KLR - Yes, the KLR

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by WestVirginia, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. klrider99

    klrider99 I know a shortcut........

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    You're a YOUNGSTER, West Virginia! Got 20 years on ya. And after 20 years off the saddle I'd say get a decent, lower mile used KLR, have a lot of fun riding it, and learn how it ticks, too. Maintained, and with a few frakles, the bike will go anywhere....I rode my A13 KLR some 60 k miles, had it in Montana and across Labrador, down to Georgia four times. I rode a Vee Strom five years, and a Wee Strom four, now mainly ride a Tiger 800 XC and a dirtified DRZ 400SM. The main place the KLR is lacking is for two-up, and that doesn't seem to be a problem you'll have. The KLR is cheaper to drop, easier to pick up, and cheap enough you could even have a parts bike. Best luck dual sporting in the Mountain State! :D
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  2. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

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    I went thru this same sort of thin a year ago, only I had been back into bikes for 8 years after a long break my last one was a cruiser. I first bought a low mileage 2001 KLR and rode it and my cruiser with more riding on the KLR and more fire road stuff. Then I sold the cruiser and have an 03 Vstrom 1000 and the KLR, I don't see myself living where I live and only having one bike EVER. The Vee gets used on longer rides and some fast twisties stuff and is really good on fire roads but the KLR is easier to throw around in the tighter more technical stuff. And both bikes together were 1/2 the cost of a new Tenere.
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  3. ArmSC

    ArmSC Been here awhile

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    I would think that you would be fine getting the bike you really want. You can get a KLR but you will probably always wonder if you should have gotten the tiger or ten. If you don't like it then get the KLR or something else. Now you just need to figure out what you really want.
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  4. Karson

    Karson Been here awhile

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    had an '09 KLR and got raped when I sold it a year later. learned the hard way that trying to farkle a bike into what i needed from the get go rarely works. i've heard it mentioned that KLR's are what you might consider "disposable" and boy did that ring true when I sold it.

    got the tenere this spring after my rude awakening/learning experience with the KLR. love it. easy maintenance and a rock solid machine all the way around. a big thing for me being in iowa is that it takes me nearly 3 hours for any decent riding. 3 hours on the KLR was "meh" at best, i had a full ricor suspension + all the farkles you could imagine, but it still was a 35hp thumper with basic, old technology all the way around no matter what you did to it.

    the tenere is a beast...what was once a mundane 3 hour trip to good riding was now something i looked forward to.

    so i guess if there's anything to take away from your thread, if you're looking for a brief intro back into it, look for a dumb SOB like me who has a KLR for sale all farkled out for you to get back in the saddle with. then sell it down the road when you want more for a minimal loss (and you probably will want more). then buy a tenere...
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  5. Timothy Blomquist

    Timothy Blomquist Adventurer

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    I own a 2011 KLR and a 2012 Tiger 800XC. The Kawasaki for me is just not a higher speed highway bike. If I could take two lane blacktop and gravel roads on longer trips (30-50mph) the KLR is just fine. In October took the KLR into the BLM south of Canyonlands National Park Utah, 84 miles off of pavement (6 hours) at an average speed of @ 13 mph. The KLR did fine. No tip overs but bogged down in sand numerous times on the two track trails, causing me to stop, stand up, twist the throttle and start moving again. No damage on this trip except my license plate was nearly peeled off.

    The Tiger 800XC is a much better highway bike. This past September took the Tiger to eastern Tennessee and rode in the Smoky Mountains with Harley Riders in my group. Did Tail of the Dragon on US 129 and the Tiger was just the perfect bike for that road. The Harleys were scraping their pipes on those sharp curves.:D
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  6. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    Skip the KLR and buy a Tenere.

    How they continue to sell the KLR is beyond me.
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  7. Nightstrom

    Nightstrom Adventurer

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    My picks for best all arounder are BMW 800 GS, Triumph Tiger 800 XC, or Suzuki Vstrom 650. All great bikes.A Sergeant or Corbin seat would be in order for any of them.
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  8. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    x2 made that mistake.....oh the other bikes I could have had with that money. Not to confuse things anymore, but a used BMW Dakar 650 might be an option.....like a KLR but with modern technology + friendly power and weight.
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  9. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    I would go for the Tenere. My friend's KLR is the least the reliable bike in the world. It died on us after it drank all it's own oil. He had checked it before we left, but it ate it all during the course of one or two tanks of fuel at high rpms, (guess he didn't think it was possible for it to drink it all that quick). Left him stranded in the middle of nowhere with no cell signal. I had to go to find an area to call the AMA to find us a tow using the Versys.

    It was still under warranty, and they agreed to cover it. It took 2 months to get repaired. We got it back, they left a screw on the piston. Started it up, and it was fucked again. Took it to another Kawi dealership. It was covered under warranty, took another 2 months to get repaired. Was out of warranty by the end of it, so they extended it a bit.

    Lemon bike, crappy dealer service, Kawi corporate was 'okay'. Your mileage will of course vary. I recommend that people try something else, perhaps more modern if possible, everytime now. I, of course, had no such problems with my Versys, other than shitty non-dealer service, but I was always yearning for more power.

    It was a toss up for me between the Super Tenere and the GSA. I went for the GSA because I could always sell it and get a Yamaha if I hated it (I don't).

    I think that once you get to the liter bike range, you are trading a lot of the offroad capability (not that the KLR has much), for power. The GSA feels like it has unlimited power off the line, you can even power wheelie it despite it's weight, it's great. My friend tell me the Tenere is much the same.

    I don't particularly trust the Triumphs, just because of ignorance about the current state of British Engineering. I don't know if they've improved over the years or not. It's just me, never seen a reason not to get behind Triumph though.
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  10. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    The way I look at it, you can buy 3 klrs for the price of a ten. Buy one modify the crap out of it, and have a 100% reliable capable bike for 50 percent of your money, and have half left for a big trip.

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  11. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Something very addicting about the KLR. Easy to ride, easy to work on, easy to pay for.

    I'm not sure it's a motorcycle, more of a tractor-atv.

    I think I still want a motorcycle for Sundays, but I would never get rid of my KLR.

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  12. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    Correct,

    I had to get rid of mine to get the versys in the stable....just how it was at the time. Now im hunting down a 2012 blue unmolested KLR to build for me.
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  13. WestVirginia

    WestVirginia Well spoke'n

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    Honda on its website is promoting that they have "Six new motorcycles." However, the Honda XR650 doesn't seem to be very popular on this thread. Honda will probably come out with an awesome new 650 the day after I buy a new bike.
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  14. xathor

    xathor Not actually Gnarly

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    I'll sell you my mechanically sound yet not cosmetically perfect 2009 KLR650 for cheap. PM me if your interested.
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  15. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    I love my KLR... don't really know why, but I do.
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  16. R Brown

    R Brown KLRider

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    +1
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  17. MrMac

    MrMac Been here awhile

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  18. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Lurk the for sale section here, and watch Craigslist.
    You will run across something, don't know that I would run out and buy new.

    Might get something you don't like, might get a dual sport and after a few months decide maybe you don't want to ride a lot of dirt, or don't like the seating position or any one of a dozen other things.

    When ya find something give me a shout, I'm less than an hour from you and know lots of dirt to ride.
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  19. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    I loved my 08 too. Just needed a bike with more comfort for the little lady on back.

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  20. wvrocks

    wvrocks Been here awhile

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    Not a KLR but a damn fun bike. I'm selling my 95 BMW R1100GS. Just down the road from you a bit
    in Elkins. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=846076

    Had an 08 KLR before this bike. It was fun and capable but I like the GS a whole lot better everywhere
    except rough trails. The KLR didn't exactly shine there either. Despite being a fair amount older, I considered
    the GS a major upgrade in technology, power and handling.
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