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So....I have really been drawn to the KLR 650. Several guys I know have recently obtained them and the research on them seems impressive. I know a lot of you have duel sports and I believe the KLR has been the dual sport of choice.

So..... how about some feed back - good and bad - on these puppies?

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I'm on my third one, currently a '08. They are inexpensive, fun, and very easy to work on. All of the years have some issues, visit this website to read all about them...

http://www.klr650.net/forums/

I can't imagine ever NOT having a KLR in the garage. Go for it, you will get a kick out of it and often take it instead of a bigger bike. I went from a GS to my KLR and still think it was a good decision for me.

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I bought my 08 about a month ago. I like the bike alot. Makes the LT feel like a tank. They are good do everything bikes. Not great in anything, but do it all. A little underpowered from most bigger dual sports, but still has enough to have fun. Invest in some crashbars, they paid themselves off already. I like bigger pegs also. Stock are no good off road with MX boots on.

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A bunch of guys stoped at my booth this past weekend at the GA mtn rally and one of them had a new KLR that he just picked up from his dealer in the New England area. His buddies were mighty impressed with how well he kept up with their beemers. He said the only thing he didn't like was the seat and he was going to look into something else when he got home. He also said the bike burned 0 amount of oil.
I thought of a KLR before I bought my 650 V Strom, but it sits pretty high for me and I'm no big fan of single cyl. The V Strom suits me better as I'm using it 95% on pavement but if I was going to be serious with off roading the KLR is the way to go. Both bikes have there own cult following, I don't see how you can go wrong with ether one!
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I just got back from Moab, Utah and they were EVERYWHERE down there. Probably 75% KLR and 25% everything else (including BMW). Speaks for itself, I guess.
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I had one but it's gone now. It was a good bike but if I was to get a 650 again I would probably look for a really nice DR650. The DR is a better handling bike in the dirt and even though its air/oil cooled the motor is good for long road trips.

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The KLR650 is very useful, is comfortable for a wide range of riders, and really easy to maintain. Even a new KLr is a pretty good deal. Used bikes a couple of years old can be a bargain. If you get a 2007 back to 1996 all the parts will interchange except for bodywork color. They are super easy to customize, with tons of aftermarket support. We even have wonderful tech days all over the country. I recognize a few names here.. Howdy, Hal! This is my second post, been lurking a bit, only had the new blue magic carpet ride 2 weeks tomorrow.

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I recognize a few names here.. Howdy, Hal! This is my second post, been lurking a bit, only had the new blue magic carpet ride 2 weeks tomorrow.

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Re: KLR 650 who's gottem - how you like them

Appreciate the feed back. After this forum, the first thing I did was locate and join the KLR forum. Just been lurking there so far.

Already have two friends now interested in the KLR. Might be putting together a group buy on KLRs.

Now I have to figure out whether the red or blue is the fastest and which color is the most comfortable.

I heard the red jumps higher.

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So....I have really been drawn to the KLR 650. Several guys I know have recently obtained them and the research on them seems impressive. I know a lot of you have duel sports and I believe the KLR has been the dual sport of choice.

So..... how about some feed back - good and bad - on these puppies?
+1 with other responders: a fun bike.

I sold my '92 KLR650 last fall and am selling my '96 today (!). Not because I don't like it; just too many bikes in the garage.

It enforces a different pace: smell the roses. Will keep up with fast bikes, too, but it does struggle at high speed on highway: don't forget, it is not meant for that type of riding.

I found it to be very relaxing to ride: enjoying the pace, enjoying the views. (Because my BMW bikes, in particular recently departed K12RS, somehow always tempt me to push the envelope.)

The KLR is very reliable, inexpensive to maintain. Worth getting one, even if only for a while.

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Now I have to figure out whether the red or blue is the fastest and which color is the most comfortable.

I heard the red jumps higher.
Actually the black one is fastest...



Picture taken at the DVD trip this year, a must do for KLR owners...

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Actually the black one is fastest...



Picture taken at the DVD trip this year, a must do for KLR owners...
That could be true, but in my neck of the woods, Tucson, but it's a dry heat, Arizona, black would probably leave a few burn marks in some sensitive places.

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Green is the best. . I bought one for commuting and to play sometimes. Easy to work on and plenty of parts available online...like Eaglemikes doohicky and spring(thanks by the way, almost too pretty to put in the bike)
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