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Old 10-06-2012, 08:51 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by ricmachado View Post
My rig is a 04 Sportster 883 with a velorex I get a solid 42MPG every tank. I cannot remebmer exactly the MPG I used to get with the KLR but I think it was aroung 45 - 48MPG.
Never owned a Harley, all Jap bikes. What could go wrong with a Sportster for 2 grand?
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #17
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Hi there. I've had a number of sidecars. Two that gave reasonable fuel milage, and still highway capable, were a Yamaha XS650 and my current Suzuki DR650. With the Yamaha, I had a Sputnick sidecar, and got 40 mpg. My Suzuki DR650 has DMC frame and a Sparrow body, and it gets about 40 mpg. They both cruise at 65 mph. Blaine
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #18
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Depends, sportster are available a dime a dozen, I paid 3550 for mine, had new tires and brake pads and 24K miles

it is carb and I'm no expert in adjusting it, but the web helps a lot.

you can find a sportster on the low 3K if you have time and cash on hand.

I sold my KLR in one week and had to buy another bike in a hurry (I don't have a car or any other transport) so I looked for bikes for about one week while waiting on the KLR buyer to pick up the bike, he got the KLR on Monday, and Tuesday I got the harley.

Good Luck on your search...

My choices when I decided to replace the KLR were, Sportster, BMW airhead, triumph boneville, kawa W650, honda shadow 750RS the harley was the cheapest one
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #19
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GS-G Suzukis. XS850 & 1100 Yamaha. Z1100 & Z1300 Kawasaki. Guzzi California. Oldish bikes but if they've been looked after, and continue to be so, they'd fit the bill.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:42 PM   #20
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It's FI, but my 1993 K1100LT has a Ural chair bolted to it. I get 36-40 mpg, and I'm not too gentle with my right hand. It comfortably cruises WAY beyond hwy speeds. The K1100's are actually pretty inexpensive. I paid about $3800 for a cherry one with 21,000 on the clock.
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