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07-13-2010 03:59 PM
Paper BMW=Nothing but whiners..

Think I'll go ride my R80..

07-13-2010 02:44 PM
Human Ills KTM=Camshaft spalling.
07-13-2010 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by sammy View Post
I thought this topic would spark some good comments. Great stuff!

How are the KTMs for reliability? Iíve heard from three separate riders (non are KTM owners) that they have mechanical issues. Iíve never ridden one. May be interested for the longer road trips.
Go over to ADV in the bikes forums and do some reading. Every brand has issues, the know issues can be dealt with. The GS800 is fairly new and the owners are still discovering issues. Is a KTM a reliable bike? Probably if you take care of the known problems. KLRs have issues like the doohickey, safety switches, etc. that affect reliability (don't get me started on the new models burning oil!).

I'm not one that thinks hi-tech is a liability on a motorcycle. I'll take fuel injection, ignition mapping, ABS, etc. any day. Bikes are far better now in terms of reliability, rideability, safety, etc. than they ever were.
07-12-2010 09:36 PM
Hellbilly I have ridden the GS800 and I really liked it. It has everything the KLR doesn't, including a steep price tag. I rode it before buying the KLR and ended up buying the KLR primarily because I'm a noob off road. My buddy, on the other hand, had a KLR and bought the GS800. We're going to ride the Shadow of the Rockies trail in August and he's nervous about it. Not nervous about his abilities because he has the experience I lack, and he got it all on his KLR. What he's nervous about is the cost he's going to have to pay after he drops it, and we both know we're going to drop our bikes. Just the nature of the beast.

However, I would love to have the power his GS has. I told him that if I got through this ride without dropping the KLR I would go out and buy one of those GS'. I'm fairly confident I won't need to worry about having a GS in the garage.
07-12-2010 09:12 PM
jlmoore I like this thread. My other bike is an 05 Ducati multistrada. "Many Streets" or whatever multistrada means is kind of a joke. I suppose it is capable, but as expensive as it is to repair, I would never (again) think of taking it off road or even FS roads. This is exactly the reason that drew me to the KLR for a 2nd bike (but as it turns out is really my 1st bike now). Low cost initial investment, easy to work on, probably more fun to ride than my MTS (although clearly not as fast), and you really can make quick work of the twisties with KLR to the point of making the sport bikers a little green. And at $5k brand new... I mean this has to be the best deal in all of 2 wheel-dom!
07-12-2010 06:50 PM
Extrooper KTMs are highly tuned and tend to lean towards the racing side of riding. This usually requires more maintence in order to keep them in prime condition. KLRs and DRs seem to require less tinkering and less expensive work to keep them going. This means more riding time and less down time.

07-12-2010 06:30 PM
sammy I thought this topic would spark some good comments. Great stuff!

How are the KTMs for reliability? Iíve heard from three separate riders (non are KTM owners) that they have mechanical issues. Iíve never ridden one. May be interested for the longer road trips.
07-12-2010 12:18 PM
Extrooper Consider this. Our local Victory/BMW/KTM/Yamaha dealer has an 02 KLR as his personal all purpose kick around play bike. When he enters a desert race he is on his KTM 990, when on the highway touring with the wife, he is on a full dressed Victory. Racing motocross? a Yamaha 250 etc. He never rides a BMW. The KLR is the perfict bike for his weekend playing in our local mountains. If it breaks, it is easy and cheap to repair compaired to the other brands and if it is beyond repair, he can walk away from it without much invested and get another one. He says, you just can't beat the KLR for what it is intended to do.

07-12-2010 11:36 AM
Paper You have to remember that 97% of the people who buy a 800GS will NEVER ride gravel with it, let alone take it off road.

In 1993 I traded in my 1992 R100GS for a 1992 R100RS, and bought a 1984 Honda XL600R on-off so I could actually ride my dual sport motorcycle off road. The GS was terrible on gravel, but was a great streetbike as long as you didn't mind replacing the rear tire every 2000 miles.

Seldom are BMW dual sports used for anything worse than occasional gravel riding.. I like my KLR on the gravel..
07-12-2010 11:04 AM
Lockjaw I totally agree, Spec.

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