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I've been thinking about getting a dual sport for a while and now I think that I am going to do it. The KLR is currently my top choice but I am not set on getting that particular bike. I have about 3500 to spend on the bike and Im looking for something that is a good daily driver, could have some fun in the dirt with but nothing too serious and with a few mods be comfortable on longer trips. Anyone have any experience with other bikes or the KLR and what they thought about them or have heard about them.

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The KLR is a nearly bulletproof design that has survived for almost 20 years unchanged. The largest must-do is the doohickey needs to be changed with an aftermarket one that is stronger. Apparently Kawasaki knew about this particular part, but did nothing to correct it. Just do a search for KLR doohickey and you will see what I am blabbering about.

There are numerous ride reports of guys doing some insane trips and off-road excursions that would make any normal rider cringe. Bigdaa on here is the local KLR guru and could shed more light on the subject.

Since you are in NC, I can recommend a dealer that has one on his floor on consignment in mint condition w/ only 1,600 miles for $3,300.00. You just have to come up here to Burlington.

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I have one and really, it's a kick in the pants and as rugged as a granite boulder. If Ridge's floor deal is real and mint as he says...............it's a shoe-in and worth the trip.

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Sorry, I found it. It has 2,955 miles, but that is still phenomenally low for a 1998 bike. Especially one that is as clean as this one. I see it every day walking in the shop and I know the owner is quite meticulous about his bikes. I can't speak for the doohickey though. I will ask to see if he has had it replaced.


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zook dr650 as good or better than the klr
(mine is an '04 w/ a few thousand miles)

still have an old thumper, they're great rides

too big for single trak but anythin bigger is fine

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I don't want to court disaster, but I got 11,000 hard miles on my 05 klr and I didn't do the doohickie.

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The XR650L is a proven machine & does really well everywhere.

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Any of the three are great. The DR650, the KLR, or the XRL. They are all proven bikes, and each has it's quirks. Any one is a lot of fun. I personally have the DR, and I love that bike. Most fun I ever had on a motorcycle. I ride with a guy that has the KLR, and he has no problem going on all the trails I ride. As for the Honda, well, it's a Honda. Bulletproof.

One thing about the Kawi. Larger fuel tank and larger aftermarket for parts, although the Suzuki and Honda are catching up.

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Id go check that bike out but I wont be back in the states for another 2 weeks. 3300 seems a little expensive for a '98 also, the engine might be rock solid but after 10 years the pariphrials might be getting old, all the lines, wires and such. If its still on the floor when I get back in the states I will definitly check it out.

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Id go check that bike out but I wont be back in the states for another 2 weeks. 3300 seems a little expensive for a '98 also, the engine might be rock solid but after 10 years the pariphrials might be getting old, all the lines, wires and such. If its still on the floor when I get back in the states I will definitly check it out.
True on the age, but low miles mean little exposure. One other thing, the Kwak is the smoothest of the three, the only liquid cooled and the least powerful. It's not too exciting, but it makes up for that in comfort and reliability. In May, I had mine out in the Nevada desert in temps up to about 110 on a 340 mile day ride riding at 80-90% power for 50% of the time. The muffler was so hot that the rag I kept tied around the grab rail started on fire. The bike did not miss a beat. My buddy was riding a brand new 2008 KLR650.

Would I own another 650 Xl Honda? Sure, in a heart beat. Would I buy a 650 Suzy, probably not, only because I'm not a Suzy kinda guy. However, the only beef I have with the Suzy 650 is that it does not have a tach. Other than that, I do like the bike a whole lot. My KLR I think I mentioned has 11,000 miles in two years. My ZX10R has 25,000 miles in three years.
You have time to pick and choose exactly what your money will buy. You could offer them 3,000 or even 2800. Cash speaks my man!!!!! Keep us informed and post up telling the forum when you get home.


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I've been thinking about getting a dual sport for a while and now I think that I am going to do it. The KLR is currently my top choice but I am not set on getting that particular bike. I have about 3500 to spend on the bike and Im looking for something that is a good daily driver, could have some fun in the dirt with but nothing too serious and with a few mods be comfortable on longer trips. Anyone have any experience with other bikes or the KLR and what they thought about them or have heard about them.
I know a guy from another forum who lives in Wilmington NC that has a 2004 for sale for $2500. From what I understand he hurt his shoulder and can't ride anymore. I am waiting to hear back from him on mileage. Are you interested?

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One more thing...........find me a big single that runs down the highway at 75 true mph as smoothly as a KLR650 and I'll show you a counterbalanced twin.

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my 82 XL500 has 45k+ miles on it...guess that's sayin somethin

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my 82 XL500 has 45k+ miles on it...guess that's sayin somethin
HA! We just dragged (litterally) one of those out of the shed a few weeks ago. Has not run in 17 yrs. Cleaned the carb, changed the plug & fuel filter, and it fired right up.

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that shed in shamong?

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yeah. that thing looks like its been through ww3. rusted hole in the exhaust, throttle & bar controls off who knows what, toggle switch where the key used to be. Still wheelies like there's no tommorrow though! weeee

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As soon as the Tuono sells, I will have an '08 KLR in the garage along w/ something else for street fun and/or trackdays.

After being disappointed by the '08 Honda rollout, my mind is made up.

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As soon as the Tuono sells, I will have an '08 KLR in the garage along w/ something else for street fun and/or trackdays.

After being disappointed by the '08 Honda rollout, my mind is made up.
You're selling the Tuono??

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Yep, superbikes have lost their glitter and glam on me. I have a mean streak of utilitarian running through me, and I see more value in two bikes of adequate cc's than one big twin, or I4 w/ uber power.

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Yep, superbikes have lost their glitter and glam on me. I have a mean streak of utilitarian running through me, and I see more value in two bikes of adequate cc's than one big twin, or I4 w/ uber power.
It is a good life that which you dream of. I live it and do like it. The KLR is a hoot!

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One more thing...........find me a big single that runs down the highway at 75 true mph as smoothly as a KLR650 and I'll show you a counterbalanced twin.
The single version's called a SM610.

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The single version's called a SM610.
Lies, all lies. I'll stack this mule up against any big single out there.

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