Good Complement to a KLR?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by dom1104, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

    May 2, 2012
    The far east of the far east of North America
    I bought a KLR to compliment my K bike. Then I bought the GSA to compliment the KLR but had to buy a Big Ruckus to do what it did not do well.
    Moral of the story is ....." It is a vicious cycle" (pun intended) this compliment thing.
  2. discoganya

    discoganya Engineer, Rider, Dad

    Jul 22, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    OK, how about a Bandit? Easy going middleweight sporty tourer.
  3. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

    Aug 31, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN by Kessler and Michigan Rd.

    1) SV650
    2) KTM 690 Duke
    3) Triumph Tiger 800
  4. ArtCuisin

    ArtCuisin Adventurer

    Sep 20, 2011
    A man walked into a bar and sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer, he heard a soothing voice say “nice tie!” Looking around, he noticed that the bar was empty except for himself and the bartender at the end of the bar. A few sips later the voice said “beautiful shirt“.
    At this, the man called the bartender over. “Hey…I must be losing my mind,” he told the bartender. “I keep hearing these voices saying nice things, and there’s not a soul in here but us.“
    “It’s the peanuts,” answered the bartender.
    “Say what?“
    “You heard me,” said the barkeep. “It’s the peanuts … they’re complimentary.“

    I owned a ZRX.
    Bought a BKing.
    Much better handling.
    Very comfortable.
    A few more ponies.
    Suspension--comfort and handling-- worthy of the GSXR name.
    Didn't hold a candle to my 03 SV650N on a twisty road
    or in the area of tire consumption.
    However, you did say you live in land of flat.
    That right there is your biggest problem.
    You need to move.

    And then buy an SV650.

    Or could I suggest a scooter?
    Lots of wind protection.
    I don't like mine much because I live in the land of twisties,
    but the Honda Silverwing is super comfy with the Givi
    Airflow windscreen, has a decent saddle, built-in storage, gets
    decent mileage, has long maintenance intervals, can be cheap
    to buy, and straight lines are right up its alley.
    And 65mph feels like 65mph. Take a test ride.
  5. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Sep 22, 2009

    For those that understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not...

    Hey, OP, how often do you travel at or over 100 MPH? Solo only? My 300 zips 2 up in the mountains without any hesitation. I, like you, have been on the open class bikes for a long time. My history includes 3 KTM 950s and 2 ZZR1200s. I get it, riding at 10% of the bikes capacity sucks. On the 300 you can use 60% all the time, and 100% once in awhile every time you ride it. My usual shift point is 6-7k RPM, and that leaves normal traffic far behind. It redlines at 13,000.

    Don't knock what you haven't tried. With a few light mods the Ninja 300 has 40 RWHP, 370ish curb lbs. and easily hits 88 MPH in 4th gear. Acceleration from 90 to 106 requires a tuck and some room if you are a bigger guy, like myself.

    The engine is one area that really doesn't need improvement. Brakes, suspension and seat all need work. At under $4800 new, it isn't hard to justify spending a few bucks to fix those things.
  6. DandM

    DandM Long timer

    Jan 6, 2009
    Here and There
    My 2 cents ---
    I fought it and fought it and fought it, then gave in and bought it:
    650 Burgman. Best damn ride I've ever had. Still have it, I'll always have one, and I'm never looking back. It's a great "other" bike.
  7. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

    Jul 29, 2005
    Ya know. . . .I've never really bonded with the Harley thing.

    But this. This is a damn handsome bike. And I'm guessing it'd do all day cruising until you pass out.

  8. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

    Aug 4, 2006
    Avon, IN Not so much Motorcycle Heaven
    Things get twisty as close as Mooresville and for sure by Martinsville. Navin makes some good arguments for a smaller bike.

    Get the 650n (prefer the curvy personally) and head southwest of Indy.
  9. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

    Nov 8, 2006
    Ensenada, Baja California
    well I have a KLR 650 and a 100 cc scooter, and I feel I am missing a fast bike and a 2 up bike. Since I am divorcing I will go for a faster bike first, a Monster 69? (what ever) since I do not have the experience for the super speeds.

    May I suggest a FZ1 from yamaha... very cool, very fast and maybe a tourer (the maybe goes for you, since I know the bike can do it)

    The burgmans can be very nice also!

  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

    Jul 7, 2005
    Asheville NC
    Yeah, the Dynas do that for me. Make me question everything I believe. :lol3

    The silver paint on the new Superglide is nice too.

    It's not a rocket, but it's fun bike to just kind of get on and ride without a lot of intent to do anything more than that.
  11. JohninVT

    JohninVT Been here awhile

    Dec 18, 2009
    A ZRX is one of the all-time great all rounders. It's really not "luggage limited" as it's no harder to install mounts and a set of cases than any other bike. They're much smoother than a Bandit, have twice the torque of a 600 sport bike and with risers and a decent seat are about forty seven billion times more comfortable.

    Option A)swap the front forks for a USD set from a wrecked zx-6. Ivan's jet kit and block off plates. Swap to pods and get Teds airbox eliminator kit. A secondhand Akrapovic or Muzzy. Cams from a zx-11. Find a gs1100 headlight. Woodcraft clipons and Sato rearsets. Corbin Gunfighter. updated, yet still old school cafe bike with 130hp and 80 ft/lbs. Go trolling for stupid kids on GSXR600's who have no idea that you're rocking early R1 power. I took this option with my ZRX.

    Option B)heli-bar risers and a Sargent seat. Buell foot pegs for an inch more legroom. A universal mount kit and a set of Pelican/Seahorse/whatever cases. Givi also makes a mount kit for the bike. A Throttlemeister. Either a windscreen extension or go to a round headlight and take your pic of the dozens of larger, bar mounted universal windshields that offer good protection. Wire up a couple power outlets for your GPS and heated gear. Cross the country with it a couple times and put insane mileage on the utterly bulletproof platform. My friend Neil took option B.

    You're not going to find a more adaptable platform than the one you already have.
  12. wario

    wario good bike cleaner...

    Feb 28, 2006
    Front Range Baby!!!
    Dibs on the ZRX... :evil
  13. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

    Feb 13, 2006
    Go all the way: ZX-14.

    Insanely cheap used, for what a great bike it is anyway, and more fun than a bevy of Hooter's girls.
  14. stripple

    stripple Runnin' Hard

    Sep 19, 2009
    Muskrat Flats

    If I had a KLR for my everyday mount, I would be looking for something with the ability to put a big ol' smile on my face. Because (no disrespect intended) the KLR is one boring suma bitch. It gets the practical things in life done, but so does a minivan. For me the love of motorcycling is all about the emotion generated by riding a wonderful machine that you connect with.

    I have had really fast bikes that I never really emotionally connected with. I've had not so fast bikes that had me grinning like a retard in my helmet each time I swung a leg over. Here is my list of bikes that I have made me giggle like a school girl. (In order of fun-ness:D)

    1) 1994 Ducati M900- Pretty reliable, pretty comfortable. reasonably powerful and handled great. A very character rich bike. I want to punch myself if the face for selling it every time I see a picture of my old one. I also think that they are going to be worth some $$ someday. You might want to try the 1100, they are a kick in the pants as well...

    2) 2007 Triumph Speed Triple- Hard to choose what bike I like better between #1 and #2. Monster wins by a hair because of slightly more soul. The Speed3 is just a plain bitchin' motorcycle. There is just plain nothing out there like it. Not even close. I took some pretty long trips on it, but for me it really shined on short trips and around town blasting. They look like they could kick your ass and get your girlfriends number just sitting there.

    3) 2000 CBRF4- Fairly comfy for a 600 SS bike. Not as fast or as lithe as an R6, but for me it was an overall better package. I found the handling to be telepathic. I rode a friends 2008 CBR600RR quite a bit and I did not feel nearly as good on it. different strokes and all that...

    4) 2001 CBR929RR. Completely uncomfortable, and completely impractical. But, out of the big bore SS bikes that I have experienced, (not nearly as many as some here) it had a bit of a ragged edge. It was a fun machine, but I had to sell it because I was getting far too comfortable going absurdly fast everywhere I went.

    There are more but I now realize that I am rambling and I suppose that I made my point. Get something that makes your insides tingly...Look at it this way< have you ever had a sexy/insane girlfriend? You didn't really want to get rid of her because she rocks your world! But, you can't do much with her but have a good time because she is too much trouble. Well, you've got your reasonable wife in the KLR. It will do all the stuff you need it to, reliably. Since you have that base covered, go get yourself a dirty little tramp and have yourself a ball!!:clap

    (Pardon the rambling post. I'm home from work injured and all hopped up on pain meds) :drif:happay:jump:choppa:getiton:confused:up:loco:cob
  15. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

    Jul 4, 2009
    Chandler, AZ
    Either something vintage, or a cruiser of some type. If there are no curves, there is no need for a sport bike, why put up with all the pain just to ride it on straight roads?
  16. rockmurf

    rockmurf IBA #31100

    Feb 27, 2006
    Put the cash into the klr, like a 705 kit, suspension work, brake upgrade and bank the rest or take a mc trip with the difference.
  17. wario

    wario good bike cleaner...

    Feb 28, 2006
    Front Range Baby!!!
    Not to harsh your buzz... but, that's good money after bad. You'll maybe get 8hp for your $1500 upgrade - you don't need much more brake than a KLR has because it never goes that fast... and well, even with the upgrades you'd still have a John Deere. I mean a KLR. :freaky

    I say partner that KLR with something that has a bit of excitement. Im surprised you don't like the ZRX - but, they do feel a little... un-athletic until you let them breath and then remove some pounds. I've had 4, and owned the same one twice. I'll have another one at some point to. Dialed in they are about as much comfortable fun as you can have on any bike.

    My suggestion is you get something totally unpractical - like a ZX10 or a GSXR750. Something that's on the opposite end of the performance spectrum from the KLR. I say "zero-overlap" is the way to start a multiple bike disorder garage.

    I have three corners of the disorder nailed down right now: a 1800 Goldwing, a Bandit 400, and a TC125. Yup. All I'm missing is a time machine like a 'busa and a mid-liter hooligan like a ZRX or a Speed Triple and I've got most the bases covered. Well, maybe another R1150GS to round things out... I sold mine to get my wing/wife back into riding.:lol3
  18. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

    Feb 2, 2011
    High Desert, CA
    Land of the flat and straight? Opposite bike to your KLR? There are only two answers and they are very similar.... ZX14R or a Hyabusa. Simply point it and watch the surroundings turn to plaid. Also the hyper speed bikes share no mission overlaps with your KLR so its truely the other end of the motorcycle spectrum...
  19. ANutt

    ANutt Keyboard Adventurer

    Jul 7, 2007
    Canton, GA
    KLR 650 and a GL1800. Great combo.
  20. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

    Nov 25, 2004
    home again packing for the next one
    I have a klr and a cbr1100xx a combination that cant be beat:clap