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post #1 of 7 Old 06-08-2010, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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packable weight on a KLR frame?

Been reseraching an enduro for a while and have pretty much settled on the KLR. Hope to be making a purchase soon as thetThe wife's van finally died and she will be taking over my truck. Currently I'm riding a Honda Aero with hard bags but that set up cannot carry much and I do not want to tear up that bike.

I'm looking to use on the TraX saddle boxes and top box as this will be my main transportation to and from the base (I'm .mil) and need to be able to pack PT gear and uniforms daily and field gear at times.

I've seen pictures and read a lot of travel blogs where KLR riders on long distance rides and sports / dual sports tours are loaded down like Afghanistan Jingle Trucks. Exactly what is a comfortable (stress wise for the frame), safe 'load weight' for the bike frame and luggage racks (Trax luggage with the SW Motech luggage racks)?

As stated earlier I will sometimes load some military gear to get it on the base, but am also looking to ride cross country at times, do some long distance trail riding like the Trans Am Trail, as well as setting this up as a possible back up Bug Out Vehicle.

Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-08-2010, 02:06 PM
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Depends somewhat on which generation bike you go with. The older Gen I bikes [pre-'08] have had some subframe bolt issues, that I believe are related to poor maintenance. In particular, checking torque settings on the subframe bolts with any regularity. The newer Gen II bikes ['08-] were produced with heavier subframe bolts, but, in my estimation, will still require ongoing observation to insure torque settings, otherwise, we will be seeing frame bolt problems here, too.

My own personal experience has been good carrying loads on the the Gen I bike. It is more about balancing the load than watching the weight. A tail pack may well be all you need to transport your day to day items. Mine is set up as my primary BOV. I just use it in between now and the time I may have to use it for its intended purpose. The CDI is the only thing that will fry if caught in an EMP situation. I have a spare in a faraday cage. 100 lbs +- with my tubby butt [190 + gear] is very doable, more with caution and reason. Hitting ruts at 60 with 400 lbs on board will raise hell with anything you ride with two wheels.

If the KLR 650 was a rifle, it would be an SKS, not a John Moses Browning masterpiece.

If it were a tractor, it would be a Ford 8N, not a latest, greatest Kubota.

If it were from the equine world, it would be a Mule, not a long legged Thoroughbred.

It is a good, simple utilitarian vehicle. It has its limitations. It ain't a dirt bike. It has some off road capabilities. It ain't a Gold Wing. It does have some long distance road capabilities. And no different than the SKS, the Mule, or the Ford 8N tractor, the skill and ability of the user will determine a lot of the limitations.

According to Kawasaki, the KLR 650, either version, is rated for a 401 lb payload.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-09-2010, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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According to Kawasaki Dealer

Spoke to a rep at the local, El Paso, Kawasaki dealership and he stated that the '09 KLR can be loaded safely to 800 lbs.

Is he blowing smoke or what? No way I would load that much, but if its true its nice to know.

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Spoke to a rep at the local, El Paso, Kawasaki dealership and he stated that the '09 KLR can be loaded safely to 800 lbs.

Is he blowing smoke or what? No way I would load that much, but if its true its nice to know.

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Maybe he means 800 lbs gross: vehicle plus load. That would be pretty close.

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Hey Grim do you ever get over towards Midland.
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800 pounds would be the Gross Vehicle Weight, not the amount of stuff you can load onto it. If you weigh 200 pounds, then you would have about 200 pounds left that you could put on the bike. Not that I can recommend that. Sounds too heavy for the engine to me.

BUT, I'm a newb on this type of machine, so don't listen too closely to what I'm saying!

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Hey Grim do you ever get over towards Midland.
No, never been there. I'm stationed at Ft. Bliss. Why?
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