KLR vs GS800
I road out with a friend to get his BMW serviced. While I was there I took the GS800 and friend took a GS1200 for a ride. Only about 30 miles but did fide some dirt. Here are my thoughts on the GS800 compared to KLR.
GS800 has more low-end tork and a 6th gear.
Bigger tires seemed to make the cracks and tar-snakes disappear, which we have a lot of here in the northeast.
Has ABS brakes, hand warmers, AC outlet, twin fuel injection (easer starts for the cold days), great setup for side bags and trunk. All around it is more bike than the KLR. With that said, Iím not sure itís worth the extra 7Gs.
Before I could ride any distance Iíd need to purchase a new seat. It is MUCH worst than the KLRís. More narrow and angled down. Great for off-road but the worst design for a DS. Also the stock skid plate doesnít seem to offer enough protection.
If I was to buy a new bike it may be the BMW GS800 but currently, Iím not unhappy with my KLR. Iíve had really good luck and enjoy riding it.
Anyone else ride one of these? Thoughts?