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Offline Vintage_Mania

KLR600 vs KLR650
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:22:58 am »
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Is dit die moeite werd om na so iets te kyk?

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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 09:41:01 am »
Maat van my het n 1986 KLR 600. Dink nie die 650 kan hom wegry en hy het n kickstart en happybutton. :deal:
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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 09:42:17 am »
Not all 600's have the happy button.
 

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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 10:03:18 am »
Biggest drawback of the 600 is Kawasaki is discontinuing / has discontinued parts.

As a bike for the rough the 600 beats all 650's. The C probably is closest to the 600. Followed by the A with the E remaining as the most touring oriented one of the lot.
The 600s also share the 650A's rater flimsy front brake (it originated from the 600)
Conversion of a 600 to a rear disc (to have something better than two weak brakes) requires a swingarm swop to a unit from one of the 650's.

Due to the age you can assume any KLR600 will be a money pit. Unless you rebuild it bit by bit and as the budget allows you might be better off buying a different, more recent bike.
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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 11:10:32 am »
I have a 1986 with a happy button that Doc and myself have been playing with.

Good points:
Lighter than the 650 by quite a margin ~140kg dry for the e-start
More dirt orientated frame geometry
A real donkey first gear
Both kick and e-start... and will kick start with a flat/no battery.

Bad points:
Stock forks and shock suck if you are an average South African size
As Lecap mentioned some parts are discontinued but Doc has a work around for most
Rear brake is a drum but works ok if adjusted properly.....sliding the rear is no problem!
Front is a single pot caliper on a small disk.
Head light sucks

If you are looking for a bike to use as a starting point to build a fun bike the 600 make a good choice.

This is what my bike looks like at present..... but the front end is about to change to WP 50mm extreme conventional forks soon, including decent front brake   :ricky:
« Last Edit: November 02, 2012, 11:12:13 am by Wookie »
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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 11:18:08 am »


okay thanks guys!!

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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012, 08:12:31 am »
Got one of the last KLR600s(94 model) that will be fully rebuilt at R20000,kick and happy button with gold rims
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Re: KLR600 vs KLR650
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012, 11:15:08 am »
Got one of the last KLR600s(94 model) that will be fully rebuilt at R20000,kick and happy button with gold rims

I need a bike in the R15K (give or take) bracket. Anything available?

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