what did you replace your KLR 650 with?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Cgirou, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    I couldn't find a single bike to replace everything I did with my KLR.

    So I had to get two...

    KTM 990 Adventure
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    and a DRZ 400
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    :D
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  2. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    Too funny. I have a 2009 klr and I have been looking at a dr-z400 or a TW200.
    Something lighter. Certainly something lighter. Klr is too fat and heavy for my dirt tastes
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  3. taranaki

    taranaki statale

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    2009 KLX250S.

    Yeah, I truck it to the ride most of the time but it's all smiles once I get there. :nod
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  4. Simple.

    Simple. I'm Special

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    I ditched my fully farkled '12 klr 650 for an '06 KTM 950 ADV and a '13 KTM 350 EXC. The klr got me down the road, but was pretty boring to ride at the end of the day. If im going to have a 500 lb bike, id like to have 3 times the hp of the klr :D sometimes its really fun to light the back tire up while cruising down a dirt road at 45mph.

    For the tight stuff, I had to get something light and nimble. It all depends on what you really plan on doing. In my situation, 1 bike just couldnt take on the task.

    Jon
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  5. k-ris

    k-ris antisocial

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    Going to test ride a Zero FX today!
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  6. maxinux

    maxinux KiLR

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    I did a complete stable swap... sold the klr650 + r1100s + 2x xr-400s, got 2x ktm 990 adventures and a ktm 250 xcf-w (mine) and a crf-250 hers. I have 0 regrets ... The Honda she keeps trying to transform into a ktm:)
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  7. doogiepooch

    doogiepooch Been here awhile

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    After a cross country tour this spring, I was sick of the oil burning to cruise at anything over 65 mph (with a 16 tooth) on my 2012. Traded it for a Ninja 300, sounds like an odd choice, but I have to say I'm loving it. I'm waiting for Kawi to FI the KLR or the KLX or build a 300 Versys. I miss the adv riding position and the option to go off-road. If I'm honest I wish I'd never sold my 87...it was well sorted and didn't burn oil on the interstate.
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  8. kjackbrown

    kjackbrown Been here awhile

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  9. Cgirou

    Cgirou Adventurer

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    PLEASE let us know what you thought of the Zero. I would love to ride one just to see what it is like.
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  10. bkoz

    bkoz Been here awhile

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    08 Kl650 for and 09 DR650. Much happier with the DR.
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  11. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    Looks like a 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 XC to me. Link
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  12. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Haven't replaced mine yet but since I'm back from the coast to coast trip on it I'll have it for sale soon :evil

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  13. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Why are you going to sell ?
    You seemed happy with it.
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  14. TossingLead

    TossingLead Adventurer

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    Replaced my 08 KLR after two years and 20,000 miles with a 05 Triumph Tiger and an KLX400.


    iPhone Tapatalk
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  15. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    My 2006 KLR650 in the one year only proper Kawasaki lime green, was a great bike. It did everything, just didn't excel at one thing in perticular, which was fine. I didn't so much replace her, as she was taken from me by a tractor trailer on the Interstate. It took almost a year to get back to being able to ride like I did before and I eventually tracked down my XChallenge and LOVE it.
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  16. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    The KLR is a pig off road, no doubt. I rode a friends WR250R on some gnarly stuff around Hot Springs NC and fell in love.

    The KLR has its place...and it isn't going ANYWHERE. I like its ability to run the roads long distance (back roads/limited access highways preferably, as I don't like having to run 80mph just to keep from getting run over) and play in the dirt when I get there. I love the long range capability of the bike & dependability of the bike. 44K+ miles without a hiccup. But it is a bear to pick up in the sand :gdog :lol3

    I'll probably go after a DRZ400 for dirtier work. LOVE the WR250R, but it is only about 25 lbs lighter (317 vs 295 for the WR) than a DRZ & has a good bit more grunt. Now if only the DRZ was FI...
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  17. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    My XChallenge is FI, 55hp, and about 321lbs as she sits. :deal

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  18. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    I didn't so much replace my 09 KLR as I expanded the stable.

    For the OP, for highway work and heavy dual sport fun, I'd look at a twin. Either a KTm 950/990 or some BMW GS F650, F800, R1150...I picked up a R1150GS and it's MUCH more fun on the highway, I didn't realize how much more smoothe and relaxing it is to ride on the highway until I picked it up. Speaking of picking it up, this bike won't see much offroad use, its just too damn heavy. Now gravel roads and improved forest roads, you bet.r

    But for more dirty work, I sure appreciate a lighter bike, and my WR250R is great. It rides the fwy almost as well as the KLR, but the KLR has better wind protection, highway bars, throttle lock and a little more passing power that is all handy.

    If I had to pick just one bike, for me, right now, it'd be a KTM 690/950/990 or a GS800/1200.
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  19. bkoz

    bkoz Been here awhile

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    Here is something I have always kind of wondered.

    What was your riding experience before the KLR and what did you buy after the KLR?
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  20. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    damn with all the $ you spent on 7 title/regstration fees you coulda farkled the 1st KLR into a GS :lol3 Luv my KLR too but thinking DRZ400 now
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