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post #1 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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3rd times a charm?

Hello from a former Vstrom owner.

Long story short, I've been one of those KLR riders since '02. I've kept the KLR mainly due to comfort - having bought and sold many other bikes over the last 10 years including an '04 and '08 Vstrom. I had hoped that the vstrom would be the answer to some of the KLR's shortcomings. It was in many ways, but not comfort.

Sold both the Vstroms because they just didn't seem to fit, and I couldn't get comfortable. Other bikes, yes including a couple cruisers have come and gone since then, but I'm still riding the '02 KLR with 42,000 miles on it. From the miles you can see that I end up riding on the road most of the time, forest service roads and some exploring but I don't off-road.

So can the 3rd time be a charm? For all the KLR riders who made the transition and liked it, would you still recommend giving it another shot?

On paper it would seem like a no brainer making the switch - more roadworthy for light touring, FI with extra power, tubeless tires...etc,
considering the type of riding that I do.

I recently test rode a '07 Vstrom 650 - and once again it gave me a smile along with some of the comfort issues that I dealt with before. I've looked into possibly a Versys, but just don't think that would be the right bike based on the comparison with the Vstrom.

Some of the added motivation for going down this path again, is an Alaska trip in the works for August this year. To be fair, I didn't make some necessary upgrades on the last bikes - which I'm willing to do this time around.

So take the 'ole reliable (questionable at this point) KLR or take the plunge for the 3rd time?

ok, sorry it was the long version
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 12:02 PM
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What upgrades didn't you make that you now would? Are these comfort-related?

If you didn't like the '04 and the '08 you owned previously, it seems likely that you wouldn't like it this time around either... depending on the answer to the above, I guess.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Changes that I considered but didn't do... seat, bar risers and peg lowering kit.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 12:17 PM
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Unless they are embarassingly anatomically-related or downright grotesque to describe, can you share what specific comfort-related issues you had? Backache, knees, wrist, numb hands, hemmorhoids induced by violent helmet buffetting, etc? It would help pin down the question and we could point out any effective and popular fixes shoudl they exist, and also it would prevent my own unchecked imagination from coming up with so many disturbing mental images from an almost endless array of undefined possibilities. Not a lot of spare bandwidth to spare up here for that kind of thing, what with the voices and all.

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 12:37 PM
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3rd times a charm?

I have an 09 Wee Strom with alot of mods that make it more comfortable for me. Comfort is all relative. What works for me may not work for you. I am in Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. If you are somehere close maybe we could get together and you check out my bike. And if the KLR works for you why not just get a newer KLR with less miles?

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 01:38 PM
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Bar risers are great if your cables are long enough. It costs a fair chunk of change and time to put longer ones on.

I would go with forward bars instead of lowering pegs. Gives you a chance to stretch your legs out and it also changes the seating position to relieve some of the numb bum.

A decent seat is a good idea too.

I read that mirror extenders can reduce head buffeting, or a different shield. Some people even switch out the mirrors to help with that, or add some lowers to deflect some air from below.

The Strom can be made comfortable, but it can take a while to dial it all in.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 01:55 PM
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I've owned mutiple klrs and for me they are the model for how a bike should fit. So to make My 07 fit so far I have added a set of rox risers and the richland rich peg lowering kit. So far this has helped but I think I want the bars higher and with more pull back. So I'm planning on getting a set of xtra long braided steel cables and a motorcross style handle bar. Hopefully this will get me closer to the straight up and down seating positon that the klr offers. I've found even with the peg lowering kit my knees still have more of a bend then with the klr, hopefully that's something I can cure with a taller seat.

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback.
I'm ready to make the plunge - old bikes are gone now and ready to find a nice used one. Looking forward to being back on a Vstrom. :mrgreen:
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