KLR - Yes, the KLR

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

  1. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    i didn't read all the other comments so sorry if this is a repeat...

    it totally depends on your budget. you get what you pay for. if your mechanically inclined then working on the XC will be fine. i've never worked on a KLR but i have worked on several other bikes/brands. its basically all the same idea. my 2c. also look at what you will be doing more of, will it be dirt, highway, mixed, ..... some bikes are better than others in one area. some are a jack of all trades. i will testify that the Tiger XC is a great jack of all trades!
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  2. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    I have a KLR and a Vee, not a bad combo. I think I'd suggest a clean used Wee for your first and only bike to have in the garage. Compared to the KLR it's suitably modern with fuel injection and 6 gears, MUCH smoother, close to 2x the power, much better on the road but still capable off the pavement up to a point. I've done 400 mile days on both bikes and only care to repeat it on the Vee.

    The price on a used Wee won't be that much more but you'd be getting nearly 2x the bike and you would most likely want to keep it longer.

    I'm trying to figure out if it makes sense to sell both the KLR & Vee and replace them with either a Tiger 800XC or Tenere, it's turning out to be a harder decision than I thought. I've ridden both the Tiger & Tenere.
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  3. Baron650

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    I'm thinking that telling a guy who's last motorcycle experience was 20+ years ago, riding a 300 lb. bike, that he should buy a 600 lb bike that costs 15 grand is hall-of-fame piss poor advice. You like yours? Awesome for you.
    Used, light, versatile bikes make a way better re-entry choice. Ride it, find out what kind of riding you really like, then start looking at what bikes would be best for that. You might decide you really want a Daytona 675.
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  4. lonny

    lonny PikesPeak-KLR

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    If you haven't been in the saddle for awhile you might want to start off with something to develope some skills. The KLR can take a beating and you can do all the basic maintenance yourself. No special tools needed for the daily stuff. Pick up a clean used one and have a blast. When you save enough $Cash$ from the savings on fuel with the KLR you can afford your dream bike and have time to research the cost associated with it. Parts and services will increase cost considerably. I had the idea that after I bought my 1200GSAdv I would want to get rid of my KLR........That has never happened! You know yourself better than anyone else.

    Enjoy
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  5. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    I said something very similar 2 weeks ago, and it's been totally ignored.

    We bitch about new rider/squids on too much all day around here, but think that a S10 is the perfect bike to get back into motorcycles with. :norton
    Whatever.
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  6. JTT

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    I'm in much the same boat, only with a KLR and a 2003 Tiger. I got the Tiger to make long superslab hauls more tolerable and love it, but can't bring myself to get rid of the KLR. I've done repeated 500 mile days on my KLR and would do it again in a heartbeat.

    The joy of the KLR is they are easy and cheap to own. I think it would be a wise place to start back into the sport again. It's light years ahead of what you rode 20+ yrs ago, and since you haven't been spoiled by the "bling" of $15K machinery you won't even miss it.

    An added plus is you can privately smile knowing that you likely paid less for your whole bike than that GS guy spent on his/her routine maintenance in the past year. :rofl
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  7. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    I totally agree...but for this guy who is returning to riding after a long vacation, I don't think the Wee would be a good bike to start on. The KLR is lighter (though not 'light') and much easier to handle. And he will drop it, so having something easier to pick back up would be a plus.
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  8. nelseixas

    nelseixas n00b

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    The best bike is the one will do better what you'll want to do most of the time. Hard off road? Soft off road? Streets? Or highway?

    Tenere or Tiger 800XC will take you anywhere. Tiger is faster and its seats height is shorter than Tenere's (it might be a concern if you aren't too tall) and is more expensive. Tenere's minimum ground clearance is bigger than Tiger, but Tiger's suspensions travel are the bigger. Besides, Tiger have upside down front suspension. They have almost the same weight and both are comfortable for crossing the world.

    None of the two bikes are difficult to ride, so IMHO Tiger is a better bike and you'll just have to take it easy until you get used to it.

    I guess you should not worry about maintenance if you just don't have a bike. Buy what you need and what you want. By the way, KLR is a damn good bike, but it seems it's not what you are looking for.

    I hope I might be helpful. :thumb
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