The Best and Most Hilarious KLR Description I've Ever Read!
This is the best and most hilarious KLR description I've ever read! It perfectly capture why we love our KLRs and why I'm on my third one. It's taken from a current Kijiji listing for a well traveled 2007 Gen 1 KLR from Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I had to take the links out of it because apparently I don't have enough post to be allowed to post a url. If you want it just PM me and I'll send it to you. It also had a link to a great video of and interiew done with him and his bike in Perm, which is somewhere on the other side of the planet. Enjoy!
KLR 650 + touring kit
2007 KLR 650. Last year of the first gens.
I was going to say that this bike is thoroughly mediocre, underpowered, unstable, and absolutely a misery to ride. Assembled by blind people in Tajikistan, it is completely unreliable, the electrics were obviously made by a British car manufacturer, and you'd have to be a complete nitwit to buy this bike.
This would be a total lie.
Okay. So. Short version. I kitted this bike out for touring and, last year, rode it 20,000 kms from Dublin to Yekterinburg, taking a lot of time and a lot of detours in between. I am absolutely convinced that this bike would run on diluted peanut butter (not crunchy 'cuz that would clog the jet). Undiluted peanut butter would likely do to lubricate the crank case. This bike won't stop. I can't kill it. And, if necessary, I could hop on it tomorrow and ride to Tierra del Fuego without a second thought.
Longer version: I am including all of the touring kit along with the bike. So. Aluminum hard bags, the orange dry bag for extras (100 L), centre stand, lifty handle, accessory plug (12 v and USB). There are replacement lamps for all of the lights, an spare chain, a chain breaker and a couple of extra master links, spare tubes, tire patch kit, tire inflator, an aluminum/wood folding ramp to load onto a truck, heated grips, cable locks, webbing, and a bodged homemade tool tube that holds an emergency fuel bottle (in addition to the patch kit). I've probably forgotten something. If I have, I apologize. I can honestly say I didn't use any of this stuff on the road, the bike ran so well. The only thing done was getting new tires and break pads in Nizhni Novgorod. (That was fun...my Russian blows. Took half an hour to explain what I needed...). Also, as per standard KLR procedure, I had a doohickey installed and the spring done, etc. Yadda Yadda.
You might be thinking, "Wow, but for an extra $16K I could have a BMW that would be really cool and would totally pull chicks!". Bollocks. You wanna pull chicks, buy a Ferrari. This bike is a man's bike, who wants to do manly things, like ride unholy distances in countries where no one speaks any language known to man. This is a bike where you can have buddy in Montenegro sell you black market gasoline that he strains through cheese cloth and not have to worry that the bike is gonna stop running and pout because you didn't feed it ultra high grade BS German gasoline distilled by Bavarian virgins wearing drindl or whatever they wear in Bavaria.
This bike is simple. Chain driven. Carburated. I doubt there is anything you couldn't fix on the side of the road. This bike survived tarmac (cruises well enough at 130), the dirt road around Moscow, the mountains in Serbia, Italian cities, and British single track roads. In Nizhni Novgorod they didn't even blink when they figured out what I needed. And they didn't need to plug it into a computer to figure out how to change the tires.
"But, but....a BMW is sexier!" Bollocks. It's a lot bigger, and a metric ton more expensive. Great to cruise, but heaven help you if you go off road. Or if you need parts. But...whatever. If you're asking that question, go buy a Beemer. You'll be happier. Really. You can enjoy your two hour long distance trip to Lethbridge for lunch, and feel satisfied with that, and brag to your friends at the cocktail lounge about how far you rode that particular sunny Sunday...
Meanwhile....this bike got interviewed on TV in Perm. I kid you not. Here's a link to the interview (it starts at 00:35). Note that buddy doesn't care that the bike isn't a BMW...he cares that it was ridden to HIS city...
Enough. Email me if you have questions.
Delivery negotiable. Bike is in Calgary.
Last edited by VTWoodchuck; 03-20-2019 at 09:19 PM.