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Old 02-05-2008, 12:19 AM   #21
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im really liking the KLR.
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im really liking the KLR.
KLRs are a good start. Plenty of streetability and good offroad. Too big for any kind of trails/MX though. How tall are you (inseam)?

XR400R on CL in Dallas. This is just like mine, only two years older. They aren't much to look at, but they're fun for a wide range of applications. For $1050, how could you go wrong? (A few mods will make it street legal)

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You're welcome to take mine for a spin to get a feel for it.
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:41 AM   #23
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BOO KLR them things are fugly. DR650 or XR650
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:41 AM   #24
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KLRs are a good start. Plenty of streetability and good offroad. Too big for any kind of trails/MX though. How tall are you (inseam)?

XR400R on CL in Dallas. This is just like mine, only two years older. They aren't much to look at, but they're fun for a wide range of applications. For $1050, how could you go wrong? (A few mods will make it street legal)

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im a 33" inseam. would the KLR not be good for the ride you posted pics of? im not dead set on this bike by any means, but for a DS that bike is dead sexy (i cant belive i just said that about a kawi). im in no position to buy one now, im going to be doing my research for a while before i buy one (it was about a year of researching before i bought the gixxer). from the pic the xr400 looks kinda small. is it?
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The 400 is more dirt bike than dual sport.

KLRs made up (probably) the biggest percentage of bikes on that ride. Along with XR650s and DR650s, they are the ultimate dual sport machines.

Thing is, I like that I can take the 400 to the dirt trails and ride it like a 250 when I feel like it, and then take it out and run with the 650s when I'm in the mood. If I could afford two, I'd get a 650 and a 250 so I could have the best of both worlds.
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I still think the KLRs are ugly.
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Yeah, but when you're on it and/or it's covered in mud and dust do you really care? I don't pick bikes that look good (as is evident by the Strom being my primary bike) - I ride bikes that do what I want, when I want.
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The 400 is more dirt bike than dual sport.

KLRs made up (probably) the biggest percentage of bikes on that ride. Along with XR650s and DR650s, they are the ultimate dual sport machines.

Thing is, I like that I can take the 400 to the dirt trails and ride it like a 250 when I feel like it, and then take it out and run with the 650s when I'm in the mood. If I could afford two, I'd get a 650 and a 250 so I could have the best of both worlds.
yeah i really like the "dirt bike" look like the DZR and the XR and such.
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i like the KTM as well, but arent they a bit pricey?
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Yeah, but they are serious dirt machines. Enduro racers love them.

I just needed something big enough for my fat and small enough to not hit all the trees (they jump out at me I swear!) when we hit the trails. The 400 was right up my alley and I've learned to wrench on it myself to keep maintenance costs low.
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is the 400 a small (short bike)?
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No, I'm just a tall girl. Compresses when I get on because I'm too heavy for it.

I'm 5'10", 32" inseam - and here I am standing with one foot flat on the ground. At stops, I wouldn't get off all the way unless I had to because it was too hard to swing a leg up and over without sure footing. On pavement, it's easier to just keep it on the kickstand and mount it like a horse - left foot on the peg, weight on, then leg over and sit down on it.

2003 spec (first one I found) says seat height 36.6 in.
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oops, helps if i remember the pic...
(I'm the red-assed monkey on the right)

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that looks like fun. i GOTSTA get me one.
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Oh, and that's an older KLR next to me. I always liked the blue on white color scheme more than the solid green or maroon they make nowadays.
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You gotta find someone with a buddy bike. Get out there for a ride or two and get a feel for what you want to do with it and how big/small you want yours to be. My first days in dirt were on a borrowed XR250R. Was perfect for me to learn on, but for my own bike I need just a little more.
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thanks squeaky, ill do that.
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Oh, and since you're the reading type you'll never run out of stuff to research here: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/
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thanks squeaky!
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