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Old 04-28-2011, 04:11 AM   #91
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I've ridden both. The advantage to me is the significantly lighter weight of the DR650 compared to the KLR. I also prefer the simplicity of air cooling over water cooling.

On the road, in stock form, Id give the KLR an edge. The seat is wider and the bike seems more at home running the highway than does the DR in stock form.

Everybody is different. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and desires. Try them all and ride what you want.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:54 AM   #92
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Yes , many compromises. It's all in taste and preference. I had a really nice wee strom but only put 1500 miles on it before selling. It seemed too heavy for anything but pavement. I am getting old. The DR 650 does it all for me but the new KLRs look awesome. Love to have one.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:55 AM   #93
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:56 AM   #94
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A little too loaded for my tastes. Maybe we need a 3(or more) way trade.
It is easy for me to pull stuff off LOL. hmmmm
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:02 AM   #95
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Wasnt the original question "anybody buy a DR650 who wished they bought a KLR?"

I have bought a DR and thus far I havent wished I bought a KLR. The reason being the riding I have done so far has been better suited to the DR as it has been mainly dirt, including a long stretch of deep, soft, rutted coastal sand along the far south coast of Western Australia going to a place called Israelite Bay. I was pretty happy with my choice that day.

In a months time I am riding 3500km on the bitumen along the Eyre Hwy across the Nullabor Plains to Melbourne. A mate of mine has a 2011 KLR and he may come along as well. I strongly suspect there will be times on that trip where I will really wish I was on my mates KLR and not on the DR. A long (read really, really long) largely straight road, with prospect of hours and hours of cross winds, rain, road trains and 'roos will probably make me wish I was on a heavier, softer sort of a bike.

So really its horses for courses. The DR for me is better when the road gets tougher. When the road is mainly bitumen and straight, I think the klr wins pretty comfortably. If it is a mix of both, well, take your pick. At the end of the day they are both well made, reliable, economical bikes. I like both of them. Here in Australia at least I think the KLR is much better value straight off the floor. You really dont need to do a great deal to be off and touring. With my DR I got the Seat concepts seat, Safari Tank, ventura rack, just to get the DR to a similar starting point as the KLR. I was happy to spend the money because the DR is a more suitable platform for the riding I hope to be doing. When I bought it, I wasnt really contemplating the long across Australia trip. I think it will do it fine, but even with the mods I have made, I think that kind of trip would be more comfortable on the KLR.

That being said, I would rather do the Great Central Rd, the Gibb River Rd or the Tanami Track on my DR.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:30 AM   #96
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At the end of the day they are both well made, reliable, economical bikes.
I, for one, can't disagree with this....
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:56 AM   #97
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I'd take the KLR over a DR any day. The KLR has a bigger tank, is heavier and is more complicated which allows for more fiddling and repairs. It also looks like shit which means it often goes unnoticed by potential thieves.

I feel so bad for all you unfortunate DR owners that I'm willing to take one of your inferior DR's off your hands. Send me a PM if you want to sell I'm in South Oz
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:18 AM   #98
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I'd take the KLR over a DR any day. The KLR has a bigger tank, is heavier and is more complicated which allows for more fiddling and repairs. It also looks like shit which means it often goes unnoticed by potential thieves.

I feel so bad for all you unfortunate DR owners that I'm willing to take one of your inferior DR's off your hands. Send me a PM if you want to sell I'm in South Oz
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:47 AM   #99
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Somehow I missed this thread the first time around.

I had a 89 and a 2002 KLR 650 as well as a ?? KLX 650. I now have a 2009 DR650 and can't see ever going back to a KLR. At 6' 2", the KLR fit me better and came with a bigger gas tank. That's it for the KLR advantages. The DR runs really smoothly, doesn't require oil at every gas stop at highway speeds, and feels much lighter.

The whole air vs. liquid cooling bruhaha doesn't matter because the DR650 doesn't overheat any more often than KLRs do. In my experience, cooling isn't an issue on either so why bother with the added complexity of liquid cooling?

They're both fine bikes but I'm a DR guy now.... Until I spot a smoking deal on a KLR.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:46 AM   #100
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I bought a DL650 and wish I'd bought a KLR. I also have a DR650. Are you proposing a Trade? I'm not far away.
I just bought an 11 orange klr. I would trade for a DR in a heartbeat if I could find one with low miles
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:41 AM   #101
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Somehow I missed this thread the first time around.
Me too, subscribed !

I'm keeping my beloved 07 DR650, although I'll keep my eyes open for a DRZ650SM,
should it ever surface...

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Old 01-11-2012, 10:45 AM   #102
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I'd take the KLR over a DR any day. The KLR has a bigger tank, is heavier and is more complicated which allows for more fiddling and repairs. It also looks like shit which means it often goes unnoticed by potential thieves.

I feel so bad for all you unfortunate DR owners that I'm willing to take one of your inferior DR's off your hands. Send me a PM if you want to sell I'm in South Oz
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #103
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Seven pages and all I've learned is that the KLR is liquid cooled, and the DR is...Well shit, I still don't know.
Another glorious and educational ADV tech thread!
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #104
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Seven pages and all I've learned is that the KLR is liquid cooled, and the DR is...Well shit, I still don't know.
Another glorious and educational ADV tech thread!
Try the index threads for tech info ... or ask any questions on the BIG DR650 thread.
DR650 Index:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=32

DR650
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135295

There are also several good KLR threads ... and forums like KLR.net Most are responsive to queries from Noobs.

Within the BIG DR thread there are pages and pages comparing KLR to DR650 ... with the DR usually coming out on top, which you would expect on a DR thread.

You can also track down many former KLR owners (like me!) who switched to a DR. Both are good, solid bikes. Can't really go wrong with either. In terms of doing any serious dual sport touring/Adventure riding both, iMHO, are a better choice than any KTM, BMW or Husky. Japanese reliability trumps all other factors in the end.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #105
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My best riding buddy has a KLR. I have A DR. We swap out all the time on trips.

One thing that most don't read here is that the KLR goes really well in the dirt in the hands of a good rider. My friend steve does ridiculous things with that 09 KLR.

I like his seat a lot better, I can jump better.

That is all.
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