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post #1 of 9 Old 10-11-2009, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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ok I love the klr. but i have been out of the loop on bikes for years. the klr is in my budgit but i just seen the 650 dakar wow what a nice looking bike. reality............ parts are expensive, hard to work on,peaple will think im a snob,KLR peaple are nice,ummm help me talk my self out of buying a dakar insted of a klr!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-12-2009, 05:39 AM
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BMW = Big Money Wasted, unless of course you were
BMW = Born Moderately Wealthy and it wouldn't
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Seriously, all bikes have their own merits and quirks. Ride the Beemer, ride the KLR or whatever and decide.

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-12-2009, 05:40 AM
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The 650 Dakar is a great bike. One of our riding group has one.. As a 20+ year BMW rider, I enjoy picking on him, telling him that REAL BMW's have 2 cylinders and a drive shaft..

As far as the snob factor, it's not like it used to be.. BMW makes so many different bikes now that I can't keep up, but since I ride a REAL BMW, I don't care to keep up anyway..

I think the only issue that the Dakars had was a surging issue that required re-mapping of the fuel injection. Most were covered under warranty and those that weren't re-mapped didn't have an issue. Fuel mileage is even better than the KLR's.

Maintaining is a bit more expensive, depending if you do it or have a dealer do it, if there's a dealer around you. In my case, I've done my own for years, and since I've got almost 100 miles to go to any dealer, I'll continue to do my own.

If you buy the Dakar for the right price, you'll find it will retain it's value much better than the KLR. For some reason nobody looks at a 50,000 mile Dakar as out of the ordinary, but a KLR with that mileage is looked at as worn out.. As we all know, this isn't the case, but the market will still think it's a tired old bike..

If you decide to go with the Dakar, just remember... Pinky out when drinking tea..
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Flip a coin and see if you are disappointed or relieved and decide accordingly.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-12-2009, 05:34 PM
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don't be scared, just pick one, you'll enjoy either.
I work on both models of bikes you mentioned for customers, both have their merits, both are good bikes.
Don't worry about being snobbed. Get used to it if you ride a KLR.
They don't seem to get much respect from some riders of some brands, but that is obviously just ignorance on their part since we all know it's a very good bike.

enjoy

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Buy the one you want the most. Don't compromise. You'll always wonder "what if.....". I rarely look back, but that applies to a lot of things besides bikes!!!
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-12-2009, 09:51 PM
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The 650 Dakar is fuel injected and gets 50+ MPG. Has a smaller gas tank. Yes it costs more to buy and maintain but it is a BMW.

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post #8 of 9 Old 10-30-2009, 08:07 AM
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for one real good reason,look at the price,you can just about buy 2 new klrs for the price of one bmw,so dont buy it and go get you a new klr and farkle the piss out of it,you will still have money left for traveling on it,just my 2 cents worth or go buy 2 klrs ,one to trash offroad ,one to depend on and keep nice,thanx yall
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Yeah, buy two klr's, you'll need one for your buds to ride. Think of all the new friends you'll have.

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