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KLR rider Likes the Versys

I've been interested in the Versys for some time now & hope to add one to my stable. Love the KLR & won't get rid of it but, a Versys might be the ideal road bike for me.

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I replaced my KLR with the Versys and a KLX250S. I just couldn't justify the beastly KLR650 for off road and the Versys for the street. I felt like they overlapped too much.

The KLR650 can do most of what the Versys can legally do. The versys can comfortably travel at higher speeds and shred the curves a little faster, as well as quicker acceleration.

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As someone has already said, the KLR is too close to the Versys to warrant having both bikes, & if you like to go blacktop to the forest sections a lot, you will leave the Versys at home, & after owning all of the bikes I am discussing, I would recommend a Versys & a DRZ400.


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Welcome aboard,
I think you'll find there are quite a few Versys owners who have moved over from a KLR, I'm one of them. I wish I had kept the KLR just because it was so much fun but the fact is, for what I do, the Versys fits better. Even though they overlap alot, 95% of my riding is on the road but I still miss the "coolness" of the KLR, it's just very raw, like riding to work on horseback.
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As someone has already said, the KLR is too close to the Versys to warrant having both bikes, & if you like to go blacktop to the forest sections a lot, you will leave the Versys at home, & after owning all of the bikes I am discussing, I would recommend a Versys & a DRZ400.


Happy Trails!
I've got a 450 KTM (non-plated) for serious of roading & it blows the KLR away in the woods. However the short maintenance intervals of the KTM have me putting many more hours on the KLR as it is still a hoot in the woods.

I live in rural Tennessee & have a group of riding buddies on 650 dual sports, so I can't see myself selling the KLR unless Yamaha answers my prayers & builds a dual sport based on the 700 Raptor, with a modern suspension & 6 speed tranny.....Or perhaps Kawasaki builds a legitimate off road version of the Versys.

I have a bad knee & need the upright position of a dirt bike/adv/standard. There isn't much offered here in the states & the Versys is what's catching my eye right now. I do like the FZ-09 but, I'm afraid too much power will get me into trouble.
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Love my versys, can't see ever not having one, but picking up a klr tomorrow for another commuter/trails etc. The KLR is hard to pass up for the money, mods, mechanical ease and history. I think the versys will always be my go to commuter bike though. Better than anything else I've ridden with a few mods. I just wonder how different handling is between the two????


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Love my versys, can't see ever not having one, but picking up a klr tomorrow for another commuter/trails etc. The KLR is hard to pass up for the money, mods, mechanical ease and history. I think the versys will always be my go to commuter bike though. Better than anything else I've ridden with a few mods. I just wonder how different handling is between the two????
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I have the set-up you're looking at a 2009 KLR 650, The Fat Little Pig! & a 2012 Versys. They make a good team to me. the KLR will haul ANYTHING almost ANYWHERE....just a bit slow. The versys takes care of the road work while not carrying a bit less it will do so much fast. The KLR reminds me of a older Pickup truck, you knew you were in a truck and it rode that way, a bit rough. The versys is more like a sport sedan nice and comfy BUT not really a off-road bike.

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I have the set-up you're looking at a 2009 KLR 650, The Fat Little Pig! & a 2012 Versys. They make a good team to me. the KLR will haul ANYTHING almost ANYWHERE....just a bit slow. The versys takes care of the road work while not carrying a bit less it will do so much fast. The KLR reminds me of a older Pickup truck, you knew you were in a truck and it rode that way, a bit rough. The versys is more like a sport sedan nice and comfy BUT not really a off-road bike.
So true!!! Picked up the KLR today and had the same grin I do with the versys... And they are so different, but definitely a great team!!!



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So true!!! Picked up the KLR today and had the same grin I do with the versys... And they are so different, but definitely a great team!!!



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FIRST KLR farkle (EVEN w/ the new ones) - replace the Doohickey AND the spring (get the "torsion spring"). Eagle Mike sells 'em.
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The current iteration of the KLR uses a single piece engine balancer adjustment lever and are
not commonly know to be subject to failure from breakage. A new KLR is generally fine until the engine balancer adjustment lever no longer has sufficient adjustment capability after about 8-10K miles of use the engine balancer system will begin to get noisy.

IMO it is a must do upgrade but no necessarily the first addition to a new bike.

My priorities were crash bars/skid plate/center stand (don't drop the bike in the dirt without it),
luggage & tires then ride the heck out of it.

Then definitely do the engine balancer adjustment lever & torsion spring upgrade.

The so called "need" for a thermo-blob (in winter conditions) is evidenced by the percentage of installs on the KLR's

If the bike is to be ridden by a heavy rider and/or loaded a rear spring upgrade is in order to restore rear suspension travel and ride height.

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I'm not at all bothered by the doohickey, an Eagle Mike replacement with torsion spring is an easy and relatively inexpensive fix. One of the things that keeps me from buying a KLR is the oil burning issue. I had an 06 KLR which I loved, it never used a drop of oil, matter of fact I've only owned one vehicle that used any oil at all. Constantly adding oil would bug the crap out of me, especially with a brand new bike. I don't chance getting one because I just know it would eat away at me. As soon as I hear they have changed the ring or piston design, I'll be back onboard with a KLR.
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