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03-31-2012 08:02 AM
Originally Posted by FAW3 View Post

When I sat on the BMW GS type bikes...ahhh...but the thought of it lying on it's side on rocks, or picking it up...well, the KLR just spoke to me and said "let's go" - and we have!
Which is why I have both..
In June there's a bunch of us on ADV who are riding a very sandy portion of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail (I'll pass on the acronym on this forum) and since it's only requiring me to ride 300 mile days, and I've got a set of Michelin T63's for the ride, I"ll be riding the KLR.. If I drop it in the sand and screw something up, the KLR is more friendly to pick up and less likely to cost me much in any damages.

On the other hand I'm doing a ride out to Calgary and then down the Rockies to Colorado, a 6000+ mile two week ride.. And it's made for the GS..

While owning multiple bikes is a pain at times, at others the choice is a good thing..

Oh, and while I don't know of many of them, I do know of a few Harley's with well over 100K on them.. But, just like any other bike with a perceived notion of a lot of miles, the value goes in the toilet.. A 20 year old Harley SHOULD hold value when it sells for 25K and has less than 10K miles on it from riding between taverns. But, buy an expensive Harley and put 15-20K miles on it and it's not going to hold it's percentage of value any better than any other USED bike..

BMW's don't hold their value like they did when I started riding them.. I used to be able to buy a used bike, put 15K miles on it a year and sell it 3-4 years later for what you paid for it.. While they still hold value well, it's not as well as it used to be..
03-31-2012 05:57 AM
FAW3 After all is said and done...Harley, BMW and the KLR...on one level they are just a tool, a machine that covers ground...on another level they just do something for your heart and head, and wallet too!

Each one offers us something...I've be lucky over the years to enjoy examples from each. It seems many folks move "up" in $$$...I wonder how many of us moved "down"...I have the KLR now, and as far as I'm concerned - all factors considered - I enjoy it the most of all my MC's.

When I sat on the BMW GS type bikes...ahhh...but the thought of it lying on it's side on rocks, or picking it up...well, the KLR just spoke to me and said "let's go" - and we have!
03-31-2012 12:14 AM
spckrc86 Paper -- Nice GS. $10K is more than I am willing to spend, but for a 1200GS that sounds like a steal w/ all the farkle.
03-30-2012 09:35 PM
Scrapper so it seems. first one i ever rode was a 42 flat head. suicide shift and a foot clutch sucks.
03-30-2012 09:29 PM
Savage Its the american dream! You're not cool unless you own one! Lol
03-30-2012 09:22 PM
Scrapper lol amen savage. never seen or heard of one yet. but even a beemer with a lot less miles doesnt hold the value like a harley does. idk why cuz harley's are underpowered oil leaking pos. imho
03-30-2012 05:09 PM
Savage A Harley and 141k don't belong in the same sentence.
03-30-2012 04:46 PM
Paper A Harley with 141K won't have much value, either..
03-29-2012 08:28 PM
Scrapper my old man picked up a 2000 1150 with 141k on it that was owned by a bmw mechanic that upgraded to a new one for 2500 yesterday. beemers just dont hold the value like harleys do so anyone can pick up up for a decent price if you look around and avoid dealerships.
03-28-2012 08:32 PM
Originally Posted by Paper View Post
Yes and no... The rear bearings are shimmed to give correct clearance, and they had an issue with some being shimmed too tightly.. They'd heat up after 40-50K and cause a failure..

The simple test is to ride 100 miles and see if the final drive is hot.. I tested mine the day I bought it.. It was cooler than the tire temp, and has remained that way for the last 10K.. I think I have a good one..
I feel sorry for the people who are unsuspecting and simply buy the bike...never having known what to look for.

I almost bought an F800 but this worry kind of kept me away.

Funny thing, I bought my KLR from a BMW dealership lol.
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