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Old 06-13-2007, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Looking toward next year and possibly going down to one bike...

So, being smart with money and consolodating seems to be the way to go.
(the R1 is just a big ticket waiting to happen)

I have been looking around and recently decided a real dual sport would be a worthwhile investment. My current stable... R1 and Tiger give me more than I need of everything. But after my recent mishap on the Tiger, I am leaning toward a smaller more nimble off road bike. The KLR650 comes to mind, So does the DR650SE, and lastly I will look at the XR650L. These bikes are listed in the order they most intrigue me.

Of course I am reserving the right to change my mind at a moments notice... bit it is my current thinking.

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Old 06-13-2007, 07:10 PM
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Not to hijack your thread, but I have been thinking along the same lines. Looking at maybe the DR650 or the KLR. Love the 919, but also look longingly at the back roads around here in Colorado Springs and wish I had the right machine to ride them.

I'm sure you already know, but I get lots of good info from advrider.com on both bikes.

My only real concern is giving up my fuel injection for a carb. Never really got along with the things.

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the new '08 KLR is definitely something worth looking into Mike. it is markedly smoother than the older one and about 1.5" lower seat and a bit lighter. you most likely won't find a deal anything below full retail as they are VERY hard to come by right now, but i was impressed by the improvements.

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Who is this & what have you done w/ Mike?

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No '08 KLRs on the floor yet, but I know he has at least two black '07 left. I liked the older KLR's, but I am really diggin' the new makeover. It is everything the KLRT riders have been banging their heads against the wall for the last ten years or so.

Seems Kawasaki listened to their customer base without wildly compromising the original.

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damn bro, whats next a Harley, frickin sell out

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damn bro, whats next a Harley, frickin sell out
Haha.... THat is when I decide I just want to look at a bike, and not ride it.

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hey didn't you say a few months ago you wanted a gold wing as well??


would it be wrong to promote this ?? I might be interested in the R1 at the right price!!

truthful feelings! keep them and buy a dr as well either way from what ridge says about your dirt skils i think you are gonna have to buy your own dirt bike to ride coming from a guy that is skeered of a modified 50cc.. back me up on this ridge it wasn't a standard 50 huh...

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I will let you know about the R1. I have dumped quite a bit of $$$ into it - Silly me.

I have one friend here that is thinking about it. I am still on the fence myself.

We will see.

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Old 06-14-2007, 06:14 AM
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I rode an SS Canary last weekend. Bright yellow 1500 Goldwing.
I am happy to say I am too young for that!
The xr650l is a great bike and notoriously indestructible. You do like long rides though and it (or the klr) won't do them as well as what you've got now.

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En route to the Cherohala Skyway you can rent Kawasaki KLR650s to assault The Dragon and the hundreds of other sterling roads in the North Carolina-Tennessee motorcycle paradise. The semi-knobby tires allow 250lbs riders to manage 37±mph in The Dragon's wrenching twisties, upwards of 55±mph on the declared 25mph curves on the Cherohala and an occasional burst to 95mph on the downward straights (of which there are few in Graham and Monroe Counties!)

After a week's rental (US$300) it was a great experience. The straight-up riding style is comfortable in the extreme. The constant vibration from the single cylinder is the only caveat to an otherwise fine machine.

Next year the 919 is coming along!

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No '08 KLRs on the floor yet, but I know he has at least two black '07 left. I liked the older KLR's, but I am really diggin' the new makeover. It is everything the KLRT riders have been banging their heads against the wall for the last ten years or so.

Seems Kawasaki listened to their customer base without wildly compromising the original.
i had one on the floor and it lasted all of 6 hours... go me!

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:46 AM
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It's easy to go down to one bike as long as you have a unicycle to fill the void. I suggest you get a playing card and clothes pin for the wheel to add sweet sound to your ride.

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:53 AM
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Very sorry to hear about your tiger fall! Any details?

You've come a loooong way from your HEAVY GW lusting.
That light 650 will be fun!

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:55 AM
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C'mon Mike, you can't do just one bike! You need various steeds for various deeds. I say to keep the Tiger and buy the KLR, it would seem those 2 will fit the bill as to the direction your riding style has taken you.




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Old 06-14-2007, 05:03 PM
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A buddy of mine has a DR650 and I have ridden it. Very fun machine. I can get you his e-mail if you have questions. He used to race in Pro-Thunder and is a hell of a rider.
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