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Old 06-06-2013, 02:58 AM   #6676
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After my first ride in the dirt with my 690, i realised it greatly benefits from flush mounts.
Haha yeah I can see that. I broke one of mine once and by the time I realized it it had had been hanging in the exhaust stream for more than a few minutes and was melted mush. Light still worked though
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #6677
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A friend of mine has come to the light and is getting his bike license. He is planning to get a KLR for his first bike. I know nil about the specific nuances of KLR like WTF is the doohickey that needs to be fixed? Any KLR owners have a quick list of things I should tell him to look for on any used KLR and any insight on new ones? Any other KLR specific info would be appreciate as well.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #6678
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A friend of mine has come to the light and is getting his bike license. He is planning to get a KLR for his first bike. I know nil about the specific nuances of KLR like WTF is the doohickey that needs to be fixed? Any KLR owners have a quick list of things I should tell him to look for on any used KLR and any insight on new ones? Any other KLR specific info would be appreciate as well.
I'd suggest he get a Suzuki DR650 instead as his first bike but that would be competition for me while I search for another... so I won't.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:55 AM   #6679
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I'd suggest he get a Suzuki DR650 instead as his first bike but that would be competition for me while I search for another... so I won't.
Why the DR? (Another bike I know nada about.)
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:05 AM   #6680
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Why the DR? (Another bike I know nada about.)
Because that's what he has...everyone extolls the virtues of the bike the currently own, and Mikes current bike happens to be a DR. Nothing wrong with a DR, or a KLR, or XL...all good, cheap, reliable bikes that you wouldn't go wrong buying that would make a good first dual sport.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:07 AM   #6681
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Why the DR? (Another bike I know nada about.)
Because Mike loves them! Lol.
The KLR is a great bike. AS Is the DR. both great bang for your buck.
Along as the engine runs good and the suspensions not buggered you should be ok. Both have great aftermarket support and parts are inexpensive...especially compared to a Beemer ..eh Mike...
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:12 AM   #6682
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Because that's what he has...everyone extolls the virtues of the bike the currently own, and Mikes current bike happens to be a DR. Nothing wrong with a DR, or a KLR, or XL...all good, cheap, reliable bikes that you wouldn't go wrong buying that would make a good first dual sport.
Ah. Well in that case I'll tell him to get a 690
I think his intentions are a bit more long haul then dirt warrior right now.
And with my limited knowledge I told him to look at KLR. I've ridden with KLRs but have never ridden one so felt infinitely qualified to offer advice.

I have a beemer...are beemer parts expensive!!?? or
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:13 AM   #6683
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A friend of mine has come to the light and is getting his bike license. He is planning to get a KLR for his first bike. I know nil about the specific nuances of KLR like WTF is the doohickey that needs to be fixed? Any KLR owners have a quick list of things I should tell him to look for on any used KLR and any insight on new ones? Any other KLR specific info would be appreciate as well.
Maybe he'd like to upgrade to an X challenge (BMW) . May be one for sale after the Roaming Rally....

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Old 06-06-2013, 10:17 AM   #6684
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...parts are inexpensive...especially compared to a Beemer ..eh Mike...
Oh yes, what a huge price difference, but no difference in the amount of fun.

The reason I like the DR is that it's lighter, not water cooled, has screw adjusters on the valves, and is height adjustable from stock.

But the KLR does have a larger stock fuel tank, and is more comfortable on the road.

So they are both good bikes for different reasons.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #6685
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Ah. Well in that case I'll tell him to get a 690
I think his intentions are a bit more long haul then dirt warrior right now.
And with my limited knowledge I told him to look at KLR. I've ridden with KLRs but have never ridden one so felt infinitely qualified to offer advice.

I have a beemer...are beemer parts expensive!!?? or

690.. first and last bike, nothing after that to upgrade to...... unless ......................... ok let me have it..

I vote DR for a first bike... nothing fancy, simple to fix... no nonsense low tec bike while your learning..
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:27 AM   #6686
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I vote DR for a first bike... nothing fancy, simple to fix... no nonsense low tec bike while your learning..
Learning what? How expensive bikes can be, and how money and complexity does not translate into fun?

It's not how much you paid for it that counts; it's how much fun you get out of it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:42 PM   #6687
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Before this goes to far DR v. KLR v. other and value v. performance....can I ask which oil is best?
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:15 PM   #6688
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Before this goes to far DR v. KLR v. other and value v. performance....can I ask which oil is best?
Ouate de phoque!
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #6689
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You can pound the living crap out of a KLR and it just keeps ticking
DR's and XL's are both good also
690's are slow in the trail, OK on the open road tho.
Well at least the ones I rode with
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:45 PM   #6690
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You can pound the living crap out of a KLR and it just keeps ticking
DR's and XL's are both good also
690's are slow in the trail, OK on the open road tho.
Well at least the ones I rode with



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