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Old 07-08-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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I need help picking out a twin cylinder KLR

More specifically I want a bike that will be much more comfortable on road trips than my KLR. What i'm looking for is info that I might not have thought of from you KLR owners with larger stable mates for road trips and touring. what you like about the bike you got, what you don't like, what you would have done different and why. I like sitting upright also, but no bike will be discriminated upon.

Also another thought I had was 685/705 kit Russel day saddle and other such upgrades to get the KLR more road cumf for the trips i know i wont be doing any heavyish off road stuff.

I'm in debates with myself on this and am looking for some thoughts from people that have also done this or maybe researching and have found ideas i haven't.

I have posted this on KLRworld also so no need to double respond. Unless you want to.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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When I had my KLR by far the BIGGEST change I made to reduce the felt vibrations on the hiway was handguards that bolt to the end of the handlebar. To smooth out the KLR road ride comes down basically to tire selection.
As for a second bike option there's the VStrom on the cheaper side, and the BMW 800 twins and various offerings by KTM, Triumph, and a few others depending on your budget and likes. We have a BMW F650GS which is a 800CC twin for the wife and by all practical purposes to me, it's a street bike with a bit more ground clearance, a skidplate and an upright riding posture. I was for the VStrom when we bought it in '09 but she wanted a beemer. So I dug deeper in the pocket and she's happy and I've never looked back.
If you're not going to trail ride then the whole street bike world is an option for comfort.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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Highly recommend a Triumph Tiger 955i as a stablemate to the KLR. Similar seat position but engine is no comparison. Love the triple.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:43 PM   #4
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The V-Strom 650 is kind of like a twin version of the KLR. Have had both, and the V is much smoother, more road and 2-up friendly. It can still handle some basic dirt, but is definitely more road orientated and can handle a fairly large load. Recommend you look over the threads in the Beast part of the forum.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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950 Super Enduro.

It's sorta like a twin cylinder KLR.






OK. It's not even close. . But it'll go real nice on the road! And even better when the tar ends.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:21 PM   #6
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950 Super Enduro.

It's sorta like a twin cylinder KLR.






OK. It's not even close. . But it'll go real nice on the road! And even better when the tar ends.
Hey now. They are close......in weight.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:34 AM   #7
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If you want to hang with Kawasaki you could do the research to see if a set spoked wheels with a 21 front can be fitted to a Versys. That would be along the lines of the KLE500, which had the spoked wheels with a 21.

A bit of work, but it would make a decent adventure bike on the cheap if you find a good used Versys.

ADVMoto did one.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:49 AM   #8
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the wee strom is also a single so why so much smoother than the KLR? I like the versys and the tiger for the stance they have and i read nothing but good thing about the tiger. People seem to like the versys enough but i'm not looking to do in heavy modding. I think this is just something that I'm gonna have to flip a coin and bite the bullet. Being a bike person sucks cause i would own one of all.

I appreciate the help from all who posted.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:00 AM   #9
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don't know why i got it in my head that the wee strom was a single. Ill have to reconsider this option.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:11 AM   #10
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Get a 650 Versys twin engine and dump it into your KLR.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=640772

64 horsepower, fuel injected and six gears.
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