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Anyone have much experience with one of these things? I'm thinking about trading up from my DR 350 to a KLR just because. My dirt riding is limited to fire roads and such. (No ambition to jump 30 feet with it.) Just want to get to some of the interesting places in Southern AZ in a bit more comfort.

I'm told they are reliable, rugged, and fun. Also I can get a new one in red that will match the other three bikes in the garage. (The white DR sorta sticks out.)

The dealer offered me a 2007 model out the door for $5600. Does that sound right. (Our sales tax is 8.25%.)
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Some of these sites will get you going, or ask the same question there. Price sounds okay, and you are going to a more street oriented bike that is very dirt capable. You'll love it.

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Anyone have much experience with one of these things? I'm thinking about trading up from my DR 350 to a KLR just because. My dirt riding is limited to fire roads and such. (No ambition to jump 30 feet with it.) Just want to get to some of the interesting places in Southern AZ in a bit more comfort.

I'm told they are reliable, rugged, and fun. Also I can get a new one in red that will match the other three bikes in the garage. (The white DR sorta sticks out.)

The dealer offered me a 2007 model out the door for $5600. Does that sound right. (Our sales tax is 8.25%.)
IMHO after owning a KLR 650 for the same use you mention, if your going to spend 5600 go buy a F650GS and get two or three times the bike at not much more cost.

that or go with a used KLR 650 for about $2000, then you will ride it for a while sell it for 2k and buy the F650 anyhow

That said the KLR was fine for easy fire roads but really lacks for paved road use in my opinion, the brakes are so bad on it and the steering forks are just weak, I was not impressed with the KLR on or off road.

do not get me wrong it is a great bike for the buck if you buy a _used_ one.

Like I said though if you want about the same gas mileage (approx 65mpg for a KLR or a F650) better capability on and off road get the BMW F650gs, since BMW has dropped the price on that line it is a FAR better deal

The BMW suspension alone is worth the extra bucks let alone brakes that work and a front end that is stable at highway speeds and much sturdier off road. you will feel safe riding the f650 at 80 mph headed to the fire roads even in the next state.

The f650gs has a msrp of $7,525
http://bmwmotorcycles.com/bikes/bike.jsp?b=f650gs
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I also suggest that you look at the thumper section on the Adventure Rider Site. You will see opinions on BMW, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Husqvarna, etc. This is a great source of information and exposes you to a lot of items. Some of these will be important to you and other won't. My advice is to ride them all and pick the one you want. Don't be surprised if you don't like the ones that are often recommended. Only you know what you like and what fits your needs the best. Have fun looking!

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I also suggest that you look at the thumper section on the Adventure Rider Site. You will see opinions on BMW, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Husqvarna, etc. This is a great source of information and exposes you to a lot of items. Some of these will be important to you and other won't. My advice is to ride them all and pick the one you want. Don't be surprised if you don't like the ones that are often recommended. Only you know what you like and what fits your needs the best. Have fun looking!

yup a ride definitely lets you know if you like it or not.

Does Husky still make a compatible bike to their old wr?
I had a '83 WR430 huge tank, faster than a speeding bullet (in it's day) wow that was some bike! last I saw at the MC expo they didn't have anything like it

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Anyone have much experience with one of these things? I'm thinking about trading up from my DR 350 to a KLR just because. My dirt riding is limited to fire roads and such. (No ambition to jump 30 feet with it.) Just want to get to some of the interesting places in Southern AZ in a bit more comfort.


I'm told they are reliable, rugged, and fun. Also I can get a new one in red that will match the other three bikes in the garage. (The white DR sorta sticks out.)

The dealer offered me a 2007 model out the door for $5600. Does that sound right. (Our sales tax is 8.25%.)
They completely redesigned the KLR for 2007, so I would check what retail is on the new ones before assuming any good deals. I've seen pictures and it looks really nice, has a tad more street oreintation, but according to the write-ups it's still the same strong bike (only a little better) underneath.

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IMHO after owning a KLR 650 for the same use you mention, if your going to spend 5600 go buy a F650GS and get two or three times the bike at not much more cost.
How does the "F" series stack up to the new "G" "X" series bikes (performance/price)?

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How does the "F" series stack up to the new "G" "X" series bikes (performance/price)?
No Idea, havn't looked into them at all or heard anything about them at all, I see some are on the website site though no price on it

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They completely redesigned the KLR for 2007, so I would check what retail is on the new ones before assuming any good deals. I've seen pictures and it looks really nice, has a tad more street oreintation, but according to the write-ups it's still the same strong bike (only a little better) underneath.
David what all is different on the '07
they look the same, are you sure it is the 07 and not the 08 they are changing?, I do remember seeing they were making massive changes for the KLR but it does not look it on the Kawasaki web site for '07's or I guess they are still only showing the '06 on it.

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kaw...r_650_2006.php

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David what all is different on the '07
they look the same, are you sure it is the 07 and not the 08 they are changing?, I do remember seeing they were making massive changes for the KLR but it does not look it on the Kawasaki web site for '07's or I guess they are still only showing the '06 on it.

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kaw...r_650_2006.php

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Well, that could be. I was reading the AMA motorcycle rag this morning and saw a picture of the new one with some information about it. They had it along with the new Concours 14, which is a 2008 being released in 2007. Maybe the new KLR is in the same boat. It is rare for me to be wrong, though.

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I had a '83 WR430 huge tank, faster than a speeding bullet (in it's day) wow that was some bike! last I saw at the MC expo they didn't have anything like it
The Italians make a WR250 liquid cooled 2-stroke (also a WR125). I don't believe the 430 was made after Swedish production stopped following the sale of Husqvarna Motorcycle to the Cagiva Group, but I may be wrong.

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David what all is different on the '07
they look the same, are you sure it is the 07 and not the 08 they are changing?, I do remember seeing they were making massive changes for the KLR but it does not look it on the Kawasaki web site for '07's or I guess they are still only showing the '06 on it.


The new KLR is a 2008 model. It will possibly be available in early 2007, but no one is saying for sure when.

I support the buying something in the 2000 to 2004 range for $2k to $3k. Then upgrade from there. I also support buying a 650 if you want to spend that kind of money on an off road bike. if you're going to trash it, why go that way?

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David what all is different on the '07
they look the same, are you sure it is the 07 and not the 08 they are changing?, I do remember seeing they were making massive changes for the KLR but it does not look it on the Kawasaki web site for '07's or I guess they are still only showing the '06 on it.


The new KLR is a 2008 model. It will possibly be available in early 2007, but no one is saying for sure when.

I support the buying something in the 2000 to 2004 range for $2k to $3k. Then upgrade from there. I also support buying a 650 if you want to spend that kind of money on an off road bike. if you're going to trash it, why go that way?
just want to be sure this fellow knows what bike he is getting if it is a '07 that is not the new improved KLR then I see no reason at all to pay 5600 for one, I would recommend if your paying that much to go buy a f650 and have twice the bike for not much more,

but like you say if your just going to be trashing it, then I would go buy a used KLR they sell around here for about 2k for the most part (ok your not going to get a new/newer one for 2k)

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Well, that could be. I was reading the AMA motorcycle rag this morning and saw a picture of the new one with some information about it. They had it along with the new Concours 14, which is a 2008 being released in 2007. Maybe the new KLR is in the same boat. It is rare for me to be wrong, though.
Yea me too - rare for me to be wrong
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Among the bikes I have is an 03' KLR that has lots of goodies on it, I paid $3,000 for it, only had 3,500 miles on it. I don't consider it a dirt bike, it is a bike you can take on dirt roads and nice trails. You can get one for close to 5K OTD if you look around but they aren't any different than an 03' or a 95', just differen't paint. The new one (08') is going to be less of a dirt bike and even more of a street bike. It is not a bad bike to travel on the back roads with and they make a million things for them and if you buy used and ride it a year you could probably sell it for about what you paid for it. If you intention is for the dirt then a GS650 is not a good choice either, to heavy, very expensive to replace parts that break when you drop it, I have a couple of friends hwo have learned this. A good choice for more dirt than street would be an XRL 650 or the Suzuki DR650, or even a DRZ400S, more power, better suspension, lighter, lots of aftermarket to make them good adventure bikes. Go to AdvRider.com and read the Thumpers forum lots of good infor there. Good luck!

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Hey John,
I also live in Az, I have an 06 KLR. Had an 05 which I did a trade with a guy for a 1150GS, the gs was great but to pretty and expensive to run around in the desert fire rds. So I went back with the KLR. There are tons of aftermarket support for it.

Arizona Kawasaki in Apache Junction is advertising $5000 OTD for 07's.

I use mine on fire roads, and around town errands. I am 270 lbs and the bike is a blast to ride on the street but the brakes are a little weak. I added braided brake lines and it makes an improvement. If you ride aggressively high risk the brakes will disappiont you, I ride defensively and find them adequate, espeicialy in the dirt.

I've done a day trip from Cave Creek through seven springs and bloody basin and up to Mayer, was about 70 miles on fire rds then got on Rt 69 through Prescott and back home down the otherside through Wickenburg and back to Scottsdale. about 150 miles on pavement. Its a blast.

The only issue you'll need to address is getting an aftermarket counter balance chain adjuster upgrade (dohicky). Will cost about $80 in parts. Easy job for the average shade tree mechanic. Best if done by 2000 miles.

I see a 650GS in my future but it is about $3500 more than a KLR OTD price. But for now the KLR is a great beater.

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I just bought an '05 KLR yesterday for $3800 and it has heated grips, the doohicky, progressive front fork springs, tank guards, rad guard, hiway pegs, saddle bags and brackets and good tires. A Waaaay better deal than the 650GS, and lighter and if you head out to timbuktu on your KLR, there are probably parts available for them anywhere you go. Same bike since 1988, basically. They aren't great at anything but they're good for everything. Google "KLR forums" and you'll find tons of info.

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The Italians make a WR250 liquid cooled 2-stroke (also a WR125). I don't believe the 430 was made after Swedish production stopped following the sale of Husqvarna Motorcycle to the Cagiva Group, but I may be wrong.
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I just bought an '05 KLR yesterday for $3800 and it has heated grips, the doohicky, progressive front fork springs, tank guards, rad guard, hiway pegs, saddle bags and brackets and good tires. A Waaaay better deal than the 650GS, and lighter and if you head out to timbuktu on your KLR, there are probably parts available for them anywhere you go. Same bike since 1988, basically. They aren't great at anything but they're good for everything. Google "KLR forums" and you'll find tons of info.
a KLR is a better deal used than a GS 650 , and depending on what you want to do with it it "might" be better new, but not In my opinion not anew one, for the extra 2k if you can negotiate the bmw some I would buy the GS if I were buying new, I did own a '89 KLR and got to ride it up here for a while before i decided it was not the bike i wanted for dirt or street combination it lacked in both departments too much


you got a pretty good deal from the sounds of it!


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I just bought a 1992 KLR 650 an hour ago to play on fire roads and take along to DVD in Death Valley in January. I Googled KLR and found tons of forums, anyone suggest a good one or two?

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I just bought a 1992 KLR 650 an hour ago to play on fire roads and take along to DVD in Death Valley in January. I Googled KLR and found tons of forums, anyone suggest a good one or two?
www.klr650.net is about the most active and most members that I know of but, the grande pooba went down on his Yamaha Warrior about the same time the site crashed, he is up and running but the site needs help, you can stiil reg and post but the archives are gone for now, he said he'll get it going soon. Check out www.klr650.com for a good supply of farkles, they are good dudes over there with good service. You'll be dragin your knees with that motard setup

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Lots of info on the Adventure Rider forum under the Thumpers sub forum.

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There are plenty of great deals on KLRs out there if you take the time to look for them. Ebay has a few, plus advrider.com and KLR650.net. Another great source is craigslist.org. I rode the 650GS before I bought the KLR and was disappointed in the bike... not much bang for the buck, and the extra pounds have a big influence on the lack of power. I'm sure the GS is a better road bike (I've got a GT for that) and if I tip one over, I'd rather it be a KLR with replacement parts galore for cheap.

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If you have any doubts about what a KLR can do then go read this excellent ride report on AdventureRider but be prepared to spend about 4hrs reading and looking at the pics, one of the best ever and the guy won the Alcan 5000 while on the trip!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157719

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I have about 30,000 miles on my '98, rode it on the Colorado 500 in 2005. It is a tad big for serious off road but how many dirt bikes can you ride from Texas to Colorado, spend a week riding the jeep roads from Aspen to Ouray and back, and then ride back to Texas? My KLR has been from Phoenix to Ft St John, BC and back and to Batopilas, MX and back. It is the best cheap all around bike out there. BUT, buy one used with about 3k miles, they are everywhere, lots of them all tricked out. Oh, I have the braided lines, the fork brace, the Progressive springs and a Rick Mayer seat. You can see some pictures of the trips at www.geocities.com/wtrrtw (plus a bunch of other stuff about my bikes and trips.)

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John,

Coincidentally, I just picked one up myself. Best price I could find on an 07 in SoCal was $5,299 OTD. The $5,000 OTD price at the AZ dealer sounds like a great deal.

I have about 150 miles on mine now and so far it is exactly what I wanted. The 08 does have a few refinements but it will no longer be a true 50/50 bike if that matters. It is now a bit more of a street oriented bike with less suspension travel but some nice imporvements in other areas.

I prefer the classic original styling and longer legs so now I just need to farkle it up a bit and find some great places to get it dirty.
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Got the used 05 the dealer had for $4K (850 miles). Lowered to my height, bigger screen, and a few other things. Needs the doohickey (on order) and several farkles that are also on order.
There are so many parts out there for this thing I'm gonna go to the poor house fixin' up a $4K bike.
I like the ride, and will be more than willing to head to the southern part of AZ on it to ride trails down there.
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Mine is a lime 06, $5400 OTD at the same dealer that is selling them now for $4950 Don't matter its a great bike. I have 1200 miles now and just pulled my doohicky this week, it was fully in tact along with the spring, change both, the aftermarket doo is double thick and one peice, the oem is welded. Taking my time I spent about 2 hrs on it. I reused both cover gaskets, so far no leak in 40 miles.

I'm allways adding a new farkle, so far we got a center stand, rad gaurds, pro taper taller bars, fork brace, tall windscreen, soft Kaw rear rack bag, soft kaw saddlebags, kaw tank bag, dualstar fairing bag, magnetic oil drain plug, LED tail light, front eng guard w/hywy pegs, braided brake lines, big foot sidestand foot.

Will be adding a Rick Mayer seat, Kisan signal minder, bicycle speedo/computer, Throttle lock, oversize Wave front rotor, powerport, the list is endless. You guys got to catch up

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I prefer the classic original styling and longer legs so now I just need to farkle it up a bit and find some great places to get it dirty.
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Jim,

I plan to run out there this weekend and see I am only about five miles away. I'll let ya know.

BTW, JOHN Congrats, you are right there are a bunch of must have farkles to put on this thing. I have a ride-in appointment scheduled at Russell Day Long in January for the LT. They are going to build me one of these for my new toy while I am there.
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Ron, on the new seats for the KLR does Russell make the single seat into a double? I am not sure what I am going to do for mine. If you are going to get luggage for it check out the Aventure Motorcycle Eqyuipment luggage I saw it today, he uses Pelican cases and makes the racks, very nice.
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They use the same seat pan so I am not sure how they make it look like two separate seats. I am told by a couple of guys on the KLR site that the Russell does not present any problems off road. They are very happy with the seat on this bike. I will find out soon enough and let you know.

Those pelican cases look big and sturdy. Price is right up there with the aluminium guys though. I had kind of settled on the Happy Trails Tetons http://happy-trail.com/ProductInfo.a...NKIT-KLR650-TE
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I was leaning towards the H/T's also. When I had Bill "Rocky" Mayer build my seat for the 950 he had them there and got to play with them, they are nice. I don't think there is any case system out there that is as strong as the Pelican case and they have the locks built into them. I was actually thinking of getting the H/B frames for the KLR then all my KTM luggage would work on both. I have used top loading bags on the 950 and side loading with the LT and they both have their advantages. One nice thing about the way you pack with the Pelican style is that you can pack over the seat and the top of the cases and still get into the case without moving anything. Packing bags are a big help for either system and I will get those. I have used Pelican stuff for along time on the Fire Dept. and would venture to say they are stonger than the Alumin cases. At least there are lots of good choices out there which is a good thing.

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Well, you have given me something else to think about. The cases will have to wait until a few other things get taken care of. Besides I have soft luggage I use on the LT that will work fine for a while.

After the seat will be the engine / tank protectors (HT PD version) and I have to work in the doohicky replacement somehow. Dealer acted like he didn't know what it was so I guess I am on my own for doing the Doo.

Its been a long time since I've ridden off road and I plan to go slowly cause I don't heal up so good anymore if you know what I mean. Do you know of any good on-line resource that identifies SoCal dirt roads and or trails?

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When you want to do the "doo" (do-hicky) let me know i need to do that also. The dealers won't admit to anything being wrong with it. One of best ways to get back into dirt is to go to a place like Gorman on a weekday and just put around the valley they have every kind of condition there to practice on. I have a map book from AAA that shows everything in the state it's called "California Road and Recreation Atlas". Let me know if you what to do some.

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Check out www.klr650.marknet.us/ I followed his procedure for the doohicky and went well. Ineresting little klr info site.

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Doug,

Thanks, I'll get the book from AAA and give you a call after I get out a bit and see just how rusty I am.

Bob,

Thanks for the link, great site!

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At the San Mateo (CA) motorcycle show today Kawasaki did not have any '08 KLR's in the booth. The factory rep told me if was because of an "extremely large" inventory of new '06 and '07 models in California for sale at dealers. They will hold off on introducing the '08 model until mid summer in California. Bummer, I wanted to check it out...

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Cool Xr 650 R

Why not consider the Honda XR 650 R ? It may be a challenge to get tags on this bike in some states. Performance wise no comparison.

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That would be an apple to oranges comp. But honda makes a 650 air cooled in the same dual sport class but the klr out shines it beginning with the 6.5 gal fuel tank and ending with vast aftermarket support and a cult like following.

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That would be an apple to oranges comp. But honda makes a 650 air cooled in the same dual sport class but the klr out shines it beginning with the 6.5 gal fuel tank and ending with vast aftermarket support and a cult like following.
So why settle. Has the KLR won Baja. I am well aware of the air cooled 650.Just throwing some choices out there , for a little extra money.

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Because the klr is a dual sport, it's purpose is not to run baja. Its an asphalt and fire road bike but many owners take them beyond the limits. It is designed to do long rides part interstate part fire roads. Honda make a 650R and a 650L the L is similar to the KLR, the R is water cooled Baja bike. The honda is a fine bike but is about $800 more and has a 3 gal fuel tank which can be replaced. The 650L is as, or more capable than the KLR but just doesn't have all the support that come with the KLR, to each his own. A GS1200 will do a better job @ 3X the price

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So why settle. Has the KLR won Baja. I am well aware of the air cooled 650.Just throwing some choices out there , for a little extra money.
Reality check: Took my KLR on the White Rim at Moab with friends on more dirt oriented bikes...far from the end of the run they were jealous of me being able to sit down for long stretches where it was just uncomfortable as heck for them to do so. The rim is a four to six hour ride, depending on picture stops, 117 miles. If you are younger than 30, perhaps doing most of that trip on the pegs is fine, but in reality, you will be beat to death by the end of it on an edgy dirt bike. With a balanced use bike like the KLR, you can then ride it back home on the freeway.

There are a number of great two and single track runs over the passes and through the woods in CO, and every one of them needs about 70 to 100 miles of high speed highway to get to and from. Balance is a key. Because the KLR is common as dirt in Colorado, it must strike a good balance for many.

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Reality check: Took my KLR on the White Rim at Moab with friends on more dirt oriented bikes...far from the end of the run they were jealous of me being able to sit down for long stretches where it was just uncomfortable as heck for them to do so. The rim is a four to six hour ride, depending on picture stops, 117 miles. If you are younger than 30, perhaps doing most of that trip on the pegs is fine, but in reality, you will be beat to death by the end of it on an edgy dirt bike. With a balanced use bike like the KLR, you can then ride it back home on the freeway.

There are a number of great two and single track runs over the passes and through the woods in CO, and every one of them needs about 70 to 100 miles of high speed highway to get to and from. Balance is a key. Because the KLR is common as dirt in Colorado, it must strike a good balance for many.
True I agree. But if one sets the bike up properly this is not a issue. Suspension that is harsh is only a clicker adjustment away. Spring rate plays less of a roll, if one has the proper springs. If range is a problem get a larger tank for the honda.I am sure any ISDE rider has plush suspension.Not knocking the klr great bike but remember the extra weight will increase fatigue off road.

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I have a relative that loves his KLR. He has owned it for about 1 year with zero complaints, and there are tons of aftermarket goodies. Well, his only complaint is the lofty seat height, but that can be fixed with aftermarket products. Enjoy !!
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