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Old 12-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #27
Beastly Adventurer
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Anchorage, formerly Spenard (hub of the universe)
Oddometer: 5,932
after riding my GS off road then switching to the KLR, the klr feels like a bicycle. my KLR has Ricor valves in the forks & a Moab shock on the back. tittied up with a 705, a bit of head work, & FMF exhaust, etc... I've ridden it side by side with the KTM640 and it's really close. I know orange guys will hate that but its true & my friend with the 640 agrees. it takes $$$ and time to make those changes, but it has 8000 trouble free miles. (the 690 is a definite step up). the DR is pretty good out of the box, a little lighter than the klr & only needs a tank to go rtw. the DRZ is better off road because of the weight... trouble is the gearing is short and the seat is butt floss. the WR250 can stay with the KLR on the highway if packed light (very light)... it also need premium gas. it's all trade offs

learn the dirt on a half beat dirt bike if you can

P.S. I still have the GS and use it a lot. I'm still looking for that 400-500cc light weight mostly dirt bike that can hold the highway speeds
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