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Old 11-01-2012, 06:33 AM   #4141
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Thought I could get by with just the 01 KLR. No, not any more. It is fine machine for short highway hauls or backroad/offroad trips, but BC-Ontario return on the KLR was once enough for me so I bought a 2000 Kawasaki Concours as a stablemate. Long haul road rides are sheer pleasure on the Connie. Different bikes for different things...
Really?

Having ridden Mexico 4X, TX to VA 4X through 15 states and back, WY, MT, Alberta up to Jasper and over to BC and back, NE States, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to mention a few with many over 800 miles days on it. The KLR can be a fine machine for touring - in fact it is more ergonomically comfortable than my R1150R Beemer! Now if the wind is blowing - not so. Obviously not as fast as the sport touring machines. One can make any bike comfortable- even a KLR.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:02 AM   #4142
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Thought I could get by with just the 01 KLR. No, not any more. It is fine machine for short highway hauls or backroad/offroad trips, but BC-Ontario return on the KLR was once enough for me so I bought a 2000 Kawasaki Concours as a stablemate. Long haul road rides are sheer pleasure on the Connie. Different bikes for different things...

Many people have a KLR and a Concours.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:01 AM   #4143
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I think it depends on what you are used to or what you consider acceptable. I rode mine from NC to Yellowstone and it was all super slab from NC to Montana. I'd do it again tomorrow. My only complaint is I want to cruise at 80mph and it want's to cruise at about 72mph. My ZX-6 would cruise at 100 without breaking a sweat but my wrists and lower back hated me after 400 miles. And that was 6 years ago, now a days my knees would be hating me after 2 hours. My VFR would chug happily at any speed but again wasn't great for long days, at least not for my body. The KLR with a nice seat upgrade and a 16 tooth sprocket is a mile eater, a little slower than some, but will happily tick them off. we did 650 miles days 4 days in a row, 2 days of touring Yellowstone then another 4 days in a row of 650 mile super slab days. My 88' KLR, motor wise, it seemed to be able to rev a little more without hiding any oil, but wind wise, the 12' with the fairing is great on the highway. Is it a Connie or a DL....nope, but it will get the job done without complaint all day every day. And I think that's the point of jasbike's question, he is wanting to do more with less, if there was ever a slogan for the KLR, that is it. Hell with a nice backrest and a seat (I won't whore out any more pics of the Terry Addcox seat with the back rest) it can even be a decent 2-up machine.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:14 AM   #4144
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I think it depends on what you are used to or what you consider acceptable.
Yep, I came from an XT250 that had ergonomics that my body hated; the KLR is a dream in comparison. Mine will cruise at 75 all day (stock gearing, but intake/exhaust and spot on jetting by the PO) and hang with traffic no problem. I'd not hesitate to slab just about anywhere for a few days on it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:46 PM   #4145
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What 4-pots callipers are considered an upgrade for KLR? I
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #4146
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My KilLeR has a 14 on the front and I have done from Tombstone up 191 to Alpine , over to Reserve, up into the mountains for twenty miles, back to Reserve, and then to Deming. 505 mostly fun miles on a stock seat. But then again, had I been on an interstate I'd have offed myself. Keep it interesting and the miles fly by. JMO.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:53 AM   #4147
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My KilLeR has a 14 on the front and I have done from Tombstone up 191 to Alpine , over to Reserve, up into the mountains for twenty miles, back to Reserve, and then to Deming. 505 mostly fun miles on a stock seat. But then again, had I been on an interstate I'd have offed myself. Keep it interesting and the miles fly by. JMO.
More than 30 minutes on a stock seat is sadistic torture! The 'Russel', however, is truely an all day long and more seat!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:13 AM   #4148
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More than 30 minutes on a stock seat is sadistic torture! The 'Russel', however, is truely an all day long and more seat!
I keep hearing how brutal the stock seat is on the KLR, but I just don't see it. I have been doing 50-100mi rides on mine since I purchased it recently and it has been anything but uncomfortable. Perhaps my expectations are quite low having come from the KLX seat... I don't doubt that the stock seat can be improved upon, I just don't find it to be as uncomfortable as others have. Maybe they improved it for 2012+ MY?
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:11 AM   #4149
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I keep hearing how brutal the stock seat is on the KLR, but I just don't see it. I have been doing 50-100mi rides on mine since I purchased it recently and it has been anything but uncomfortable. Perhaps my expectations are quite low having come from the KLX seat... I don't doubt that the stock seat can be improved upon, I just don't find it to be as uncomfortable as others have. Maybe they improved it for 2012+ MY?
I have a saddleman on mine from the po, but I borrowed a friends 2012 klr for a few weeks as a test ride before I bought one. The stock seat felt awesome for about 2 hours, then it all changed. It's weird to describe, but it feels great at first.

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:34 PM   #4150
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Thanks for all the input

I test drove the 2010 KLR and it was ok. I took it down the highway It pulled out of harms way. I took it the ditches along the highway it did fine putzin in 1rst gear. took it in the desert sand and it did not sink the frount end in the sand. A third the HP of the Strom 1000 but alot less weight in the frount. It felt like a dirt bike. Then when I got back on my dl1000 I said wow what a pig! The power was great but wow what a pig! The guy did not want to trade. No one in town is taking trades unless they are like a year old and 3k miles. One shop doesnt even take trades.

Sooo I will be selling my dl1000 outright and the dealer will give me a good cash price on the KLR

less really is more.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #4151
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I bought my KLR knowledge unseen. I have been riding since I could walk (TACO mini bike, to different MX classes to Class 5 buggies to 410 sprints) and had no idea of what the modern enduro had to offer.
I was laughingly disappointed in my new to me 05. Gutless, heavy, no feel for the suspension and it was terrifying.
My first impression should have been, "dump this bike and find another lighter bike with a better power to weight ratio", no. I liked the ride. It for sure was not a great.comfortable cruiser and it really had no safe handling feeling off road.
The KLR is a blank slate. Inexpensive and durable. Pack it down with panniers and your fat ass ()just me) and go around the world or trim it down and try to fit through trees...Tune to your hearts content.

There is no true dual sport. None of them do EVERYTHING you want them to do. I find myself chasing the Euro guys but also find them whining when there is some asphalt to deal with. I will ride to Reno on the ribbon or take the FS roads, or gear up and find our own way..
The mods are endless, make it your own.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:06 AM   #4152
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I bought my KLR knowledge unseen. I have been riding since I could walk (TACO mini bike, to different MX classes to Class 5 buggies to 410 sprints) and had no idea of what the modern enduro had to offer.
I was laughingly disappointed in my new to me 05. Gutless, heavy, no feel for the suspension and it was terrifying.
My first impression should have been, "dump this bike and find another lighter bike with a better power to weight ratio", no. I liked the ride. It for sure was not a great.comfortable cruiser and it really had no safe handling feeling off road.
The KLR is a blank slate. Inexpensive and durable. Pack it down with panniers and your fat ass ()just me) and go around the world or trim it down and try to fit through trees...Tune to your hearts content.

There is no true dual sport. None of them do EVERYTHING you want them to do. I find myself chasing the Euro guys but also find them whining when there is some asphalt to deal with. I will ride to Reno on the ribbon or take the FS roads, or gear up and find our own way..
The mods are endless, make it your own.
People either love or hate KLR's...I think the people that love the big pigs except them for what they are, a budget friendly jack of all trades bike. With a little tweaking and farkling a KLR can be set up to do most any type of riding you want...and at a rather modest price if you choose.

as for the stock seat..works for me, my longest days and most miles have been on the KLR. Stock seat and stock bars the bike just fits me I am however thinking of trying the seat concepts next year

And as for the KLR and Interstate travel...it "will" do it just not in the capacity I want it too. Besides I much prefer less traveled roads and longer days on the KLR..
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:11 AM   #4153
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:18 AM   #4154
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I keep hearing how brutal the stock seat is on the KLR, but I just don't see it. I have been doing 50-100mi rides on mine since I purchased it recently and it has been anything but uncomfortable. Perhaps my expectations are quite low having come from the KLX seat... I don't doubt that the stock seat can be improved upon, I just don't find it to be as uncomfortable as others have. Maybe they improved it for 2012+ MY?

The seat was one concern that kept me from getting a KLR sooner. I never had a complaint about the V-Strom seats, although many did, but I expected the KLR to be noticably less comfortable (it is a bit). So, the first trip on my '07 a few weeks ago began with some trepidation on that count. 260 miles one way, then closer to 300 on the return at the end of the weekend. No complaints at all on the stock seat with a sheepskin buttpad. Maybe we'll find some ways to enhance it over time, but I'm way too cheap to get a $700 seat for a $2500 motorcycle.

When I see folks worrying to death over details of seats, windscreens and the softest toilet paper I think they should dig out their kids' old copy of 'The Princess and the Pea' and read it a few times.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:00 AM   #4155
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I cut out a portion of my stock seat and put in firmer foam. It is more level, a little taller than stock, a little narrower in front and a tiny bit wider at the back of my butt. The stock vinyl still fits (barely). I had to make some trips of 1,025 to 1,050 miles this summer and the KLR did that just fine 4 times in 20 to 22 hours each time. (OK, the bike started burning oil; that has been fixed.)

But no windscreen for me, thanks. I'll leave my head in clean air.
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