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Offline xj35s

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KLR 650 3RD GEN
« on: April 30, 2022, 05:12:01 PM »
They stopped making them in 2018 I guess. Now they're fuel injected, the frame is solid welded, no more broken bolts, and the suspension is a little stiffer. The front rotor is now 300 mm but it could have used duals up fornt. I picked it up for about the same price as the DRZ400 I was looking at. Not a dual sport, more edventure bike. A little less dirt friendly but still very capable. 6.1 gallon tank for a 300 mile range. It had 0.09 miles on it in this picture before driving it home. It had 5 psi in the front tire but seems to be holding fine now at 21. I have 195 miles of the 500 breakin oil change. Then I can open the thing up more. It's a torque monster. Only 40 hp and 39 ft/lb and weighs in at 460 lbs. To compare, the tenere 700 at 75 HP but 2 and 1/2 times more in price.

My XL250 lost spark and the parts bike didn't have a good stator. I might just do the $300 CDI retrofit. But I wanted something to rely on this summer. I almost picked up a Honda 300L but nobody had one, and the KLX 230 My wife said I'm too big and look like an idiot on it. So it's her fault I got the KLR650 Adventure!!



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Re: KLR 650 3RD GEN
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2022, 04:38:18 AM »
Nice.  Should serve you well.

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Re: KLR 650 3RD GEN
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2022, 07:17:33 AM »
Looks very nice. Congratulations. Always heard and read generally good things about that sled. Keep your knees in the breeze and the shiny side up.

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Re: KLR 650 3RD GEN
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2022, 04:54:02 AM »
This might sound stupid, but I kind of am, I don't care if it gets stolen. There is this weird freedom knowing that it's replacebale and heavily insured with road protection.

My OLD Honda is not replaceable. In fact I can barely find parts I can replace. As much as I wanted to be able to run the back roads with it, I would never be able to walk into a convenience store and not have a panic attack. It's crazy to think a 50 year old bike holds more value than a 2022.

This bike I can beat the crap out of for at least 5 years under full coverage warranty. There are many out there with over 100,000 miles. I think Harley's are the only other bikes known for that kind of longevety. I could be wrong though.

I did the first oil change myself the dealer has a two month wait list. I told them they need to hire more people or stop selling equipment. So if a major warranty issue occurs I'd likely lose the bike for the summer. Fingers crossed it's as good as the first two gen's or even a bit better !!


I've already had a bloke from Tug Hill reach out on advrider.com . I'd love to meet up with more folks on KLR's and ride some logging roads maybe camp overnight.

I had 518 miles on the bike when the second tank ran low enough to refill....I want to put this on the back of my Helmet.

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