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

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

  1. fleshpiston

    fleshpiston Been here awhile

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    I sold my VFR this spring so the KLR is my only "real" bike now.

    For me it came down to the roads. The VFR kept me too close to civilization and it's paved roads. These days I try to get away from all that crap. :beer




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  2. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    New years eve bump. :freaky
    The 2006 I've mentioned previously may finally be in my name by the end of next month or so.:bluduh :huh:D:thumb
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  3. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    I sold my '08 Versys and picked up an '03 KLR........KLR250, that is. I've also got an '05 KLR250.

    It's probably the best overall bike I've ever owned, out of many. As I get older (and fatter) though, I've felt the need for more power, and something with electric start. I considered a KLR650 and a DR650, but pretty much made up my mind to buy a new Husky Terra 650. I wanted a smoother and more powerful version of the KLR650.

    Just as I was about to buy the Terra, I came across a clean, low-mileage '99 DR350, and I couldn't resist.
    It's a nice step up in power from the KLR250, and it's electric start to boot. It also has better brakes and suspension. I think it's going to be a decent mid-distance street bike, while being more dirt-capable than the KLR650.

    I'm still keeping my two KLR250's though...:D
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  4. kickstand

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    LOL After taking the GS on a few dual sport rides in the area mainly gravel and min maintenance roads decided it weighted way to much for this half century old guy was looking for something smaller or not as heavy stubbled across KTM adventure models which looked intriguing guy at local KTM shop suggested the E model which is approx. 30 lbs lighter than adventure aprox. 300-310 lbs about half the weight of the GS. 4.5 gal tank good for close to two hundred mile range and the fun factor is over the top strong motor good suspension little more maintenance than KLR. Now thinking of just selling the GS will miss comfort on long trips of the GS. But staying off the interstate and on secondary two lane is more relaxing and enjoyable many time the two lanes take you thorough small town rural America which I've find very cool.
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  5. Ross Brown

    Ross Brown One AU out

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    Just done exactly that. Sold the '07 1200GS. Loved fuel injection, ABS, and the 'concept' of being able to ride to any point on the globe. But.... hated the weight. I'm half a century old. Ride a trials bike for pure dirt fun and fitness and found that the GS was like driving an SUV. Hell, I even had to look for wide flat parking spaces. I couldn't just bounce up curbs like the XRs and XLs of my youth. So the heavy old girl had to go.

    I think 'light is right'. I do fancy a KTM 640, but there are no new ones around and I am wary of the reliablity. So, if it is about the journey to the destination and not the time it takes to get there ie. you limit yourself to minimal motorways/slab time then I don't need beyond 120kmh /75mph touring capability. All of which leads me to buying a 650 single. The new Beemer Sertao, or a late model Dakar look good. But the way the KLR owners talk about their bikes has swung me too look at a late model KLR650. There is something good to be said for simple and functional. I'm not driven just by price for this purchase, but the KLR -carb, 5 speed box and all - seems to be a good bike to compliment the cage and the trials bike.
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  6. ricmachado

    ricmachado Been here awhile

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    i sold a harley road king police 08 and got a klr 07

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  7. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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  8. blacktruck

    blacktruck Been here awhile

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    Dammit boy!!!!
    Been reading this website for a few weeks now. Came across it on another forum for the KLR. I've been owning and riding :rickysince...a long time ago. Currently got an HD and an antique Suzuki in my garage. Like many, I spent a lot of years riding to work and an occassional trip to Sturgis or some other destination on the HD or other big bike. I've had a big Yamaha with matching trailer for a few years and that was an excellent cruiser and made me smile every time I fired it up. I've always wanted to do some trips like I see on here and the KLR looks to be the bike for that. I wouldn't think of selling my hog or the old Suzy. I don't think they make any one bike good for everything. As soon as I can find one, I'm gonna have a KLR. Don't care for the blacked out rims and stuff so I'm looking for an 11 model. I've been reading this and a couple of other forums a lot of late. For dependability and ease of maintenance and availability of parts and price, I don't see how a person could go any other way. Just my opinion but I don't own one yet. Maybe I'll sing a different tune when I do but it wouldn't be the first time I've bought something :deal only to trade later when it ain't what I think it is. Happy trails to all....:wave
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  9. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    FINALLY! Finally got the paperwork done and insured last week. :clap
    I'm liking this bike. The roomy layout works great for my long legs and arms. The seat is less torturous than any of my previous XRs or '11 DR650. I installed a larger main jet and DG muffler and that really woke the engine up. It has great throttle response and pulls awesome in the lower and mid RPM and isn't bad on top either. This engine makes old-school thumper power which I love--it's a true THUMPER.
    The suspension and brakes are a little lacking but that can all be worked out over time. Even so, I think it handles quite well.
    This bike will only be used as a street bike that can be taken off road--as in gravel roads, dirt roads and maybe some mild two-track.
    Overall I'm pretty darn happy with this bike.

    A couple obligatory pics from todays ride.

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  10. xnihilo

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    Okay, I'll chime in.
    I, too, did pretty much the same as most of you here. Back in '06 I bought a Harley Street Bob and started dumping $ in it left and right....everyone knows the drill without having to go into detail. When the bike was about "perfect" I thought it best to get a commuter as to not draw attention to the Road Queen in the parking lot every day.
    Enter in a new '08 KLR.
    Like most have said, it is a simple hop-on-and-ride kind of bike. Cheap to maintain, much easier in the corners, and although I didn't want to admit it at first--more fun!
    Sold the Bobber.
    You'd think I woulda learned from that experience, but no. Pride got the best of me and I just had to have a Multistrada (at least it was used).
    Same thing.
    Was riding the KLR much more than even the thoroughbred Ducati!
    Sold it within a year.

    Still have the KLR. Will it always be my only bike? Probably not. However, I will never be without one :raabia
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  11. gnadenlos

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    I sold my Harley for a KLR and when that bike was crashed, I got another KLR and then sold that for a XR650L...
    I love the XR and miss the KLR (want them both)
    ...not missing the H-D yet.
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  12. blatant

    blatant Been here awhile

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    bump for an oldie but a goodie
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  13. EmBeeZedEx

    EmBeeZedEx Been here awhile

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    I didn't sell the power bike. I have an '04 KLR650, a '05 ZX12R, occasionally a revolving scooter to buy fix ride flip repeat. Picking away at a couple projects here and there.

    This thread has "powerful" in the subject line... whats with all the harley talk? :rofl

    :hide

    My phrasing for the common idea here is this. If aliens or an evil genie or whatever said I had to pick one bike for the whole world and all others would instantly vanish from the earth I wouldn't hesitate to go with the KLR. If they said I could pick about 8 to 12 bikes the KLR would never make it onto the keeper list.

    Thing is, most people ARE in that position. Lucky is the rider who can have a large stable, full to brimming with one of each perfect bike for every occasion. These things aren't golf clubs and we're not (mostly not) doctors. So we can't have a motorcycle for sand and a motorcycle for distance and a motorcycle for precision and a motorcycle for tall grass and a motorcycle for short grass and.... yall get it, I'm rambling now.

    Lately when folks talk about "investing" thirty grand in an immaculate cruiser my mind instantly thinks what fun it would be to have a a barn full of twenty KLR's ready to ride.
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  14. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    fuck that, a slave to the machines
    i dont sleep enough as it is
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  15. PrimlDriv

    PrimlDriv seldomseen in one place

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    You can only ride one..if its for two up a lot the choice would be a DL650. but the Klr will take you most anywhere..often keep your ego in check and may even remind you of that which a settler would have loved in there pony west....50k plus on Klrs..the other bikes would get jealous if I kept a stable
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  16. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    I finally did it. I've been street bikeless for about a month now.
    The CB750F in my sig is a sentimental bike. My dad who passed away almost 25 years ago now, bought it new. He sold it to a family friend after only a few years of ownership and I got it back from the friend in 2009. I'll never sell it.

    Anyhow--here's the obligatory pics of said KLR 650. 2014.5 New Edition I purchased new last October.
    So far, I'm enjoying the heck out of it.

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  17. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    The white KLR above is great. :evil

    I more or less went from a KLR to a Versys, the more sophisticated cousin of the KLR :evil, on the Ninja side of the family...
    but stopped to smell the shaft drive of a mint PC800 while en route.
    Now temporarily, there are bikes in the barn. A privilege to have one to ride while another tore apart to have some fun with it.

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