Can I find love & happiness......
..... on a KLR?
Have ridden Beemers for 25 years. Thought I'd come close to true love with my 98 GS 1100 tricked out for adventure touring. Well - from day one there was the infamous "surging" - which BMW to this day says does not exist, and no one can eliminate. I put up with it because the rest of the bike did what it was supposed to - and took me where I wanted to go. The last big trip was a solo gig to the northern tip of Newfoundland:)
Long story short - the dealership just shut down. That - combined with a bike that has a few years on it has me looking for a new pony.
As a Neo-Luddite, I'm wanting to stay away from as much technology as possible - hence the interest in the KLR:) Not only is there a thriving dealership in town - but even I can understand most of what goes on in the KLR - a definite plus. Close seconds are the V-Strom and Wee-Strom.
Now to the real problem - my size. I am 6' 5", and 290#. OK - in full riding gear, we're probably talking 300-310. Then, of course, we have all of the gear I haul on extended trips. Never weighed it - but I'm guessing 40 - 50# - I don't know.
I know the KLR has - shall we say - less than stellar brakes, and I guess I can deal with that. (And I'll REALLY miss the ABS:) I'm worried about over-stressing the little fella with 350#+ onboard from a suspension point of view. I'm assuming there are some aftermarket springs/shocks that might help??? (Hell - the aftermarket parts I put on the GS would have bought a stock KLR - so I'm not adverse to adding kit if it's available.)
Any and all feedback from fellow "monsters" would be greatly appreciated. For that matter - any suggestions of another bike to consider would also be appreciated.
In retrospect - there have been times I was 1500+ miles from the nearest BMW delaership - which could have been interesting in the event of a breakdown. Kaw dealers are much more common, and that is yet another reason I'd like to consider the KLR. FWIW - and not to piss off any hard cores here - the switching gear & controls on the 09 KLR I looked at today felt like toy quality compared to what I'm used to. OTOH - everything I read says they are like the proverbial Eveready Bunny - and just keep going & going:) Needless to say - I'd like to try and make it work if there's a snowball's chance in hell!