'92 XT 600 vs '92 KLR 650
Hi all, I'm still "in between bikes" after leaving my previous ride behind when returning from Africa to my home country (Argentina). I have been browsing the market for a few months, posting a thread on Dommies vs TAs, gathering some cash, and am finally about to purchase my next bike. Before getting deeper into other options, let me explain how I narrowed my list down.
Transalps/Teneres/Africa Twins/BMWs: way too expensive in Argentina (at least for my budget).
Dommies / XRLs: more expensive than XTs and KLRs, not many good ones around.
XRs: seat too high (I'm 5'6"), kickstart.
NX/XT/KLR 225/250s: Not enough power for the tarmac bits. I should be confortable maintaining 65 mph (110 kph) or else I'll end up behind trucks all the time.
DRs: I've heard that eventhough they are great bikes their engine does not age that well. So even when I should consider 5 - 10 yr old DRs, I should exclude them when looking into the 10 - 15 yr old category. This seems to be confirmed by the fact that most 10 - 15 yr old DRs have had their engines rebuilt at one point or another. 5 yr old DRs are too expensive for my budget.
NX400 (Brazilian made): looks like a street bike. probably behaves like one, too.
I finally managed to find a few options within the KLR / XT universe. Browsing through posts I figured out the following:
KLR pros: more powerful than XT, better fairing for the highway, easy to get parts everywhere, unlikely to have been raced or taken to the dirt.
KLR cons: weight, bad brakes, needs some work to correct some problematic issues (vibes, doohickey, etc.)
XT pros: lighter than KLR, reliable.
XT cons: more likely to have been raced or taken to the dirt regularly, less power/speed and fairing for the highway, less luggage capacity.
My typical driving will involve: commuting, weekend trips to the countryside or beach (90% tarmac on the way, but 10% gravel, sand, baked dirt or some mud when I get there) and maybe a trip further down to Patagonia (tarmac, gravel, wet gravel) when holidays come along.
I know both bikes will cope, I'm just looking for some extra opinions before finalizing my decision.
Thanks in advance. Cheers.
Last edited by lepium; 30 Jul 2006 at 23:31.
Reason: to add DRs into the equation