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post #1 of 11 Old 12-31-2016, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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The Most Accurate Description of the State of KLR650 Development I Have Ever Seen

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Accurate? lol

I'm bored. We can go there, tongue in cheek of course.
We already know it's a great bike if not the best all around motorcycle on the planet.
With the disclaimer outta the way........ Hmm......

"The rugged and tough KLR 650" Yep, after new subframe bolts.
"Significant bottoming resistance" offered by the suspension: True, on an unloaded bike and the rider weighs
120 lbs give or take.
"Long travel forks" The shortest distance in it's class, but longer than streetbikes.
"multi contoured seat / makes an easy reach to the ground" It ain't stitched right./ For said 120 lb rider
to have at least 32" inseam.
"Rock solid 651cc engine" After it seizes from a failed doo it fuses together like a rock.
"provides ample horsepower" Indeed, to go at least 80 mph downhill.
"neutral position under heavy braking" That means it doesn't dive as much as Gen 1.
"An engine guard keeps gravel and loose rocks at bay" Might not be a guard there for the second hit though.
"competent on road performer" True, except for highways.

There could be a few more I'm sure. Just havin' some fun with the advertising departments' newbies.

Bossguy speaking to the Clearasil-laden marketing dept most recent hire:
("Hey, kid. This bike hasn't changed much in over 30 years. Make it the machine everyone wants to buy
and I'll take you to lunch.")

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Yes, indeedy-doo!

The KLR650 development team is in a coma, and the 2016 goes down, officially, in history as the Coma Limited Edition!

The BNG aren't even really bold, are they?



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Except . . . doesn't the rear brake caliper have TWO, rather than ONE, piston?

At least, Coma tags the ignition as "transistorized," vs. Kawasaki's "CDI."

BTW; Kawasaki just changed their "official" specification from one rear brake caliper piston to two (after their error was pointed out by a visitor to the International Motorcycle Show).

Kawasaki marketing has yet to master the difference between capacitance and inductance; thus, the erroneous, "Electric CDI Ignition" still appears.

Though inaccurate, the syntax remains disturbing: Isn't "electric" superfluous? Does any CDI (Capacitive Discharge Ignition) system exist, other than an ELECTRIC one?

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I have always wondered why some segments of companies are so removed from the mainstream, and why some of the departments are so archaic.

Doesn't it do a disservice to the company to have a marketing department that cannot properly describe the product?

And why, in this most recent factory manual (ca 2015, I believe) do we still have this:



I am well acquainted with many Americans of Japanese descent who would be able to provide a decent translation service for KHI, but one wonders why they had not seen fit to set up such a service, say, oh, 50 years ago...

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Wow.

I missed much. I should have looked much closer, as should
the fine members of Team Green.

Post #5: That's pretty intensive of a switch check while protecting ALL
possible liabilities. LOL

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Whichever may not be stopped, so all is normality.

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Did you dive into that service manual for the benefit of the person over on FB, Tom?

Do you suppose he even would have taken the time to read that section if you posted it, over there?

I read it completely, "Replace the IC Igniter", really? I guess if it is under warranty and the other circuits tested correctly that could be the appropriate action.
Too many lawyers looking for a pay check!

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No, I was reading that a while back, maybe a year ago, when I was trying to get the safety circuitry planted in my head. I marveled at how Jinglishy that part of the manual was.

What I like to do on FaceBook is sit back and watch the off-the-wall suggestions and fixes get posted. It gets pretty funny.

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Culturally deprived, I suppose . . . I do NOT Face Book!
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