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Old 07-19-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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Why should I buy a KLR 650?

So, I'm currently on a KLX250s and love it. Its a great bike for what I do...run the roads, gravel, light trails, etc. It does what I expect it to do.

However, what it does NOT do, is travel the bigger highways and interstates well. It does not ride 2 up well at all. Even my 11 year old son says his butt hurts after about 30 minutes. It has a small gas tank... I can only get about 80 miles before running out of gas. I will however, keep this bike as I do like to ride it on trails.

So, long story short, I'm considering a bigger bike that I can travel further on (larger tank capacity), still run the roads, still run the gravel and light trails (not single track), have a ride thats more comfortable for my 11 year old son and my wife occasionally, and not break the budget.

What I am considering is:
Kawasaki KLR 650
Suzuki Vstrom 650
Triumph Tiger 800 (breaks the budget but I still want to test ride one for fun )

Help me out here...pro and con the KLR for me. I would look at a 2012-2014 model depending on whats available. I'm to understand the 2014 New Edition has some improvement.

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Old 07-19-2014, 08:40 AM   #2
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V-strom 650 and keep your 250.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:17 AM   #3
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DR650 would be perfect for you. + I have one already which makes the choice easier.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:34 AM   #4
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Why should you buy a KLR 650????

cause' you gotta lotta old plastic milkcrates hanging around, and you need someplace to put them?.....
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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v-strom 650 and keep your 250.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:24 AM   #6
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If the new bike will be used primarily for 2 up .......... DL 650 strom

The KLR is better for gravel and fs roads, but not near as good for 2 up IMO
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #7
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I've got an '01 klr650 and I love it. If you've already got a klx250s though, it seems you might already have a far more dirt worthy bike than the klr. Further, it sounds like what you 'need' is a road bike. That being the case, I too would recommend the vstrom.

The following is why one would own a klr:
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:42 AM   #8
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Dl650 would be perfect addition to bike you have. I have had klr650,dr650,two dl650's.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:48 PM   #9
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I've got an '01 klr650 and I love it. If you've already got a klx250s though, it seems you might already have a far more dirt worthy bike than the klr. Further, it sounds like what you 'need' is a road bike. That being the case, I too would recommend the vstrom.

The following is why one would own a klr:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zibj7KnjClk
Great link to the video. While I love my KLR's and they serve a specific purpose for RTW travel bike very well. My next bike will be a GL1800 Honda for riding around the USA.

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Old 07-20-2014, 06:15 AM   #10
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Any motorcycle can be modified to suit just about any type of riding. Sounds from your description that you are more of a casual rider. No single bike can do all things.

All need some work if you are going to spend a lot of time on them - ergonomics, seat, suspension and the like.

Get a cheap used 650, ride it, and if you like it you can upgrade it or get something else.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:08 AM   #11
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Imo, you already have the nice lighter bike for off road. I would look into the wee Strom to fill the void you're having. Plenty of used ones for a decent price with nice farkles already added.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:57 PM   #12
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I've got an '01 klr650 and I love it. If you've already got a klx250s though, it seems you might already have a far more dirt worthy bike than the klr. Further, it sounds like what you 'need' is a road bike. That being the case, I too would recommend the vstrom.

The following is why one would own a klr:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zibj7KnjClk
I love that video! Sums it all up. Thanks for everyone's advice. I'm gonna go test ride the vstrom. Sounds like it may be what I need. I've seen used ones for less than a new KLR.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:52 PM   #13
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You shouldn't. Consider expanding your search to other bikes as well. Why are those three your only choices? If the tiger breaks the budget then do not ride one. It'll spoil you and take the fun out of the cheaper choices.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:56 PM   #14
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Sounds like you want a V strom. They aren't dirt bikes though. When I had my klr it wasn't good off-road, but I could force it through a trail if needed. I can't force my V-strom through a trail too hard. Excellent touring bikes though, and comfortable enough for days on end 2-up.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:02 PM   #15
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I used to own a DL650. I kind of miss it. It did very well on the road and it did gravel OK. It does not like trails or foot paths. It is a very long bike. It actually does road trips VERY well. They're cheap enough to get into used (I'd buy an ABS one even) and very good machines. Buy one and don't look back. Keep your KLX250s.

I've got a KLR250 and KLR650. Both are heavily modified. The 250 is setup for the woods while still holding a license plate and the 650 is setup for more road with some adventurous type riding if I wanted to. The KLR650 does not do interstate all that well. It's perfectly comfortable going 55-65, but 70+ it gets a bit squirrely and the wind really moves it around. I used to commute about 50 miles of interstate on mine and it was definitely not pleasant. I rode my DL650 from Maryland to North Carolina in one day on I-81 and was never uncomfortable.

Also a point to note, going highway speeds on the KLR650 will actually decrease your fuel mileage drastically due to power/wind resistance ratio. The DL650 will get a pretty consistent 50 mpg at any speed...
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