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Offline Bryan42

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First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« on: February 08, 2019, 03:00:07 pm »
Hi guys, I need some guidance.

Iím new to biking - the last time I rode a motorcycle was at school - a friendís bike 25years ago. A DT50 (I think). Thus, no experience. I want a dual purpose bike and after some reading and YouTubing Iíve decided that my first bike is a tossup between the KLR650 and the XT660Z. On looks and reviews I lean towards the XT and on cost, the KLR.

I will be doing 80% of my riding on pavement and 20% on gravel. No hard stuff. Not yet. I like that both the bikes are tall. Iím 1.92m. Iíve sat on a KLR and find the riding position comfortable. Because itís going to be my first bike, cost is a major factor. Iím not looking to spend more than 50/60K (max) first time around which make the likelihood of a KLR even bigger. It is also the reason bikes like the Tigersí and GSís are not considered. As for Hondaís XR or Suzukiís DR which might be lighter and easier to handle, I just donít like the look of them. So, itís the KLR vs. XT.

I would like to know from you whoíve owned or ridden both which you prefer and why? Also, which of these bikes are easier to live with in regards to maintenance and cost? And lastly, what type of things should I look out for when buying one of these bikes?

Your help is appreciated. THANKS!
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 03:04:32 pm »
I had three KLR's and on my second XT660Z
Both very capable bikes
KLR less expensive to buy
KLR does not have the power and suspension of the XT
KLR doo issue
Both bikes gave me around 23 km/l
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 03:07:55 pm »
Think he is asking about the XT660R :deal:
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 03:10:07 pm »
XT IMHO
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2019, 03:29:01 pm »
I've had all three. Given you'll be doing lots of tar 

1. XT660 Z - Great bike. Very comfortable and capable
2. KLR650 - Best value for money and very capable. Comfortable enough
3. XXT660 R - More uncomfortable, but the most hard core of the three
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 03:49:24 pm »
Its such a personal opinion but I think the KLR is a reliable workhorse but, I would take the XT660 all day long

That single is very nice, the range is fantastic and it looks really good in my opinion.
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2019, 03:59:31 pm »
Having owned Xt660R and XT660Z i can vouch for them both being really solid options with my preference leaning towards the Z.
I have only ridden a KLR a handful of times and found the suspension and brakes better on the XTZ.
All three are good but if it were me I'd go for the XT660Z Tenere.
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2019, 04:15:09 pm »
XT660 if you can afford one, KLR 650 if you are cheap.

Both are great choices.
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2019, 04:33:32 pm »
I have had neither of the two, but if I vould choose I would def go for the Yamaha  :drif:
 

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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2019, 06:17:20 pm »
I have had neither of the two, but if I vould choose I would def go for the Yamaha  :drif:

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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2019, 07:51:40 pm »
I have had my KLR for over 10 years, done a lot of travelling on it. Really enjoyed riding it. It is still in the garage and get used fro time to time, but I would go for the Yamaha if you can afford it.
 

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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2019, 12:12:07 am »
You are not going to marry the bike, donít limit yourself to only 2 choices. All the 650 class bikes are good.  Buy the bike thatís the best deal, you can always upgrade later.
 

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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2019, 06:51:02 am »
Mostly tar, I would seriously consider the Bmw 650 Dakar, you can get a super nice one for much less than your price range!
I call mine the lazyboy on wheels, I ride two up comfortably, reliable and have been all through the sticks also.
Klr I got for offroad, I would not do long distance on tar with it.
Nothing wrong with the Yammie though.
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2019, 11:37:14 am »
The KLR is the bike you buy to learn on, you ride it for a year or three and then move on to something more focussed on a particular kind of riding you have taken a liking to.

The Yamaha has more power and better suspension, it also looks better. Costs more.

If you dont want to do a lot of dirt a Suzuki DL650 might also be a good option. Can be had within your budget.
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2019, 12:18:56 pm »
As a first bike.  The KLR crashes better  :peepwall:
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2019, 01:31:24 pm »
As a first bike.  The KLR crashes better  :peepwall:
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2019, 04:57:09 pm »
THANKS for all the input. I really appreciate it. I'll post pics once I've made up my mind and bought a bike. Hopefully soon.
 

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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2019, 08:44:12 am »
KLR is probably a better distance traveler because of size of fuel tank and it's got better wind protection than the XT660R
The 660R will be more fun and you can do more with it looks wise and offroad wise.
Both great bikes IMHO.
In terms of your hight I'd also say the KLR will be more comfortable.
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2019, 11:05:21 am »
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Re: First Bike: XT660 vs. KLR650
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2019, 11:15:09 am »
Both options are awesome, but I think the XTZ is a better option (fuel injection and other more modern options)
Both have a hellova good range and wind protection and good luggage options.

You can't go wrong with either, so my opinion is that the budget dictates (although I am heavily biased towards the XTZ just because of the better performance and suspension)

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