Avge life of popular 650's?

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  1. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    so I'm toying with the idea of getting either a KLR650, DR650, or XR650L.

    I'm wondering what the avge life of these motors are in miles before you're looking at significant maintenance or rebuilds.

    Thanks!
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  2. mylsmkj

    mylsmkj Long timer

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    It depends on how hard you ride them and the preventive maintenance you do on them. If you putter around on pavement, gravel and secondary roads they all last well and there are 100k examples of each. If you ride them hard in off-road conditions they don't last very long 10-20k (I don't know why you'd choose a 650DS for that type of riding though).
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  3. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Been looking at some used ones for possible FS road riding. These bikes are not all that expensive and unlike my GS I won't cry if I drop one.

    Seeing examples of 5-20k models and ages of a few to 24 yrs old. Just want a cheap bike to get dirty. Or not. Still on the fence.
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  4. mylsmkj

    mylsmkj Long timer

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    Perfect bikes for FS roads, I'd personally go DR over the other 2. All are good bikes I just think the DR is the most versatile. Just do your homework and be patient then jump on a good deal because they go quickly.
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  5. Aprilia

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    I think the KLR will have slightly better odds of reaching 100K over the DR but either are very reliable. The last XR's I put any significant time/mileage on was back in the 80's and I was pushing the engine a bit more back then...seemed to do fine till about 25-30K and needed some topend work. I have a 95 XR that I completely rebuild 8yrs or so ago. I put maybe 3K miles on it a year...still runs like new. Recently picked up an XRR...should be fun going thru it.
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  6. KDiqq

    KDiqq Been here awhile

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    I can't speak for KLRs, but I know the DR is extremely tough and easy to work on. Suzuki did well putting the huge oil cooler on it. XRs I know typically need some work around the 25k-30k mark. *Typically*... Not all the time. The one I just rebuilt was over 40k when it was rode from Denver to Houston. But the engine was not in good health when I cracked it open. XRs are super easy to wrench on as well. I'd give the DR a serious look. The seat height is very inviting and the bike is super versatile out of the box.
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  7. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I had 30k miles on my 07 KLR when I sold it. About 70% was dirt and some was difficult. The engine felt like new and was not burning oil. I just wanted a more dirt-oriented DS bike, so I bought a KTM 690.
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  8. mylsmkj

    mylsmkj Long timer

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    Fully agree with both of these posts!

    To be fair to the XR, they're generally ridden harder than the other 2 as they have more of an off-road bias.
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  9. Tukata

    Tukata ADV Demo Rider

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    Can't go wrong with any.

    I fit better on the XRL alas why my 93 stays in my stable and others get sold.
    Buddy is on his second or third 100k XRL, but he is a mysterious beast.

    Simple answer.
    Tall-XRL or klr
    Short- dr or lowered klr

    Of the three, the XRL definitely feels more at home in the fun dirt for me.
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  10. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Lots of threads on this.

    Numbers look bad for the DR because they do not sell as much as the KLR.
    Plus, more holigans own and ride them.

    50,000 miles on the DR should be easy with routine maintenance and moderate riding.
    75,000 miles is more risky with moderate riding.

    KLR should last longer thanks to water cooled.

    I'm averaging 6,000 miles a year since I bought brand new. I'm almost at 30,000 miles.
    The first 10 months was 21,000 miles!
    After, that it has been 2,750 miles a year. Easy street miles. I have not been over 80mph all year.

    I had to replace the cam chain tensioner gasket around 23,000 miles or so.
    Hell, I'm still on the second chain!
    Slow is Smooth, and smooth is fast.

    I'm lost on why no one wants to build a bike to take sales from the KLR and MIGHTY DR.
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  11. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Via this thread, Steve (@mcma111) has a good business rebuilding XR650L engines. Maybe he can comment on why they keep coming in to his shop.
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  12. JCool

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    Because people don't know how to work on their own bikes or maintain them properly.
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    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    All three are junk, look for an XR650R instead.
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  14. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    Except it hasn't got a magic button. I've had a ride held up because a guy couldn't get his started. I can't say I'm in favor of kick only bikes, especially big bores.
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  15. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 FZ1

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    Would you give my 300 KTM the thumbs up? (Kick only)
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  16. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    Nope. Rode one and hated it. Hard to start, too jumpy on the throttle, and tried to yank your arms out when it gets on the pipe. I liked the YZ250X I rode the same day better. Like my DR better still.

    Full disclosure: I learned I don't like 2 strokes that day.
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  17. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Ron - 300XC-W DR650 FZ1

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    Hard to start? Dont you live in Texas? I say what are your legs made of boy? If you can cut a steak you can kick a 300!
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  18. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    Yup. And kick, and kick, and kick. And maybe after 10 or so it would start. Pain in the ass. Electric start please!
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  19. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    If I do this I'll only go for a bike with the magic button.
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  20. RideFreak

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    We don't even get off our ass to change the channel or answer the phone, who want's a kick only bike. :D
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