Another bike for me, bike for wife?

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Re: Another bike for me, bike for wife?

Post by Claus » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:03 am

This is a link to a site I found, discussing the weight and reliability of the Himalayan.
https://bikeadvice.in/re-himalayan-weight-increase/
https://bikeadvice.in/2020-himalayan-bs6-changes/

I find 199 kg very heavy for a 24 hp bike. That´s the weight my BMW R100GS has without fuel in the tank...
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Re: Another bike for me, bike for wife?

Post by Oko » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:47 pm

As for the KLR and short inseam....they make lowering links for that bike.

I had lowering links on my recently sold Suzuki DR350. Made a world of difference if you're not hardcore dirt-rock riding.

Just a thought....
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Re: Another bike for me, bike for wife?

Post by samsg13 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:45 pm

Oko wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:47 pm
As for the KLR and short inseam....they make lowering links for that bike.

I had lowering links on my recently sold Suzuki DR350. Made a world of difference if you're not hardcore dirt-rock riding.

Just a thought....
Oko, did you install them yourself? BMW seemed to indicate it's a big process. I'm 5'8" & had a Gen 1 KLR650 (standard height) and stood on the balls of my feet "comfortably," and test fit a DR650 with similar results.
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Re: Another bike for me, bike for wife?

Post by NxtGoRnd » Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:22 am

I think the DR 650 is a great choice if you are riding Fire service roads and camping your wife may like a Yamaha TW 200 or a used XT225. They both have low seat heights the 225 has a little more umph and 6 speed the TW also a great bike goes anywhere. My TW runs 72mph-ish fairly easy but seems very happy at 50-55 mph.

Both are relatively light bikes will do back roads and dirt fine. Good luck with your search.
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Re: Another bike for me, bike for wife?

Post by NxtGoRnd » Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:27 am

Oh and lowering links or ( dog bones) are not a difficult install on the DR650. They come in different lengths to drop it to what you need there are also adjustable versions. As you go down you will need to slide the forks up in the triple tree for best geometry.

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Re: Another bike for me, bike for wife?

Post by Oko » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:30 am

samsg13 wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:45 pm
Oko wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:47 pm
Oko, did you install them yourself? BMW seemed to indicate it's a big process. I'm 5'8" & had a Gen 1 KLR650 (standard height) and stood on the balls of my feet "comfortably," and test fit a DR650 with similar results.
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