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post #1 of 16 Old 12-13-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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So what do you think? Extra $100 and you get a more comfortable seat and stiffer suspension. I've got a extra $200 in my springs front and rear and I'm still sitting on the stock seat. I wonder if the new seat will be interchangeable with older models?

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-13-2013, 06:42 PM
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I can't believe they actually changed something other than the graphics/paint scheme.



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post #3 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 05:15 AM
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Here's some info on the "New Edition" if anybody's interested:

http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013/12/1...tion-revealed/



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post #4 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 05:34 AM
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Somehow, Kawasaki sticks with specifications from Generation 1 in Generation 2 marketing literature: "Electric CDI" ignition (inductive discharge ignition on latter-day KLRs), and "single-piston" rear brake caliper (actually, both front and rear calipers are double-piston).

A more comfortable seat, and stiffer suspension (with less travel)?

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post #5 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 05:49 AM
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I don't see the seat being a big improvement except maybe reducing distance to the ground a little. I'm 6'4" with long arms and still always sit right up at the front of the seat by the gas tank. I don't think too many riders sit too far back on the seat. I guess the unbiased opinions of people logging time and miles in the re-designed seat will tell.

As one who still rides with the stock front and rear suspension but is too cheap, too lazy and not demanding enough to feel a need to improve them, I would welcome the factory suspension changes.



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post #6 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 08:57 AM
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On the Kawi website, if you compare models between the new edition and normal edition, the only LISTED difference is the drive chain
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 09:42 AM
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I cut the rear portion of my 2011 seat down by 2" ( taper to front 0" )
More level seating, and I'm comfortable enough for moderate distances.

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post #8 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 09:57 AM
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doubt the seat will be improved enough to matter but the stiffer springs and better damping would be worth the cash, IMO

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post #9 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 12:23 PM
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I think that it would be $100 well spent if the saddle is decent. I upgraded to a Corbin Saddle and it cost a lot more than $100. I'm a fairly moderate rider so have no problem with the suspension but a little stiffness would be helpful at times.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-14-2013, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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The best money I've spent on my 2012 is for the Top Gun yellow spring, and the progressive front fork springs. It literally changed the bikes performance. I went from thinking I made the wrong choice in bikes to thinking I would never get rid of this one!

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