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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Finally have one! New 08 in my garage.

I sold my 2008 600RR late last year after laying it down. It didn't hurt my feelings much because I hated it. I should have kept my VFR. Anyways, the decision I had to make was either a Versys, DR650 or the KLR. I owned a 1986 KLR that I purchased new and remember how much fun it was to ride. Since than I've owned many sport bikes but they've never really been much fun. I know if I'd have purchased a thumper, I probably would have regretted not spending a little more and purchase the Versys. The ride home was great! I'm sure I made the right decision. The dealer I purchased it from in Iowa also sells cars. The bike had exactly 1 mile on it. I low balled them with a $5000 offer. We agreed to $5500 which was $200 below cost. No extra fees. I did purchase the Kawasaki 2 year extended service agreement for $370. They we're nice people and very helpful. BTW, I do believe they had 1 left if anyone's interested.
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Good for you. I too have owned two KLR's and many other bikes over the years. traded a 08 1600 classic on the Versys and got money back from a dealer also in Iowa. Where in Iowa are you. I am between Maquoketa and Dubuque. Had the 650 R bike also before. I think you made the right decision as the KLR is a great bike but not as the only one you have. Is a play bike for other uses. Versys serves more purposes. No where near the power of your sportbikes but more than enough useful power. I too had the 650 V stom on my list. Still would like to ride one. Welcome to the forum and a great bunch of guys here to help with anything you can think of. Fun bunch. Enjoy. I rode today about 150 miles as it was so nice for a change.

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I live in Iowa City but I purchased it in Muscatine. I almost drove to Maquoketa today. A dealer there had a 2008 DR650 and I wanted to compare it to the KLR. The ride home convinced me I made the right decision. I'm thinking a aftermarket w-shield, rack and maybe pegs are in order. How do you keep these things under 4000 rpm during break-in and still drive 60?
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Congrats on your purchase, I'm sure you'll find she's a wonderful bike


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I live in Iowa City but I purchased it in Muscatine. I almost drove to Maquoketa today. A dealer there had a 2008 DR650 and I wanted to compare it to the KLR. The ride home convinced me I made the right decision. I'm thinking a aftermarket w-shield, rack and maybe pegs are in order. How do you keep these things under 4000 rpm during break-in and still drive 60?
You don't. What didn't you like about the 600RR?
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I know the dealer in Muscatine. been there a few times. I go to the VA in Iowa city it seems about every 2 months. Was the dealer in Maquoketa K motorsports. They don't have much if it was. Mostly atv's. I kind of fudge and hit 5000 rpms on the main highway. Won't hurt it if you just don't keep it at that speed for an extended time. I just don't go much higher than that as i only have 500 miles on mine. Hate break ins. Bought a few BMW's from Gina's in Iowa city and several Guzzi's from Jims in Riverside. Heck of a nice guy and friend.

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Yes it was K Motorsports.
I had owned a 2007 VFR Interceptor and it was a smooth big sport/touring bike. the 600RR was to small for my frame and uncomfortable. I took a beating when I sold that. I'm ready for a simpler type of bike, I'm getting old.
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I live in Iowa City but I purchased it in Muscatine. I almost drove to Maquoketa today. A dealer there had a 2008 DR650 and I wanted to compare it to the KLR. The ride home convinced me I made the right decision. I'm thinking a aftermarket w-shield, rack and maybe pegs are in order. How do you keep these things under 4000 rpm during break-in and still drive 60?
When I bought mine in September, I decided to break it in "like I stole it" after doing LOTS of research on that method. I accelerated HARD then let it back off, then repeated. Now I've got 7600 miles on, haven't added ANY oil between oil changes (using car Mobil 1 15w-50 oil), and get around 55 MPG normally, and got 48.6 MPG on a 1766 mile run to California and back (80 to 85 on the 'slab' and AVERAGED 63 mph for the whole trip which included LOTS of twisties!). Oh yah - and love the stock tires, tho' the rear will need replacing within 1000 miles for sure.

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K motorsports only has about six bikes. Mostly atv. I bought a tire for my Secca from them and found out they don't even have anthing to balance it with. Half the time they don't have a clue when you try to order even a filter and have the old number. I gave up on them. As far as breaking them in i too let off and accelerate now but don't over rev it. I will have used Mobil one in my cars a lot and the Vette. I wouldn't personaly use a full synthetic until after 10,000 miles though. But my new Guzzi i remember and triumph came with mobil 1 in them from the start. Whole new can of worms so use what works best for each of us. I know my 650 R got 50 mpg most of the time but i am all highway here. V should do about the same when i get it broke in. Funny how so many of us as we mature have went to a more simple bike.

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