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Old 04-27-2006, 01:41 AM   #1
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Thumb DR650 vs KLR650????

I have been trying to figure out which bike to buy. I have read great reviews on both the DR650 and the KLR650. I plan i ridding the bike from Los Angeles down through central and south america. Which bike would be best for this trip? and which bike would be easy to find parts for in south america? also am im crazy to even think about maybe a KLR250?? the only reason i am thinking about it is... and around $2000 for a used one which is half the price of a 650..... if the bike gets stolen which in south america its a good chance that it will..... i can always buy another one.... basically getting 2 bikes for the price of 1.... but will the KLR250 even make it all the way down there??? any info would be great!!!

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Old 04-27-2006, 02:09 AM   #2
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i have a klr250 and a dr650, in my experience i would take the dr650, air cooled means less things can go wrong with them, and with all the right modifications you can turn the dr into a bike that can eat up miles and miles of tarmac and still tackle some dirt, the klr is less dirt friendly, and although more geared to road touring it is in my opinion not as good as the dr especially for the $$$
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:13 AM   #3
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Personally,
the ONLY bike I would take on a trip like that is a DR650.
Totally dependable and great on both surfaces (with the right rubber)
Slap on a Corbin and the IMS tank and you're good to go.

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Old 04-27-2006, 04:53 AM   #4
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You can't beat a KLR650. They just don't break down so the 'less complicated' argument doesn't hold. KlRs just go on and on, and unless you plan to go motocrossing, do dirt just fine. Have a look around this forum and others and see what the most popular bike for long distance trips is. You won't see as many DR650s as KLRs.
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:54 AM   #5
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Please use the "search" function (return to "Thunpers" fprum and use the orange "Search Forum" tool for most efficent results. The "Search" tool that you can access while reaading the thread does the WHOLE website. Too much.). This question has been asked, answered and debated many, many times. Make coffee, get comfy and read all about it!
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Old 04-27-2006, 05:01 AM   #6
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DR650 owners don't mind answering this question again. (They don't call him Grumpy foe nuttin' )
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Old 04-27-2006, 05:33 AM   #7
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I personally never liked the KLR's styling. It may be an excellent bike, but it just doesn't tickle my fancy. To me it looks old fashioned, square, army-ish. It's wind protection will no doubt be much better that the DR's one with that front fairing.

For a trip you are planning to do however I think you can't choose wrong between any of these two bikes. The KLR is slightly heavier (40 lbs or so?). The DR is lighter and has the simplicity of an aircooled engine but lacks some wind protection. That doesn't matter much to me, but for some that's more important.

Good luck with your choice!
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Old 04-27-2006, 05:45 AM   #8
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There's a couple from Ottawa Ontario, who went down to South America on both bikes((KRL650 & 250))),,, the girl feels like dropping a hand grenade into the tank of the 250 everytime she has to climb any kinda rise or hill. just not enough power, stick with the 650 in either brand & you should be okay,,, XR650L is in the same league. good luck on your choice & trip
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Old 04-27-2006, 06:46 AM   #9
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I own a KLR650, but I've spent some time on a DR. Both are great bikes, but I'd want a KLR650 for this trip. More comfy, better wind/weather protection, and the liquid cooling in the heat down in SA will be a definate plus.

Good luck either way!!
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:23 AM   #10
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Truthfully, any bike from 125 to a 1000, will do the trip fine. We are spoiled with the larger bore bikes. My friend from bulgaria(spelling) rode a cz250 for 10 years, through turkey, and all the surrounding lands, fully loaded. He transported clothing with it for a job!

What ever bike you choose, you will still thoroughly enjoy your trip. Unless you are a highly skilled preformance guru, who cares more about the bike than the trip.

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Old 04-27-2006, 08:12 AM   #11
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We are spoiled with the larger bore bikes. My friend from bulgaria(spelling) rode a cz250 for 10 years, through turkey, and all the surrounding lands, fully loaded.
Yabut with the larger bore bike it would only have taken 5 years!!

Seriously though, I have a KLR650, my dad has a DR650 - there's huge overlap in what the two bikes can do, probably moreso than any other two midsize DS bikes IMHO. You're going to have to mod either one, so I'd look for the one you can get the better deal on, including the mods you want to make. The liquid cooled KLR is probably a benefit in the temps you're going to see, as long as you get the radiator some protection, but many DRs have done it so I don't think it should be a dealbreaker.

Good luck - and like Holeycaveman said, it's mostly the rider, the bike's just a tool - so have fun and stay positive and you'll make it.
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:34 AM   #12
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Question 650 Vs 650

I'm just curious,,, does anyone know the horsepower numbers of these 650's???
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:53 AM   #13
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Don't know about the DR650, but the KLR is 38 stock.
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:58 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Max Kool
I personally never liked the KLR's styling. It may be an excellent bike, but it just doesn't tickle my fancy. To me it looks old fashioned, square, army-ish.
Well, I was going to do a slam but seeing as you're from an area noted for excellent style I'll pass with this comment. My feet lack style and are old fashioned, but they get me where I need to go.


Per the DR vs KLR, I think I'd buy the one I THOUGHT would work and give it a try with a couple of local trips loaded as if I was going for the big trip. If I didn't feel comfortable with the ergonomics and ride environment I'd sell it and try the other. I've only been to Mexico and Canada on the KLR but neither are much different than the States. The KLR250 sounds like a bit of a challenge but dooable. I couldn't do it because fat guys on little bikes are one of the most classic jokes in the whole world.
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:04 AM   #15
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Both would do great and both would need some minor modifications to do it. I'm a DR650 guy (we have two), so that would be my choice, but if you set them up right, you would be fine on either.
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