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What do I need to know about KLRs?
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:44:17 PM »
So, obviously my meth business has taken off and is booming. The new Ural will be here soon and I was also thinking about adding a KLR to the herd. What do I need to know about these beasts? I've always wanted a beat to shit KLR to beat to shit even harder. School me please.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 08:25:42 PM »
Pre 06 650s are true off road heavy bikes
Post 05 more roadworthy heavy bikes and lots of expensive plastic

I am 6'2" and road an 06 from jersey to CA, sold it because it was just too small for me. If you are shorter than me might be a good BTSOUIT heavy bike.
They can chunk out the miles just don't expect to break any speed limits. Did I say heavy bike.

Parts are cheepish. Milk crate is mandatory, for bonus points hang the box with bungee cords.

DooHicky upgrade is money well spent, Thurmo-Bob also a good upgrade, Subframe bolts should be removed and replaced with a drill out and rod replacement if you plan on weighing it down (filling the milkcrate).

Fun little bikes, one can beat the shit out of ya just ain't going to do it at speed. 
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 08:47:58 PM »
Define beat.  Like real trails and true off-road stuff and doing sweet jumps in your yard or just general abuse like gravel and fire roads? 
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 09:38:51 PM »
I loved mine, suspension is a little soft it you beat it hard, or have gotten super fat.  I’ll second the comments about the doohickey...
But you can beat the crap out of it and not feel bad about it.  I’d gladly get another one.

Plus, they ride over cats without any hesitation.

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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 10:33:28 PM »
I never owned one, but here's what you probably need to know:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvGZS5fqxrk
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 11:17:06 PM »
The KLR will be a big step up in tech from the Ural.   ;)

Seriously, I've always had a soft spot for the pre-06 ones, It seems like you just can't break them. I wouldn't want to single track on one because I'm too old to pick it up, but I remember lots of people doing it back in the day. And they're mechanical. You get to work with an engine and cables and stuff instead of computers. I thought I had bought one once but the seller backed out and I wish I'd owned one along the way.

Of the people I've known who owned them, they all really liked them, and it was nobody's favorite bike.  :shrug:
That sounds like just a basic, solid ride to me.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 03:35:29 AM »
Define beat.  Like real trails and true off-road stuff and doing sweet jumps in your yard or just general abuse like gravel and fire roads? 

The latter with the occasional woods diversion.

I loved mine, suspension is a little soft it you beat it hard, or have gotten super fat.  I’ll second the comments about the doohickey...
But you can beat the crap out of it and not feel bad about it.  I’d gladly get another one.

Plus, they ride over cats without any hesitation.

Gotten fat? 6' 275#

I never owned one, but here's what you probably need to know:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvGZS5fqxrk

Appreciated but looking for first hand knowledge from "people I I know".

The KLR will be a big step up in tech from the Ural.   ;)

Seriously, I've always had a soft spot for the pre-06 ones, It seems like you just can't break them. I wouldn't want to single track on one because I'm too old to pick it up, but I remember lots of people doing it back in the day. And they're mechanical. You get to work with an engine and cables and stuff instead of computers. I thought I had bought one once but the seller backed out and I wish I'd owned one along the way.

Of the people I've known who owned them, they all really liked them, and it was nobody's favorite bike.  :shrug:
That sounds like just a basic, solid ride to me.

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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 09:17:41 AM »
Not made for real trail riding but they can handel some serious dirt and gravel. As stated its heavy the front suspension is a tad mushy factory. Upgrade the do hickey if not already done. They are pretty much bullet proof. You can travel on one if not in a hurry. Fuel capacity is good. Ask Shil on here as he rode across Canada and up the Alkasan highway to alaska on his. I am sure he can give you more juicy details than my few years of ownership.
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 09:30:21 AM »
John, definitely get with Colleen; she and Dan each had one (hers was earlier gen, his was later), and she went all over the place on hers. You won't find too many people you actually know with more hands on knowledge and saddle time than her.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2020, 10:13:55 AM »
John, definitely get with Colleen; she and Dan each had one (hers was earlier gen, his was later), and she went all over the place on hers. You won't find too many people you actually know with more hands on knowledge and saddle time than her.

Oh, hell yeah. I remember her posting that they met when he asked her if the KLR was a good first bike.

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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2020, 10:56:45 AM »
John, definitely get with Colleen; she and Dan each had one (hers was earlier gen, his was later), and she went all over the place on hers. You won't find too many people you actually know with more hands on knowledge and saddle time than her.

Yep talk to Colleen & Dan.
P.S. I am the one who bought Dan's KLR and road it across the country, after a few upgrades it was a decent bike, Fun in the Mts of Co, Great in the desert of UT and NV, just not too fast and a bit heavy to keep picking up
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2020, 11:32:33 AM »
First hand experience. 


We did a big off-road adventure loop by trailering to Wyoming in 2014, then riding about 2000 miles on combined dirt roads, real trails and some pavement connectors. I used a OD green Gen 1 2003 with fairing bars and hard bags.  It was a hoot, but could barely get it over 85mph on the dirt roads.   ;D  It had been modified by the PO, but I put it back to stock because it was over-jetted and extremely loud with the aftermarket muffler.  My buddy had a well sorted Honda XR650 and blew us away for speed and control. Also did a trip from Michigan to Baltimore via the Hocking Hills, Ohio area with it and it did fine even on the freeways.


Do the doohickey and change the oil regularly.  I miss mine some days, but the weight was a killer on the real trails.  My DR 350 is much better for that.  If it only had an e-start button, it'd be perfect.


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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2020, 01:48:35 PM »
I never owned one, but here's what you probably need to know:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvGZS5fqxrk

My apologies. I just watched this. Much thanks.

I figured it would be a standard review.

On a side note, this post broke crashed my internet and broke my computer.

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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2020, 06:37:25 AM »
I may be the only person who's owned an XLR and a VFR and didn't buy into the fandom of the bikes.  I traded the XLR for a Suzuki DR650 and never looked back, it's a much better bike for off road riding.  But, for long distance, the XLR is more difficult to beat.  That said, there are mods you can do to a DR650 that can make it more comfortable. 

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« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2020, 06:51:07 AM »
I'm looking for a cheap bike to beat the shit out of.
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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2020, 07:37:05 AM »
How cheap?  There's one listed locally that needs a carb (non-running) for a grand.

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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2020, 08:05:13 AM »
I may be the only person who's owned an XLR and a VFR and didn't buy into the fandom of the bikes.  I traded the XLR for a Suzuki DR650 and never looked back, it's a much better bike for off road riding.  But, for long distance, the XLR is more difficult to beat.  That said, there are mods you can do to a DR650 that can make it more comfortable.

Bought a XL600R new when I was  senior in high school, loved that bike. Sold it in 1990 to get a VFR (and a XR600R) loved the VFR and out 50k on it before trading in for a CBR 954. in retrospect I wouldn't like either one of them today, but at the time I loved them.

back to the topic at hand: KLR is under powered and dead nuts reliable, if that's your thing you will love it. 
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« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2020, 05:48:25 PM »
Judges? It's a bit pricey but a pristine 2005 with under 1,000 miles on it...

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« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2020, 07:45:52 PM »
It only sold for BASE MSRP(US)    $5,149.00 in '05 , I think it's overpriced but dang that bike looks brand new.
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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2020, 12:33:32 AM »
Judges? It's a bit pricey but a pristine 2005 with under 1,000 miles on it...

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Looks great, but I wouldn't pay more then $2,200 for it.

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Even though it's got 800 miles ?
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Judges? It's a bit pricey but a pristine 2005 with under 1,000 miles on it...

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/535352973956881/

Looks great, but I wouldn't pay more then $2,200 for it.

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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2020, 06:52:39 AM »
Even though it's got 800 miles ?

I'd be a little afraid of why it only has 800 miles.  That thing did a lot of sitting.  If you know it was maintained, great.  Elsewise, you could be looking at replacing a lot of rubber and plastic bits that didn't stay lubed / pliable / whatever.  But, yeah, that's crazy money.  There are a bunch of them out there.  I'd definitely shop some more.  That person is high. 
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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2020, 07:06:16 AM »
Even though it's got 800 miles ?

I'd be a little afraid of why it only has 800 miles.  That thing did a lot of sitting.  If you know it was maintained, great.  Elsewise, you could be looking at replacing a lot of rubber and plastic bits that didn't stay lubed / pliable / whatever.  But, yeah, that's crazy money.  There are a bunch of them out there.  I'd definitely shop some more.  That person is high. 

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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2020, 11:09:32 AM »
Judges? It's a bit pricey but a pristine 2005 with under 1,000 miles on it...

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/535352973956881/

Looks great, but I wouldn't pay more then $2,200 for it.

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That looks more reasonable. I'd want to know the maint. records, and if the doohickey's been done, etc. Mileage, too, although mine was at 96,000 miles when I sold it and still going strong  8)
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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2020, 09:06:37 AM »
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Hmmm?


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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2020, 10:32:11 AM »
Engine guards - check
bash guard - check
hand guards - check

All good things and $$$ you don't have to spend but things you'd want anyway

There's something going on with a rear rack.  Those blinkers can't be stock and what's the stainless bit on the rear fender in the first pic?  I'd ax about that.

Multiple sets of mirrors?  You'll probably replace them anyway so no matter.

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« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2020, 11:49:18 AM »
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« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2020, 08:39:23 PM »
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I think that translates to "Road Trip" or maybe wow that is a long way from here (old man weze)

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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2020, 09:19:18 AM »
I did look at that one. It's a bit too beaten.
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« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2020, 10:53:36 AM »
I did look at that one. It's a bit too beaten.

Is it? What is "too beaten" to you?

It looked ok to me, at least from the one picture provided. And hey, $1,000 - that's a price I'd pay (plus, you're handy if it really DID need something).
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« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2020, 12:49:22 PM »
I'm thinking of the $2,200.00 one. Less miles everything is intact
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« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2020, 05:17:32 AM »
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2020, 05:42:54 AM »
Speaking from experience, take the tool tube off the skid plate.  NOT a good location unless you really want to destroy it.  Check the light bar too.  Wazzup up with the lights mounted sideways?  (those cheap led lights work ok for the $20 they cost per set!)


Other than that?  I love the bright lime green color.  You will be seen.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2020, 10:45:23 AM »
Looks like ya found a good one there Cookie  :thumbsup:

Sleazy is spot on, about the tube and aux lights, loose them.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2020, 12:22:52 PM »
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Provided it doesn't sell over the weekend, I'll be there Tuesday.

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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2020, 12:33:08 PM »
I don't know anything about them but the price, the mileage, and the included goodies make it a really good score.  Good luck.  I assume it will fit in the back of the ranger and I assume you'll be at the next fall WV camp-out to do the dual sport ride.  :) 
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #43 on: February 23, 2020, 07:44:35 AM »
Nothing JB Weld and an old beer can won't fix.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #44 on: February 24, 2020, 06:55:13 AM »
Heading to Albany in ten minutes.

We'll see how a fat guy feels on a KLR.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #45 on: February 24, 2020, 07:05:44 AM »
Heading to Albany in ten minutes.

We'll see how a fat guy feels on a KLR.


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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #46 on: February 24, 2020, 07:54:41 AM »
That's what I'm looking for.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #47 on: February 24, 2020, 12:29:21 PM »
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #48 on: February 24, 2020, 02:15:09 PM »
We got it into the back of the truck with minimal damage. I'm on my way home now. 2 hours and 45 minutes to go.
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Re: What do I need to know about KLRs?
« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2020, 03:29:46 PM »
We got it into the back of the truck with minimal damage.

To the truck or to you? Not like you could really damage that bike, or even tell if you did under all that industrial design.
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