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Old 11-02-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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2nd Bike:CB500x or KLR650???

A bit of background...

1) Current Bike: 2006 VFR800 w/45k miles
2) Location: San Diego County CA
3) Rider: 6'3"; 200lbs, 20+ years riding
4) Style: Moderate, weekend trips up to 500 miles

I will definitely keep my VFR, just want to add a lighter, fun bike that is better for in town with friendlier egros and 50+ mpg. I don't plan on riding in the dirt but Southern California has some interesting backcountry trails that I might consider, but not a priority.

Advantages of CB500x...Honda refinement, fuel injection, better mpg

Advantages of KLR650...Off-road capability, roomier for taller rider, more "character"?


Any of you had to make a similar choice? I would appreciate hearing your opinions!
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:43 PM   #2
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You might as well get the KLR. You are big enough to handle it plus you already have a good road bike. Might as well not limit yourself in your offroad pursuits.
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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You might as well get the KLR. You are big enough to handle it plus you already have a good road bike. Might as well not limit yourself in your offroad pursuits.
That's what I was thinking as well. But I have always had Hondas and kind of wary of the carbs and quality.
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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I've ridden both. Go with the KLR. Classic, reliable, and furthest from the VFR. The uber commuter/adv bike. Opens up a lot of possibilities....
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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KLR...and hit a few of those trails!
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:36 PM   #6
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I've ridden both. Go with the KLR. Classic, reliable, and furthest from the VFR. The uber commuter/adv bike. Opens up a lot of possibilities....
What didn't you like about the Cb500x, out of curiosity?
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:10 PM   #7
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What didn't you like about the Cb500x, out of curiosity?
I liked the 500. It was a tough call between it and a Multi. I ended up with a 620 Multistrada for much less, so it won. I have a lot of Ducatis in my history, it was an easy choice for the money {$3500.00 @ 6k miles}. The valve adjust looks easier on the 2v Duc then the Honda! But, in your case, the KLR'd be better on dirt, taller in traffic (better vision and visibility), much cheaper to maintain, more parts available. Just an ADV classic!

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:19 PM   #8
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Okay, got it... I was thinking that the Honda with longer service intervals (8k oil/16k valves?) would be less expensive to run.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:27 PM   #9
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You might as well get the KLR. You are big enough to handle it plus you already have a good road bike. Might as well not limit yourself in your offroad pursuits.
Wise words.

You are tall enough to handle the MC.

I recommend a first gen.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:22 AM   #10
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I recommend a first gen.
Wise words.

I've had both, wish I'd have kept the first gen. My dads had both, he wishes he'd kept the first gen.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:26 AM   #11
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The CB5X has a lot more zip than the KLR . . . and much much smoother. A thumper is a thumper . . . Is a thumper . . .

I think if I had tried TKC80's on my CB5X . . . I would have kept it . . . Maybe get a set of spokes.

KLR's put my rear to sleep.

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Old 11-03-2014, 06:40 AM   #12
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Or get a DR650SE if one pops up in the neighborhood at a good price. A little lighter and more dirtbike like than the KLR and it cruises highways just as well. You'll need a larger tank for longer range, the KLR already has that.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:48 AM   #13
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I think it was mentioned up thread but with the KLR you'll not have to ponder turning back very often. I used to live in SD and rode in the mountains and deserts quite a bit. I commuted on a string of motorcycles from Ramona to Delmar (Highland Valley Road, etc), and actually enjoyed my 2 hours of commuting per day.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:45 AM   #14
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It would be the CB500X for me. Alloy wheels for easy puncture repair, modern fuel injection, less vibration, and the ability to flat foot when stopped are the clinchers for me. With proper tires the CB500X can handle all the gravel roads you can throw at it. If you want to make it more dirt oriented the nice folks at Rally Raid will soon provide the bits to help with that.

I'm also thinking about adding one to my garage. I've owned a '09 KLR in the past and don't want to go there again.

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Old 11-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #15
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It would be the CB500X for me. Alloy wheels for easy puncture repair, modern fuel injection, less vibration, and the ability to flat foot when stopped are the clinchers for me. With proper tires the CB500X can handle all the gravel roads you can throw at it. If you want to make it more dirt oriented the nice folks at Rally Raid will soon provide the bits to help with that.

I'm also thinking about adding one to my garage. I've owned a '09 KLR in the past and don't want to go there again.

Paul
Since the '09 KLR was supposed to be improved, what unhappy experiences did you have with it?
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