what to buy - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion Grab a seat and discuss whatever you like about the KLR or other related topics. Within reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 3
Question what bike to buy

Hello all. I am currently the owner of a 05 Burgman 650. I am looking at three 09 bikes, the KLR 650, Yami FZ6 and the Kaw Versys. I commute around 90 miles a day. I have 25000 miles on this scooter. It is a great ride and has the big trunk under the seat plus glove box and 2 small side glove boxes. I like to run between 65 to 75. Most of the commute is on the PA Turnpike. The Kaw dealer is going to give me 3000 for mine. He has a black and a blue KLR. the blue one has a bigger windshield already and I did see a map bag hanging on the gas cap. The salesman was not sure if it came with the luggage. the sale price is 4200 right now for either one. The Versys comes with the Givi bags and the Kaw wind shield with the adjustable top fin. on sale for 6200. The FZ6 is on sale for 5669 and no extras in fact the blue ones are still in crates. For my type of commute and the pricings which do you feel would best meet my needs. I am really considering the KLR for the price factor alone but I am still a little worried about oil burning at the higher speeds. All opinions and insights would be appreciated.
Thanks Tom.

Last edited by tomm; 06-13-2010 at 08:25 PM.
tomm is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 08:37 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 38
Huh, the KLR.

2008 KLR
freetroy is offline  
post #3 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 08:38 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
I don't mean to sound impertinent, but it sounds like you need a Burgman 650??? You only mention your commute and not a desire to change your riding style. You will find a motorcycle less comfortable and with way less storage than your scooter. I just don't get it?

BTW, I seriously considered getting a Burgman when I got the KLR and couldn't afford it.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
 
post #4 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 3
Lockjaw have you been talking to my other half. that is all I have been hearing from her. The burgman is starting to need new plastics. The rear tires get eaten on these pretty quickly, i am on my 6th rear. The center stand just broke last week now there is another hundred bucks. I know that it is pretty good for cummuting but it is time to move on to something different. I am looking for the upright seating and handling. I was not even aware of the KLR until the salesman showed them to me. The new Burgmans are real expensive and I would not buy one at that cost. When I go up to camp on weekends I would be able to run some dirt roads there to get to some of the fishing areas.
Too be honest with you there is that part of me that says to keep it but I got the bug to buy something new. It is starting to back fire alot and I just changed the plugs. I think that it is going to start to nickle dime me. Boss told me I can not have two bikes so that is out.
tomm is offline  
post #5 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 09:13 PM
Moderator
 
klr4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,468
Garage
Send a message via Skype™ to klr4evr
I was on a ride today on my Goldwing and there were two 650 Burgmans along. I was amazed at those bikes. Had absolutely no trouble keeping up when we had to roll on it. Interesting thing is that they both had a car tire on the rear and the guy wouldn't do different again.

As to what you should buy. From what you say your commute is my advice would be the Versys. It's just a more comfortable, smoother bike.

I always tell my friends, buy the best you can afford. With bikes you get what you pay for.


Okay, now flame away cause I didn't recommend a KLR.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

<--- Please fill in the 'Location' on your personal profile page. User CP/Edit Your Details

This information makes it much easier for other members to answer/comment on your posts.
klr4evr is offline  
post #6 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 09:14 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
I hear ya. You'll probably dig the kLR. I sure do.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
post #7 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 3
The Burgmans do surprise most when it comes to their performance. On the burgman forum they are considered the dark siders. Those that go that route love them and the wear is terrific, but I go with what is recommended. It supposedly changes handling. thanks for you recommendation.
tomm is offline  
post #8 of 19 Old 06-13-2010, 09:53 PM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,700
I think you couldn't go wrong with any of the three bikes you mentioned. I covet the FZ6 with bags.. I think it's a great sporty sport touring bike.. The Versys and KLR are both great bikes, too..

So the Burgmans have Darksiders?? I thought the 1800 Wings were the only thing that had been invaded with the car tires.
Paper is offline  
post #9 of 19 Old 06-14-2010, 02:20 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: St. Louis MO.
Posts: 57
Wouldn't the versy be better for that kind of speed. Less vibration. If he's going to ride it that speed and every day. But hey I love my new klr, but still I think he might be disapointed with the klr.
Bigv is offline  
post #10 of 19 Old 06-14-2010, 03:05 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
Yeah, that's a good point. Man, I still think I'd keep the Burgman.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome