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post #1 of 5 Old 04-10-2008, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Talking clymer for the 08

OK people I've looked and looked, does Clymer make a manual for the 08 yet? Don't want to buy the 07 because there are some differences.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-11-2008, 07:11 AM
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I'm not aware of one, yet..
I guess I'm wondering if they'll make a new book, or just add to the old one?
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-18-2008, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Update from Clymer

Got this email from Clymer...


Thank you for your interest in a Clymer manual. We get many requests for a new KLR manual because the 1st gen KLR manual is so well received. We cannot update this title by adding the 08-on material. Too many changes and it would make the manual difficult to use.

Without going into all the detail to publish a manual, it is impossible to create a new manual for aftermarket publication with one year of coverage. We, unlike the OEM, are in the business of producing manuals for a profit. And despite the obvious passion of the KLR community, there are not that many sold at this point and actually on the road.

However, we do watch closely the sales popularity and the obvious desire of KLR owners to work on their own bikes and will evaluate the opportunity to make a manual for this model in the near future. However, this is not going to take place in the near future. At this time owners will have to rely on the less than DIY friendly OEM and hope that enough are produced and sold to warrant a successor to the Clymer Kawasaki KLR650 87-06.

The Editorial team provides a behind the scenes look at what is happen at Clymer here: search "clymer manuals".

If and when we gear up for the 08-on KLR, we will discuss it here in detail! By the way, I own an NX650 and have spent considerable time on a KLR and may consider a new model myself.

An informal survey: would you consider a Clymer Maintenance Manual in which the following were covered:

All maintenance including wear items such as brake pads R/R.

Body work procedures to perform maintenance.

Wheel R/I.

Wiring diagrams.

All specs, not just those for maintenance.

And in a downloadable format (PDF) that you alone have access to and can print 1-2 times.

Price $30.


James Grooms

Managing Editor

Clymer Publications
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-18-2008, 06:29 PM
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Well, that kinda sucks, but you did get an actual personal response out of them..
If nothing else, I'm sure you woke them to the need, or helped to do so..
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-04-2008, 08:05 AM
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I emailed them 2-3 weeks ago and never got a response. If more of us showed interest then maybe they will do something faster. Being that the bike is significantly different I don't see why they wouldn't update it because its likely to remain the same again for many more years. I have also been in contact with Haynes and hopefully they can/will take advantage of this need for a 2008 KLR service manual. It probably wouldn't hurt for people to contact them as well.
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