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post #1 of 30 Old 09-27-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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KLR feels like a toy after riding Concours.

Unreal!! This Concours is an amazing motorcycle. Lots of power without being insane throttle wise, very manageable. Get on the KLR now and it's like a little toy compared to the Concours. KLR is much easier bike for general use and around town for sure. Going to take some getting used to switching between the two bikes. Everything is just totally different.
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Same opinion with a V-Strom DL1000 comparison. A recent 1,400 mile trip through NorCal and SoOre reminded me of how much fun the KLR can be. Freeway, Townies, Twisties, Smoothies are all good for the KLR.

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post #3 of 30 Old 09-29-2009, 10:20 AM
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Yeps !!!

The KLR REALLY stands out after riding a street bike !!!
For a dirtbike, our rides are sluggish n' heavy. After me n' my riding bud trade
for an hour then switch back it takes serious "maturity" to not do wheelies
and hard cornering n' such. It gives me a little reminder what a wonderful
ride I have chosen. It's one of the best hooligan bikes ever built. LOLOL
Ye-Hah baby. I roll over curbs, parking blocks, etc. just cause I can.

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Unreal!! This Concours is an amazing motorcycle. Lots of power without being insane throttle wise, very manageable. Get on the KLR now and it's like a little toy compared to the Concours. KLR is much easier bike for general use and around town for sure. Going to take some getting used to switching between the two bikes. Everything is just totally different.
That's an unfair comparison. No try taking the Concourse off road...
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I know your kidding around, but I wasn't even remotely comparing them. I'm just saying the KLR feels so light now. No plans to even mess around on Gravel with the Concours.
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I regularly swap between an R1150GSA and the KLR...depending upon what's the better tool for the job. Completely different size, handling and behaviour all over....

But the best thing about the KLR is the cost to buy and maintain-even when farkling.
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I've been testing the Concours chill factor! With my thermal riding jacket and just jeans and tennis shoes, 45 degrees isn't bad at all on the Concours. Just road home at 41 degrees 38 wind chill factor and wasn't too bad. With just jeans, I'd say an hour of 40 and I'd be feeling it even with the residual heat from the engine. I have a pair of riding thermal pants and some boots that would make it even better and probably allow me to ride for quite a while down to 35 degrees or more I would imagine. Amazing what a decent fairing does and turn on the heated grips for longer rides. I can't do much better then 50's on the KLR without being uncomfortable.
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I am considering the 2010 Concours with all of the upgrades.

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I was looking pretty hard at the 14, but man that's a lot of dough. There are some already showing up used though. Sounds like a pretty amazing touring bike.
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I was looking pretty hard at the 14, but man that's a lot of dough. There are some already showing up used though. Sounds like a pretty amazing touring bike.
If you look at the improvements / upgrades you might not want an '08-'09.

- The complete fairing is changed for better air flow and cooling.
- The center storage unit was moved to the left side and is lockable.
- The windshield is changed.
- The bike is lowered.
- I believe the seat was redesigned.
- and a few other changes.

I wish it got better gas mileage.

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