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Old 03-06-2013, 02:32 AM   #46
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[QUOTE=the_sandman_454;20873059]I've asked myself this a few times. The best answers I can come up with regarding why I've picked a KLR650 are a combination of low purchase price, fuel economy, easy/relatively infrequent maintenance schedule, and brutally simple technology.


This, and farkle-ability.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:23 AM   #47
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I had a '74 Triumph Trident in the late 70's, and loved the sound of the Triple. When I found out Triumph was making bikes again, I bought my '01 Speed Triple. Makes me break the law every ride.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:24 AM   #48
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I don't give a shit about brand. My brother-in-law rides BMWs, as much for the joy of riding as for the roundel on the tank. Any Brand X bike I bought and offered him a ride on, he has declined. I'm a whore; I'll ride anything just to see what it's like.

I bought a KLR originally because it seemed like it would fit my needs perfectly. Stupid simple, reliable, inexpensive, long range, off road capable, can do highway speeds, lots of farkles, etc. And it was all of those things. The first year I had it, I couldn't imagine wanting another bike for the old man riding I typically do. 3 years into it, however, I began to realize shortcomings were starting to grate on me. Mostly, vibration was killing me, and the thought of riding any distance on slab to get to the 'good stuff' kept me from traveling as far as I'd want. As good of a bike as it was, it just wasn't quite right. So I shopped. And wound up with a Wee Strom.

The Wee is ugly. I almost didn't buy it for that reason, but finally realized I can't see it's ugly face when I'm behind the handlebars, and that's the only thing I didn't like about it. It fits and feels 'just right', unlike the other bikes I thought I'd like more. It's inexpensive, reliable, has long range, is off road capable, laughs at 70 mph on the highway and is also easily farkled.

I buy them to ride, not to look at or impress people I don't know with how much money I have.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #49
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For the type of riding that I do, it works for me.






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Old 03-06-2013, 05:16 AM   #50
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Why I chose the (2009 KLR) ....
  • Afford-ability, and found a non-current previous years model still in the box with warranty
  • Ease of maintenance and repairs ( I have a reserved bar stool at my local Kawi-sucker dealer)
  • Reasonable expectation of reliability
  • Availability of aftermarket farkle matter (milk crates )
  • 25 year history of...... uhh, being around an shit
  • Other glutenous chums that had same dang bike I can call when I breaks down
  • Great cruising range/fuel capacity
  • Wonderful suspension, cushy ass ride, great at 100+ MPH
  • Proven chick magnet


My bike does not leak oil, it's marking it's territory.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:19 AM   #51
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XT350:
It was super cheap, parts are available, it does surprisingly well on the road, 6-speed gearbox, and it's decently light at 262 lbs. Obviously tons of shortcomings, but I'm working on those.

GS750:
Farkleability, good ergos for tall people, enough power to keep things interesting, and I love the way it looks. It's also probably the best handling of the old big UJMs.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #52
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Ergonomics... I wanted (NEED) the riding position that Adventure Touring Motorcycles offer.. I prefer it to sport touring rides (that is the other category I was interested in) as the Butt to Peg ratio is "usually" more scrunched up than I like.

And Price. I bought in 2005 and the Strom for the MONEY was the best choice available. Even today with better bikes available I don't see them as worth double the cost...

I do love this BIKE...

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:12 AM   #53
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I still do all those things on the DR650. So, why the particular bike that you now have?
I also have a DR650 for the same reasons you mention...A Blast to ride..
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:13 AM   #54
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For the type of riding that I do, it works for me.
The type of bike you have will also dictate the style no..???
another words you will not be dualsporting with a Harley..Well I probably would but most people wouldn't.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #55
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The type of bike you have will also dictate the style no..???
another words you will not be dualsporting with a Harley..Well I probably would but most people wouldn't.



Well most of the roads around me have lots of curves, but I will do 8 days and about 2,000 miles starting next week.

The bike is comfortable for me.
I quit dualsporting and dirt riding back in the '70's.

I am one of the old farts.





Lot of truth in what you say, but there are exceptions to every rule.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:31 AM   #56
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I love to ride my beemers,they're different and comfy,but they're old.So I got a DL 1000 V-Strom.I could afford it and it fit me.I love it too.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:49 AM   #57
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because it's mine.

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Old 03-06-2013, 04:02 PM   #58
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My reasons;
Because it's not too big
Because it's not too small
Because it has no chain to maintain
Because it's ticket me red
And, last but not least, fun to ride.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:45 PM   #59
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because its comfortable and fun.............and i can
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:51 AM   #60
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VMAX - because i wanted to pin the throttle and do a rolling burn out and a wheelie. at the same time. always liked muscle cars, nothing else compares.
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