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Old 07-23-2014, 09:53 AM
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cmartin- Do you have a KLR650?
No, I realized I wasnt going to ride offroad or in Alaska like I dream about.

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IMO, Don't buy a KLR (or any other dirt bike.) GREAT bike but its not a road bike
I dont really disagree but they made some changes in ~2008 that make it better all around.

Best bike I've owned so far was my vfr750. Did everything I needed well and was dead reliable. Most fun bike, my Duc no question. Sounds great, good torque, sounds great.

Vstrom is another good one, a guy from work rides all over the place on one with his kid. Loves it.
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No, I realized I wasnt going to ride offroad or in Alaska like I dream about.



I dont really disagree but they made some changes in ~2008 that make it better all around.

Best bike I've owned so far was my vfr750. Did everything I needed well and was dead reliable. Most fun bike, my Duc no question. Sounds great, good torque, sounds great.

Vstrom is another good one, a guy from work rides all over the place on one with his kid. Loves it.
I bought a used 2008 KLR650 in November for a song ($2800 with 3100 miles). If the weak points are addressed early (sub frame bolts, counterbalance tensioner arm/spring, wiring harness rubbing points) they are dead nuts reliable. Been on a few 300+ mile highway trips with no problems. Is it a cruiser, no. Is it a dirt bike, no. Does it do both reasonable well, yes. It's a large thumper so it vibrates, and that characteristic takes some getting used to. You can buy 3 KLR's for the price of one well used GS. Around here (SW Virginia) the KLR makes good sense; exploring forest service and fire roads, easy work commuting and errand runner. KLR = Jeep, GS = Land Cruiser

Check out www.klr650.net
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:14 PM
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BMW has some nice vertical twin adventure models, too. Bigger than the 650 but easier to manage than the larger GS models.
Honda has several new 2014 models out you may want to look at. They seem to be working to re introduce more mid range engine sizes and more standard seating position options.
Kawasaki has a Versys model that I believe is a competitor to the Suzuki V Strom, and it gets good reviews.

All the above are more or less similar to what you sound like you are interested in.

Ducati is going to introduce a new "scrambler" model in 2015 -
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I know a lot of you guys ride motorcycles, and I even see some BMWs in your sigs. I'm currently watching Long Way Around on Netflix with their BMW GSs and I've been looking at BMWs.

I know they can take a beating and they eat up the miles but I dot really know anymore about them. Are they reliable? Are they DIY friendly? Are parts available for older ones?

This will be a ride around explore the back roads (including GSMNP) bike and maybe see some daily use. No cross country trips right now due to kiddos at the house.

Specific models I am looking at are:
R1200c - because Bond. James Bond.
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G650 cross country

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Given how you intend to use it a BMW R90/6 would make a nice first bike, 1975 and 76 are good years.
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My brother enjoyed a Honda XL650R for a couple of years. 8 mile commute and weekend trail rides with the kids on their bikes. Dead reliable. Aircooled single. Lots of options out there.
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I have about 50k miles on two R1200GSs and DIY'ed everything on them. I dumped the first one plenty too.



They are great bikes, almost too comfortable. It's like riding your sofa. They are tall, even the low suspension ones. I'm 6'1" and could not flat foot it, but still find it very flickable and had no problem picking it up after a tip over. It's more about technique than strength. ADVrider.com has as much tech. info on those bikes as you could ever need. I will own another, but I got the need for speed and am loving my K1200R. It's stupid fast and almost as flickable as a GS.

Weak points on BMWs are fuel strips and final drive components. You can never trust the fuel gauge on them. I ended up walking when I ran out of gas a mile from a station with 12 miles left on my gauge. FDs are not cheap, but they can be repaired very cheaply if leaks and play are caught and addressed early.
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R1200 Gs has been on my want list for a few years now. Now I have added the R9T to the want list. These are my other 2. Sold the K1100 RS ( Dr Evils old bike ) last year.
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Karl when you said R90/6 were you talking about a R65? Cause I found this one near me. It is an 82 with 24k miles.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:44 AM
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Karl when you said R90/6 were you talking about a R65? Cause I found this one near me. It is an 82 with 24k miles.
Ryan,

That R65 is a nice bike and would make a good starter BMW if everything checks out.

Here is a picture of the classic mid 70's R90

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