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Old 12-03-2012, 09:40 AM   #61
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Well, were not comparing lawn mowers....

I would totally rather ride a bike that will finish the ride instead of grenade 1/2 way through and have to be towed home by a KLR....now if your ride consists of riding in your back yard..then by all means ride your crackhead. I will take the kawi products and make it back after a LONG day in the saddle.

I've been stranded due to catastrophic failure by three bikes since 1980 and one of those was a grenaded KLR.

YMMV


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Old 12-03-2012, 10:03 AM   #62
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I've been stranded due to catastrophic failure by three bikes since 1980 and one of those was a grenaded KLR.

YMMV


One klr and 2 ktms?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #63
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One klr and 2 ktms?

I don't ride orange, it's against my religion.

1974 Yamaha broke a shift drum.

2002 BMW stripped the clutch splines.

2005 KLR650 lost the main input shaft bearing behind the clutch basket.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:14 AM   #64
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Beergut's plan makes sense to me.
Mind you I HAVE to do something. -at least install the new slug that is...
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:16 AM   #65
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I don't ride orange, it's against my religion.

1974 Yamaha broke a shift drum.

2002 BMW stripped the clutch splines.

2005 KLR650 lost the main input shaft bearing behind the clutch basket.
Maybe the rider isn't shifting properly?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:17 AM   #66
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Maybe the rider isn't shifting properly?

Probably.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:45 AM   #67
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Yes I encounter the well known limitations of my 2005 KLR nearly every ride, at times I think of the upgrades to get more HP, but in the end I realize for the riding I use it for (slabbing 2-4 hrs with a load of camping gear to ride USFS fire roads, occasional half narly single trackish/rutted stuff and putter along country roads) it works just fine. Very rocky uphill stuff that ya need to blast through, nada it SUX at it, probably take the bypass if there is one. But it'll catch air (Ok not big but a little, and yes the suspension hates it), can pull a wheelie with a little work, and usually I get to the same destination slightly ahead of the rest of the guys on KTMs, DRZs, Huskys, etc. or maybe 45 sec later. Kapable but Limited Ride
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:51 AM   #68
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Probably.
Sounds like you ride em hard and put em away wet...ha ha ha!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:56 AM   #69
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Sounds like you ride em hard and put em away wet...ha ha ha!

I will expose every weakness.

Junked that old Yammie, rebuilt the KLR into a 685 and replaced the transmission shaft on the BMW.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:08 AM   #70
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ha ha...for sure!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:41 AM   #71
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KLR riders making fun of KTMs is the epitome of hilarity. Give it a rest, guys. Your bike sucks, and is the laughingstock of the off-road community for over a decade now.

Reading Striking Vikings book, (who rode a KLR down and around South America) I was amazed by how many times he mentioned he had no brakes on a downhill, no power to go through a headwind or pass South American vehicles, and grenaded his engine, electronics and suspension multiple times. Not to mention the shitty suspension thrashed his back.

"Indestructible" KLR.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:52 AM   #72
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KLR riders making fun of KTMs is the epitome of hilarity. Give it a rest, guys. Your bike sucks, and is the laughingstock of the off-road community for over a decade now.

Reading Striking Vikings book, (who rode a KLR down and around South America) I was amazed by how many times he mentioned he had no brakes on a downhill, no power to go through a headwind or pass South American vehicles, and grenaded his engine, electronics and suspension multiple times. Not to mention the shitty suspension thrashed his back.

"Indestructible" KLR.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #73
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KLR riders making fun of KTMs is the epitome of hilarity. Give it a rest, guys. Your bike sucks, and is the laughingstock of the off-road community for over a decade now.

Reading Striking Vikings book, (who rode a KLR down and around South America) I was amazed by how many times he mentioned he had no brakes on a downhill, no power to go through a headwind or pass South American vehicles, and grenaded his engine, electronics and suspension multiple times. Not to mention the shitty suspension thrashed his back.

"Indestructible" KLR.


It's amazing how the laughingstock of the off-road community for over a dacade is still (7 years and counting I believe) the #1 best selling dual-puropose bike in the USA.

Where's that book about the guy riding around the world on his KTM and having less issues than this guy on his KLR?


For everyday tasks, a Civic will do better than a Lambo, plus it costs less and they sell 10 times more. Would you argue that the Civic is the laughing stock of the car world?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:56 AM   #74
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"Indestructible" KLR.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #75
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It's amazing how the laughingstock of the off-road community for over a dacade is still (7 years and counting I believe) the #1 best selling dual-puropose bike in the USA.

Where's that book about the guy riding around the world on his KTM and having less issues than this guy on his KLR?


For everyday tasks, a Civic will do better than a Lambo, plus it costs less and they sell 10 times more. Would you argue that the Civic is the laughing stock of the car world?

Except, son, a KTM is not a Lambo. Not even close.

Nowadays, a KTM is like an Acura. But you "head in the sand, sky is falling" types will never (thankfully) realize that. You deserve to ride the fattest, slowest, ugliest bitch on the fireroad.

And a KLR was never in Civic territory. More like a Yugo. A Civic you can successfully upgrade.

I entered this conversation on a civil note, but when you double-digit IQ types start with the lies and misconceptions about KTMs, it tends to draw my ire.

Reap what you sow.
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