About 800 miles and a review.
For those who are thinking about getting one here are my thoughts.
The stuff I like about the bike:
-I'm getting around 46 miles per gallon in mostly in town driving with lots of red lights.
-I like that it is high up. Helps to see over cars at lights.
-I like the styling except for the front part of the fender
-The price was right
-Love the large gas tank and not having to fill up often
-Love the flat rear deck for putting stuff on.
-At first I didn't like the sound but now I like it. I don't need to be loud or compensate for anything
-At first I didn't like the harness of the seat but now my butt has grown use to it and it is comfortable
-I get a lot of looks and compliments
-Some drivers seem to think it is a dirt bike and they think I can't keep up with traffic until they realize they can't keep up with me
-Love the fact that taking this bike off road isn't going to hurt it
-Love the fact that I can change my oil and not take plastic off.
-I can change my oil in ten minutes or less.
-The windshield performs very well
-Upright riding position is great
-Farkles.....I don't have any yet but I know there are tons of aftermarket stuff out there for the bike.
-The long suspension soaks up the bumps making riding more enjoyable.
-Riding two up is no problem.
Stuff that I'd change
-The front fender. It looks like a birds beak
-If you trailer the bike, make sure the handle bars are put on correctly. I tied straps to mine and the handle bars came down. The straps were only hand tight for trailer ride home.
Stuff that I don't like
-The horn. You can barely hear it at anything more than 40 miles per hour
-This can't be helped due to the nature of the bike but during a bad rain storm the wind was blowing pretty bad and the bike was blown around a bit. 18 wheelers don't bother me a bit but that storm made me slow down.
-While going at 70mph or more my feet (only my feet) feel a vibration.
The bikes I've owned in the past was a 79 Honda CX 500 (which I liked for its ride) and a 90s Vulcan 750 (It fell apart on me). The KLR 650 feels solid, gets great mpg, can go just about anywhere and fills my needs.
I'm looking forward to about a 900 mile trip to visit my parents soon (Around 8/3/08). After a week I'll turn around and come back. I'll let you guys know more later.
Name is Tim
Location is Greenville SC
Last edited by Tifford; 07-22-2008 at 02:24 PM.