Hi , i have just finished a 3 month ,19,000km trip from Canada- Panama both of us were on the new KLR , they worked just fine and we did alot of off road or back road riding , My friend from Switzerland who ownes a BMW 650 dakar, said he liked the KLR bike better for off roading, but probably the BMW 650 was better for on road riding . The only thing I changed was the seat , he keep the stock one . We did ride one day with another rider on a Bmw 650 on a muddy section in Mexico and the low fender on the front completely clogged with mud so that the front tire would not turn anymore and he wiped out a bunch. After about 10 km he decided to load it on a truck , we keep on going without problems .
One thing I would do is upgrade the front springs and shock if your adding alot of weight and doing alot of off roading , Other than that it was great. I ran with front nerf guards and rear side racks from Happy trails ,with pelican cases which protected our bikes and legs when we went down. check out www.paraglidecanada
for pictures... Tours and sites gallery button part way down the main page . Good luck !
Last edited by Glenndog; 30 Jan 2008 at 04:06.