Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: cheyenne wyoming
You are correct the Versys is not an off road bike, it is however a very good adventure touring bike. With good tires, it does very well on gravel roads, and moderate two track roads.
I have had two klr's, a 2003 and a 2008. While they are better in rougher conditions than the V, they are no dirt bike either. They are heavy, and in muddy conditions, you will find your self doing more tank slappers than you want. The same goes for deep sand and gravel. The klr is a heavy bike and it takes a lot of muscle to take it into really tough conditions.
The group I ride with all ride klr's, and we stay on good gravel, and avoid mud as much as possible. I generally ride toward the back of the pack on my V, and I can tell you, watching them ,they have as much trouble in deep gravel and mud as I do. The suspension on the klr is better on the rough roads though, the V is a little too stiff to be really comfortable on wash boards and such.
We have had to turn around a few times when the roads got too slick from the mud, and the klr riders were just as glad as me to get out of it.
The klr is a great bike, it does just about anything you can ask of it. The thing that made me switch is the power, after riding the V, I just can't go back to that underpowered single. I occasionally switch rides with my friend who has an 08 klr, and it handles great, but the lack of power at higher speeds is a deal breaker for me.
Any way enjoy your klr, they run forever, one of the guys I ride with has over 70,000 on his and only had a couple of things done to the engine to keep it running.
Anybody else think these buffalo wings taste a lot like chicken?
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