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post #1 of 16 Old 12-27-2010, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Today I made the Switch !

After many days and hours of looking, reading and viewing this site and many others I took the step today and brought home a used 2000 KLR 650. I hoping it will be an interesting trip coming from the Touring World (Golwing 1800) and the Cusier World (VTX 1800) and now the Dual Sport World. I think I am headed backwards since most guys start at the Dual Sport and end up on the touring sofa in the later years. Oh well I am excited to see how this goes!

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-27-2010, 11:33 PM
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Welcome, and oddly enough, there's several of us here that are riding both a KLR and a Wing..

This upcoming summer, I'm torn on which bike I'm headed West with..
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-27-2010, 11:35 PM
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Welcome! I went from dirt to sport bikes and then back to dirt. I just got a KLR650 myself and am having a blast. I can go explore just about anywhere now. All those little dirt side roads I used to blow by at 100mph on my street bike I can go check out.

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post #5 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 12:35 AM
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Not so odd then. I went dirt, sport, cruiser, and then dual-sport. Looking now to add a "naked" liter bike, something along the lines of a Z-1000 or a Super Duke.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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post #6 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 01:38 AM
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I went the other way from 11 & 1200cc sport touring back to a 650 single, it's all the same.

Spinning / flashing LED tail light;Dished seat;Nerf Bars;Panniers and rack;Aluminum skid pan;Master cylinder guard;tall shield;Heated gel grips;Acerbis Rally Pro guards with spoilers;Superbike low front fender;Doo upgrade;16T counter sprocket; K&N filter and box mod;GPS mount;Dash with voltage meter & clock;1" raising links;T bypass mod;anti vibe bars;anti vibe mirror mounts;Euro light switch; Aluminum choke leaver;new dry cell Super battery;Mefo Expolere's;New bearings and races
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 07:57 AM
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Welcome aboard. Enjoy your bike, and take us along when you can through pictures and posts.

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post #8 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 08:11 AM
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Welcome aboard. I picked up a KLR last fall myself. I also ride an 1800 'Wing.

You're going to enjoy the adventure!

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post #9 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 10:12 AM
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Welcome from Michigan.

Being from Idaho you'll certainly have no shortage of excellent riding for your new mount.
As others have said, post up pics when you can!
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 07:38 PM
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I have ridden wings since 1978 and currently have an 02. I bought a KLR this fall and have enjoyed it, but have no intention of getting rid of the wing. I have no desire to ride
the KLR for more than about 50 miles on the road. More than that and I will ride the wing, or put the KLR on a trailer. It is well trained, It jumps right on the trailer with no complaints.

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