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post #1 of 23 Old 05-30-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Generation 2 KLR good in dirt?

I have heard a mix of things from different dealers and what not. I know that the Pre-2008s are supposed to be better in the dirt, but not so as good on highway. I was looking at a 2009 model and the dealer told me I wouldn't be able to take it in much dirt or anything other than gravel roads. I was just looking for some opinions on this. Can it be riding in most off-road situations? I am not looking to use it like a dirt bike (jumps, rugged trails). I am mainly going to use it for highway travel with occasional rides down to trails to play on a little. What generation is best for this?

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-30-2010, 03:54 PM
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Bullshit. And I can't believe the dealer told you that. Crazy. They would of told me it could fly if I'd asked when I bought mine.

Yes, the older bikes are better on dirt and less breaks if you biff. BUT, I did my first real offroad riding (singletrack, water crossings, rocks, snakes, etc) with the boys a while back and I was amazed how well the bike did. I have been riding a long time, but the KLR is my first dirtable bike. Gravel and packed dirt is about my speed generally.

Is the Gen2 more of an on road bike...unquestionably. Can you take it off road, hell yes. I know, I did it. And I was scared out of my mind, but the bike wasn't.

If you are thinking more slab than dirt, well, you're describing why I got an 08 instead of a discounted 07.

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No experience with Gen 1. Been having a ball off road with Gen 2.
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I ride with a mate who has an 08 and I ride an 01. I can't keep up with him ..... and I really really hate that.
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I bought a new 2009 for use primarily on trails, although well over half of my miles or highway miles, ridden in an effort to get to the off-road trails.

The pre-08's are a bit lighter, and have less delicate plastic to bust; no generation of KLR is going to hang with the 250 lb dirt-bikes. It sounds like the KLR could actually work very well for your use. Just remember, as the trails get more challenging, ie, rocky, steep, narrow, the size of the bike will become an even greater issue.
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Hands down, the Gen 1 is better off road than the 08'. Unless you do some mods to the gen 2, it does not handle nearly as well off road, of course that means, it is better on the street. This is my opinion and I have rode both.

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My 2nd gen 2008 is pretty darn nice on the highway. I made a 220 mile round trip today and it was a total blast. So far, I'd say 90% of my riding has been on the street. I've been down some field trails and it does very well. It also did well in a couple of inches of mud. I don't think I'll ever take it on a motocross track, but overall it is a great dual purpose/adventure motorcycle. I've heard from several owners and read in many articles that the 1st gen is more of a dirt bike. Comparing the two, it's pretty obvious. Although, with a few modifications, I think the 2nd gen would be just a dirt worthy as the 1st gen.
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-31-2010, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hey. Thanks for all the feedback!
I am convinced the saleman was just trying to convince me to buy a cheaper off-road bike that was more in my "price range". Or probably didn't know what he was talking about. Anyways, it sounds like the Gen 2 would be best for me. It will take some getting used to off-road. But I am looking forward to it. Any advice is helpful!
Thanks again
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post #9 of 23 Old 05-31-2010, 04:11 PM
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What the other guys said.

I love to shred off road! Good hill climber too.
It's no motocrosser and whoop de doos just ain't happenin'.
It has no trouble at ALL with mild jumps, dropoffs, ATV trails, etc.
It's ok in mud n' sand too if ya keep it moving.

A dirty KLR is a happy KLR, both generations. LOL


PS. Mine's an '09. Great off roader, better on the highways tho which is where
I log the most time and miles. My bro in law loves his '07 and won't ever part with it.
He has a short commute, and 50+ acres out back. Just depends on what you plan
to do most of.

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post #10 of 23 Old 05-31-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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High mileage?

One more question for you all....
What is high mileage for a 2008/2009 KLR.
I was looking at one online and it's relatively cheap. But it's at like 12,000 miles (2008 model). I just wasn't sure whats considered a lot.

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