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Old 05-03-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Who sold their big, powerful street bike and bought a KLR650?

Are you kicking yourself? Happy? How is it as a STREET bike? Not concerned about it's off road worthiness. Talk to me about it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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I had a 2005 Kawasaki Concours that I traded in for the KLR650. For the type of riding I do (mainly commuting and back roads), the KLR has more than enough power and is much more nimble. I really enjoy riding the KLR much more.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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i sold a 2000 kawasaki concours. i miss the custom russell sadlle that i had on it. On the highway the concours rules. the klr, not so much. the difference in power is immense. Once i get a better saddle the klr will be good as far as all day comfort goes. Now that i dont live in south florida and dont have to go 500 miles or more to get to fun riding areas (or rarely have to ride on a highway) the klr suits me fine. i kind of always had the mindset for exploring and the klr lets me do that regardless of terrain. My klr still lets me pack as much or more crap for camping than i really need. It handles better in the twisties than the current riders ability, heck, same off road too.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:38 PM   #4
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Well I traded in a 2006 GSXR-1000 for a 2008 KLR-650. Of course I still had a 2002 RC51 hanging out in the garage. No real regrets because the GSXR-1000 was so over the top and so without character that I never really clicked with it. Great bike and very fast and handled great too but....?
I have to say I had more fun on the KLR.....until....I started doing tougher off road stuff. Then I started thinking the KLR was going to kill me one of these days due to the top heavy nature of the bike and marginal (even with upgrades) suspension. Goodbye KLR and hello KTM 690r. I really LOVE my 690r. I ride the RC51 maybe 10 times a year. Mostly I am on the KTM and having crazy fun. So I dunno, no regrets trading the GSXR for the KLR but what I was really after was a KTM690r enduro and not a KLR-650, but I had to ride a KLR for awhile to figure that out.

As you are interested only in the street then the KLR and KTM are not that far apart. But I would never buy a KLR for street only riding. Get a Versys unless you have plans to ride to Alaska or Patagonia or something. The KLR does highway OK but not much passing power at highway speeds. I can't see ever buying another KLR but the one I had was reliable and versatile but boring. The KTM is NOT, I repeat, NOT boring!
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:15 PM   #5
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Well I traded in a 2006 GSXR-1000 for a 2008 KLR-650. Of course I still had a 2002 RC51 hanging out in the garage. No real regrets because the GSXR-1000 was so over the top and so without character that I never really clicked with it. Great bike and very fast and handled great too but....?
I have to say I had more fun on the KLR.....until....I started doing tougher off road stuff. Then I started thinking the KLR was going to kill me one of these days due to the top heavy nature of the bike and marginal (even with upgrades) suspension. Goodbye KLR and hello KTM 690r. I really LOVE my 690r. I ride the RC51 maybe 10 times a year. Mostly I am on the KTM and having crazy fun. So I dunno, no regrets trading the GSXR for the KLR but what I was really after was a KTM690r enduro and not a KLR-650, but I had to ride a KLR for awhile to figure that out.

As you are interested only in the street then the KLR and KTM are not that far apart. But I would never buy a KLR for street only riding. Get a Versys unless you have plans to ride to Alaska or Patagonia or something. The KLR does highway OK but not much passing power at highway speeds. I can't see ever buying another KLR but the one I had was reliable and versatile but boring. The KTM is NOT, I repeat, NOT boring!

Agreed, there are much better pure street bikes than the kLR.

As far as boring...............LOL well now that just depends on where you are riding, and how you are riding.

My last street bike was a kz700. Last pure dirt bike was a yz426.

NO regrets in the power department for the kLR, none at all.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:21 PM   #6
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sold my pristine 1991 r100 rt and bought an 2009 klr 650 i loved the bmw but i really enjoy the klr more .rode from grass valley ca to loreto mex in feb 2010 and rode back with my wife on it ,ran great you just have to plan on slower passing their so cheap you can buy two . right now the kawasaki dealer in sacramento has 2009 klrs $4890 out the door
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:22 PM   #7
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Agreed, there are much better pure street bikes than the kLR.

As far as boring...............LOL well now that just depends on where you are riding, and how you are riding.

My last street bike was a kz700. Last pure dirt bike was a yz426.

NO regrets in the power department for the kLR, none at all.
Well I had some pretty intense shots of adrenaline with the KLR
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:26 PM   #8
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Well I had some pretty intense shots of adrenaline with the KLR
I have to admit, if your on a straight away, and gas the old KLR, you may not feel light headed

But if you do that on single track, or trying to climb a huge technical uphill, or downhill, you just may get that ol adrenaline rush

Or it could be the rush of "just what am I doing with this thing"


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Old 05-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #9
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trying to sell my bandit 1200 but after a quick jaunt today I'm pretty sure I like just motoring around on the KLR. Even though the bandit is pretty much above the klr's top speed in 2nd gear, and definitely in 3rd. I've discovered I'm just more of a dual sport sort.

It's really two different animals. If I were to commute 30 miles each way I would prefer the bandit. I may regret it but I'll still try to sell it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #10
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Not exactly what you asked but I sold my 2004 ZX6R 636 that was piped, geared, and PCIII'd for a DRZ-SM and I don't think there is any question that I made the right choice by getting rid of the SS bike for an anemic little dirtbike. An XRR might have been more fun but I couldn't find one.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:34 PM   #11
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Sold my Buell XB9SX and bought a left over 09 KLR and have not looked back........

Way more fun and comfy than the Buell. (not that I don't like the Buell, would have bought a Uly if Harley had not pulled the plug on them)
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:36 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies so far.
I'm a big fan of the "old tech" Japanese thumpers (check my sig. lol) and what appeals to me about the KLR is: some wind protection, huge fuel tank -stock- , it's the heaviest of the Big 3, and most importantly to me, lots of legroom.
The biggest unknown for me is; how is it at cruising down the freeway at, say, 70 mph +? And, how is it when you throw gusty head and side winds at it on top of the 70 mph? It's pretty windy here often times.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:44 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies so far.
I'm a big fan of the "old tech" Japanese thumpers (check my sig. lol) and what appeals to me about the KLR is: some wind protection, huge fuel tank -stock- , it's the heaviest of the Big 3, and most importantly to me, lots of legroom.
The biggest unknown for me is; how is it at cruising down the freeway at, say, 70 mph +? And, how is it when you throw gusty head and side winds at it on top of the 70 mph? It's pretty windy here often times.
Now it gets abit tricky.

At 70+ its too windy for me. Sure I can do it, but not for long stints without better wind protection. Throw a huge wind shield on, then you are straining the motor. With any 650 this is so. It doesn't bother some, but it does me.

I rode 7 hrs straight with the KLR at 80actual mph. It was not fun, but I did it.
I rode 8 hrs straight on my brothers bandit 1200 at 95actual. Wasn't fun but I did it.

side wind wise. My KLR handles side winds better than a gold wing in my op.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:55 PM   #14
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Now it gets abit tricky.

At 70+ its too windy for me. Sure I can do it, but not for long stints without better wind protection. Throw a huge wind shield on, then you are straining the motor. With any 650 this is so. It doesn't bother some, but it does me.

I rode 7 hrs straight with the KLR at 80actual mph. It was not fun, but I did it.
I rode 8 hrs straight on my brothers bandit 1200 at 95actual. Wasn't fun but I did it.

side wind wise. My KLR handles side winds better than a gold wing in my op.
I had the same experience. Side winds not too bad.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:23 PM   #15
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I still don't know why I did it (longing for another Dual Sport I suppose) but I traded a 92 K75S for a 08 KLR. As a road bike the KLR doesn't completely suck. The engine however, sucks; low power, not so torquey, and compared with just about anything its a thrashing machine. The KLR engine to a K75 is a WWI radial to a modern turbine. Okay, its apples and oranges in engines, but its crude in comparison to just about any other single out there. Maybe this is just me as a kid resenting having to do chores with implements with basic engines, ala Briggs & Stratton, et al.

The KLR is a hassle to get on and off when doing street bike sorts of errands.

That said, the KLR handles tight twisty roads much betterthan a K75 and you sit higher so you can see what the idiots are going to do in their cars sooner than a regular street bike. I get fatigued on the KLR after 200 miles (65 mph), while I could triple that distance at 75mph and just start to feel it on the K75. But that's the trade-off of having one bike.
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