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Old 02-18-2013, 08:13 AM   #6736
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Thr KLR, with all its stigma of being cheap and so forth, works and fits my abilities well. Only 4000 miles though, things change.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #6737
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Thr KLR, with all its stigma of being cheap and so forth, works and fits my abilities well. Only 4000 miles though, things change.
I may pick on the KLR a lot, call it a Kubota, and encourage riders to disengage the PTO for extra power, but I do respect it as being an excellent light weight adventure tourer. My X-Co may be more fun (at least to me), but if I were looking to go around the world and had both bikes to choose from, it would be the one with the Kubota Like Ride.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:35 PM   #6738
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I may pick on the KLR a lot, call it a Kubota, and encourage riders to disengage the PTO for extra power, but I do respect it as being an excellent light weight adventure tourer. My X-Co may be more fun (at least to me), but if I were looking to go around the world and had both bikes to choose from, it would be the one with the Kubota Like Ride.
Light weight compared to what? Unless you are referring to price.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:46 PM   #6739
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Light weight compared to what? Unless you are referring to price.
It's a 100 pounds lighter than the Wee.

The one thing I really would change about the KLR is adding 6th gear. For what it is, the bang for the buck is hard to beat.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #6740
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I added a 16 tooth sprocket, made a big difference.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:02 PM   #6741
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Triumph Tiger XC dry weight 460 lbs- KLR 650 dry weight 390 lbs

Makes a big difference to an old guy like me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #6742
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I guess light weight for me in an adventure bike means around 300#. The KTM 690 R comes to mind when I think light weight adventure bike. I will say that it's a lot easier picking up the KLR than the F800 though. I've never owned a Wee. I had no idea they were that heavy.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #6743
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It's a 100 pounds lighter than the Wee.

The one thing I really would change about the KLR is adding 6th gear. For what it is, the bang for the buck is hard to beat.
That's the only thing I really wished Suzuki put on the Dr. As is I either get too high bottom or too low top if I swap gears,or a little of each if i leave it stock.
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Triumph Tiger XC dry weight 460 lbs- KLR 650 dry weight 390 lbs

Makes a big difference to an old guy like me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #6745
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That's the only thing I really wished Suzuki put on the Dr. As is I either get too high bottom or too low top if I swap gears,or a little of each if i leave it stock.
With a 6th gear, the DR400 would be awesome.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #6746
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I added a 16 tooth sprocket, made a big difference.
If I keep mine, I'll prob throw something like a Shinko 705 on it and gear up some since it's not gonna see anything besides pavement, gravel, and fireroads.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:03 PM   #6747
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Funny, I just ordered a set of 705s this morning.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #6748
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Funny, I just ordered a set of 705s this morning.
What are you running now? I'm interested in how they are on the pavement, I liked the Shinko 244 pretty well on the pavement, not nearly as grippy as the 606 on my WR, but the thing wore like iron, I put close to 5000 miles on it and it still had a decent amount of life left.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:04 PM   #6749
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With a 6th gear, the DR400 would be awesome.
Ever ride a 350? They're the only Dr with a 6 speed. Or like minded bike until you get into Euro bikes that I know of. Always wondered if a 350 tranny could swap over or if one could be modded to 650 torque specs.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:12 PM   #6750
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I am on the stock tires but 4000 miles and the back one looks bad. I had 705s on the strom and the Tiger. Very good street tires and decent in the gravel. And cheap!!! $107 for the pair shipped from Motorcycle Superstore via Amazon.
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