys and it's 2 inches shorter. I want a bike I can take on the highway and take camping, something fun on dirt roads.
I can easily find a Honda Rebel and its 27" but I don't really want one. My absolute limit is 5k but I'd really like to get something used for $3,500.

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-29-2018, 12:01 PM
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You can get the KLR to the Versys seat height. ....with a 30" inseam, you shouldn't need to do too much and most of it is practice and getting used to it. I always recommend taller boots and a shorter seat first....there are lowering links available but they effectively lower the shock springrate and damping due to increased leverage - stock KLR (pre-2014.5) is designed for a 160 lb rider...not sure how heavy you are or if you plan on running 2 up or heavily loaded.

I also owned a Versys....and I thought it was a great bike - on pavement; much better than a KLR. Off pavement; other way around. The KLR is lighter and has much better suspension and with the 21" front, there is much better tire selection for offroad. The engine and exhaust are out of harms way compared to a Versys as well. The Versys has far more power, better brakes and the tubeless 17" cast wheels have better pavement tire selection.

A Rebel is completely different altogether.


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Can't speak to the other bikes, but on my Gen2 KLR with the Sargent low seat I can get both feet down and get one flat with the other on toes. No lowering link. I am 5' 10" with a 30 1/2" inseam.
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I may carry a few things but nothing heavy
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I want to get all of the bags. I've been looking at the ones on Kawasaki's website.
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You can get lowering links for not that much $. One of these days I'm going to take a picture of the ones I have and put them up in the classified section.

Then you can get an Eibach spring to replace the rear spring that will allow you to carry more weight and make up for the extra spring rate the lowering links will cost you. The spring is around $70 I think, and if you take the whole assembly to a shop and let them swap out the spring, that might cost another $70. I think that's what mine cost last year.

So just say $30 for a used set of lowering links, $140 for stiffer rear spring, and you have a bike that's better set up for you and your gear for less than the price of a Sergeant seat.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/e...gaAtumEALw_wcB

here's a spring that would work for you if you're say, 180-240 pounds plus some camping gear. You could ride solo on a preload of 1-2 and save 3-5 for your gear or +1 riding.
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You can get lowering links for not that much $. One of these days I'm going to take a picture of the ones I have and put them up in the classified section.

Then you can get an Eibach spring to replace the rear spring that will allow you to carry more weight and make up for the extra spring rate the lowering links will cost you. The spring is around $70 I think, and if you take the whole assembly to a shop and let them swap out the spring, that might cost another $70. I think that's what mine cost last year.

So just say $30 for a used set of lowering links, $140 for stiffer rear spring, and you have a bike that's better set up for you and your gear for less than the price of a Sergeant seat.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/e...gaAtumEALw_wcB

here's a spring that would work for you if you're say, 180-240 pounds plus some camping gear. You could ride solo on a preload of 1-2 and save 3-5 for your gear or +1 riding.

Thats all good but I'd note that while a spring swap takes care of the springrate in terms of dealing with the extra leverage imposed by the longer lowering links but it does nothing for the damping....which is already too light. From my suspension post;

- a stiffer shock spring. While you likely need a stiffer spring to properly set sag, adding a stiffer spring exacerbates the damping issues and creates an unbalanced (oversprung and underdamped) suspension, particularly as the oil becomes contaminated.


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I also sport a 30" inseam.
I owned a 2006 KLR for 20k miles and now on a 2017 5k miles. The 2017 has a Seat Concepts Low seat installed...Great seat. I tried lowering links on the 2006 and didn't like the handling.
I also owned a 2014 Versys for about 5k miles...really nice bike, regret selling but I bought the 1000 Versys. I need a bigger shop. I digress.

I got used to the KLR seat height just fine. And, the KLR was/is always my go-to bike. I'm just weird that way.
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I've not seen a KLR near me for under $3500 that didn't have 30k miles on it. In fact, the reason I waiting so long to get one is that the used prices are so high compared to other used bikes.
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You should check out cycle trader.com. I've seen 2008s with 25k miles for $2500. You can totally get one for under 4 grand.
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