Noticing the differences I am taking note of between these bikes.
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Your comparing apples to oranges. $6500 vs $9500. ???????? Don't understand the comparison. Of course the BMW has better brakes, suspension, acceleration. It cost a lot more. . Compare the 09 KLR to a 80 model xr 600L. Then everything on the KLR would be better hands down. KLR is not slow, it's just not fast. If that makes since. I can ring my 09's neck and keep up with any ktm 690 or 650 class dual sport. On the street or dirt . Maybe not easily but it can do it. It boils down to a lot of people grow out of the idea of a KLR and move on to more expensive bikes. Not better just more expensive. Better is subjective. Fact is a KLR will out perform the majority of there riders ability. A few suspension mods such as springs front and rear ( less than $200 ) to keep your knees in tacked and they become very competent machines. . Lol. We have been blessed with the finances that allow us to upgrade. I myself have a Kawasaki Concours 14 tricked out with 167.8 RWHP. Just to ride two up with my wife as well as two other dualsports including my 09 KLR. Fact is brother if you want a BMW , pull the trigger they are good bikes. I owned a F800GS and traded it in on the Conny 14. Ride ride ride. Enjoy life as it is quickly turned into memories.
I enjoyed your reviews. As someone looking to buy, I was anxious to hear your comments on the very two bikes i have been considering.In your opinion, which bike do you find to be most user friendly?
Hey , great video , I wish there was an easy way to watch..find..all of your bike videos as you have alot of videos to search through…..maybe a playlist for all your 650 bike videos..just sayin…Thank you
I'm new to motorcycles and I just took the MSF Basic Rider Course and E-Course and passed both, and received my M endorsement. Looking at getting a 2015 BMW 650gs Sertao or the 2015 KLR 650. With roughly only ~$2k difference which would you prefer? You've owned both, hence why I'm asking. I would be riding mostly 20 miles each way to work on the highway with very little traffic. I would also ride it on dirt/gravel roads on the weekends. Thanks in advance!
Great review, I was glad to find a review that compared 2 of the bikes I am considering for my second bike. The others I considering are the 650 Vstrom, NC700X, CB500X, and the Versys.
KTM 690? The Husky used to be a BMW baby. Not no more, They broke off of them. I would figure the KLR will get you to 50K-75K miles before it needs an overhaul. The BMW I would think 100K. + the BMW's have a 3 yr warranty. Just food for thought. I think you should go new though either way.
cool thanks a lot for the info man! I have the Hero2. I'm also looking into Husqvarna's new TR650 Terra, but I am skeptical about the situation with KTM and the availability of parts and maintenance. and yep I just don't think I could justify the BMW's cost when I could get a perfectly fine KLR that won't break my bank
light off road the Standard GS 650 is fine. Should fit your legs also. as far as the peg height. Which GP do you have? If it is a two or higher you will need to drill the case for the mic, or get a skeleton case. I have vids up on that also. showing the H2 and the H3's. Ehhh all exhaust is too loud If thats what your into. I just like to tool along. Not sure of your money situation, But Ebay the Sony ECM-CS10 Mic. Its all I use, Then for the foam I go with the Cardo (Scalarider/Ryder) Foam.
And I've read that the seat can be lowered on the KLRs. For some reason I felt more in control of the bmw and didn't feel it's weight as much, although I only sat on it and played with leaning it some.
I have a gopro and plan to do vlogs similar to the ones you make. My exhaust is too loud on the Harley though lol.
I plan to do a lot of commuting, some of it being long distance, and mild offroad use. Like trail riding and exploring places mainly stuff that most would consider light offroad. As far as jeans, I believe I buy 32×32.
What size jeans do you buy? I buy 30 x 34's.
I have a 34" inseam. all these 650's are heavy bro. I am 5' 11" 140. The sertao may fit for you. The standard GS 650, is now an F650 GS. Two totally different bikes. The sertao with the stock seat is like 32.75" seat height. If you have long legs you will be cramped. The Harley's like any cruiser, are low riders, Thats why these bikes feel heavy to you. It's all about ground clearance. Do you intend to do Off road? If so what type? Fire roads and stuff are fine. Motocross NEVER. Way to heavy!
Thanks for the quick response, I have watched all of your comparison videos. I will have to do more research on the doohickey and Thermo-Bob because I dont know what those are. I test rode a KLR today and found the stock seat to be a little tall for my comfort (I'm coming from a harley sportster that has been lowered 2" front and rear). I have only sat on the BMWs. I'm 5'11" about 160 lbs and I dont know what my inseam is. The KLR seems almost too heavy but maybe I just need to get used to it.
Sorry bro 3 months later. The taller seat fixes that, But it's another $200+
PT2. Stuff for the KLR is reasonably Cheap. The BMW Sertao, Is a money Pit. First year in the states, 2012. If you can't fix your own then the BMW dealers are widely spread. Kawasaki is every where. (hope this is helping) The Doo hikey is a must do, Or you will frag the engine. Its slow, stops slow, Heavy, But once you deal with the known issues it's a great bike! Those 23K miles were a lot of road trips. Feel free to continue asking Questions. I don't mind at all. But I like the SERTAO.
That sir is the age old Question. The BMW has Better brakes, and is Fuel injection. The KLR is Well the easiset bike there is to work on. I ran my 09 from the show room floor up to 23K miles. I had it maxxed out on Farkles. I have been riding off and on for 30+ years. If I was starting out again, and money tight, I would get the KLR. But realize There are things you have to fix off the show room floor. Doo hickey, Thermo-Bob. PT1
hey there, im looking at getting either a KLR650 or a G650 GS, in your opinion, is the bmw worth double the money? I can snag a good KLR here for around $4,000 but can't find any bmws for under $7,000. Thanks, nice review. from south carolina
enjoyed your video thinking about GS next year, you are second review i've heard to say its not so comfortable (footrests a little high??), never ridden one myself yet, cheers- looks like a nice place you live for riding bikes
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