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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Difference in rides

I have been viewing the forum and the threads in the past few days and as a newbie I needed to post a second thread, so here goes. As I indicated in my my first intro post I owned a KLR650 and Kaw Zr750s. The Zr as a street bike was fun for the highways rides, but the KLR was more awesome because it allowed me to go pretty much anywhere my riding abilities allowed me to go I only have 1400 on my versys now, but the one thing that I really like about it is that its a split between both of those bikes, well...kind of. I can easily cruse the back country and highways VERY comfortably and if I want to take a dirt trail ride its still possible on the versys. We have a lot of fire break trails in colorado and the versys handles them with out any issues at all. Now don't get me wrong, there are dirt back country trails here that seem to be strictly designed for foot, horse, KLR and dirt bike traffic only that I wouldn't even try on the versys, but overall this 650 versys fits the best of both worlds. Now only if I didn't sell the KLR and kept it as a second bike Cheers!
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You dont want the klr as a second bike!

You WANT a WR250R
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I would have loved to have kept the KLR if I could have...It was a great bike that I now miss a lot.
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I would have loved to have kept the KLR if I could have...It was a great bike that I now miss a lot.
I hear you. I had a 2006 KLR that I finally got farkled out the way I wanted it, and sold it to get a Versys. My only issue (which proved to be the tipping point) was that I ran out of inseam before I could heave my fat *ss over the seat. (For the visualization-impaired that means my legs are too short for the seat height.)

sigh. I do miss the thumper power band. That thing would bang along all day at 2500-3000rpm comfortably. The Versys takes some spirited gear box rowing to move along in a spirited fashion (and anything below 3000 rpm with stock gearing resulted in complaints from the engine room and subsequent downshifting...)
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I TOO came over from KLRs.... LIGHT weight is your FRIEND.

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You dont want the klr as a second bike!

You WANT a WR250R
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The '08 KLR is the only bike I wish I never sold. Not because it was a KLR, but because it was the perfect KLR with all the right mods to make it the perfect bike.

From suspension to engine to farkles, it was perfect. The previous owner built it, put 2000 miles on it and sold it.

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All this KLR talk, might have to add a dual sport to the garage.
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