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post #1 of 29 Old 02-05-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Did I make a mistake?

I notice that the E models are generally regarded as not being as "good" as the A models--is this correct?

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post #2 of 29 Old 02-05-2011, 01:32 PM
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Nonsense.

Without criteria, such value judgments appear worthless, IMHO.

As a matter of personal preference, I bought a new '07 off the lot as it sat next to a new '08. No way, wihout qualification, would I claim I chose the "better" bike.

I acknowledge the Generation II models incorporate many improvements; only, none nor any combination comprised a deal-breaker trumping my choice of the '07, for me. Thus, I followed my own preference for my own reasons; you do the same, ENJOY that new bike!
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The new generation KLR's are more road oriented than the previous generation. So if you're an off road oriented rider the older bikes are better but that hardly makes the new generation KLR's worthless. The Gen2 is still very capable off road. It all depends on your view of things.
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Very fair answers. I have an 08. It is a good road bike and I have taken it some pretty gnarly places with some Gen1 bikes. SLO knows.

I agree, purely personal preference. And really, it all comes down to apples and oranges that burn oil.




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I agree with the others, it's personal preference. Neither bike is "better", they're both awesome machines. Enjoy

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Thanks

For the replies--I weigh 230lbs, I am thinking of getting a heavier spring for the rear shock. Do any of you know a good place to obtain this? or good suspension guys? thanks in advance!
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There are a number of options for rear suspension improvements. A low investment method with good reviews is the shock spring upgrades from Top Gun Motorcycles.

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/Pro.../klrprod2.html

Attractive to many is the service Top Gun offers of installing the spring for you. Very useful if you are short on skills and equipment. Others have upgraded their shock / spring setups with custom systems, and hopefully they will jump in with their own experiences and input.

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Others have upgraded their shock / spring setups with custom systems, and hopefully they will jump in with their own experiences and input.
I'm really happy with my setup, which has a Progressive Larry Roessler front springs and 12 oz. of ATF type F in each leg, and a MOAB rear shock that was made to order by http://motocd.com/index.php?option=c...d=29&Itemid=45 for my riding style and weight.

As VA mentioned, there's a lot of choices out there, since most applications will fit both Gen 1 and Gen 2 bikes.

My only recommendation of a rear shock to stay away from is the older version of Progressive Suspension's rear shock. I think it was their model 420.. They were severely over sprung and under dampened.. Harsh and sproingy.. I don't know how the new 465 shock is, but at the price they get for a generic shock, I'd spend the extra $100 and get one custom made for your weight and riding style. It'd be well worth the extra money.
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If I look at my friends in OH with pre 08 and post 08 models those with post 08 models seem to have suffered more catastrophic failures. To date this mean 3 post 08 bikes with big failures vs 1 05 with a minor failure. In so much as these are people I ride with and we all aid each other with mechanical issues I've taken a negative attitude towards post 08 models. As a side note the color doesn't seem to matter. LOL

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