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post #1 of 18 Old 05-10-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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about to pull the trigger....

So I'm about to buy a 2012 KLR. My first choice would be, BMW 650 GS, but $ is an issue. My last bike was indeed a BMW 650 GS, and I am concerned that the KLR may feel sub par. There is really no other bike to choose, it seems to be KLR or the BMW, if you can afford it. Can anyone put my mind at ease......
I have no problem wrenching, and the small issues that are posted don't bothedr me. But the feel of the bike is my main concern. Does the KLR feel "cheap"? If you know what I'm saying......
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-10-2012, 07:40 PM
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I don't know how a BMW feels but I can tell you I Love my KLR, I have an 09 and I wouldn't trade it for anything.


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post #3 of 18 Old 05-10-2012, 07:57 PM
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What's the $ on the BMW?

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Well my buddy has a GS 650 and enjoys riding my bike alot. I have more ground clearance then his and it's taller. He is also 6 foot 2 so that might have something to do with it but yeah I enjoy my KLR over riding his bike and there are a ton of cheap mods. His bike cost huge money for every little thing he does.


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2012 bmw 650 gs 10K out the door
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KLR price I got out the door on a 2012 is 6000.00. I would get a used one, but I love black on black bikes
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KLR's are pretty inexpensive but their not so cheap that I'd buy one if I wasn't sure I wanted it. I was going to buy a 2011 and instead found an 03 that was well setup for less than 1/2 the dollars.

I really like my bike and have ridden it over 13k since November and I don't think it feels cheap but it is a dated design for sure. After touring around on injected / shaft driven comfort I intentionally chose the KLR because I thought it was a good match for my way of looking at things.
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Good Evening All,

The question is: BMW or KLR. The differences are simple. It's like buying a Jaguar XJ8 or a Ford Excursion. From the get go there are huge differences, you need to truly know what you are going to use it for. You need to consider the higher end vehicle is going to need constant maintenance. While the less expensive vehicle is going to go and go and go with little or no major repair.

I researched both the BMW and the KLR and decided on the KLR. I decided that I wanted to ride when I wanted to ride where I wanted to ride, with no problems. If I dropped it, I didn't want to cry myself to sleep. I wanted to add quite a few farkles to individualize my bike. I chose the KLR and have not second guessed myself. The money I have saved in original purchase price has allowed me to add all the farkles and an awesome riding set up. The suit, the Helmet, the Sidi Boots, the bluetooth and so on.

Make the choice for yourself, truly ask yourself what you will use the bike for and how you will ride it. Point in case: my great friend wanted to ride together, so he went an spent $15,000.00 on a KTM and had problems fro the start.

The KLR will never let you down and you can fix anything.

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Good Evening All,

KLR FOR SALE. I am copying and pasting this post by KLR Thumper. You can see his original post on the home page.

For Sale: Killer Deal on a KLR 650

OK, let me start off by saying this Bike is only available for purchase by the manliest of men (or women). My friend, if it was possible for a bike to sprout chest hair and a five o'clock shadow, this bike would look like Tom Selleck. It is just that manly.

It was never intended to drive to the mall so you can pick up that adorable shirt at Abercrombie & Fitch that you had your eye on. It wasn't meant to transport you to yoga class or Linens & Things. No, that's what your Prius is for. If that's the kind of vehicle you're looking for, then just do us all a favour and stop reading right now. I mean it. Just stop.

This KLR was engineered by 3rd degree ninja super-warriors in the highest mountains of Japan to serve the needs of the man that cheats death on a daily basis. They didn't even consider superfluous nancy pancy boy amenities like navigation systems (real men don't get lost), heated leather seats (a real man doesn't let anything warm his butt), or heated grips.

No, this brute comes with the things us testosterone-fuelled super action junkies need. It's got special blood/gore resistant paint. It even has a first-aid kit in the back. You know what the first aid kit has in it? A pint of whiskey, a stitch-your-own-wound kit and a hunk of leather to bite down on when you're operating on yourself. The bike also has a throttle lock so if you're being chased by Libyan terrorists, you'll still be able to shoot your machine gun off your hip and ride at the same time. It's saved my bacon more than once.

It has room for you and one hotty you picked up on the way to the gym to blast your pecs and hammer your glutes. There’s a big storage rack to mount your anti-Taliban, self cooling machine gun. I also just put in a new windshield to replace the one that got shot out by The Man.

My price on this bad boy is an incredibly low $100,000.00, but I'll entertain reasonable offers. And by reasonable, I mean don't walk up and tell me you'll give me $2,000 for it. That's liable to earn you a Burmese-roundhouse-sphincter-kick with a follow up three fingered eye-jab. Would it hurt? Hell yeah. Let's just say you won't be the prettiest guy at the Coldplay concert anymore.

There's only 14200km on this two-wheeled hellcat from Planet Kickass. Trust me, it will outlive you and the offspring that will carry your name. It will live on as a monument to your machismo. This bike is so fast you will have to put your mullet in a braid so it don’t fall out.

Now, go look in the mirror and tell me what you see. If it's a rugged, no holds barred, super brute he-man macho Chuck Norris stunt double, then contact me. I might be out hang-gliding or BASE jumping or just chilling with my ladies, but I'll get back to you. And when I do, we'll talk about a price over a nice glass of Schmidt while we listen to Johnny Cash.

To sweeten the deal a little, I'm throwing in this pair of MC Hammer pants for the man with rippling quads that can't fit into regular pants. Yeah, you heard me. FREE MC Hammer pants.

Ok so my bike isn't for sale but I used this add to sell my jeep but modified to work if I ever were to sell my KLR. Which I never would! Hope you enjoyed it.


Cheers, Nick

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