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Old 03-15-2011, 08:22 AM   #61
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I just gave up a SV1k for a KLR650. Only about 50+ miles given to the KRL so far, but it was the best things i've done. The KLR is completely stock and still is nicer then the SV1k to me. :) Money well spent and a back left intact after a long ride.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:59 AM   #62
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I just gave up a SV1k for a KLR650. Only about 50+ miles given to the KRL so far, but it was the best things i've done. The KLR is completely stock and still is nicer then the SV1k to me. :) Money well spent and a back left intact after a long ride.

I thought that you were going to keep both.


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Old 03-15-2011, 09:40 AM   #63
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Are you kicking yourself? Happy? How is it as a STREET bike? Not concerned about it's off road worthiness. Talk to me about it.
Gotsto have both,big block low rev comfy torque 1200 for crossing the country or just backroad bombing, DR650 for long range dirt touring/thrashing, DRZe 400 for actual dualpurpose jeep trailing/trails, then the 200 KTM for release of aggression and humiliation of my fellow man.

KLR???????????? Maybe could ride it to the store and back,as long as nobody I know sees me.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:45 AM   #64
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I went the other way...I sold my '09 KLR and bought a '08 ST1300. The highway riding I do and long distance touring I will be doing wasn't going to work on the KLR IMHO.
Agreed,when Im in the mood for a loooong pavement jaunt,the 99 1200 Triumph I found clean and cheap is just the bees knees,liquid smooth comfy and goes around corners well enough to keep my interest with out dragging bottom.
I like dual sport stuff better but the street is very fun!
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:45 AM   #65
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I thought that you were going to keep both.


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I had posted an ad on craigslist before I came to that conclusion. I figure, if I get what I want for the bike I"ll let it go. If anyone hassles or low balls me, i'll keep it. I was contacted by somone. They gave me asking price w/ extra cash for the luggage with no hassle. I figured that was good enough to let it go. Ended up buying the bike I wanted and had enough left over to deck it out. All the transactions went so smooth you'd think it was meant that way.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:50 AM   #66
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Sometimes the planets align and it is all laid out there for you.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:28 AM   #67
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Sold my 87 k75T 3 years ago and bought a nicely modified 08 KLR. The K75 was a good solid bike but got boring to ride, was not too good in the twisties except for not having to downshift.

Would take the KLR any day and don't plan on getting rid of it anytime soon. I have no issues with it on the highway with the flat seat installed, and cruise all day at 70 mph GPS confortably. To me it is a pretty smooth ride - that coming from a former k75 owner

Nice thing about the KLR is that you can just hop on it and start riding - your opportunities are limitless as it will go just about anywhere reliably. To me that is the biggest benefit - no limits.

Personally, I don't think that it is the dog that a lot of people make it out to be - it has enough power to be fun and effective....unless you are used to riding race bikes.

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Old 07-08-2012, 10:10 AM   #68
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I don't know if any more can be said here but thought I'd bump this up in case anyone had more they'd like to add.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #69
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Sold the 1125 CR Buell for my KLR

Came off a 09 1125 CR Buell ..... What a rocket but I never could really relax, It wouldn't let me. At over a 100 HP a twist and up it went. If the tires were cold ,hang on . Like many here I'm getting older and wanted to slow down and enjoy things at a slower pace.. the KLR does make me smile with its simplicity and low operating costs not to mention insurance here . The occasional dirt road is fun too . :) No regrets really except when I pass, it just takes longer ..

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Old 07-08-2012, 03:56 PM   #70
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Are you kicking yourself? Happy? How is it as a STREET bike? Not concerned about it's off road worthiness. Talk to me about it.
Good f`in lord Bruce......you don`t have enough bikes already




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Old 07-08-2012, 07:34 PM   #71
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I'm coming off a 2006 Ninja 650r for a 2001 KLR. Im not going to be doing crazy single track, I just want a bike that I can camp off of on the weekend then ride to work on Monday. I think I'll do the 16tooth front for street, and 14 tooth front for offroading.

I've put about 350 miles on my KLR since I got.it a few days ago, so far I love it. It's just a completely different mindset. One I'm ready for.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:17 AM   #72
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You're just jealous! Actually, I'm trying to cull the herd down some. Got rid of the '84 XR250 about a month ago...
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:50 AM   #73
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when i bought my 07 klr new i had a 97 hd electra glide with an ss 124 engine.. i had so much fun on the klr that the hd sat. i rode it to work a few times to keep battery up and thought "what an absolute pig of a motorcycle!".. so i sold it.. never looked back. i have had several bikes since then... but the klr is still in garage, and is sittin on 42,000 trouble free miles.

it is no beauty queen.. and i have beat the shit out of it and it gets me back home... every time!




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Old 07-09-2012, 06:56 AM   #74
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It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast then a fast bike slow.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:05 AM   #75
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Are you kicking yourself? Happy? How is it as a STREET bike? Not concerned about it's off road worthiness. Talk to me about it.
I've owned a GSXR 750 and a Katana amongst other street bikes prior to getting my two KLRs. No regrets. I considered a Versys instead of my 2nd KLR, but decided the KLR was the better choice. If I could have 2 bikes I'd get the Versys or a BMW GS as my street only ride.

The only place I'm really missing out with the KLR is long fast highway runs, but I have a F150 pick up that's very comfortable on the highway when I need to make tracks and get shit done.
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