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Old 09-09-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Good next bike after my klr650

Riding my klr650 all over creation and loving it. I do however, want a bike that's more highway touring oriented but no boats. Leaning toward maybe a midsize adventure bike or a cruiser what's everyone else have next to thier klr's?
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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I'd look for a used Tiger 800XC or F800GS at a good price.

I'd even be tempted to put offroad suspension on a used street twin (Ninja 650, DL650, SV650, Versys 650, etc), then fit up a front 21" wheel/knob and a long-wearing DS tire out back.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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how much dirt do you expect to do on the new bike and are you keeping the klr?

add the vstrom to the list above
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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Riding my klr650 all over creation and loving it. I do however, want a bike that's more highway touring oriented but no boats. Leaning toward maybe a midsize adventure bike or a cruiser what's everyone else have next to thier klr's?
I've never owned a KLR650, but my evolution from the XR650L was:

XR650L>BMW K100LT>Vmax>>Vstrom>R1150R>R1200GS but I also owned DRZ400Ss and other dirt bikes in parallel to these.

A Strom 650 or 1000 is a perfect bike to add to your stable. The newest strom with ABS and adjustable windscreen is probably hard to beat. My DL1000 buffeted like crazy and the suspension was shot at 20K mi, but otherwise it was a great bike and for the money probably the best.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Quite the collection, you like the storm 650 most?
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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+1 on the Wee. It's a very nice bike to ride, which eats up both gravel and moderate off-road while being a pleasure on pavement. It has a great transmission, and will get 50 mpg on regular. It's simple and cheap to keep. It's the perfect companion to a KLR.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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Wow, didn't expect this many vstrom 650 recognitions. I figured it might be to close to a small-mid weight bike like my klr.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:45 PM   #8
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The two are very different, although my KLR is Gen 1, and I have no experience of the second generation KLR. I've had quite a few road bikes, and I can say that the Wee is one of the sweetest cornering of the lot. It really makes you feel like a pro in the twisties. It's not a bad bike two-up with a smaller passenger. My son and I did quite a few miles on the Wee.

It's very pleasant on reasonably groomed gravel, and properly armored, would be a perfect bike for something like a Trans-Lab or a Trans Alaska. The Wee really needs a good skid plate, as the water pump and oil filter hang out front in the view of God and everyone. Where it begins to fail is exactly where the KLR begins to pick up -- in slow speed crawling where the KLR's torque comes into play. I know guys that take Wees into impossibly bad conditions, but for my nickel, they're a bit too heavy and under-suspended for that.

It's a great bike on the road (really!) and a very good performer on moderate off-road. It has way more upper end snot than the KLR could ever dream of. It actually makes pavement pleasurable, and I don't much care for pavement anymore.

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Old 09-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
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Next to my KLR? I have two other KLR's, an SXV550, triumph 675, triumph 800XC, Road King, Aero and CB750.

If you are keeping the KLR then go with something completely different.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:35 PM   #10
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:23 PM   #11
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I have a 2013 F800GS next to my 1999 KLR.
But you're going to spend a lot on the F800 and parts/service are expensive.
Not to mention you have to find BMW dealers hear ya.
The VEE would probably be your best bet.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
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I will chime in on the V-Strom; I have both a KLR and the 650 Strom, like them both a lot. Agree with other posts regarding the crossover point - anything more challenging than a loose gravel road, I would much rather be on the KLR. I also know folks who have taken their Strom where I would hesitate to ride a KLR, but to each his own. If I have more than 100 miles of pavement to cover I will arrive much fresher on the Strom. As others have said, it is an amazingly good street bike.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:13 PM   #13
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Riding my klr650 all over creation and loving it. I do however, want a bike that's more highway touring oriented but no boats. Leaning toward maybe a midsize adventure bike or a cruiser what's everyone else have next to thier klr's?

"no boats" and "Cruiser" can't reside on the same axis statement
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:34 PM   #14
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Upgrade your KLR: 685 /705 kit, rejet, airbox/exhaust, 16 tooth counter-sprocket, new suspension, taller windshield and a Corbin/Sargent seat. And decent luggage too. Relight to LED and add some powerlets. Add some 80/20 tires.

You won't be disappointed
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:12 AM   #15
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After I trashed my KLR I bought a Super Enduro.

I never regretted the upgrade.
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