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post #1 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Klr650 hwy performance

How do all the klr650 owners find the bike on the highway. I am currently looking to buy a vstrom 650 or 1k and came across a mint 09 Klr with Heated grips, Givi top case and tall windshield and centre stand.

The whole reason I started looking at the vstrom was to have something good for long hauls so I'm not sure the Klr is the right bike for me.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 10:19 AM
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TONS of information on that website for the KLR. My gut is telling me that it is possible to do long hauls on it, with gearing changes. Hopefully you can find something in the 200+ pages there!

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Basically, if you're gonna be doing lots of dirt, go for the klr. The 'Strom (either one) will be much better on the highways.

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I'm taking a 500 mile round trip up Hiway 1 from Santa Barbara to Monterey next week for MotoGP.

My buddy and I are cruzing our KLRs.

Both of us put the one tooth plus front sprocket on. Nice 6% difference. It is an absolute must to do so.

The KLR can sit and do 70 all dang day long in any heat. I know. We did this back in 07 going out to Area 51 in Nevada when shade temp was 105.

Keep an eye on your oil.

Tires are an important choice. I went away from the stock dunlops cause they cost too much and rode on Metzler Karoos for the longest time. They more or less suck on the freeway, so I switched to some Pirelli's MT21 Rallycross which make the road riding more stable and less wonky.


I'll go right back to them on the next change.

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I'm taking a 500 mile round trip up Hiway 1 from Santa Barbara to Monterey next week for MotoGP.

My buddy and I are cruzing our KLRs.
That trip to monterey that u r doing brings back good memories.....
I lived in Eltoro,in Orange County, back in 80's to early 90's so i made several trips to Laguna Seca track. One year my friend and I rode our Suzuki DR350's up there. The interstste time wasn't much fun but when we got on the coastal highway it was a blast hitting those curves and passing alot of sport bikes. Injoy your trip and the MotoGP! I will be at the MotoGp here in Indy in a couple of weeks, for sure!

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Your age will matter on the KLR.

My butt could only handle about two hours on it. Invest in a new seat first. Interstate riding wasn't enjoyable because wind from every vehicle would move me. I'm fifty-four and really fear bouncing on the road again. It was too heavy for the height (to me) also. I posted earlier, I dropped it in the carport and couldn't pick it up. The back end kept sliding away from me on the smooth concrete. I don't think dirt would have been any different.
The good news is the KLR has a huge following. I doubt any bike rivals the aftermarket accesories it has. Several forums online too.

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Have a friend moving to Portland, OR on a KLR, 2200 miles. Towing him the first 350 to Iowa, along with my XR650L, we'll play in the country for a weekend and then he'll head on west.

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Have a friend moving to Portland, OR on a KLR, 2200 miles. Towing him the first 350 to Iowa, along with my XR650L, we'll play in the country for a weekend and then he'll head on west.
Have a great time Scott

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Have a great time Scott
Yep, one last big adventure on the XRL before I put it back on the market.

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Have a friend moving to Portland, OR on a KLR, 2200 miles. Towing him the first 350 to Iowa, along with my XR650L, we'll play in the country for a weekend and then he'll head on west.
Crazy, if your friend needs any tips, advice, or someone to show them around, refer them to me. I'd be more than happy to help out.

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After alot of reading, and searching, i ended up going with a 99 BMW F650.

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You did well.

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I'm taking a 500 mile round trip up Hiway 1 from Santa Barbara to Monterey next week for MotoGP.
Yeah, yeah, so get going awready...

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Yeah, yeah, so get going awready...

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I'll tell ya about it mate, that is if I see any racing through the boobs!

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You did well.
Thanks guys. Took it for a spin yesterday, she's no 919 but handles the rough back roads around here great
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You're a helluva guy...

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