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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-07-2020, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Not an FJR, but it may have helped me decide to keep the FJR!
So did a little dual sporting camping trip FRI and Sat on the VA and WV border with a friend and His KLR. Ended up coming backhome across the BRP.
The DR did everything it needed to do, ran 75-80 on the interstate, did back roads, dirt roads, creek crossings, single track a few hill climbs, some mud. I just dont think I can ask any more of it. I have a vibe issue but im going to change the slide in the carba nd hopefully that will corrrect that. I think instead of selling both the DR and FJR and going to one big ADV bike, Ill stick with what I have for now anyway. The FJR is just hard to beat in many ways and I know I would miss it.

take a close look at that snake, he just got done eating something!
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That's awesome.
I really liked my klr650 and had a lot of fun on it with all the state parks and trails and fire roads in the mountains around here. I added crash bars and better hand gaurds.
I honestly think I would have liked a DR650 better, though. I didn't like the weight of this liquid cooled klr when single tracking, etc, and I believe the DR is like 50lbs lighter or something?
Super fun to adventure like that, though.
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I'd keep both... two different styles, DR's are easy to own. Good combo.

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That's awesome.
I really liked my klr650 and had a lot of fun on it with all the state parks and trails and fire roads in the mountains around here. I added crash bars and better hand gaurds.
I honestly think I would have liked a DR650 better, though. I didn't like the weight of this liquid cooled klr when single tracking, etc, and I believe the DR is like 50lbs lighter or something?
Super fun to adventure like that, though.
Yea The DR is definitley like 40 lbs lighter I think, a little better suspended with more travel, but lacks the wind protection like the KLR. Think they are both good bikes!

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That's awesome.
I really liked my klr650 and had a lot of fun on it with all the state parks and trails and fire roads in the mountains around here. I added crash bars and better hand gaurds.
I honestly think I would have liked a DR650 better, though. I didn't like the weight of this liquid cooled klr when single tracking, etc, and I believe the DR is like 50lbs lighter or something?
Super fun to adventure like that, though.
Yea The DR is definitley like 40 lbs lighter I think, a little better suspended with more travel, but lacks the wind protection like the KLR. Think they are both good bikes!
Both definitely good bikes. Simple, reliable machines that have been around a while.
I came from dirt bikes and always wanted to go back with a dual sport, just probably should have gotten something a little lighter or even smaller in general.
I met up with a guy the other day (former gen2 FJR owner, actually) who just bought a ktm 500. Pretty cool bike, and it's like 250lbs wet.
Obviously trade offs with weight/fairing/etc, though, when you're on the street a lot.
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I looked at the 500 KTM and felt it too purposeful built to the race ready end of things that they advertise..Hardly any oil capacity and frequent changes etc.. I say that being a KTM fanboy myself having owned quite a few. With that said I was with my wife and kids in the mountains of NC 2 weeks ago and came across two guys doing the TAT on 2 500 EXC's. They were really loaded down but were planning on going cross country and back on them and in fact the year prior had ridden them from Louisiana to Moab I think. The year before that one of the guys did the same trip on a lil 350 exc so I really was impressed with their stories. Those are killer bikes. I did ask one of them about the oil changes, and he says he changes oil every 700 miles on those longer trips, so about every other day hes changing the oil!

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Alrighty, you made a decision! Congrats!! I know you've been on the fence about it for a while now. Good to see you were out. We missed you Saturday, found some new nice relaxed peg dragging twisties in central Virginia. Did I mention I put the bike tire back on for a while? I brought two newbies down Bell Spur and Squirrel Spur roads with it. Learned something new too- remember that hard right turn about 1/2 way down? Well, when you're hard over to the right and you've lifted your foot off the peg b/c it's folding up, it's really really hard to apply any rear brake. WooHoo!

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I looked at the 500 KTM and felt it too purposeful built to the race ready end of things that they advertise..Hardly any oil capacity and frequent changes etc.. I say that being a KTM fanboy myself having owned quite a few. With that said I was with my wife and kids in the mountains of NC 2 weeks ago and came across two guys doing the TAT on 2 500 EXC's. They were really loaded down but were planning on going cross country and back on them and in fact the year prior had ridden them from Louisiana to Moab I think. The year before that one of the guys did the same trip on a lil 350 exc so I really was impressed with their stories. Those are killer bikes. I did ask one of them about the oil changes, and he says he changes oil every 700 miles on those longer trips, so about every other day hes changing the oil!
That's a bit crazy with the oil changes. I wouldn't like that.
Certainly impressive stories, though. I'd love to go on an adventure like that. Not sure my butt could handle it, but the rest would be fun. Lol
My other work buddy just got back from a
big Moab trip last week, actually. He's riding a Sherco these days (obviously didn't ride it all the way out there, though)
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Alrighty, you made a decision! Congrats!! I know you've been on the fence about it for a while now. Good to see you were out. We missed you Saturday, found some new nice relaxed peg dragging twisties in central Virginia. Did I mention I put the bike tire back on for a while? I brought two newbies down Bell Spur and Squirrel Spur roads with it. Learned something new too- remember that hard right turn about 1/2 way down? Well, when you're hard over to the right and you've lifted your foot off the peg b/c it's folding up, it's really really hard to apply any rear brake. WooHoo!
Funny was thinking about you as we were riding from the meadows of Dan back towards hanging rock..

So come on, so what if you can't apply brakes, they just slow you down anyway! How you liking the bike tire again, been a while has;t it?

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That's a bit crazy with the oil changes. I wouldn't like that.
Certainly impressive stories, though. I'd love to go on an adventure like that. Not sure my butt could handle it, but the rest would be fun. Lol
My other work buddy just got back from a
big Moab trip last week, actually. He's riding a Sherco these days (obviously didn't ride it all the way out there, though)
You know I actually think Shercos are really cool bikes!

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