Anyone regret buying a KLR?

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  1. Bullwinkle58

    Bullwinkle58 Adventurer

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    What was your mpg on the 990, and did that feel like a better bike on the road than the KLR?
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  2. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I got about 38-42 mpg on the trip. I filled up every 160 miles so the range was less than the KLR.

    I picked up a friends 990 in Steamboat Springs and rode it back to GA by way of Moab, valley of the Gods, Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tuscon. When I left Tuscon I rode 1911 miles in 32 hours. I could never have done that on a KLR. I had a 990 in my garage within a month of finishing the trip.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=937645

    The KLR is a good bike. They are cheap, easy to maintain, easy to fix, and dependable. If you want to make them into something they aren't (dirt bike, performance bike, etc.) you are better off buying something different. They are based on design and technology that really hasn't changed since the mid 80's. However since the design did not change there is a great aftermarket and lots of used parts available if something breaks. Bend a rim, you can pick up a used wheel for $100-150, can't do that with a 990.

    I would guess I put about 60k miles on KLRs and the only time I had to get trailered home was when I let the chain got loose, jump off the sprocket and wedge in the wheel. I had a broken doohickey on one and broken spring on the other.

    If you are looking for a cheap, dependable street bike you can do gravel roads on then a V-Strom is hard to beat.
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  3. Slowphil

    Slowphil Big Man in a very very small pond

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    Bought a klr new back in 99, since then there's been a big parade of bikes through the garage but the klr is still there and every year I buy it something else. I try to do as little superslab as possible and try to run gravel roads and easy tracks with it, works great at that. Another reason I like it is I like to tinker (which I'm not really great at) and the KLR is an easy bike to work on
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  4. Dan in Grand Rapids

    Dan in Grand Rapids Been here awhile

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    My KLR has 65,000 miles on its original (not rebuilt) motor. It is always my first choice and I ride it almost every day. It actually is my favorite bike of all that I have owned. Great commuter, good on gas, too ugly to steal, doesn't need to be washed etc. This bike just never brakes and takes lots of abuse.
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  5. AJay112

    AJay112 Back on the, "old" ADVRider...

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    What are you people doing to your KLR's... 75mph at WOT ???

    A: You are completely inept at tuning a motorcycle and should have your ManCard revoked.

    B: You have never owned one and buy into the tribal lore.
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  6. AJay112

    AJay112 Back on the, "old" ADVRider...

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    "Exclusivity" Gotta love it. I have added premium controls, bars and upgraded the suspension to every Japanese/Italian/Swedish/USA/ Indian (Dot not Feather) bike I have owned or ridden since my early teens... guess what, they cost as much as a KTM after you do this.

    I don't "Ride Orange" (Yet) but "Race Ready" means something... namely, the bikes are ready to race and you have to pay for that.
    Used KTM's.... same price as a Japanese bike with quality components but you don't get the mechanical history that only a 15 year old with an IPhone and pierced eyebrow can provide.

    KLR and DR's... Don't get me started. "If you have to ask...." just ask Stu to terminate your membership, you'll never get it.

    As far as FootDragger and wealth goes... he is well off compared to most of us. A good farrier is worth his weight in gold. People like Navin know this and are willing to grab the good ones up before the season gets into full swing.

    (A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves.)
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  7. crashmeister

    crashmeister bykeopath

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    Bought mine 3 years ago & don't regret it at all. I can't afford a GS like my buddies, but I can upgrade the KLR as funds become available. Best one yet is the EBC/SV650 big front brake. It now has enough stopping power for me to confidently ride at speed. I have a Goldwing, and a cbr900 but the KLR gets ridden the most.
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  8. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Hated it. Couldn't sell it fast enough. Will never buy another.
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  9. Rey & Vann

    Rey & Vann Been here awhile

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    I think the KLR is a bit lacking out the dealers door in regards to the suspension. After I bought a new 2009, I started to outfit it with crash bars (after an expensive tip over), bash plate, planners and so on. After several trips ranging from 3 to 12 days, I started wanting something more. I started to look.at the F800GS and decided that was it.

    When I talked to my wife, the Vann in Rey & Vann, she asked me what, after all the money I've spent, was wrong with the KLR. Suspension. That was it.

    I liked everything else, but the suspension. She asked "How much?". $1000.00.

    She said get it and see how it does before you drop a ton on another bike. It worked. I got the suspension and now it's fantastic. Vann is one smart gal!

    Seat concepts seats, tall windscreen, doohickey, shock, fork cartridges. Bulletproof.

    Gets me to where ever I go and I've taken that bike to some disco-ridiculo places!

    Is it better than x, y, or z bike? Probably not, but even with what I spent prepping the bike to where I am today, I'm still 5 or 6 k under that F800 out the door.

    No regrets.
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  10. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Yes. When I started riding with guys who had plated KTM's and Husky TE 610's.
    I could not sell that pile of shit fast enough. :lol3
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  11. Lason

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    If I said that I regretted buying my hacked KLR, I would be lying. It's my first bike/rig but she's treated me very well. Maintenance is simple and cheap. The extra stability gave me the confidence to take to the forest service roads and have a blast over the summer, closing it out with a 1.6k mile ride down and up the West coast.

    The fastest of motorcycles? Nope.

    The flashiest of motorcycles? Not even close.

    The most premium of motorcycles? ...You see where I am going here.

    I see these as positives to the design. It is not a motorcycle that is likely to make one dread financial ruin should it be dropped. Nor would it be something that would be prized by a bike thief (they're cheap and not fancy like HDs or other premium bikes). Topping out at about 75MPH is good in my view too. I don't have any desire to go triple digits. I'd rather enjoy a mellow ride along some scenic backroads and state highways to get me out to the wilderness.

    Well, I suppose that I have one regret. I am now contemplating adding a lightweight dual-sport to my garage because riding my KLR is ridiculously fun and I want to try out some smaller trails.
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  14. Foot dragger

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    Ive designed a machine to spin horse's legs around real fast to balance hooves at speed,not all horses can take it and I do stand back a ways when I flip the switch.

    On fast whooped out downhills it makes ALL the difference.:1drink
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  15. AJay112

    AJay112 Back on the, "old" ADVRider...

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    Why would you do that to yourself... Riding my KLR with KTM's and TE's would be like my wife taking her 3 Series mudding.

    A time and place for all things... except riding a KLR off-road with race bikes.

    I see my short absence has basically let ADVRider fall apart... I have work to do.
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  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Dude, POS is NOT the preferred nomenclature.

    Heavy lumpish doohickey eater is much more accepted.
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  17. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    I dont' regret buying mine (was my first bike), but if I had a 530 already for dirt and dual sporting, I think I'd be looking at a twin to meet those expectations listed above. The KLR will feel slow after riding your KTM. Lots of more street oriented adventure bikess would be better suited to the above.

    Really comes down to how much dirt do you want to throw into the equation and how much money you want to spend. I'd be thinking 950/990, Tiger, Super Tenere, BMW GS (650/700/800/1100/1150/1200) etc. IF IT WERE ME.

    Full disclosure - I rode my KLR into work today! Different tools for different jobs.
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  18. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum Super Supporter

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    I had a 2008 KLR for a couple of years. Dependable mule is a good description. Good bike to ride to South America or Alaska or just about anywhere. Not so good bike to try and go fast on off road, even with the best upgrades. It is not and never was built for that, but that is what I wanted to do. I have been going in the direction of having bikes that are very good at one type of riding and have moved away from do everything type bikes. Just my preference. So I went 2008 KLR to 2009 KTM 690r to 2014 KTM 500 EXC. For the street I am waiting for my KTM 1290 Superduke R to hit the dealer. So yeah, no real regrets about buying the KLR. I had a lot of fun on it, and luckily never injured myself trying to pick it up:D Doubt I will ever buy one again, but I am not going to bash the bike either. The guy I sold mine to took it to Africa and sent me a picture of he and the bike at the equator. How cool is that! My KLR was pretty marginal to do a quick pass at highway speeds. My 690 and even my 500 EXC are both better at passing(although with the 500 after a pass it might be time to change the oil:) ), although the KLR was the better overall road bike than the 690 by a small margin.
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  19. Foot dragger

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    Thats a nice stable your building up,the 1290 should be an absolute blast!
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  20. mattcagg333

    mattcagg333 n00b

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    No Regrets... It isn't perfect but it gets the job done... I've spent the last 2 months riding south through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and I'm in Costa Rica now and need to return home soon. I'm trying to decide... ship it or sell it.
    http://mattcagg333.blogspot.com/

    Buy a used one, cheap, and then... ride the snot out of it.
    if you only spend $3k-4k just think of all the amazing places you can go with the extra $$
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