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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: timmythecop on April 22, 2021, 11:41:00 PM

Title: KLR650 NGC
Post by: timmythecop on April 22, 2021, 11:41:00 PM
This gem followed me home today, to my now crowded garage (2 guzzi, 2 bmw, 2 HD, 1 honda). Anybody else push one if these nails? Seems groovy so far.

(https://i.ibb.co/1G9ysKH/20210422-182057.jpg) (https://ibb.co/1G9ysKH)
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: grebmrof on April 23, 2021, 05:10:00 AM
The KLR is a very pleasant bike to ride, I've had two of them over the years.  The aftermarket is plentiful.  I equipped one of mine with side racks and Pelican bags, which were pretty neat.  Enjoy it, I think they are pretty much bullet proof.  There may be a few things to improve on the design using the aftermarket suppliers.  Not positive what year yours is, but they are all nice bikes.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: bobrebos on April 23, 2021, 05:16:14 AM
This gem followed me home today, to my now crowded garage (2 guzzi, 2 bmw, 2 HD, 1 honda). Anybody else push one if these nails? Seems groovy so far.

(https://i.ibb.co/1G9ysKH/20210422-182057.jpg) (https://ibb.co/1G9ysKH)


Nice!   :thumb:
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: Scout63 on April 23, 2021, 06:22:49 AM
Iíve never had a KLR, but have had several big singles.  Iím interested to see if it monopolizes your riding.  Iíll bet it does.  They are so much fun to ride.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: F-Fred on April 23, 2021, 06:38:58 AM
Congrats.  First-Gen KLRs rock.  They are the Nissan Hardbody of motorcycles.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: twowheeladdict on April 23, 2021, 06:41:07 AM
Nice color combination. 

I had a heavily modified '08 that the previous owner set up for a trip to Alaska that he never took.  Picked it up with 2000 miles on it and $4000 in upgrades.


(https://i.ibb.co/mczt6j4/KLR650-001.jpg) (https://ibb.co/mczt6j4)
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: Scott of the Sahara on April 23, 2021, 01:29:20 PM
When I decided to get back into Moto riding after a 24 year hiatus, my bike of choice was the KLR 650. The year was 2008.
I was not disappointed. I loved everything about the bike (2006) except it was not suited for 2 up riding and it was way too tall, even after lowering it 2". I eventually sold it and bought my Moto Guzzi Norge in 2010, which handles the 2 up riding in spades. Although my wife is not willing to ride with me any more, she prefers the sidecar.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: RinkRat II on April 23, 2021, 02:04:36 PM

   Congrats on the KLR,  I really missed my old KLX so in 2010 I bought this 2003 KLR with barely 2000 miles on it. Bulletproof is an understatement and I'm old so I don't need to blast across the desert, and this fits the bill. Enjoy Yours!

(https://i.ibb.co/87XXPhZ/20170805-122830.jpg) (https://ibb.co/87XXPhZ)


     Paul B :boozing:
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: timmythecop on April 23, 2021, 03:45:51 PM
   Congrats on the KLR,  I really missed my old KLX so in 2010 I bought this 2003 KLR with barely 2000 miles on it.

     Paul B :boozing:
Yea, mine is an 03 as well. Just insured it with Flo to the tune of 44 dollars a year.  I work at a large HD dealership and counting my bike, there were 3 KLRs in the employees parking area this morning.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: guzzi771 on April 23, 2021, 04:16:16 PM

(https://i.ibb.co/YZH3K0R/l-f7ace8ab33e6e63bcad4eb4d93cbe45d.jpg) (https://ibb.co/YZH3K0R)

(https://i.ibb.co/dbLtK4p/l-a39121bbf2f0767dcb2d8d58554d8085.jpg) (https://ibb.co/dbLtK4p)

(https://i.ibb.co/D88bKtT/l-8d8161529930a4af802c60cea540a56b.jpg) (https://ibb.co/D88bKtT)
 I owned a 89,03and 06 KLR's I wouldn't call them bullet proof because of the doohickey problems and they need lots of upgrades but I had some good times on mine .
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: PeteS on April 23, 2021, 04:18:38 PM
I bought my '08 from a friend in 2010. I had the EV and Gold Wing on a Progressive policy. Adding the third bike reduced my total by 35 bucks???
Its a great around town bike and for day trips on backroads. Not enough power for cross contry trips. Too bad they couldn't find another 20 hp on the new version. KTM has no problem doing that and more.

Pete
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: Canuck750 on April 23, 2021, 06:01:29 PM
I have a 2015, before that a 2006. My sons have a 2008 and a 2012. I have put a lot of miles on them, one up they are great. Many better dual purpose bikes out there but for cost, parts availability, aftermarket support, longevity and dead simple to work  on its hard to beat!

I just did the doohicky on the 2008 and 2012, I don't think it was necessary as the 2008 and up bikes have an improved doohickey and the springs on both were fine, regardless they are done. My dealer says if people just loosen and tighten the doohickey adjuster bolt at the bottom of the left side cover with each oil change they don't fail. It takes seconds.

The carb does not like fuel sitting for a long time, especially in warm climates, I kept a KLR in Pheonix for 8 years and the idle jet regularly plugged up. Fuel stabilizer did not help. If the bike is going to sit for long periods, say two or more months, drain the float bowl, there is a hex key drain screw on the side of the float bowl.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: SIR REAL ED on April 23, 2021, 08:41:01 PM
This gem followed me home today, to my now crowded garage (2 guzzi, 2 bmw, 2 HD, 1 honda). Anybody else push one if these nails? Seems groovy so far.

(https://i.ibb.co/1G9ysKH/20210422-182057.jpg) (https://ibb.co/1G9ysKH)


You'll love it!  Don't be surprised if the KLR key is the first one you reach for more often than not!
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: steven c on April 23, 2021, 08:48:56 PM
 I had a 2000 that I rode all the time,sold it when i bought the Buell thinking it was kind of redundant. which I had kept it. The Uly is great on dirt roads but the KLR can pretty much go anywhere, slowly but anywhere.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: JJ on April 23, 2021, 09:08:29 PM
I had a 2000 that I rode all the time,sold it when i bought the Buell thinking it was kind of redundant. which I had kept it. The Uly is great on dirt roads but the KLR can pretty much go anywhere, slowly but anywhere.

My neighbor has one...and swears by it...like "The Swiss Army Knife" of middle-displacement sized motorcycles!! :bow: :thumb: :boozing: :cool: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: redhawk47 on April 23, 2021, 11:22:05 PM
I had a '99 KLR. I rode it in the woods/mountains, to the West Coast and Copper Canyon, 30,000 miles.  But as I got older I wasn't doing much dual-sporting and I liked my Guzzi, so I decided to let someone else have fun with it. Sometimes I do miss the thump.

Dan
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: twowheeladdict on April 24, 2021, 09:13:34 AM
Yea, mine is an 03 as well. Just insured it with Flo to the tune of 44 dollars a year.  I work at a large HD dealership and counting my bike, there were 3 KLRs in the employees parking area this morning.

A lot of off-road and Fire road riding in your area.  Here is a good source, and if you find more please add them.  Www.gravelmap.com
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: timmythecop on April 25, 2021, 10:42:19 AM

By chance, do you still have any 17" hoops?
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: craigclu on April 25, 2021, 11:04:28 AM
My son with his KLR.  Worked great, seemed bullet proof.  Check out the doohickey info on the net.....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJD-Yx5xwjU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJD-Yx5xwjU)


(https://i.ibb.co/fxDRWYH/bikerevan-1.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fxDRWYH)
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: Lee Bruns on April 25, 2021, 01:35:18 PM
As long as the DR650 exists, there is no excuse for the KLR650.
Title: Re: KLR650 NGC
Post by: Seventy One on April 25, 2021, 01:39:25 PM
In '13 I bought an 800XC to replace my DR650. I should have bought the KLR650 instead.

I think the perfect combo would be DR650 for dual-sporting and the KLR for touring.

Few bikes have more personality and character than a thumper.