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trade/sell warrior for KLR?

im thinking about it.

outside of a 650 mile trip with some friends last year i didnt ride much at all, 1300 miles to be exact.

im thinking a dual purpose bike might fit my needs better. take up a lil less room in the garage, could venture on some light trails gravel roads etc etc.

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i hope you get some cash in that trade.
Most definetly, remember i bought that bike new in 07, saved big money on it,

if i plan to go this route i would put a sale thread up first

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I'd go with something capable of handling gravel roads with ease, but it does not seem like we have much worse than that available around here unless you venture into Wisconsin or the great river road by the Mississippi. Maybe time for something more dirt oriented, or less?
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i would use a dirt only bike even less, i have a friend who plans to do some dual sport trips and hit back roads, that sounds like fun, plus it gives me the opportunity to still ride to work on occasions

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If money isn't a concern, then there are other options you might consider. The KLR seems like a good bike, cheap, built like a tank, but a little heavy and not huge on performance.

A bike on my short list is the KTM Adventure 640. I've always liked this bike. I came really close to buying a used one when I got my DRZ.

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On these bikes suspensions are usually plush, but the seat can be hard or uncomfortable. Seat height will be a problem.

Ask yourself how you're going to use it. Are you always going to trailer it to good riding or ride it to the trails?

Would you take it on that same trip? Probably not. You might top out around 85.

How far is work? Freeway?

DRZ400 is a good bike in that it's a bit lighter. So depending on the trails, you might like it more.

You could go bigger, more road worthy and get a VStrom 650 or 1000. Ugly as hell, but better wind protection and still able to go off road.

Of course there's the BMW GS but seat height and weight?

There's the Suzuki DR650.

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i would use a dirt only bike even less, i have a friend who plans to do some dual sport trips and hit back roads, that sounds like fun, plus it gives me the opportunity to still ride to work on occasions
Think hard about that. There are a lot of people on the board that have dirt bikes now. What would you rather do? Trailer and ride for the day and go home? Or trailer up north, ride for two days, hotel or camp and go home. Which is more likely? And how often would you do it?
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Im with Jack....its alot easier to get out for a halfday of trailriding locally than take off for a couple days.

Get something more trailworthy than street.
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The klr kinda sucks. I had one. It's really not much of a dirt bike, much better street legal options out there.

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Im with Jack....its alot easier to get out for a halfday of trailriding locally than take off for a couple days.

Get something more trailworthy than street.
thats easy for people who can tow to say, im not equiped to tow anything no more, and besides i still enjoy riding to work thu/fri. its only easier because it is what you choose to want to do, how hard was it to put a key in your harley and take off? if it started it wasnt difficult.

once colin is ready, the whole family will be packing trail bikes and ill probably buy a truck, till then i need to be able to get out on occasion, which means street as well as trail so dual purpose is where its at.

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The klr kinda sucks. I had one. It's really not much of a dirt bike, much better street legal options out there.
im not looking for a dirt bike. im looking for a street bike that can tackle country back roads on occasion

klr fits that bill so do others like the ktm or the bmw, its all a matter of what i want to spend on something ill put less then a 1,000 miles on a year

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Think hard about that. There are a lot of people on the board that have dirt bikes now. What would you rather do? Trailer and ride for the day and go home? Or trailer up north, ride for two days, hotel or camp and go home. Which is more likely? And how often would you do it?
id more likely ride a bike to work and on occasion take a ride sat/sun morning and look for gravel roads.

at least for now, when we determine colin can start to ride then that may change for now, street is still best option for me

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Im with Jack....its alot easier to get out for a halfday of trailriding locally than take off for a couple days.

Get something more trailworthy than street.
I'm not suggesting he get a dirt-only bike. I'm just suggesting he sit back and analyze how he would really use it. Heck, for the price of his Warrior he could probably get both a KLR and a descent dirt-only bike and have both options open.


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The klr kinda sucks. I had one. It's really not much of a dirt bike, much better street legal options out there.
We all realize it's no sport bike and doesn't have top-of-the-line components. What didn't you like about it. Any comments on the 2008 redesign?


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thats easy for people who can tow to say, im not equiped to tow anything no more, and besides i still enjoy riding to work thu/fri. its only easier because it is what you choose to want to do, how hard was it to put a key in your harley and take off? if it started it wasnt difficult.

once colin is ready, the whole family will be packing trail bikes and ill probably buy a truck, till then i need to be able to get out on occasion, which means street as well as trail so dual purpose is where its at.
Well, you should be able to tow either of these bikes with just about any car.

If you want to do tight single track, then dirt-only non plated is probably the way to go. If you want to run trails then plated is the way to go.

I'm not sure what it's like in Illinois with places to trail ride, but I know in Wisconsin it can be tough. Snowmobilers and ATVs are organized, but off-road bikers not so much. Some counties in Wisconsin allow dirt bikes on their ATV routes, some don't. It's all up to the county for the most part so it's a patchwork of yes and no's throughout the state. You have to research.

Just this year a huge trail complex in Jackson county has changed their policy. They no longer allow dirt bikes that are not plated on their ATV trails. that's a big blow.

So when Colin is ready, where will he ride? Dave (LoveBothKats) would probably be a good source of info for places to ride. I just know in Wisconsin it's going to be increasingly difficult to find places where Colin can ride. B

Bong is actually close and would be okay. It has a very small oval Colin could ride and learn on. The trails however are so so. And the place is closed half the time.

Will the wife ride? We found ATVs easier to manage as a family. I would prefer a bike but ATV trails are easier to find and easier for my wife and son.

I wish I had a second bike we could go out and see what you think. Trails in Wisconsin open May 1st.
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id more likely ride a bike to work and on occasion take a ride sat/sun morning and look for gravel roads.

at least for now, when we determine colin can start to ride then that may change for now, street is still best option for me
here's a 647 mile route of gravel roads. I'll likely be doing this ride this year.


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yeah jack our conversation about that trip is what peaked my intrest, and you are correct, the warrior should be able to get me both a dual sport and a dirt bike. when i pick up the dual sport i may just suprise the wife and get a pw50 at the same time for colin

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as far as where will colin ride, the back yard until they build houses there

seriously though, bong is a close option, but i would be willing to drive to california if i had to so we could ride together if thats what he wants to do.

contract aggreements btw keep the current vehicle from trailer attachements, wifes car? no way

next year lease is up and the plan is to get a truck

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You are pretty close to Rocky Glen which would be a great place for Colin.

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+1 on Rocky Glen. That's like 25min from your house.

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yeah jack our conversation about that trip is what peaked my intrest, and you are correct, the warrior should be able to get me both a dual sport and a dirt bike. when i pick up the dual sport i may just suprise the wife and get a pw50 at the same time for colin
I think you mean this trip. I'm doing this in June. 1000 miles DS upper Michigan.

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+1 on Rocky Glen. That's like 25min from your house.

+100 on your backyard! (just watch out for Mt. Lupi)

Screw towing, get a hitch carrier and put it on that $350 Jeep you're always bragging about!

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You are pretty close to Rocky Glen which would be a great place for Colin.

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Wow some place close, there ya go a place for us to go, and when colin is ready i too will have a dirt bike, no worries buddy

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Unfortunatley, most prefer this place.
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How about an XR650L? Those are great bikes. Just another option to keep open.
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and thats fine with me, this isnt about what everyone else is doing, this is about what Im doing

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How about an XR650L? Those are great bikes. Just another option to keep open.

that is an option as well, so is the yamaha 250 dual sport bikes


ill look around this weekend

im not set on just the klr, just figured it may be the best bang for the buck for what i need

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that is an option as well, so is the yamaha 250 dual sport bikes


ill look around this weekend

im not set on just the klr, just figured it may be the best bang for the buck for what i need
Yamaha just redid the 250 dual sports. Supposed to be pretty good.
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