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Old 04-04-2013, 07:26 AM   #23431
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We can work that in, thinking about riding from Hutton and lunch at Uncle Bobs in Holt.
What time shall we meet at Hutton?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:42 AM   #23432
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What time shall we meet at Hutton?
0900 works for me.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:48 AM   #23433
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:06 AM   #23434
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See ya then.
Are you guys riding beast bikes or good ole dirt bikes? I may try and tag along if i can work it out.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:23 AM   #23435
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Are you guys riding beast bikes or good ole dirt bikes? I may try and tag along if i can work it out.

I'll be on my KLR, riding at sightseeing speed. Come on out, dirt bikes welcome, weather is looking good too.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:37 AM   #23436
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Just talked to my buddy in Dothan who has agreed to sell me back my '93 DR350 for what he paid me for it a year and a half ago (sure helps to make those buyback agreements ahead of time and have someone who will honor it).

Now to start looking for a street bike......
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:39 PM   #23437
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Does anybody in the local area have a current gen (2008? or newer) KLR650 that can give me a review/opinion?
Don't have a 2nd-gen KLR but I've test rode one, plus I've got lotsa saddle time on my 1st-gen. I can offer you the following unbiased facts. They are:
a)Heavy
b)Softly suspended, esp. the front
c)Not very powerful, about 37HP at the rear wheel

However, they're also:
a)Cheap
b)Durable
c)Low-maintenance

Plus, there's a very strong aftermarket that can fix all the shortcomings, as long as yer not short on cash.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:51 PM   #23438
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Don't have a 2nd-gen KLR but I've test rode one, plus I've got lotsa saddle time on my 1st-gen. I can offer you the following unbiased facts. They are:
a)Heavy
b)Softly suspended, esp. the front
c)Not very powerful, about 37HP at the rear wheel

However, they're also:
a)Cheap
b)Durable
c)Low-maintenance

Plus, there's a very strong aftermarket that can fix all the shortcomings, as long as yer not short on cash.

+1

I rode the Utah Back Country Discovery Route with a 2008 KLR in June of last year. 2500 miles of dirt, rock gardens, mud, & pavement. Added about 2 quarts of oil to it along the route. Never had any issues other than that.

With that said, I was cured of ever thinking that I would want to purchase one for myself.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #23439
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Don't have a 2nd-gen KLR but I've test rode one, plus I've got lotsa saddle time on my 1st-gen. I can offer you the following unbiased facts. They are:
a)Heavy
b)Softly suspended, esp. the front
c)Not very powerful, about 37HP at the rear wheel

However, they're also:
a)Cheap
b)Durable
c)Low-maintenance

Plus, there's a very strong aftermarket that can fix all the shortcomings, as long as yer not short on cash.
Thanks for the input. My brother in law has an '05 that I have some seat time on and I know Kawi did a pretty comprehensive update for the '08 model year.

Only about 20% of my riding is on the interstate where I just have to get from point A to point B in a hurry. The rest is on secondary roads where 60-65 mph is the rule.

I'm getting my DR350 back, and am wondering if a KLR would do for all my other riding needs. I"m not fast or even a particularly skillful rider and as much as I love BMW's (I've owned 5), I"m just not sure I"m willing to pay the price premium for one right now.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #23440
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Don't have a 2nd-gen KLR but I've test rode one, plus I've got lotsa saddle time on my 1st-gen. I can offer you the following unbiased facts. They are:
a)Heavy
b)Softly suspended, esp. the front
c)Not very powerful, about 37HP at the rear wheel

However, they're also:
a)Cheap
b)Durable
c)Low-maintenance

Plus, there's a very strong aftermarket that can fix all the shortcomings, as long as yer not short on cash.
Sooo what is better.. the Suziki 650 or the KLR 650. To me the KLR just looks so muich bigger...

Just wondering why AST would sell the Suzi and buy the KLR - (unless its just a I have not owned one kinda thing).
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #23441
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Sooo what is better.. the Suziki 650 or the KLR 650. To me the KLR just looks so muich bigger...

Just wondering why AST would sell the Suzi and buy the KLR - (unless its just a I have not owned one kinda thing).

What's up Vic? I"m not sure I'll go to the KLR, but I'm curious. The DR was great and I'm getting my DR350 back, so I'll still have a small, light (a relative term, I know) D/S bike.

Looking at prices though, I can buy a brand new KLR for what a 10 year old BMW costs. Maybe not apples to apples or maybe I"m just recognizing that an inexpensive (again, a relative term) dependable bike might just be enough for my meager needs.

OR my Moto ADHD is (SQUIRREL) acting up again......because there is a sweet looking R1150RT in Pensacola that I'm debating taking a look at tomorrow.......
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #23442
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We can work that in, thinking about riding from Hutton and lunch at Uncle Bobs in Holt.
I think Uncle Bobs is closed Brett.

BTW we leave Panama City tomorrow after waiting for a weather window to cross the Gulf of Mexico. Be at sea for the next 2.5 days. Look forward to getting back in the woods next weekend!

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:59 PM   #23443
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Sooo what is better.. the Suzuki 650 or the KLR 650. To me the KLR just looks so much bigger...
For offroad-biased dualsporting, the DR is better, hands down. Considerably lighter, shorter wheelbase, better front suspension.

For pavement-biased dualsporting, the KLR is better; roomier ergos, wider seat, more wind protection, bigger tank.

BUT--it's easier & cheaper to make a DR into an adventure tourer than it is to make a KLR into a dirt-oriented dualsport. If I could only have ONE bike right now, it'd be a DR650, and with a rear rack, windscreen, good aftermarket seat and a big tank I'd ride it up to VA every year just like I do now on my KLR. Plus, I'd prolly have more fun on the dirt roads in N GA on the way up. But as it is, I'm happy with the KLR/DRZ combo; I'm planning on keeping both until I wear 'em slam out.

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BTW we leave Panama City tomorrow after waiting for a weather window to cross the Gulf of Mexico. Be at sea for the next 2.5 days. Look forward to getting back in the woods next weekend!
Fair winds and following seas to ya, WR!
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:20 AM   #23444
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[QUOTE=Woods Rider;21111785]I think Uncle Bobs is closed Brett.

BTW we leave Panama City tomorrow after waiting for a weather window to cross the Gulf of Mexico. Be at sea for the next 2.5 days. Look forward to getting back in the woods next weekend!
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:24 AM   #23445
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I'll be on my KLR, riding at sightseeing speed. Come on out, dirt bikes welcome, weather is looking good too.
What is GPS coordinates of meeting place? Good place to unload at near by?
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