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I am also Erik and I live in Northern MN. I have a situation. I have owned many bikes, street bikes, cruisers, a gold wing, and a couple honda choppers. When my son was born in 06 I sold them. I am thinking of buying a klr650, but I have too many toys and want to stay married. I am thinking of selling my atv and getting a dual purpose bike. I only use my atv a couple times a year. Deer and turkey hunting. I would like to know how trail capable the KLR is. I envision putting a trunk and saddle bags on it and using it to get to the cabin, then using it to get back on the trails where I hunt. I don't really want to ride it like I stole it in the woods, just a mode of transportation.
I like the idea of having a bike again, and having a choice of alternate transportation with the price of gas. I would just like to know how realistic it is to ride a KLR on atv trails from those who have done it.
Thanks for all of the info on this site, and I look forward to your opinions.

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Erik
 

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The KLR is fine for quite a few trail tasks. It can handle lots of rough terrain without much problem. It's not a mud machine with dualsport tires. Most two wheelers aren't very trailworthy when it gets slime time, even with the best of knobbies. It doesn't really like rough singletrack though, but I suspect you aren't talking about trails meant for real dirt bikes here. It will go just about anywhere you are willing to take it though, just a matter how much abuse you are willing to take physically. It's 400lbs when full of gas, add some luggage and gear and it adds up quick. It's not anything close to being as stable as a 4 wheeler. If you stay within speeds appropriate to your offroad abilities, then you should be fine. It's mostly a matter of keeping in mind that it's not something you can flick around like a nimble little dirt bike or just let your mind wonder a bit like a 4 wheeler. You also can't just hop off like a 4 wheeler, you have to lean it on a tree or find a stable kickstand base, or carry a base plate with you.

Personally, I can ride reasonably smooth ATV trails all day long, but when they get extremely rutted and hilly then I wear down fast and don't like it much. A few times, while out on my own, I met my limits on the KLR and got myself into a pickle. Carry long tow straps with you. You can use them for getting leverage to upright the KLR in goofy positions or yank it out of mudholes.
 

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What I have enjoyed the most out of my '95 is the fact that the limits are very far apart when dealing with street and off-road. If you have a specific use in mind, you can set up your bike to meet your needs. Check out some of the various terrain you can hit on the KLR by looking at the TDT-III pics here: http://www.klrforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=64


Enjoy!
 
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