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Old 05-04-2010, 04:52 PM   #31
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Had an Ultra Classic, but didn't sell it to get a KLR. I got the KLR
to commute to work, don't think I could force myself to do a long
road trip on it, got spoiled with cruise control and the stereo .
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:10 PM   #32
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KLRs can do it all.











These are all the same bike...
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:49 AM   #33
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Cool. Given the responses, I'd say overall, making the switch was/is positive. Appreciate all the input.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:28 AM   #34
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bump

Still thinking on this...
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:38 AM   #35
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Got a Harley for sale, since the KLR came along, I don't ride it much
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:45 AM   #36
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My boss has an '06 with less than 5000 miles, faded plastic been sitting, I may possibly pick up.
When I first rode it I was very unimpressed. Not much power, viby and the shock felt like a hardtail.
After lubing the chain, adjusting the shock, removing the carb for cleaning, drilling out the fuel mixture plug and going up to a 152 main from a 148, it feels like a completely different bike!
It actually rides pretty nice and has more power. I was able to wheelie it in 2nd gear and ride it out a bit.
The vibes don't seem as bad now either.
What I REALLY like about this thing is the riding position. It fits me really well, especially my long legs.
This would be my STREET BIKE. I have no intentions of off-roading it other than the occasional gravel or dirt road/trail.

If my V-Strom sells, I might just have to pick this thing up.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:59 AM   #37
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I did not sell the DL1000, but I sometimes forget to put the KLR away to ride it. The DL is my car, the KLR is my toy, between the two I do better than 20K miles per year.

After three years on the DL riding everything from slab to light single track I decided it was time to get a realistic after I dropped the V-strom on my foot going up engineer pass and spent 2 months in a walking boot.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:04 AM   #38
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I sold a well-accessorized 2008 Kawasaki Nomad and bought a new 2009 KLR650. It wasn't that I didn't like the Nomad, but my riding style was undergoing a 'change'. Wanted to 'explore' more- gravel, dirt, etc.





I had a lot of frusterations with the KLR ........




(mainly self-induced by trying to use it for stuff it was never really intended for) but have many fond memories of it, just the same.

Off on the next great adventure....





Looking back, if I wanted something for all street/highway, no way it would be the KLR. But if budget was the primary concern, no question they can be had for cheap. And they're simple, which holds a certain appeal.

Kawasaki Versys sure seems to be well-liked by those who have them, and used ones would be reasonable- not as cheap as a KLR, though. BUT, you'd have way more HP, fuel injection, blah blah blah.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:44 AM   #39
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I didn't sell my Lowrider when I bought my KLR last spring, but I didn't ride it nearly as much as the KLR last summer either. After spending a few months with it, I took the KLR out to the Sturgis rally rather than the HD. I can't bring myself around to selling the Harley, though. Planning to enjoy both of them again in 2011, although the bigger KTM and BMW adventure bikes sure look nice.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:24 AM   #40
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I unloaded a Kawasaki Voyager 3 years ago for my then new 2007 KLR The KLR does all I need it to do.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:59 PM   #41
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yup I did

I sold my '99 Honda Fireblade and bought my '06 KLR650 and don't regret it one bit. I could only ride the Fireblade for half an hour comfortably before my lower back ached and my wrists went numb, the wife was even more uncomfortable on it when she would even venture to jump on. Now I've had the KLR for a few years and from day one, I love this bike. Would never consider another sport bike over this style of bike. I have ridden 1000km in a day on the KLR and used it weekly last year when I was working away from home to travel the some 300km fully loaded back and forth to my work location from my home.

Old bike


New and much better bike


As for speed and power.. I have no regrets, sure having a bike that will go 275km/h is great, but where the hell you gonna use it? Around here you loose your bike and license for years for going 50 over the limit and have a $10,000 fine on top of that and will never get insurance ever again.. I can have just as much fun if not more bombing down back roads and woods trails.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:28 PM   #42
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I sold my Suzuki Boulevard when I bought my KLR, and I've not regretted it for one second. I knew that every bike has positives and negatives so I just decided which ones I could live with. I'm not a speed demon and I don't mind the ride of the KLR but I HATED cruising on the Boulevard and passing dirt roads and trails that I wanted to explore but couldn't.

Hell, I wouldn't even know how bad the KLR rides if I didn't read all the complaints on here.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:08 PM   #43
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Hell, I wouldn't even know how bad the KLR rides if I didn't read all the complaints on here.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:56 AM   #44
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I bought my KLR last year after owning hondas for the last 30+ years. I kept my Magna 750 for highway driving but ended up not driving it at all last summer because I was having so much fun on the KLR. It now sits with a dead battery, bad gas, dust and spider webs.

Another thing is that I would have never thought about getting the bike out in the middle of the winter which I now do regularly with the KLR.

I can't say I enjoy riding it on the interstate but I really don't enjoy riding anything on the interstate. If I were doing a 1,000 mile trip on slab only I would probably drive the honda.
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:29 PM   #45
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I had a 99 fireblade and a KLR at the same time. I found the KLR slow and awkward but I did end up using it in preference to the 'blade. I changed it pretty quickly but the fireblade ended up going and not getting replaced. I'm not a fan of the KLR but I see the point, I guess. I have a single now and no big sports bike. I don't even really want one any more.
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