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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.
BOXES!!! Mine are lockable.
If I ever go boxes, will Doo the $100. Nanuk 940's.
how do you lock a Natty-Lite box???
stolen from the rear gate of a JK??
how appropriate. i equate my KLR to my JK. good on the road. good on the trail. excells at neither.
i call it my 2-wheel jeep
Dropped the bike several times with the hard panniers in soft sand and hard packed - many hours and miles from the next person. No compound fractures, only a little skin off on one occasion and that was from coming over the bike. In fact on more than one occasion they have prevented the bike from landing on my ankle as the box did not collapse and supported the bike. I wear good boots and padded pants.
I installed an internal key locking system so have left the panniers on for 4 trips into MX and all of the NA and Canada. Others have had things stolen. I have not had anything taken yet. Powder coated, water proof, dust proof, lined with stick-on carpet so nothing gets marked. Can load on top, and in the front of them too. Hard to beat that!
Why would you have to?
What are the dimensions of yer boxes?
Keep riding it. Go over the suspension if you haven't already done it, 40k she's still a baby. There aren't many bikes out there you can replace it with that are as versatile, comfortable, tough, reliable and handle as well as a KLR. Best of all you already own it, no payments!
Hi guys sorry to have hit a nerve, truce?
I do agree hayduke, I do not want a bike with fuel injection, and all the electronics crap. Love the carbs and simplicity. I would also say you probably shouldnt own a KTM if you dont want to work on them. i have a 950 adv (05 carbed) and a 08 530exc. had to pull both apart and get rid of all the pollution crap (as i would with any bike) and screw with some jetting etc. it is a bit scary to think about traveling solo on either one for a long distance as the possible issues might be beyond my abilities. The 950 is destined now to need a fuel pump and a water pump as those are known issues and miles are getting into that 'zone'. and you have to pull the tanks off to get to anything (and the crash bars, skid plate etc). i do love the bike however; an overgrown dirt bike with a 100HP is just too much fun- but would be concerned about being in Wyoming in the middle of nowhere unless I had a mechanic with me. Nor would I take a Husky, Aprilia, Ducati, or any of the others including BMW as I couldnt pay for or find the parts let alone do repairs. The 530 to be honest has been rock solid since i bought it and really does have a good power to weight ratio- its been trouble free. You know most people are not honest when they spent a bunch of money; only met one guy with a Land Rover and one with a Porsche who were realistic about the amount of repairs required and helped steer me away with my small piggybank so as not get in a position where its either the car repair or the mortgage payment :eek1 (lets not make it a car thread or flame war, just sayin).
Having said all that; I rode a KLR and I really liked it; the seat is nice and wide and you could probably ride the thing without changing it (unlike any KTM I have ever owned), the bars are placed pretty high and the overall ergos are great. I really wanted one for the bullet- proofness of the engine and figured I would of course, never leave the bike alone regarding the suspension, brakes etc just because I like to screw with shit to make it better . I was looking for a solid foundation to build more of a long distance bike that can do some mild offroad (two track mainly). I just got bummed when I was reading all the posts about problems. As someone else probably rightly stated, what percentage is that of the overall number of KLRs out there-probably low. Also stated, great bike to run to the store with; are you really worried about someone swiping it?
And having said all that, I would still like to see the offspring if a KLR and KX450 got locked in a barn together one night
So, still a fan and there may still be one in my future; apologies and ride on brothers and may I offer the international ADV sign of peace
...and I'm still making payments.
I wanted to stop in and say hi. I just bought my first KLR last Friday. It is an 08 with just under 4k on the clock. Here is a pic of her on the way home.
Now onto the adventure I got myself in. I was out running around down by the river that flows near the town that I live in. I have heard of a sort of off road park that I can get back into. I ended up finding it and had a good time all the way up until I got stuck.
It ended up with a friend coming out to help me winch it out. There was no way that I was going to do that by myself.
As for now I have the Happy-Trail nerf bars and skid plates coming on Friday. I can't wait to get them on so I am not scared of taking it off road anymore.
Now you did it and gone and got it dirty.
Oh man! guess you had to find out the hard way, now that the beast has tasted MUD, it will never be satisfied with anything less. Don't ride after a rain storm it will go straight for the mud holes. and whatever you do, Don't feed it after midnight!!
Hey guys I want to buy a 2nd gen KLR and debating newish or used...
My options are:
2012 2000 miles factory warranty dealer is selling for $4500
2008 4500 miles private seller for $4200
2008 8000 miles private seller for $3500
What do you guys think... The 2012 looks really sharp all blacked out
You're right. I just hope I can put it in for some rehab so it can kick the mud habit.
It just sucks. The hole did not look nearly as deep as it was.
For only $300 more i would consider the 2012. But if these are pre negotiation prices you could walk in to the dealer and say your budget is $3700. Then if they counter pull a well i guess i could sell something and come up with another $200. Settle somewhere below 4k
viper, glad to hear you made it out of there okay. By the way, that was the longest sentence ever........................
The last 2 are pre negotiated price but the one from the dealer is negotiated from $5000..
well. I love my gen 1. Paid $1600. I'm a bit of a cheapo. But you need a bike that turns ya on, so just go fondle them and see what one you like the best.
As for now I have the Happy-Trail nerf bars and skid plates coming on Friday. I can't wait to get them on so I am not scared of taking it off road anymore.[/QUOTE]
With the nerf bars and skid plate all you have to do is throw some alum. panniers on and it'll look just like mine (less a few scratches).
Welcome - watch your oil...