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Hey mates! I'm living in SE Ohio and I have big plans for a KLR that I have yet to get. In about a year's time I plan on meandering around the country on one to visit my friends and see what the USA has to offer! I'm very new to this whole forum business so if someone could suggest some threads for tips on buying a bike. I'm looking at a 2000 KLR w/ 35k miles on and loads of top-notch farkles, but there are a few weird things like the back sprocket is so worn the teeth look like dorsal fins. (not a good sign I presume) Any way, I'm pretty set on getting a KLR for the reasons that they seem to be the most economic and reliable bike to take on a back road. I'm excited to talk about things on here and hopefully throughout the next year I'll be a KLR expert/enthusiast that can contribute back to this community.

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the subafreak
 

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subafreak -

Welcome to the forum! Feel free to browse around and ask all the questions you wan to.

Are you into Subarus?

Tom
 

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yeah, I have an old '97 outback that I'd love to drown in money, but I figured a motorcycle would be a more affordable toy to baby.
 

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I recently traded a 2000 F-250 4X4 for a 2014 Forester.

It's a hoot.

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Oh man, those are pretty sweet machines. Good choice on the trade. They got an entirely new overhaul for the 2014 model. Is it a stick shift?
 

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No, I got the 2.5L with the CVT. Opted for the Premium level to get the X-Mode.

I can climb a rock scramble balanced on diagonal wheels with the other two in the air. Pretty incredible.

It really does get 32mpg on the freeway without trying hard. I've managed in the high 30s with a bit of effort.

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That's pretty awesome, I have a pic of mine in a ditch on the diagonals when I tried to get into a field and didn't realize the depth of the ditch. I was pretty confident she'd pull out no problem so I left her there for the time I was in the field doing some work. Pulled out no problem when I left. About the only time I've ever gotten stuck was when I was on a hill of pure ice. Even then I just calmly backed down without too much slip. Any way, my love for the power and versatility of a subaru is pretty apparent, so is it fair to say that the KLR is sort of a two wheel analogy?
 

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That's fair to say. I think you'll really enjoy a KLR. They are simply built, easy to work on, and quite reliable.

There are a few quirks, but they are well known and easily dealt with.

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Yeah, that's what I've heard/researched.
I have a forum related question: I really want to get some opinions on the KLR that I'm looking to buy from a guy in my town, and I'm not sure if I should just peruse the forums or create a new post with all the pertinent information to the specific bike I'm looking at? Also, which forum thread would I pose this discussion?
 

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subafreak: Welcome to our little corner of the Net, the home of the world's most dedicated KLR 650 owners.

Reading is fun, but being involved is way better! Make us your online KLR 650 source.

Share your views, spread the word and bring your friends.

We are a virtual warehouse of information. The Forum Search function a helpful tool.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of your KLR. You'll be able to show it off once you have 15 forum posts behind you.

Enjoy.



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As a group we can't say enough good things about our scooters!!

You'll see very few negative threads. Great bike, great support and help forum.
We've even been known to hook for a ride or two. I have with two site members
and both were a blast.

I have a pair of stock replacement sprockets with no visible wear if you need a
driveset. The chain is usable but I clipped out a link to take it off when replaced
at 12,000 miles. Free from me but U pay shipping. PM me if you need 'em in
the next year. They are just sitting around being bored.

Welcome to the zoo,
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
 

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Thanks guys, especially for the offer, cheapbassturd. I'm about to throw out a post about the bike I'm interested in.
 

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Finally Got It

Well guys, I finally got a KLR. It wasn't the one I was originally looking at (after a year it got sold to someone else), but I found a good one on the Richmond, VA craigslist. It's an '09 with a slew of farkles and only 5k miles on a 685. I'll throw a more complete post with pictures once I get the time.
 
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