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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by rob feature, Jan 20, 2010.
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Good point! I have started a thread, seems kind of silly but I never thought one guy could have this much bad luck!
This is indeed what you think it is.....
only it's not :huh
I see that the Ninja is going semi naked, are you trying to be stylish like the Buell? Just remember to take your tire plugs along with you if you are!
its the dualsport ninja !!
or he got too close to that nuke one.
you never can tell what he's up to! (i bet he glows in the dark also)
Haha, yep! I got bored the other day and pulled off the plastic. I'm thinkin that I like what jdrocks did with his 650R
and I may run around naked for awhile just to see how I like it
I was driving down a rocky creek bed this morning and the thought did cross my mind regarding damaged tires. I have MANLY tires though so I wasn't skeered
You can never tell what I'm up to 'cuz I'm CRAAAAAAZY
(and yes, my fat bald head does glow in the dark )
that fits you man, hell i like it ~ looks damn good !
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I like the look too. As for the "Manly" tires, I wish they made some in my size. Been trying to talk a guy at work into buying the Buell so I can get something a little more user/tire friendly, thinking about one of the new KLR's. Anyone have thoughts or comments about them?
KLR is a damn good tractor.. i meen bike. damn good one !
But i like the DRZ, its lighter,has a little more power, is just as fast if not faster, $CHEAPER$ in price, way easy to find parts for and aftermarket stuff, gets better gas mileage, and the motors are damn near bullet proufe.
---(just my opion)---
Thanks, I wasn't going to remind him AGAIN oser
Yeah, I took it off this morning to see how it looked. Mo betta, but I'll be putting it back on cause its nice to be able to strap my laptop to it for work.
Besides...I've been thinking about turning it into the coolest bike evah...a KLR chopper. And every real chopper needs a sissy bar.
Well, depends on your riding needs. I'm finding that I'm spending most of my time running up and down the highway/interstate (daily commute) so I would love something more street oriented. If you're looking to spend more time off road then I agree with cdq3, there are better (lighter) options for the dirt. There are also several things that need to be upgraded right off the bat with the KLR. Nothing expensive and you can do them yourself, but still... It's a cheap bike built to a specific price point. There are a lot of 08 models that are oil burners so beware of those. I believe the oil burning issue was mostly corrected with 09 going forward. If you're looking at a KLR, and plan to spend time in the dirt, I would look for a pre 08 model like mine. The tupperware on the pre 08s is just that...tupperware. It bounces. The newer models have plastic that can get expensive if you crack it. You can find low mileage bikes out there for less than 2K. Then you can run them up to around 80K miles and part them out. You'll make most of your initial investment back and can then go buy something else, or another used KLR.
What I've found with mine is that it will run 70 actual at a hair over 5K rpm. Sweet spot is around 4500rpm. At 70mph its got a few ponies left but if you want to pass at anything over 70 it takes its time getting there. I haven't found the top speed on mine yet and probably won't try but I suspect its somewhere around 90 indicated. The bike itself is very steady at interstate speeds even when passing trucks, but the wind buffeting is really bad. That can probably be improved with after market mods but only to a point. The vibrations in the bars were ridiculous. But I've since filled them with BBs and added a throttle rocker and now it's not an issue. The seat will make you cry like a little girl.
On the up side, its a well proven design, reliable, easy to wrench on, gets about 50+ mpg, has a 250 mile range, is cheap to insure, has 20 years of after market stuff available and has a huge and very loyal following.
If we ever run into each other at a gathering, I'll be glad to let you take mine for a spin.
PS...too much front end dive and the brakes are total crap.
I think Dave summed it up pretty well. I had on '08 that I put 30k on. It was an oil burner but I fixed that with the 685 kit from schnitz racing.
I personally think that you'll be unimpressed with the hwy personality of the klr and that you'll soon tire of it with all the commuting you do- especially comin off the buell with it's powerful twin engine.
The only reason I sold the klr is because I found myself on the hwy alot more and the extra power and speed the ninja had to offer fit the bill better. The few times I really took the klr 'offroad' I hated it cuz it was such a heavy pig. Take Dave's advice and ride one around for awhile- a few days of your regular commuting would be ideal. cdq3 also makes a couple good points about DR's that are worth considering.
Best of both worlds would be one if those fancy BMW F800's
oser I was thinking of the GPS coordinates or the next tag possibly,
the last sissy bar I had was on a bicycle but I think you could be the 1st with a KLR chopper, go for it.