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post #1 of 11 Old 10-25-2010, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Boy she's heavy

I've been riding dirtbikes the better part of my life but I don't think I've fallen so much since purchasing my '08' klr. Don't get me wrong, it is serving its intended purpose very well, alot of pavement to be able to ride part of a day of logging road/single track and I'm happy with it so far.
But something I am learning the hard way is DO NOT COME TO A COMPLETE STOP with your 'ground' foot on the down hill side, if you know what i mean. The last two times the bike fell over was when I was standing still or turning around on a tight trail and simply putting my foot down, but the ground was slightly lower then expected and I allowed the bike to lean over to maybe 15degrees from upright, and that was all she wrote. With a near full tank of gas and a rear bag the bike is just abit toppsy.
This is further proof that to keep a bike from falling over in tight situations just keep the throttle pegg'd.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-25-2010, 08:13 PM
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-25-2010, 08:45 PM
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Just did the exact same thing last weekend where I put my foot down on a small slope and, "There she goes!!!"

Worst of it was that I had no nerf bars and messed up my radiator... OUCH!! $$$$$$$$!

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Wait till you pull a dumb ass move like I did today!! To make a long story short, I ran her out of gas, then killed the battery trying to get it restarted and ended up having to push start the son of a gun. Kinda hard to get that 400+ pounds up speed.
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I've been riding dirtbikes the better part of my life but I don't think I've fallen so much since purchasing my '08' klr. Don't get me wrong, it is serving its intended purpose very well, alot of pavement to be able to ride part of a day of logging road/single track and I'm happy with it so far.
But something I am learning the hard way is DO NOT COME TO A COMPLETE STOP with your 'ground' foot on the down hill side, if you know what i mean. The last two times the bike fell over was when I was standing still or turning around on a tight trail and simply putting my foot down, but the ground was slightly lower then expected and I allowed the bike to lean over to maybe 15degrees from upright, and that was all she wrote. With a near full tank of gas and a rear bag the bike is just abit toppsy.
This is further proof that to keep a bike from falling over in tight situations just keep the throttle pegg'd.
I know where your coming from 35 inch seat height will do it. I guess it can be lowered if you so desire.
I like mine though I just don't take it in the rough stuff.
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-26-2010, 12:04 PM
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These bikes are deceptively heavy. We have snow on the ground now and I cut the insurance back for the winter so it was time to put the bikes into winter storage. I have to slip them through a 30 inch man door in the back of my shop to tuck them into there winter spot and I was able to slide the DR350 easily through the door and wiggle it into place. The KLR on the other hand was a different story. The bikes have to be wiggled and twisted to get the bars through the 30 in door. Get the top heavy KLR a few degrees past straight up and feels like you are going to drop one in your sock trying to get it back up straight. Every year it is a struggle to get it put away and then back out in the spring with out doing damage to the bike or the door. Even though the KLR doesn't look a whole lot bigger than the DR all that extra weight is at belly button to chest level making it very top heavy.

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post #8 of 11 Old 10-26-2010, 05:48 PM
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The first day I had my bike ,I filled the tank and bags and went for a ride, and wow, I wasnt completely ready for the top heavyness. Now though ,It feels normal,like any bike...untill of course I went for A small creek crossing last week and the bike stalled on me halfway through, and would not start, I hopped off to push my way through (about knee deep...much deeper than last time i was there...darned beavers...once I hopped off,the tires floated out from underneath and down she went. I pulled her out just in time to keep water out of the pipe...and splooosh ...round two, and three, and four...the pebbles and rocks kept washing away from under me and the bike.
Finally after standing her up again, and taking a minute to collect myself, I did the full throttle start for a minute and she turned over, and I walked the bike out. so fun.
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At 6'4" 290lbs I've never had issues with my KLR even with an 1" lift. Then again this was the beast that I re-entered into motorcycling on after 20+ years. So I guess I just don't know any better that to assume it's normal. lol

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-27-2010, 08:03 AM
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It's all a matter of perspective. I just moved to a KLR from a Honda street bike that was almost 200 pounds heavier rather than a lighter dirt bike. At 6'3" and 230, it fits me well and is lighter than what I'm used to.
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