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Old 05-03-2006   #1
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I'm looking for a dual purpose that is a good value for the money. I want something that will last a long time. (How many miles can you typically expect out of this type of bike?) So far the Kawasaki KLR650 looks like a pretty good buy.

I know suzuki and yamaha have some similar options at around the same price. Is there anything else that I should look at? What are the best most durable bikes in this category?
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Old 05-04-2006   #2
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The KLR650 has been around forever. I would be willing to bet with proper care one would last for a long long time. Even still being a single it wouldn't be real expensive to have the top end rebuilt.
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KTM has a good rep. Kind of pricey. You gonna have to be tall or long legged. They have a good website.
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I cant seem to brake a Honda and I am hard on bikes.
Take a look at the Honda XR 650 L they are going to be
a few more $ than the Kawasaki but they make up for
it in the long run.
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If I wasn't 5'6" I would have a dual sport. :D
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Old 05-06-2006   #6
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I am thinking of a Motard smaller wheels lower the suspension 650cc
single with a cushy ride WooHoo :D
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CB - jump on a Suzi DR :D
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Old 05-07-2006   #8
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I cant seem to brake a Honda and I am hard on bikes.
Take a look at the Honda XR 650 L they are going to be
a few more $ than the Kawasaki but they make up for
it in the long run.

I looked at the honda but I think I need something more versatile. The 2.6 gallon tank is not going to get me too far if I do any back country touring. One thing I like about the klr650 is it has a 6 gallon tank. I'm sure the honda is more agile off road though. There is always a tradeoff.
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CB - jump on a Suzi DR :D


They might be low enough. I mean damn, I rode my 93 Suzuki RM125 with the super tall suspension with no problems.
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Old 05-08-2006   #10
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stuco...
you want a reliable bike...
buy a honda transalp or a honda africaTwin
they have the same engine, and are both super strong.
The africaT is more rigid, and a bit faster. Good brakes and good offroad character. The transalp is more on the confy side.
The new transalp is a bit off the dirt side... (small whells, exposed exhaust...)
I have a 95 transalp 600cc. I've gonne far with her. More than 100.000 km for sure ( the sppeedmometer broke some time ago). Anyway she is tuff. I only went to the shop: for direction axel bearings, new clutch plates and new cilinder rings (she started drinking oil at about 60.000km).
The rest I do at home, except changing the tires...
I don't know how it works in USA, but here (Portugal) honda stoped selling the AfricaTwin some 5 years ago.
When my transalp breaks, i'll be looking for:
a) another transalp (pré 200
b) a Africa tWin
c) a BMW GS 800 - beautifull bike, but expensive... maybe i'll go to Germany and buy it used there...

... but if you're more into road use, the machine for you is the Suzuki v-strom 650cc. Best seller around here, and I only hear great stuff about her ( except in offroad )
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