Anyone regret buying a KLR?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bullwinkle58, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Night Falcon

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    Is my memory failing me again or have some of the more recent posts on here been removed?

    Foot Dragger - sorry you got sprung for bringing up the DR on a KLR thread - I mentioned the WR250R but I think I got away with it :evil
  2. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi Supporter

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    Please do us a favor. Respectfully, read the site posting rules carefully and get the message.

    You, and everyone, are more than welcome to post relevant to the topic items.
  3. Foot dragger

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  4. damasovi

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Hi,
    Well this is a very simple question to answer. In my case the answer is NO, I still love it after 9 years and 42+ K miles. Yes I have added stuff to the bike, and I do that to all my bikes (I put hwy pegs on a scooter, FYI).
    I will continue to own it, since I do not believe anybody would pay me want I think it is worth, so I just keep it.
    OP, The KLR is not for you if you want 100 + mph, 10 mile wheelies, or a mega tourer or Motocrosser. You will get a solid bike with good functions and reliable qualities (even the shortcomings are well known), this to some translates as boring, not to me, I like my bikes to run when I want them.
    Good luck my friend.
    Damasovi
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  5. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi Supporter

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    A thread, "Anyone regret buying a KLR?" You have close to 40 contrary opinion posts (15%) in a thread about a bike you have never owned or ridden? A whole set of 'humorous' posts and author have been removed from the thread?

    It is not about humor, but relevance and content.

    What advice is needed?

    Here are a few site rules;

    2. Post to the forum that is most appropriate for the topic being presented...

    "In many forums the inmates who have been here for a while will be helpful and give you hints--some subtle, some not--on how to avoid getting into trouble. Listen to them. Everyone here has a vested interest in keeping the site running smoothly..."
  6. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer Supporter

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    The statistics in the post above suggest you've been rather persistent yourself, Foot dragger! (I know, I know. You want to increase your post count, right?)

    Alas, you must now take the torch (of KLR-bashing) from the now-departed wiswoodsguy's failing grasp. You must complete your awesome life's work (telling everyone they SHOULD regret buying a KLR) ALONE.

    Are there other motorcycles you've never owned, besides KLRs (and perhaps WR250Rs), you must warn the world against?

    I await your further generic KLR-bashing, and your specific personal attacks. (No need to inform anyone this post's length exceeds your attention span, and contains too many "big words" you don't understand, for you to read it, as is your custom.)

    With your highly-developed sense of "humor," doubtless you appreciate the jocular levity of this post.

    Regardless, enjoy your KTM (or whatever); ride in good health and safety.
  7. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    Don't worry, your post can still be found down in Head Explody with the clown. Looks like the mods did a little much needed spring cleaning.
  8. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    I think what you meant to post was this:

    <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/d2CfYOJ5oxk" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>

    I don't regret buying a KLR. I also don't regret selling it. Too heavy for the flexible frame and forks.
  9. ehdottoman

    ehdottoman n00b

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    ridden and owned 8 bikes, the only one that stays no matter what is the KLR. more than a bike at this point it is an extension of me. like they say sure it doesnt go down the road well, i've crossed the country on multi thousand mile trips multiple times, pansies. and sure it doesnt do well offroad, i've had this bike in places a lot of mx people are scared to go and still got out fine. it doesnt do anything exceptional but it does do it all good enough. and at an affordable price.
  10. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I tried quite a few big ADV bikes before buying a KLR.
    So far...20000 miles in 18 months it is my favorite.
  11. Bullwinkle58

    Bullwinkle58 Adventurer

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    This is the type of answer I was hoping to get.

    Based on what you described, I still think the KLR is what I'm looking for.
  12. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    I have two bikes. IF I could only keep one, it would be the KLR. It's a lot like my '03 Toyota Corolla. It's not perfect, but it gets me there. Where ever there is. And, it's cheap to operate. In this world and economy, that's not a bad thing.
  13. Kurt Franz

    Kurt Franz Adventurer

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    I do not regret buying my 08. I had it up for sale a few times because I thought I was ready for something different, but always changed my mind when I started getting calls.

    Can't elaborate much more though.

    KF
  14. smj

    smj Been here awhile

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    I guess I would have to say that I did regret having bought a new 2007 KLR650... I had it a couple years and sold it. I found that it can do just about anything, but that it seemed underpowered, awful suspension, and that you could invest a fair amount of money in the bike trying to get it to better meet your expectations... Only to fall a tad short of the mark. I went back to two bikes, both are strong performers in different ways: 2007 XR650R and 2012 990R. They speak to my soul, the KLR did not. I would never say anything bad about the KLR, I think it a great value bike - and we need more of those - but it was not for me. Why do I regret having bought it???? I didn't get anywhere near the money back that I spent on it, it did not make me grin like a silly idiot when I rode it.

    You need to ride bikes that speak to your soul...
  15. anybody

    anybody n00b

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    I bought a klr wanting a dirt bike, I wanted to buy brand new and true dirt bikes were too expensive. So I kind of fell into the klr, I'm now glad that I got it though because Im not super aggressive in the dirt and I'm able to take long distance trips on it, so for my style it's perfect
  16. Soldier311

    Soldier311 Long timer

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    ...is there a bike in the price range of the KLR that can do all that the KLR can? The Suzuki DR650 is close, but it doesn't have the fairing and wind protection (although minimal) that the KLR has that makes it a better highway bike.
  17. old-n-slow

    old-n-slow Been here awhile

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    Five years ago I owned 4 cars and 5 bikes. Today I own 1 car and 2 bikes. My 07 Bandit, 08 ST1300, 08 Miata and Sebring convertibles are gone, while the 04 Ford Explorer and 09 KLR both made the cut and are coming with me into retirement. Getting older teaches you that things that are reliable are better than things that shine.
  18. Skyshadow

    Skyshadow Banned

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    First bike was a KLR, then got a modern Beemer, went back to a KLR.....still have the KLR.

    The KLR is like the modest girl who does all the good things all the time. The BMW was like the hot girl who was a bitchy high maintenance prude. Sure, you like looking at the hot girl, but once the lights go out the modest girl is the best. :evil
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  19. gravelklr

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    east of wierd, Texas
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