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Old 10-09-2014, 04:11 AM   #1
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My first KLR



So after much research and changing my mind 15 times, I bought a 2014 New Edition. Thanks for everyone's KLR info. Can't wait to ride some dirt.


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Old 10-09-2014, 04:39 AM   #2
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Hey to you Tom,

Belated greetings and congrats on your choice of farm machinery, I mean the infamous Thailand Cadillac, or chicken bus, or ... sorry, I am rambling

Seriously, you will love that bike. I put 32K on my 2009 in three riding seasons, and it was a great bike when it moved on to another rider here. I miss that bike. I have since replaced it.... with two bikes.... one of which is the "refined second cousin" of the KLR, a Kawasaki Versys, I think the KLR was a gateway drug to a Versys.

You will find answers to most of your questions here (look for the KLR posting threads) and certainly at the klr 650 dot net forum.

You will never find a bike/rider group exclusive to that bike- who are lightning quick to argue "which oil" to run, how to break the bike in, what mod's are "required", which tires "rule" and who's crash bars are best. But the other thing is, those same guys will drive 100's of miles to come and rescue you, trailer your crashed bike home, send you sprockets, a chain or tire if you opt for Central or south America or even just Wisconsin.

Whistle if you don't find the answer to your questions, five of us have rigged second gen. KLR's pretty much identical, glad to share some sources and ideas on what worked for us. One of our guys eventually destined for South America later next year with another KLR rider, his brother.

Oh, you will soon learn that KLR owner-riders are CHEAP.
I mean, "thrifty".

$5.80 for a genuine Kawasaki KLR clutch lever at the local Kawi dealer is considered " a fair price", while other brand bike levers will be $28-$50. Yet if you have to pay more than $11 bucks for a tail box,
you are considered a snob in the ranks of the "Milk Crate Mafia".


About the only bike you will own, where as when you walk through Fleet Farm, Wal Mart or Ace Hardware, you actually start considering anything box-like with a cover potential "luggage".

Again, glad your on board.

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Old 10-09-2014, 05:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome. I'll post questions as they arise.


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Old 10-09-2014, 04:31 PM   #4
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Congratulations !!!
Love the color and the black wheels and frame.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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Thanks. I liked the color scheme also. There are some good deals to be had on leftover 2014 new editions!


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Old 10-09-2014, 07:56 PM   #6
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Hey Tom, congratulations! I love the blacked out color scheme on these bikes.
I'm picking up my new KLR this Saturday.
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:35 AM   #7
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About the only bike you will own, where as when you walk through Fleet Farm, Wal Mart or Ace Hardware, you actually start considering anything box-like with a cover potential "luggage".



This belongs in the "You know you're a KLR rider when…" thread
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Old 10-11-2014, 04:42 AM   #8
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Hey Tom, congratulations! I love the blacked out color scheme on these bikes.
I'm picking up my new KLR this Saturday.

Congrats on your purchase also!


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Old 10-11-2014, 06:48 AM   #9
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I didn't know that new KLRs were even made... I thought they came from the factory used.

Have fun on your machine and ignore the haters like me. It's what makes KLR riders cool.
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:53 AM   #10
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Geez, 9 posts and no one mentioned a must do the doo? Or no one mentioned the vast superiority of the mighty DR650SE?



JK, enjoy! They really are nice bikes.
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:58 AM   #11
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Looks great. You are going to love it.

Come and join us over at klrforum(dot)com.
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:59 AM   #12
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Thanks guys. And everyone is entitled to do some teasing. The klr is definitely not the most attractive or the best at anything, but is good at lots of things and it's fun.


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Old 10-11-2014, 07:04 AM   #13
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You say good. I don't think you know what that means...

Sorry I can't help myself. It's a problem.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:25 AM   #14
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Decent? Fair? One of those has to work;


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Old 10-11-2014, 08:37 AM   #15
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Nice

I like the black wheels and how it generally looks.
I ride a DR650 and a DRZ400S and my riding bud rides the KLR new edition. We each have preferences for our rides.
In the end we have put on lots of miles riding with each other over the same stuff and the KLR gets to the end of the day just fine.

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