Decisions KLR or DR 650

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by aj226, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. aj226

    aj226 Sloth Supporter

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    The opportunity to pick up a new bike has come up. The decision seems to be KLR or DR.
    Recomendations??

    New bike in the mix. A local dealer has a 05 XR650R that a street legal kit can be done on.

    More opinions please.

    Aj
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  2. PoodlePumper

    PoodlePumper Custom Title User

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    Sorry, no recomentations here.

    Maybe consider the KLR though.

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  3. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love Super Moderator

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    Buy a used KLR. They are about $3k for a nicely fixed up one.
    If you think it sucks, sell it for $3k and buy a used DR.

    Thanks
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  4. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    More road than dirt = KLR
    More dirt than road = DR
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  5. cherokee

    cherokee Been here awhile

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    It depends on what you want, I can only make comments from the DR side as that is what I own. I ride my DR mostly on road, gravel and farm roads, then onto county highways to work. During the summer the DR is my every day to work ride, the trip is about 50 miles round trip. The DR is great in the hottest summer days and I stop riding to work when the temps get into the 40's. The bike is stone reliable.
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  6. Mr.Grumpy

    Mr.Grumpy Banned

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    I'm sorry: did you IMPORT 96 posts from the Flower Forum?
    How can you be a member of ADVrider for more than 45 seconds or so and feel the need to ask that question? Hit the "search" button. At least provide a modicrum of information about what you want to do with the bike and such with.

    MY recomendation: Kawasaki ZX-14 and some flip-flops.
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  7. hilltownwalsh

    hilltownwalsh Ahhhhh, Bach!

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    Are you sure you want a DR?
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  8. aj226

    aj226 Sloth Supporter

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    Couldn't find any forums with opinions about both bikes, just one or the other.

    Thanks jkam. With the amount of riding you do in a year; I value your opinion.

    Aj
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  9. Mr.Grumpy

    Mr.Grumpy Banned

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  10. aj226

    aj226 Sloth Supporter

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    Hard to decide. I expect it will be more dirt. I work about five hours from home and I go in for ten days at a time. Riding up and back more than twice a summer on a long straight road is getting old fast, so I'm looking for another bike to play with in Fort McMurray.

    Aj
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  11. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Get the two, stone stock in a drag race and buy the winner, wonder which one it will be.
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  12. rockt

    rockt Long timer

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    You're waaay up there in Ft. Mac. If you're looking to play you're gonna find some dirt up there. Therefore, you NEED the DR. It's a lot more dirt worthy. Plus, it's a surprisingly good street bike. If you're planning to ride it to Edmonton, though, I'd strongly recommend the Corbin seat, (hell, I'd recomend it anyway, but that's just me).

    Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
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  13. aj226

    aj226 Sloth Supporter

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    The dealers know me. It'l be hard enough to get them to let me test drive.
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  14. aj226

    aj226 Sloth Supporter

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    I'm not planning to ride it on the highway; I've got an Adventure for that. I just want to be able to get around Fort Mac on two wheels, in the summer
    (and maybe do the ice road to Fort Simpson next winter)

    Aj
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  15. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    The best way to decide is to testride, the old seat of the pants test. I had a KLR for a couple of years and found it to be a great bike. Yet I read some threads that run the bike down. Haven"t had a DR so I'm no help there.
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  16. Mr.Grumpy

    Mr.Grumpy Banned

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    So, a zx-14 WAS the right answer after all!
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  17. aj226

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    Fort McMurray is one of the most boring places on earth to own a road bike. The roads are mostly straight, and with the amount of construction going on there is always lots of dirt on the paved roads. I rode an old GS1100 (now GS1250) around for a few years, but even stop lighting with the harley crowd got boring quick.

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  18. Mr.Grumpy

    Mr.Grumpy Banned

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    Just so that we are clear, besides being a smart ass (which I do so dealry love) that is a KLR in my avatar and I recomend those bikes wholy. For all the riding that you described from dirt roads to straight slabs with dirt on them the KLR is a fine, fine bike. Sure, a DR is a better dirt bike but if you are at a place where that matters a DR650 isn't the bike you should be on either.
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  19. aj226

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    Thank you for the opinion. That is the sort of information that I need. I've haven't done a lot of off road riding, and I've found using a GS Adventure on bush trails to be a foolish mistake (for me). My first plan was the KLR because of the number of devotees, but one of the local dealers is trying to sell me on a DR.

    Aj
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  20. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    The DR is lighter, lower and more nimble. Not any more or less reliable. I'm sure this suggestion won't surprise you - but with the bikes being so similar in their price and capabilities, you might just try sitting on them and seeing which has the ergonomics that best fit your body and riding position.
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