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Old 02-22-2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Why do people like KLRs

I just don't see the attraction. What do people like about these bikes?
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:09 PM   #2
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I just don't see the attraction.
Then, a modest proposal: Don't buy one, Jack!

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Old 02-22-2015, 09:10 PM   #3
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It cost me $2,800 bucks with all kinds of extras including a new Shoei Hornet helmet and an installed 685 kit. Had 7,000 miles when I got it now has 14,000. Always starts, never left me stranded, change the oil every once and awhile, and go. 3,000 mile trip to Idaho/Montana last summer and another planned for this summer.

Sure a GS would be nice, but would it be $12k+ nicer? I drop my KLR occasionally and I don't care.

What's not to like?
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:41 PM   #4
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Then, a modest proposal: Don't buy one, Jack!

I don't mean to come accross condescending. I am genuinely curious why people choose to ride a KLR.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:46 PM   #5
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I don't mean to come accross condescending. I am genuinely curious why people choose to ride a KLR.
Never ridden one myself so I can only guess.
Dealer network
Not expensive
Big fuel tank
Disc brakes
Light when used as a street bike
Mechanically simple
Cargo capacity
Aftermarket support
I'm just guessing here, not a self proclaimed expert
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:49 PM   #6
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I just don't see the attraction. What do people like about these bikes?

They're immensely practical.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:28 PM   #7
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Strap a duffle bag on the back and ride it to Alaska on the cheap. I did. It was great. Commute to work. Tear down a twisty back road. Explore a jeep road. Explore a thousand jeep roads. Try a few trails. Take a date for a ride. Ride with your street bike buddies. Ride with your dirt bike buddies. Just hop on and get out of the house for an hour, day, week, month - all on one relativity inexpensive, fairly reliable bike. Whats not to like?
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:31 PM   #8
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Wellll....I have one and it' great for this part of the world. I live on an island in Alaska, it's about a few days journey to get to the nearest dealership in Canada and even further to the nearest one in Alaska or down in America. So it's perfect because it is a simple design, I do all my own work. My brother drives a GS and anytime something goes wrong he has to hook it up to a computer and he has to have some specialist look at it.

There are not to many in my neck of the woods. All of the GS owners in my state live near Anchorage and Fairbanks because they have the "computers." So for people without dealerships and bike mechanics around, it's a great bike for those of us who are our own mechanics. Extremely reliable and I have literally beat the crap out of my bike. Because of that I keep it evolved and ready. Now I would dare pitch it against anything in it's class. Just my two cents.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:34 PM   #9
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Because its a great bike
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:45 PM   #10
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I've owned a couple, don't really want another one, and still totally get why people like 'em.

Basically a do it all ok for not a lot of money bike. Doesn't (and can't) do anything particularly well, but is really hard to beat for the money.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:12 PM   #11
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It scores high on practicality & also its No nonsense bike.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:16 PM   #12
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I just don't see the attraction. What do people like about these bikes?
For me, a KLR matches one's personality; not unlike a dog or a car would.

It's a fun bike that'll take you anywhere in the world that you care to go.

BTW, what do you ride, sir? An XR650?
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:17 PM   #13
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Cus I can buy it, deck it out and still be under what a used GS or KTM would cost.
And I can fix it just about anywhere with a mutitool, duct tape and chewing gum.

Basically, you can ride the hell out of it, on and off road, knowing it will get you home.
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:17 AM   #14
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I just don't see the attraction.
Then buy a DR650

I have had a KLR, and it left a lot to be desired in many areas.... like on the highway, it was just plain scary at 110 kph.

However, on the dirt or tar back roads it was a capable bike for what it was.



It also doesn't matter when this happens.


The Kawasaki KLE500 was suggested as "better than the KLR" by a mate (so I bought one).. and it is, 6 speed 500 cc twin cylinder with basically KLR suspension, and far better road manners with a much higher cruising speed than the KLR, plus first gear is still low enough for dirt crawling.


The Wee-Strom is a great ADV touring bike that is very dirt capable (for all its bulk... but it is still lighter than a GS ... yes, I had one of those B.ig M.oney W.asters ), just hope you don't have to pick a Wee/Vee-Strom up if you are loaded with luggage and on your own.



Now, enter the venerable DR650 (yes, I bought one of them too )
Lighter than a KLR, similar in simplicity but with less "known issues" than the KLR.
Chuck a 30 litre fuel tank, plus the usual protection and luggage options, and you will still have a lighter and cheaper bike than the KLR... but probably not by much.

The DR is better on the highway, and better on the dirt, than the KLR.. but the KLR will carry a passenger better if you need to (a bit more seat room).
The KLR has most of what you need, such as a decent size tank, if you don't want to spend time "farkling" a bike.
The DR has a huge range of goodies available to really make it what you want/need it to be, but you will spend more time "pulling it to bits" to change over the extras.... the end result is well worth it though.



And the "attraction" has nothing to do with "KLR"....

It is the attraction of any simple, capable, thumper ADV touring bike.... they are just greatly versatile bikes that are cheap to own and can be personalised to the hilt on a poor man's budget.


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Old 02-23-2015, 04:36 AM   #15
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Price(good), performance(ok), reliable(good), parts availability(good), it's probably one of the most common and one of the best buys available in the motorcycle community. It's a rock solid bike you can't go wrong with it
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