800GS vs KLR

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by motoman250f, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    This is a never ending argument.
    Firstly, compare the KLR with the 650GS. Better comparison.

    Here's my story.
    I paid $5200 OTD for a brand new KLR in 2005. I have easily spent $3K on it between suspension, seat, bars, etc, etc. I have put 17K on it and must sat I enjoyed riding it except for the freeway.
    I bought a KTM950 in 06 for $13.5 OTD with all the farkles I needed on the bike. I put 28K on the bike and it did everything I asked of it without spending another penny on it save for the $45 fuel pump
    The KLR today is worth $3k max, the KTM maybe $7 so they have depreciated the same amount over the years but to be fair the KTM was way more fun to ride long distance.
    I personally like the BMW. They came out with a great machine but given the choice, I would go the KTM route again. The price is the same and the KTM is a sturdier bike on and off road.
    On the KLR side. If you can afford the twin, go for it, if not, the KLR is a great bike as well. The end cost of both 10 years down the road will not be much different. new KLR now I guess is 6K, plus 2 for farkles. In 10 years you get 3 back, loss 5K, or 500/yr.
    KTM/BMW now 14K. 10 years, 5K, loss 9k or $900/yr. If you like motorcycling, is $400/yr going to make a difference to your lifestyle?
  2. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Some of you guys worry about the numbers to much. Don't get me wrong, I like to get the most for my money also, but money "lost" on a bike is just what you pay to play. I lost a ton of money on my KLR at sale, don't care, I think of all the crazy places that bike took me and it was worth every penny. I'm certain I'll lose big bucks on the BMW as well, purchased new and am easily on my way to putting thousands into it.

    Bikes aren't investments...they are consumables :evil


    The next guy might say it's a waste of money, but then he must not value his fun time as much as I do :D
  3. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    .....well you never said they were worn-out :D

    Seriously though, when I sold my R1200GS, my farkles sold quickly here...Plus KLR's are common and their owners are just the type to look for bargains.......
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    You nailed it there, Dave! :thumb

    David
  5. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    Your neck of the woods doesn't have the internet?
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    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  7. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Just sayin' that my experience around my area is that people aren't very interested in used, bike-specific, riding-style-specific parts. Doesn't really seem to matter if they're worn out or not. Internet or not.
  8. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Very true. :thumb
  9. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    Amen :bow

    People loose sight of why they are buying the bike and get too worried about the nickle and dime stuff! Stop taking all the fun out of it and just ride! If you have to look at the bottom line every second then you have the wrong hobby.
  10. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I had a KLR and an 1150GS for a while. At one point I was telling people that I was thinking of selling the GS since I was riding the KLR a lot. Next season the KLR sat there and I rode the GS. Sold all of them to buy the F800. F800s got delayed here a year. Bought a Ural as a temporary measure. F800 gets here next week. Not planning on selling the Ural. What does this mean....I dunno....I guess there is no right answer. Before the F800s came along this exact discussion was all over the place about the F650 single. Are people really looking for advice or do they just want people to confirm what they already believe?
  11. LDHunter

    LDHunter Long timer

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    I don't find that watching nickles and dimes diminishes my fun factor at all. I grew out of that years ago....

    If being careful with money prevents you having fun then you're going to be either miserable or broke... :deal

    $bob$
  12. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    This is something that has confused me all along. Why in the world would you ask someone else "should I buy X or Y?" It's a motorcycle. There is no wrong answer. If you want to ride single-track all the time and you buy a Harley bagger you probably won't have as much fun as you would if you had bought a 250 dirt bike. But that just means you didn't do your homework. This forum is loaded with people's experiences with their different motorcycles and it only takes a little reading to figure out what bikes do what. There are so many things to consider when you get a motorcycle and they all have to do with what YOU want out of it, not someone else.

    Actually, the title of this thread is misleading. The OP asks some very specific questions about how the F800GS handles and how that compares to his KLR. He doesn't really ask which bike to buy.
  13. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Long timer

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    This is a great post Dave!
  14. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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    It's the age old question, asked a million different times. The answer is no one bike does everything well. Some come close. The ONLY solution is to buy SEVERAL different bikes, each one strong in it's own field. That way, no matter what you feel like riding that day, be it the twisties or the singletrack, you have the perfect weapon of choice. :evil ( At least that's the logic I tell my wife when she asks me why I have 12 motorcycles....)
  15. LDHunter

    LDHunter Long timer

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    Mike,

    ACTUALLY the age old question is does your wife have a sister? :D :lol3 :D

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  16. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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    :clap Nope.