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Old 02-07-2011, 11:34 AM   #54
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Question A twist on the original question.......

This is a great thread. Please allow me to put a twist on the original question.

Curious to know if anyone moved from a big twin GS type bike for a KLR 650. For the past 11 years I have been riding BMWs: first a 1999 R1100GS, now a 2007 R1200GS. I love the ride especially with Russell Daylong seat. Have ridden to Alaska and many other parts of the US and Canada. But when loaded for distance traveling and camping, it is a beast in low speed settings and nearly impossible to push from gas pump to convenience store when making a pit stop. Cost of service and parts is expensive.

Just bought a new 2009 KLR 650 for 1/3 the price of the BMW. I am anxious to get to know what the bike can do and not do. I'm not ready to get rid of the BMW but am open to a lighter bike as I get a bit older.

Curious what others' experiences have been.

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