Originally Posted by contenance
it looks like the kawasaki klr 650 and 250s are pretty common esp in chile, because they are used by the military and the police as well.
I'm puzzled, because I don't remember ever seeing any military or police on KLR's in Chile. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I did spend quite a bit of time in different parts of Chile over the course of a few months. In Bolivia, yes: a lot of police on KLR's, for which their short stature doesn't really suit them.
I'm currently re-thinking the KLR issue yet again, mainly because I'm stuck waiting for a rear tire to be bussed in from far away. Whoda thunk there'd be not a single tire in of any sort in anything vaguely related to my size (130/80-17) in this city of 1-200,000 people? I did find a used Metzler off a 660 (it was the prevalence of Yamahas, and the fact that this particular model takes the same size rear, that convinced me to wait until the last minute to start shopping), but it turned out to be just about as slick as the one I'm riding right now....which is to say, far too slick to chance leaving here for the next city.
Or it might just be a function of my (absent) Portuguese language skills.
At any rate, if I were thinking in terms of Brazil, I'd surely bring a Honda or Yamaha, possibly a Suzuki. Not a Kawasaki, not a BMW or KTM. KLR's seem to be well-catered mainly along the main gringo trail, where a steady stream of them comes through every season.
Hope that helps someone's decision-making, sooner or later. In another week, I'll have forgotten all about this little interlude.
(from Barreiras, which is to say from noplace much)