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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2021, 10:14:06 am »
Just buy the best, XT660R  :deal:
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2021, 10:16:01 am »
Just buy the best, XT660R  :deal:
Great bikes, but the only thing I don't like about it is that you sit ontop of the bike rather in the bike. I like sitting in the bike.
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2021, 10:37:24 am »
Just buy the best, XT660R  :deal:
Great bikes, but the only thing I don't like about it is that you sit ontop of the bike rather in the bike. I like sitting in the bike.
Agree with Chris on the seating comfort and position, absolutely brilliant.
Would I buy a Klr with 80k on, definitely not, would I buy a Dakar with the same kilos,most definitely.

 

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2021, 11:16:37 am »
Just buy the best, XT660R  :deal:
Great bikes, but the only thing I don't like about it is that you sit ontop of the bike rather in the bike. I like sitting in the bike.
Agree with Chris on the seating comfort and position, absolutely brilliant.
Would I buy a Klr with 80k on, definitely not, would I buy a Dakar with the same kilos,most definitely.

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2021, 12:34:25 pm »
Just buy the best, XT660R  :deal:
Great bikes, but the only thing I don't like about it is that you sit ontop of the bike rather in the bike. I like sitting in the bike.
Agree with Chris on the seating comfort and position, absolutely brilliant.
Would I buy a Klr with 80k on, definitely not, would I buy a Dakar with the same kilos,most definitely.

A John Deere vs a Case tractor>:D
I believe they use the same supplier of seats :deal: ;) :thumleft:
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2021, 01:15:41 pm »
Your guys are helping more than you may think - thanks very much.

The mention of the KLR suspension bottoming out under the "heavier" riders is another concern for me. I'm a fair bit more than 80kg...but no Jimmy Abott - may he RiP.

Is it true the Dakar suspension is significantly more expensive to repair or maintain compared to the KLR?


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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2021, 01:17:31 pm »
Your guys are helping more than you may think - thanks very much.

The mention of the KLR suspension bottoming out under the "heavier" riders is another concern for me. I'm a fair bit more than 80kg...but no Jimmy Abott - may he RiP.

Is it true the Dakar suspension is significantly more expensive to repair or maintain compared to the KLR?


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Just upgrade the spring on the back shock, then the KLR is perfectly fine
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2021, 01:27:40 pm »
Your guys are helping more than you may think - thanks very much.

The mention of the KLR suspension bottoming out under the "heavier" riders is another concern for me. I'm a fair bit more than 80kg...but no Jimmy Abott - may he RiP.

Is it true the Dakar suspension is significantly more expensive to repair or maintain compared to the KLR?


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Should be pretty similar to maintain. KLR needs get go attention more than the Dakar - at least progressive springs up front and resprung rear if over 85kg.
Dakar is simply less agricultural.  >:D
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2021, 02:50:44 pm »
Your guys are helping more than you may think - thanks very much.

The mention of the KLR suspension bottoming out under the "heavier" riders is another concern for me. I'm a fair bit more than 80kg...but no Jimmy Abott - may he RiP.

Is it true the Dakar suspension is significantly more expensive to repair or maintain compared to the KLR?


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I removed and installed it myself to save on labor. The service was done by Runner at Offroad Cycles. My son recently inquired about the  KLR's and the price is inline. As for the rear springs they should be very similar in price. My Dakar have an adjustable rear sock, that helps. Very few I know of that upgraded the rear sock on a Dakar. If you intend to do the occasional dirt highway traveling it will not be worth your while on both bike......If you intend to do the Amageza, Dakar or trans Africa bundu routes then do it.

KLR = more biased toward offroad riding, less highway. Note the rocket KLR's are out there and they move!!!
Dakar = more road biased, more highway. ABS for commuting a must for me.

The deciding factor for me is my wallet, if the bike's price is right, KLR or Dakar, I will by either without blinking twice.


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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2021, 02:52:58 pm »
Dakar is also hands down the most boring bike ever after a NC750  :pot:
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2021, 04:23:27 pm »
At least on the KLR you do not have to wear a balaclava.
 

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2021, 04:42:15 pm »
Look, with a suspension-sorted KLR (progressive up front, and a rear spring upgrade) youíre still going to spend a shed load less than getting a Dakar.

 

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2021, 04:50:02 pm »
Just buy the best, XT660R  :deal:

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2021, 09:30:43 pm »
You guys are making me wonder if this could be a Land Rover thread - everything needs an upgrade of sorts

Look sometimes boring is nice. Owning a 16 year old Disco 3 V8 and using it daily can give you the feeling of everything from your wife, to a girlfriend to the mother in law, depending on its mood....

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2021, 04:50:12 am »
Dakar is also hands down the most boring bike ever after a NC750  :pot:

And you spent how much time on a NC750X buddy? (Yes I have noticed you are stirring  :lol8: )
My NCX has taken me up and down Sani pass when it was ugly, through the Swartberg pass and to Gamkaskloof and back.....so many places and I have covered 42k km trouble free kilometers on this bike without ever skipping a beat and she is as smooth as you get.

Same for Dakar/GS650, I am convinced it must have been second to the KLR (In sales - yes they sold by the thousands here in the US and yet there is a new EFI model out now) the best selling thumper ever and single most traveled adventure bike to date. They have been on endless adventures throughout the world and yet they keep going. The last models rolled out around 2013 if memory serves me right? (not Dakar, the last GS650's)

I have personally suggested a GS650 for a close friend recently and he is happy about his choice, got to ride it myself and I believe the best secondhand thumper.
Yet like said I will personally go for the KLR because I'm a bit more old school and there is something about a KLR. Either you get it or you don't.  :thumleft:
 
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2021, 08:15:37 am »
Dakar is also hands down the most boring bike ever after a NC750  :pot:

And you spent how much time on a NC750X buddy? (Yes I have noticed you are stirring  :lol8: )
My NCX has taken me up and down Sani pass when it was ugly, through the Swartberg pass and to Gamkaskloof and back.....so many places and I have covered 42k km trouble free kilometers on this bike without ever skipping a beat and she is as smooth as you get.

Same for Dakar/GS650, I am convinced it must have been second to the KLR (In sales - yes they sold by the thousands here in the US and yet there is a new EFI model out now) the best selling thumper ever and single most traveled adventure bike to date. They have been on endless adventures throughout the world and yet they keep going. The last models rolled out around 2013 if memory serves me right? (not Dakar, the last GS650's)

I have personally suggested a GS650 for a close friend recently and he is happy about his choice, got to ride it myself and I believe the best secondhand thumper.
Yet like said I will personally go for the KLR because I'm a bit more old school and there is something about a KLR. Either you get it or you don't.  :thumleft:
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2021, 09:51:28 am »
I had the KLR Fugly shape, and rode some pretty narly places with it, I put a few smileys on the Rims but cannot ever say I needed more suspension. I had fitted 2x valve springs in the top of the forks for preload, but thats it.

My KLE has probably the same forks and also cannot say I want or need better suspension.

Suspension is still way better than my skill level  :-[

Also not gonna test a sorted bike cause then I may figure out what I'm missing O0

My KLR never used oil till I fitted an after market exhaust and this burnt a small hole through the airbox and filter.

My KLE uses none, but doesnt feel as strong as the KLR, but then again I had a Dl1000 in the time between the KLR and KLE

ended up selling the V-Strom for no other reason that I didnt ride it anymore. I have way way more fun on the KLE, fuel consumption on the Strom and the KLE is very similar at highway speeds, still nowhere near what the KLR gave.

If I had the cash lying around I would buy another Fugly anytime, really miss the utilitarian look of it.
 

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2021, 10:23:17 am »
Can't comment the Dakar, never owned one but can't say the look of them excites me.

I currently own five 2008 E model KLR's.
Great bikes to ride, but I have had untold trouble with them..

1. Had to re-bore them all to fix oil burning issues
2. Have had to replace radiators on 4 of them so far
3. Doohickeys fitted at added cost (one of them destroyed its motor before I fitted one)
4. Wiring looms shorting out under the tank. Fixed by re-routing them
5. The most ridiculous location for an Air Box/Filter on a dirt bike. Air intake right under the rear wheel arch. After 500kms + on dusty gravel roads, the air filters (which work well) have to be cleaned, otherwise fuel and oil consumption goes up and loss of power
6. Trip meters getting stuck
7. Sub frames breaking
8. Front wheel hubs getting stripped by ceased or badly fitted speedo drives on 3 of them so far
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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2021, 10:57:10 am »
Had a 2003 dakar as my first set of wheels, bought with 36k Km's on the clock, rode the snot out of it like any teenager / college student would, sold it at 93k Km's. Owner after that sold it at 97k Km's.

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Re: Wanted: KLR or Dakar - which would you choose?
« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2021, 11:08:20 am »
I had a Fugly and I've ridden a Dakar. You said commute, so I said Dakar. But a Fugly with sorted suspension, as said above goes anywhere. I did long distance with mine, comfortably sitting at 140km/h. Mine did not use oil. If you want a go anywhere, Basutho pony, the get a KLR. Value for money nothing beats it.
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