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Old 06-05-2014, 09:33 PM   #3331
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I rented a KLR two weeks ago in MT to go some surveying and I hated it. Heavy, slow, no ground clearance. Love my XR650.
And not intended to do the same things as either type of XR. Know what your riding and why B4 you knock it.

I have 2 XRLs and a KLR, (and several others), for totally different purposes.

All the arguments already made apply.

I was planning for TDF in a few years, now I'm considering going RTW due to this thread. I don't really give a shit what's between my knees when I'm gone, but I'll be leaving on a KLR.

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Old 06-06-2014, 05:41 AM   #3332
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Im gonna go out on a limb here and say that the KLR is perhaps the most evocative bike on here. I can't think of any other bike that stirs up so much shit when talked about than a KLR

Mention it even in passing and the dam burst!


.......Actually, it occured to me that the KLR is doggin Noah on his trip like the USA mini bike was on the Top Gear Vietnam ep.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUMRdjdvY7E
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:27 AM   #3333
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Do we need to suffer through more KLR discussion? I'm sure there is a thread dedicated to the KLR, maybe the arguing can be done there?

What's up Noah! Still loving your ride!
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:59 AM   #3334
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:07 AM   #3335
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Do we need to suffer through more KLR discussion? I'm sure there is a thread dedicated to the KLR, maybe the arguing can be done there?

What's up Noah! Still loving your ride!
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:28 PM   #3336
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I love reading the KLR bashes and laughing about them. May as well do something for entertainment while Noah is busy with other life besides posting to his websites and such. ;-) Noah is pretty fast on come backs about the bike if you have been reading his reports since the get go.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:22 AM   #3337
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At this point I don't even care about the KLR. Its like a person who rides a motorcycle without a helmet, or smokes cigarettes. I can argue with these people till the cows come home and they will still think that the KLR is the best bike ever, its better to be "cool" then safe, or smoking is a good idea. So if someone makes one of the life choices that just doesn't make sense to me, I guess I'll let them. People should consider alternatives if they are doing an RTW though. That's all i'm trying to say. Any bike is better then nothing.. well almost any bike.

On a side note, I crossed the equator today. Didn't realize it till I was about 30 km south. No sign or anything. Oh well. It doesn't feel to much different on the bottom of the world :)
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:45 AM   #3338
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Hadn't you already been across the equator or is this your first time?
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:32 AM   #3339
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Don't forget the obligatory plug hole trick now your down south.....

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Old 06-07-2014, 06:51 AM   #3340
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Hadn't you already been across the equator or is this your first time?
Only in an airplane. I suppose if I had done it in a boat.. I would have to do the "wog to shellback" tradition. I guess I'll have a beer to celebrate tonight.

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Don't forget the obligatory plug hole trick now your down south.....

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I forget which way it goes normally .. so it looks the same?
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:03 AM   #3341
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The thing that you have to remember about the ADV bike market is that most ADV bikes are not purchased by ADV riders. Most are like SUV's in the US, bought by folks who want to look the part when they go to Starbucks. These folks think bigger is better and they are the buyers BMW and KTM are going for.

We are just a minority that does not have enough financial pull to make it worthwhile for the bigger companies to build bikes like we want. Of course, that does leave a gap for interesting creations like the CCM to fill.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:25 AM   #3342
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The thing that you have to remember about the ADV bike market is that most ADV bikes are not purchased by ADV riders. Most are like SUV's in the US, bought by folks who want to look the part when they go to Starbucks. These folks think bigger is better and they are the buyers BMW and KTM are going for.
Of course no stereotyping here. Some people buy whatever they have for a reason other than Starbucks. On second thought....I like Starbucks.

[/QUOTE] We are just a minority that does not have enough financial pull to make it worthwhile for the bigger companies to build bikes like we want. Of course, that does leave a gap for interesting creations like the CCM to fill.[/QUOTE]
We? Who's in that group? I like 'em all. Some I can afford, some I can't. Would like to try the CCM too.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:38 AM   #3343
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I forget which way it goes normally .. so it looks the same?
Northern Hemisphere clockwise. Southern Hemisphere should be counter clockwise.... Equator straight down?
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:18 AM   #3344
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Keep it going Noah. Been on your report from the beginning. Too funny the KLR comments. I had an 04. Lets just say not many bikes get abused and used the way that poor KLR was and still run. But its like riding a couch with no legs or power. Got me a 13 690R and an 07 990 adventure now.
My body appreciates suspension and power. Be safe Mate.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:59 PM   #3345
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At this point I don't even care about the KLR. Its like a person who rides a motorcycle without a helmet, or smokes cigarettes. I can argue with these people till the cows come home and they will still think that the KLR is the best bike ever, its better to be "cool" then safe, or smoking is a good idea. So if someone makes one of the life choices that just doesn't make sense to me, I guess I'll let them. People should consider alternatives if they are doing an RTW though. That's all i'm trying to say. Any bike is better then nothing.. well almost any bike.

On a side note, I crossed the equator today. Didn't realize it till I was about 30 km south. No sign or anything. Oh well. It doesn't feel to much different on the bottom of the world :)
I've never been on a KLR... so I'll leave them be, but I feel a bit the same way about the bigger adventure bikes.... especially the wider ones. Riding in Java and then Sumatra was the start of that for me. Being on a narrow bike means you don't have to sit in the diesel smoke... you can overtake between trucks, or go up the dirt strip. Then there's the mud tracks... and its been the mud tracks that have taken me to the most enjoyable places. That's what led me to downsize from the Super Enduro to the 525 (but I kept the Super Enduro for back home).

.... now, as for the Equator, I missed it too. I recalled seeing a white line on the road later on. Would have stopped it I'd realised it... but, such is life.
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