Who sold their big, powerful street bike and bought a KLR650?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by brucifer, May 3, 2010.

  1. snakecharmr

    snakecharmr Been here awhile

    Apr 11, 2009
    Southern Ontario, Cannuckland
    I sold my '99 Honda Fireblade and bought my '06 KLR650 and don't regret it one bit. I could only ride the Fireblade for half an hour comfortably before my lower back ached and my wrists went numb, the wife was even more uncomfortable on it when she would even venture to jump on. Now I've had the KLR for a few years and from day one, I love this bike. Would never consider another sport bike over this style of bike. I have ridden 1000km in a day on the KLR and used it weekly last year when I was working away from home to travel the some 300km fully loaded back and forth to my work location from my home.

    Old bike

    New and much better bike

    As for speed and power.. I have no regrets, sure having a bike that will go 275km/h is great, but where the hell you gonna use it? Around here you loose your bike and license for years for going 50 over the limit and have a $10,000 fine on top of that and will never get insurance ever again.. I can have just as much fun if not more bombing down back roads and woods trails.
  2. coloradogoose

    coloradogoose Really?!?

    Oct 1, 2010
    I can see the desert from here...
    I sold my Suzuki Boulevard when I bought my KLR, and I've not regretted it for one second. I knew that every bike has positives and negatives so I just decided which ones I could live with. I'm not a speed demon and I don't mind the ride of the KLR but I HATED cruising on the Boulevard and passing dirt roads and trails that I wanted to explore but couldn't.

    Hell, I wouldn't even know how bad the KLR rides if I didn't read all the complaints on here. :D
  3. NDTransplant

    NDTransplant Been here awhile

    Jan 24, 2010
    Casa Grande, AZ
    Yes, the Internet can be a dangerous place....:rofl

  4. tbss1

    tbss1 Adventurer

    Feb 22, 2010
    long island
    I bought my KLR last year after owning hondas for the last 30+ years. I kept my Magna 750 for highway driving but ended up not driving it at all last summer because I was having so much fun on the KLR. It now sits with a dead battery, bad gas, dust and spider webs.

    Another thing is that I would have never thought about getting the bike out in the middle of the winter which I now do regularly with the KLR.

    I can't say I enjoy riding it on the interstate but I really don't enjoy riding anything on the interstate. If I were doing a 1,000 mile trip on slab only I would probably drive the honda.
  5. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

    May 18, 2009
    Phnom Penh, Cambdia
    I had a 99 fireblade and a KLR at the same time. I found the KLR slow and awkward but I did end up using it in preference to the 'blade. I changed it pretty quickly but the fireblade ended up going and not getting replaced. I'm not a fan of the KLR but I see the point, I guess. I have a single now and no big sports bike. I don't even really want one any more.
  6. coop74

    coop74 Deal's Gap Junkie

    Dec 17, 2006
    Alcoa, TN
    I am in the same boat but my KLR is a 2000. A KlR and Vstrom are great companion bikes...

  7. plugeye

    plugeye dreamer

    May 11, 2007
    Garland, Texas
    sold the modified FXR
    bought a DR650, suzuki's KLR
    cannot justify a big street bike any longer, the big 650 singles do the job
  8. bullittman281

    bullittman281 Been here awhile

    Dec 22, 2007
    4 corners-ish
    I sorta sold the street bikes. I started out on an XT225 and loved it but "out grew" it. I sold it to get a KDX 200 and then missed the license plate so I got an SV650. The SV was a good ride until a dear parted our ways. I replaced the SV with a versys and loved it but talked my self out of the street thing. So I sold it and bought a KLX450R. Again I missed the license plate and the ability to ride off road like I could with the XT. It turns out that was almost my perfect bike. So I set out on a quest for another dual sport. After much searching it was between the KLR and the DR650. Once test ride on both convinced me. The KLR was a beached whale. The DR won. The DR does anything I need to do. Its a great bike. I'm sure that within its limits the KLR is probably a great ride as well. I found it too big and heavy to want to go offroading like I want too.

    Don't be scared, buy the big single, you probably wont regret it.

  9. speedmaster

    speedmaster Been here awhile

    Mar 8, 2006
    I did the sportbike thing for about ten years. I went from a CBR600 F3 to a Triumph Daytona 955i and spent quite a few days at the local racetrack (PIR).
    For whatever reasons the need for all that speed has gone and I am much happier with the challenge of multi-surface motorcycling.
    I chose a DR650 and have not looked back (I still have the Triumph but it hasn’t been out for over a year). I ride with a friend who has a KLR650 and while the DR is more agile, rider skill can make up for alot.
    Performance wise it probably depends on where you live, here in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> even on the Interstate speeds seldom exceed 70mph so keeping up and passing are not issues.
    I don&#8217;t think I would ever go back to purely a street bike at this point the dualsport is just too much fun.
    Good luck and enjoy whichever way you decide.
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  10. fonzie56

    fonzie56 Adventurer

    Aug 25, 2010
    Lebanon, IN
    Sold my 2001 Ultra Classic HD when my divorce deemed it necessary that I have some extra $$$.

    After 2 years of struggling with my huge mortgage payment and since the economy tanked and I couldn't sell the house, I could stand it no longer.

    How much could I afford to spend per month? Been riding for 41 years, can't go too long without a bike.

    Saw an ad for NEW KLR 650's, (09), for $4899. E-mailed the shop for an out the door price. No response.

    Next day, armed with a healthy down payment, I went to see the bikes up close. Bought a black one. Man, what a blast!! Riding has become fun again! No worries, just riding! Go anywhere, do anything. I love my KLR. My daughter named it ,"Big Daddy". Works for me.
  11. Avi8tor

    Avi8tor ADV Poser

    Apr 26, 2010
    I went the other way...I sold my '09 KLR and bought a '08 ST1300. The highway riding I do and long distance touring I will be doing wasn't going to work on the KLR IMHO.
  12. DecentMan4you

    DecentMan4you n00b

    Feb 6, 2011
    Any Road NOT Traveled
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  13. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

    Mar 13, 2009
    When I flip on the light in the garage the bike there now is a 2007 KLR650 I bought used already "fixed up"; springs, the do, 4 " taller shield, aftermarket seat, bags, LED rear light (and lowering links, low seat - these I switched off, but you can easily lower a KLR to get your feet on the ground)...added a pelican case for a top box. Got minimal $ investment, but a big return as far as ease of work, cost of any parts/work, and I enjoy the mount for what it gives me...which is about 50/50 street and trail (old fire roads, gravel trails, cleared trails...not single track). It can do the interstate if needed, but really that was not "the destination" I am aiming for these days.

    I came off a HD Classic (full fairing, bags, etc.)...and prior to that a BMW R100RS (sweet, smooth, fast!). I would not ask the KLR to do the types of road work I used these bikes for, just as I would not want to take the HD or BMW into gravel or mud...although for many years I would ride to HD across my snowy yard to make my kids think Santa's sled had been there!

    It's been said before...the KLR is like the Leatherman tool...can do a bit of everything...but there are better single function screwdrivers/pliers/knives out there...but if you have to carry just one tool in your pocket...the Leatherman or a KLR is a good choice.

    I also considered a KTM's, Honda, and the DR650, my final choice was steered by 1: knowing my essential criteria AND 2: finding a cared for, already farkled bike at a fair price...when those stars line up...buy it & and ride it!
  14. averagerider

    averagerider averagerider

    Sep 27, 2006
    Central Indiana, home of straight, boring roads
    This is a great thread. Please allow me to put a twist on the original question.

    Curious to know if anyone moved from a big twin GS type bike for a KLR 650. For the past 11 years I have been riding BMWs: first a 1999 R1100GS, now a 2007 R1200GS. I love the ride especially with Russell Daylong seat. Have ridden to Alaska and many other parts of the US and Canada. But when loaded for distance traveling and camping, it is a beast in low speed settings and nearly impossible to push from gas pump to convenience store when making a pit stop. Cost of service and parts is expensive.

    Just bought a new 2009 KLR 650 for 1/3 the price of the BMW. I am anxious to get to know what the bike can do and not do. I'm not ready to get rid of the BMW but am open to a lighter bike as I get a bit older.

    Curious what others' experiences have been.

  15. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Sep 8, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I cant wait to get rid of the sportster and get something light and nimble.
    I have a dr650 which seems great for running at speeds up to about 90 mph street or dirt.
    For the dirt, low weight seems critical, and the dr is a bit lighter then the KLR I think.
    The dr is heavy for a dirt bike, and I cant imagine going heavier if I was dirt riding anything but smooth stuff.
    Yes, you can go really fast in the dirt on a well set up dr, but its weight can hurt you in a fall.

    All the dual sports are tall, and don't feel as good on the street as a street bike.
    A lowered dr with street tires and a better seat would be a lot of fun.

    In the old days, many street bikes made fair dirt bikes, just put high mud guards on and knobby tires...

    My old Triumph Daytona (1969) was fun and fast in the dirt if it was not too rough, under 350 pounds and a very low center of gravity.

    I am not sure a lot of riders realize the downside of a bike with a lot of suspension. Lots of upside over rough stuff, but there is a price to be paid.

    Tall bikes with a lot of gas up high, likely makes for more crashes in many situations...
  16. RydinFool

    RydinFool Adventurer

    Jun 26, 2008
    North of the Adirondacks
    Well, I didn't dump my big bikes, but I bought a KLR. Used 2008 with less than 3,000 miles, for 3800$. Every time I think it's time to sell a bike or two, the first one that comes to mind is the KLR. Then I ride it. Crap. It's perfect. It does everything pretty well. Runs on 87 octane, and ethy doesn't seem to hurt it. Handles nice enough and will go anywhere for a long time on a single tank of gas. (55 mpg) There are tons of farkles for it. Although the only thing I've done it put a corbin seat on it. It's also my bad weather bike. I ride it in the cold, rain, snow (up here you may not, should not start out in the snow, but you may get caught in it.). It has never missed a beat. I have only put about 5,000 miles on it but I anticipate many, many more. :clap Just a note, most probably know this, but there is a great site KLR.net. Real friendly down to earth people there.

    As there is a gun for every purpose and a purpose for every gun, so it goes with motorcycles. And the KLR is a superbike IMHO.
  17. JeffD

    JeffD Been here awhile

    Nov 30, 2002
    do not take this wrong (I previously owned an 02 klr and presently an 09)the best thing about riding the KLR's for any amount of time is when I get back on my Harley it feels very powerful. I have owned 3 oilheads 1100 and 1150 and the number one thing i do not like about the KLR's is they are so under powered.
  18. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Sep 8, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I think up to 100 mph, my slightly modified dr650 will do better then my 1200 sportster. I know it does better wheelies...
    It also handles much better and is more comfortable!
    That is not saying much for the sportster.

  19. yamadado

    yamadado Adventurer

    May 19, 2010
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Has anyone moved from the yamaha fz6 to xt660z? Any regrets?
  20. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

    Mar 22, 2008
    kansas Flint Hills
    I kept my big road bike but added a KLR last Sept. I've only road the big bike once since them. KLR=FUN. bete.