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Old March 21st, 2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Well my KLR650 is a little too big for the tight and twisty as well as me being too young to want to go that slow. So I am looking to get recommendations for a dual sport and trails bike. I am 6'-1" and about 300 lbs. I have been looking at the XR650R. I have also kicked around the WR450 and a CRF450X. My reservations about the 450X is that it is going to be too light to be stable on the road with a 100 mile commute. Any other recommendations or advise?
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I had an XR650R for several months last year. Great bike on road. It was a little heavy for the trails, but not bad. A guy your size will have no problem throwing it around. It will be a big difference from your KLR as the XR was made as a dirtbike.

For the XR, get a case saver from Xrs only. Be prepared to make multiple phone calls to them to get the part. I ordered it online and had to call them 4 times before they finally shipped it. They were the only company that made a good case saver for the bike. Also install an oil sight tube on the frame. The bikes are notorious for burning a little bit of oil. If you let the oil level drop too low, your motor will be a time bomb. Don't let that steer you away from the bike though, they are blast to ride and have gobs of power. You will definitely want to uncork it to unleash the full potential. If you're looking to regear the bike or need mew sprockets, check out ironman sprockets http://www.dirttricks.com/ordering_sprockets.htm. They are kind of pricey, but everyone on advrider says they are the only sprocket set you will have to buy.
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klr 650.the best and most reliable dual sport.if you want more trail ktm exc line.
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If you want another bike more for the dirt, I would buy a wr450.I have always been a yamaha guy,and love my wr250f.It's not comfortable on the street,but a blast to ride.Have you thought about a suzuki drz400? They are a little more nimble then your bike,but still decent on the street.
The big honda is better then your klr for the dirt,pretty streatable,and it's a honda should be fine but I dont know if it's far enough from what you have.
If money is no problem,go to your nearest ktm dealer and find the best match for your needs.
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I can't imagine that the Xr650r would be much better than the KLR650 on tight trails.
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The KLR is an extremely good dual sport and is a very reliable bike. It is just too heavy weighing in at around 390 dry and with six gallons of fuel above the frame, the ground clearance from the pegs is low. The XR is over 100 lbs lighter dry at 277Lbs. I have thought about the DRZ line and need to research them a little more.

When I mentioned trail I should have specified the single track MCCCT.

My reservations with a KTM are price and the limited dealer network with only 12 showing in Michigan.
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I like my KLX250S so far.
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The KLR is an extremely good dual sport and is a very reliable bike. It is just too heavy weighing in at around 390 dry and with six gallons of fuel above the frame, the ground clearance from the pegs is low. The XR is over 100 lbs lighter dry at 277Lbs. I have thought about the DRZ line and need to research them a little more.

When I mentioned trail I should have specified the single track MCCCT.

My reservations with a KTM are price and the limited dealer network with only 12 showing in Michigan.
My buddy had a drz400 with a yoshi pipe that he converted to street legal. It was just as fast as my xr, but his had electric start and was several years newer.
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The KLR is an extremely good dual sport and is a very reliable bike. It is just too heavy weighing in at around 390 dry and with six gallons of fuel above the frame, the ground clearance from the pegs is low. The XR is over 100 lbs lighter dry at 277Lbs. I have thought about the DRZ line and need to research them a little more.

When I mentioned trail I should have specified the single track MCCCT.

My reservations with a KTM are price and the limited dealer network with only 12 showing in Michigan.
Don't let the KTM dealership map scare you... I have friends here in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario that have bought KTMs from Lansing cycle... If they need parts, they are here usually next day.... They have been good to deal with.

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look up linwood cycle. they are one of the best ktm dealers around that i have talked with.
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i'd really like if manufacturers would take their latest 450 and put lights on them.

i'm interested in the wr250r though :D
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i'd really like if manufacturers would take their latest 450 and put lights on them.

i'm interested in the wr250r though :D
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Big Bird, IIRC - Lansing cycle is no more. My cousin owns a dealership in Traverse City:

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i'd really like if manufacturers would take their latest 450 and put lights on them.

i'm interested in the wr250r though :D
I think the wr250r is about like a klx 250,nice bike for getting around,a little weak in the power and suspension.The wr250r has a totally different motor then the wr250f,it's tamer,but should need almost no maintence.
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you mean great mistakes....that place is a joke.

i would not buy a honda x. they are major restricted and handle like crap. i have rode my buddy's a few times.he has it for sale if you really want one.
linwood is a great dealer and the owner is a avid rider. there are a bunch of good ktm dealers here and in ohio.and some real good deals out there. call u win in ludington they have some left overs.
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you mean great mistakes....that place is a joke.

i would not buy a honda x. they are major restricted and handle like crap. i have rode my buddy's a few times.he has it for sale if you really want one.
linwood is a great dealer and the owner is a avid rider. there are a bunch of good ktm dealers here and in ohio.and some real good deals out there. call u win in ludington they have some left overs.

You're the last person I would rely on for a honest opinion about any business. You probably think it is a joke because the owners are Austrian and don't put up with loudmouthed bullshitters.
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ktm exc line, 500 or 530 if you want a good dirt bike that is still going to be good commuting. drz400s is a good dual sport also. If you can swing two bikes keep the big klr and get a true offroad bike for the trails. xc,xcw,wr,crfx
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You're the last person I would rely on for a honest opinion about any business. You probably think it is a joke because the owners are Austrian and don't put up with loudmouthed bullshitters.
hey scooter..i was a rep for 3 years so i have been to every dealership in mi and ohio.so i have a honest opinion on them.i also live up north,dealt with them,worked at a dealer up north,tried to do dealer trades with them,and raced at kingsley just south of there. the only bullshit that i talk is about dumb asses like you that hang on a 4x4 site,talk shit to people all day,tell everyone how smart you are and you dont even own a 4x4.(or have evr really wheeled)why the fukc are you even here? so you can come in this section and act like you know something about dirt bikes also..because you have 2 old ass bikes that you cruise through the single track with..your the man!!
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who were you a rep for? your not the little short f%@# that worked for Parts Unlimited 10ish years ago are you?
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hey scooter..i was a rep for 3 years so i have been to every dealership in mi and ohio.so i have a honest opinion on them.i also live up north,dealt with them,worked at a dealer up north,tried to do dealer trades with them,and raced at kingsley just south of there. the only bullshit that i talk is about dumb asses like you that hang on a 4x4 site,talk shit to people all day,tell everyone how smart you are and you dont even own a 4x4.(or have evr really wheeled)why the fukc are you even here? so you can come in this section and act like you know something about dirt bikes also..because you have 2 old ass bikes that you cruise through the single track with..your the man!!


Just because I don't have some buggy-thing or call myself "Team Asspounder" (clever, BTW) doesn't mean I'm not cool too. Actually, I used to wheel, and in some pretty sweet places. I think the biggest difference is I used skill to get over obstacles and you use the accelerator pedal.

I know a bit about dirt bikes, and a whole lot of other things that will always be out of reach of your comprehension. I will concede that you do excel in living the party life we all wanted to when we were in highschool, and at all things loud and obnoxious.

AND, I'll have you know, my bike is AWESOME and a 2004!!!!!1!1!11 That's not old, Baby, that's "seasoned"!

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