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post #1 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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How About That 2008 KLR?

may as well talk about it here too. i'm on the fence as to the changes they've made. i did call the uly,the "useless" at one time and now own one. so what do i know?

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post #2 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 04:38 PM
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The fairing is only superficial. The frame is the same, with minor engine tweaks and stiffer suspension should make it an all around better bike. Hopefully it won't get bashed in the upcoming magazine reviews. Remember, we want these to sell like hot cakes. The more KLR's on the road the more likely they'll be around for many more years. More parts and more aftermarket availability is a great thing!
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post #3 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 04:40 PM
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not sure either larryboy. at first I didnt like the look, but the longer I look at it...... I am starting to like.

I like the wind protection on the legs. I like the fact I dont have to make a dash board for all the switches. plenty of space. the cluster looks cool too.

one thing. did they change the dooooooo :shock:

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post #4 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 05:24 PM
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I really like them. If I was in the market for a new one I'd hold off till it came out. I'm not a hardcor off roder though. I like that parallel twin "Versey" that they have in the EU. No off roder but a nice lookin bike. Don't know if it's coming here or not.
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post #5 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 06:25 PM
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If (big honkin' if) I ever happen to be in the market again, I don't think I'll hesitate on an '08. The look has already grown on me and the changes of any significance appear to be improvements. Naturally this is all pending some real-world testing but the changes look good to me on the 'puter screen. Make mine a green/silver/black one, please.
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post #6 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 06:43 PM
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I have already started making the payments on one. Now by the time they come out I'll have it almost paid for.
The ONLY problem I have now is where do I find the $$ to build a bigger garage?????? :lol:
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post #7 of 39 Old 10-02-2006, 07:12 PM
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I like it, but with my 04 paid for and with a lifetime license plate, I won't be upgrading to it anytime soon...Doug
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post #8 of 39 Old 10-03-2006, 09:12 AM
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I only want some of the pieces.

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come awn... it's not'll be fun..

sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #9 of 39 Old 10-03-2006, 12:05 PM
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Since I am more of a Roady the changes are good. An 18" front wheel option would have been nice. They still put the Turn Signal / Neutral / High Beam lights below the newly designed guages. How stupid can they be.

If I was buying a new motorcycle I probably would not buy the KLR650 because of the changes and increase in price though I would by the V-Strom 650. For the road it has better wheels and tires, $60 away from an adjustable windshield, less vibration, quieter with more power, 6speed, better for 2up, low front fender, better electrical, and still can manage some Adventure off-roading. I would not take it off-roading with the Boys in Auburn.

Big question. What is the military going to do with the new body panels. Can't see them using a heavier bike with more to break. If the fairing is removed what do they install to replace it? They might be better off by holding the some of the body parts they are currently selling and and installing them on the 2008 models.

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post #10 of 39 Old 10-03-2006, 12:14 PM
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The military does not use a faring. More of a headlight guard. So, yeah... we'll probably see some '08 fairings for sale from HDT on e-bay. Kawasaki ships them engineless rolling chasis/frames. So, I'm thinking the lack of travel in the suspension might become an issue... but we'll see on that one.
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