Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Firstly welcome to the Forum.
In answer to your question. No problem on 10% ethanol in a KLR, old or new. That being said if you can buy gas without ethanol that would be a better choice for just about anything with a carburetor. I use ethanol fuel if I'm on a trip and will be going through it quickly. If the bike is going to sit for a while I'll use fuel without the ethanol.
Differences between the Gen 1 and Gen 2 bike is primarily cosmetic. There were some improvements in spoke diameter and other things I can't remember. The 2008 bikes were plagued with oil consumption issues. I personally wouldn't by a Gen 2 model older than 2011. Given the choice between the 2008 and the 2003 I would buy the 2003.
My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.
"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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