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    Bike comparo

    Very good write up in the latest Motorcycle trader mag about the DR and KLR. Probably the most sensible Ive seen, No outright winner, it was about which is the best "Horse" for any individuals particular "Course". I like what Kawasaki have done to their venerable 650 beast this year, There is no way in hell you could farkle a DR up to match the latest KLR now for the new price difference. But, As the mag implied, If you want a big, simple road legal trail bike which also goes very well on the road (with a better seat) then the DR Rocks. If you want a comfy long distance adventure tourer that's about a third of the price of most others on the market and still goes pretty well off road then the KLR is worth a serious look.
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    What a surprise, no outright winner. I stopped buying motorbike mags for that exact reason. The guys doing the write ups are too scared to say anything bad in case the demo bike supply dries up.

    In saying that, they may have this right. For dual purpose bikes, the DR is better offroad and the KLR better on road. The massive size and all the plastic crap wrapped around the KLR are a bit of a give away.

    Sorry. I dont mean to put a downer on your thread.
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    Nah, no worries with the thread, They got it pretty right I reckon. They don't often do comparos anyway, normally just pick on a single bike but good to see the basic ADV bikes getting some mileage in the mags.
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    Whats the price on a new KLR anyway? I know the DRs are about 9k.

    Not that Im looking. Just out of interest...
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    New KLR is 10 grand, Kawasaki have just given them a make over. new seat, Stiffened up the suspension at both ends, 22 ltr tank, Instuments, lights and front end fairing etc.
    Pretty good bang for buck now.
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    Sounds like you want it anyway, just buy it and report back to us
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    instruments updated or the same as 2008? my little 1998 super sherpa had a digital dash that was great, why cant the KLR650 have that (the super shep is a farm bike now with same dash so its a rugged dash.....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waipukbiker View Post
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    New KLR is 10 grand, Kawasaki have just given them a make over. new seat, Stiffened up the suspension at both ends, 22 ltr tank, Instuments, lights and front end fairing etc.
    Pretty good bang for buck now.
    Sounds like a good deal. best go buy one then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waipukbiker View Post
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    New KLR is 10 grand, Kawasaki have just given them a make over. new seat, Stiffened up the suspension at both ends, 22 ltr tank, Instuments, lights and front end fairing etc.
    Pretty good bang for buck now.
    This one's only 8.5k.

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    Thats a bargain for sure. Wonder why they didn't just fit a new side panel? The retail is about $200 so their buy price must be $170 or thereabouts.
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender EnZed View Post
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    Yeah, that's not the new edition model, The dealers must be trying to get rid of those stocks. Big suspension and seat upgrade between that one and the new edition models. The shape of the seat gives them away. Still a bloody good buy though new.
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    Personally I would fork out the extra for the New Edition, Its worth it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waipukbiker View Post
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    Very good write up in the latest Motorcycle trader mag about the DR and KLR. Probably the most sensible Ive seen, No outright winner, it was about which is the best "Horse" for any individuals particular "Course". I like what Kawasaki have done to their venerable 650 beast this year, There is no way in hell you could farkle a DR up to match the latest KLR now for the new price difference. But, As the mag implied, If you want a big, simple road legal trail bike which also goes very well on the road (with a better seat) then the DR Rocks. If you want a comfy long distance adventure tourer that's about a third of the price of most others on the market and still goes pretty well off road then the KLR is worth a serious look.
    In regard to this its probably similar to choosing a tire but only more expensive

    Things to consider might be

    Practical factors
    True ratio of on/off road usage
    Intended purpose of the particular bike (are going on a trip from Alaska to Argentina or doing local rides with a few roads joining them)

    Your real skill level
    You physical size and strength (getting older am finding heavier (220kg +) bike harder to handle offroad)

    How aggressive a tire your going to run (Kenda Trackmasters can make a whale ok offroad, but and a GP bike a pig on road)

    Value for money (not just purchase but running costs)
    Reliability (which is also part of value for money)
    Local dealer back up

    Emotional Factors
    Personal preference (logic may have little influence in this, eg a blue, orange or green one)
    Biases (I always buy Yamasakis cause their the best)

    Probably left some stuff out but you could make a survey calculator out of that and the right bike for you would pop out at the end (colour preference might be the decider )

    You might find your already riding that bike (or not )

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10bikekid View Post
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    In regard to this its probably similar to choosing a tire but only more expensive

    Things to consider might be

    Practical factors
    True ratio of on/off road usage
    Intended purpose of the particular bike (are going on a trip from Alaska to Argentina or doing local rides with a few roads joining them)

    Your real skill level
    You physical size and strength (getting older am finding heavier (220kg +) bike harder to handle offroad)

    How aggressive a tire your going to run (Kenda Trackmasters can make a whale ok offroad, but and a GP bike a pig on road)

    Value for money (not just purchase but running costs)
    Reliability (which is also part of value for money)
    Local dealer back up

    Emotional Factors
    Personal preference (logic may have little influence in this, eg a blue, orange or green one)
    Biases (I always buy Yamasakis cause their the best)

    Probably left some stuff out but you could make a survey calculator out of that and the right bike for you would pop out at the end (colour preference might be the decider )

    You might find your already riding that bike (or not )
    I went through your selection criteria..... And decided I have the right bike
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waipukbiker View Post
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    Yeah, that's not the new edition model, The dealers must be trying to get rid of those stocks. Big suspension and seat upgrade between that one and the new edition models. The shape of the seat gives them away. Still a bloody good buy though new.
    Kawasaki NZ have lowered price of 2014/15 KLR650 to $8995 + ORC same as DR650 Cheers.

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