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  1. #1
    CarlM
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Central California

    DR 650 or KLR 650

    Any good/bad one over the other. I would lean toward the DR


    You can't go faster when you are in plaster
    Mongo like candy

  2. #2
    The Busa Cop
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Tx

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    Dr 3800 miles in 7 days fun bike lighter , air cooled,but small tank size . 51 mpg though 3.3 gallons if I remember right



    It no longer matters how fast I once was .

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    Motor is in.


    c10, I love Ewe

  3. #3
    The Voice Of Reason
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Under a Rock

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    An XR650 will smoke either one.

    any of the DR's are the most over priced garbage out there.
    True Wisdom only comes from Pain.

  4. #4
    Honey Badgers friend
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Katy, TX

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    Considering the poster asked about either the DR or KLR........
    I'd agree with c10
    DR over the KLR then dead last would be the XR650L
    No one pays attention to what the previous poster stirs up anymore.......
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    " Adventure B4 Dementia,...... do it while you still can,...No Regrets"......

  5. #5
    President Emeritus
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Lakewood, Ca

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    The xr650 is so much better than either of those two, it's not funny.

    John T is right.

  6. #6
    Hooligan
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Walker La
    I had a klr650 and have ridden dr650's.... then I settled on a plated xr650r and haven't looked back it's such a great machine.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk

  7. #7
    MODERATOR
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Near a Keg in Piscataway, NJ

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    I have owned a DR, KLR, and XL, though from all different years. Hands down the Honda was the best of em.
    The ride is the reason.
    1999 ZRX 1100
    2012 Concours 1400
    1988 Honda Z50


    Previously...
    72 H2750
    77 KZ400
    79 KZ650SR
    87 XL600R
    04 KTM Duke 640
    07 CBR1000RR
    08 C14

  8. #8
    CarlM
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Central California

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    I had a XR650 and did not like it. I had a dr 350 and did. I also do no buy Hondas


    You can't go faster when you are in plaster
    Mongo like candy

  9. #9
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Hoover,Al

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    If you're going to do more dirt one up, then get the DR. It's lighter and has better off road suspension. If you're going to do more road or do 2 up riding, I'd get the KLR. I've had a KLR for many years. My wife and I have done a lot of dirt 2 up. But now that I have a KTM 990 for 2 up, I want a DR. A friend has one and it's better in the dirt. I had a XRR and it was great, but I want electric start. I'm over 60.

  10. #10
    CarlM
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Central California

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    I have a real bike. more interested in off road ability. Will never haul anyone. needs may change and desire KLR street comfort


    You can't go faster when you are in plaster
    Mongo like candy

  11. #11
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Bellville, TX

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    The ubiquitious DR.

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  12. #12
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Melbourne, Florida....On the corner of "walk" and "Dont Walk"

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    What ground clearance............
    ZRXOA #9877
    "IT'S NOT THE BIG THAT EAT THE SMALL..... IT'S THE FAST THAT EAT THE SLOW"
    2004 ZRX1200R-Silver


    Past Kawi's: 76 KZ900, 78 KZ1000, 80 Z1 Classic

    Off Brands: 74 Honda XR75, 80 Yamaha YZ250, 84 Honda 1100 Magna,
    95 Suzuki RF900R, 88 Suzuki Katana 1100
    Wish List: 74 Yamaha DT400

  13. #13
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Bellville, TX

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Howie View Post
    What ground clearance............
    I don't think you need ground clearance as the inertia of the 5 gallon pail sized piston bounces you over the logs.

  14. #14
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Melbourne, Florida....On the corner of "walk" and "Dont Walk"

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    How about little training wheels attached to those lower frame rail bolts then?
    ZRXOA #9877
    "IT'S NOT THE BIG THAT EAT THE SMALL..... IT'S THE FAST THAT EAT THE SLOW"
    2004 ZRX1200R-Silver


    Past Kawi's: 76 KZ900, 78 KZ1000, 80 Z1 Classic

    Off Brands: 74 Honda XR75, 80 Yamaha YZ250, 84 Honda 1100 Magna,
    95 Suzuki RF900R, 88 Suzuki Katana 1100
    Wish List: 74 Yamaha DT400

  15. #15
    Hooligan
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ottawa ON Canada

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    Well....


    I've owned em both.

    Either are great low dollar/low tech bikes that are rock reliable.

    It boils down to what/where you ride and what you want out of the bike.

    The DR is more of a dirt bike, handles better, is lighter. It also is air cooled and as such does away with all the weight/complexity/service that LC cooling brings as well as eliminates all the potential areas for failure that LC also is vulnerable for. This issue alone is huge IMO if you are more of a dirt rider and or ride in remote areas/alone etc. Not saying that LC will be a problem...plenty of LC bikes out there of course...but the weakest link is always the issue whether its from a crash or parts failure/service neglect etc.
    This also makes the DR easier/cheaper to service and maintain.

    The KLR is more of a street bike as it is more comfortable, a bit of a fairing, liquid cooling, and a lil more stable on the highway.
    It is very heavy and worse yet top heavy so its dirt handling isn't great and can be downright terrible the harder core the riding/terrain gets.
    It's bodywork and especially LC cooling items are much more easily wounded/killed by a crash or even tip over than the DR.
    It is a super tanker for fuel....and you don't need to buy an aftermarket tank if you want long range capability.
    It is a very reliable engine.

    Pretty much road riding...KLR. Gravel road touring with very light dirt...KLR but either are good. Aggressive two track, dirt and other riding..DR all the way.
    SM duty...DR.

    They are cheap, plentiful and fun as hell. Buy one of each and set them up for their strengths.....now we're talkin.

  16. #16
    President Emeritus
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Lakewood, Ca

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    So did you buy one?

  17. #17
    Hooligan
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ottawa ON Canada

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    Also owned a couple Honda's....

    XR650l, XR600r and 2 different XR650R's.

    I'd take a DR650 over the Honda650l any day. The old XR600r's were GREAT bikes tho.

    The 650R is in another league all its own and is no comparison to any of these other bikes.
    A factory designed dedicated desert race bike overengineered to withstand that environment and ride/handle/perform in sustained high speed off road riding.
    The bike doesn't suffer lazy fools....but rewards those that appreciate it for what it is.

    A serious SHAME that Honda didn't morph this bike into the stellar DP bike that it could have been.

    I spent much time/$$/effort doing so building 2 different bikes into awesome weapons. One was a DP style bike with street legal crap, comfy seat, big tank etc. The other was modded with suspension/more power... that it didn't really need and plenty of hard core performance parts/acc.

    Absolutely LUV'd those BRP's!!! Everyone used to laugh that they didn't have a key..... Only the BRP savvy can start the damn things

  18. #18
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Greece

    Re: DR 650 or KLR 650

    650r is kick only.. is a problem sometimes but it starts easy...

    i had a 96 DR650SE the late one great all around machine.. can travel in dirt or street...

    KLR is a 1986 bike.... not much updated since...


 

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