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post #1 of 23 Old 04-13-2010, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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KLR info wanted

Hey guys last summer i was hiking through the north Georgia Mountains and I saw my first Klr and fell in love. I've been working and saving up for one since them and have done plenty of research but i still want to know how some owners feel about the bike. Im 19 and have very little riding experience. All ive done is take a DDS course offered in my area. Here are my questions maybe you can help me out with.
How do you feel about the klr as a fist bike?
Ive read some that these burn through more oil than some why is that and how often should the oil be changed?
Finally whats it like feeling like the world had no bounds knowing you arent contained by any street or domain?
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-13-2010, 09:57 AM
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Welcome to the forum. You'll find a great bunch of guys and gals here who will be happy to help you.

The KLR is a great first bike. It's reliable, handles well, doesn't have enough power (will keep you from being a squid), and has great aftermarket support. It's easy to work on (an old, traditional design). They are cheap and fairly plentiful on the used market. The only caveat is that it's a avery tall bike, so some folks experience discomfort at first because you can't "flat foot" it when stopped. You get used to it.
Some of them do burn oils, especially over 5000 rpm. The newer ones had some issues with rings. Other than that, they're a thumper. Kinda goes with the territory.
As to you last question, it feels great to be toodling on a back road, see a side trail, and think "I wonder what's down there?", knowing you can go. And you go. That's where adventure lies.

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post #3 of 23 Old 04-17-2010, 10:23 AM
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It was my first bike. I would hot dog it on the highway, and burn a quart of oil every month. I dont write this as a recommendation its just what i do. Im pretty aggressive offroad and laid it down in the dirt five times in one day. Once again, not a recommendation. This bike is bomb proof! Im a gas n go type of guy n not too good with repairs. After abjusing my red 08, i sold it and just last Saturday picked up another one in BLUE!..... Great first bike and cheap to buy or fix. Good luck and happy ridin!

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post #4 of 23 Old 04-17-2010, 12:35 PM
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Tom got your answer right, but I'll add that if you're starting out the ergonomics and visibility (you're up high!) will help you a lot. Only thing I might also add is that if you don't plan on doing much freeway, you might consider a 250, too.

Not all bikes burn excessive oil, kind of a crap shoot. Something you keep your eye on. I change my oil a lot. 2K max for me.

I don't take as much advantage of it as I should, but yeah, not being tied to the asphalt is pretty sweet. So is knowing if you had to take evasive maneuvers in town/city you could go up over the curb, through someone's yard, and probably make it out OK. For real though, I've been chased by a few idiots and on my Honda I feel trapped. The KLR, well, a car can't follow it. Maybe a jeep.

Practice. Taking a course was the right first step.




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post #5 of 23 Old 04-17-2010, 01:29 PM
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The freedom to just "turn" kicks ass!
Leaving Lowe's a coupla days ago, the cagers all hadda go around to the lil' access road to the side. The Cheapster rode from the front door straight to the main road. lol For secure night parking, I drive it up 5 stairs to leave on the porch. With the steering locked and up 5 stairs it would have to be very clumsily carried off without waking my dogs up.

There's such a free feeling being able to go past a dirt turnoff, go back, and just go check it out, stop fer a smoke, pee, and be off to the next destination. These things go anywhere, including up to two feet of water depth crossings. (tho I recommend a foot or less) Whether freeway blasting near 100 mph (90 easily), or just commuting or cruisin', these KLR's rock!! Some have to add a softer or lower seat, highway pegs to stretch out, or handlebar risers for arm comfort, they are set up well from the factory to fit most riders over 5'9" well up in to the 6's. The height is very nice. You can see thru minivans and SUV's, or over Accords to keep a good scan going ahead.

Might buy another bike in the future, but this one will never get sold. My lifetime ride.

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Thanks alot guys for all the advice and stories. In response to lockjaw i would mostly be using this going highway speeds. Plus since i plan on keeping the bike for quite a while i wanted an engine size that wouldnt be over whelming but still could learn on. Many people talk about height with these bike being an issue but im 6'3" but one concern may be my weight. Im about 230lbs but im sure the bike can handle it. Please let me know if that would be a problem
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I'm only 160, but have no problems pulling a passenger of your weight.
That's in addition to my own scrawny self.

Big engine, and big suspension.
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post #8 of 23 Old 04-20-2010, 09:02 AM
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dsims I think you should be good, I'm a heavy rider and the bike performs well with me on it, (Blue 09 of course its the best) I put my lady on the backseat this weekend for about 100 miles and she was fine, Her pegs were a little to close to mine but she adapted.
This is my First Bike and I couldn't have chosen a better one if I tried. Everything on it seems easy to work on and its given me 0 problems thus far with 710 miles as of this morning. I bought her March 29th so I have ridden alot since.

Blue 09 KLR 650
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I'm 6'2" and 210. Maybe more right now...it's the Dad's job to finish all the food my daughter doesn't eat right?

The 650 sounds like a good match.




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post #10 of 23 Old 04-20-2010, 10:47 AM
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This bike is the way to go. I got my new red 09 back in febuary and have since put on just over 2000 miles. This is my first bike and couldn't be happier. I'm 6' and weight 250 and the bike seems to fit great. You wont be sorry about this one. just a word of caution though, all of the aftermarket parts will start to add up... but its hard to say no.
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