I need a real world comparison from those in the know.
Who here that has owned the older KLR, has recently bought the new design?
I've owned a 1985 KLR600 as well as a 2005 KLR650, so I know how they ride/handle. Today, however, I took my first really good, side by side, look at the new 2008 design. I had a 2007 on one side of me and a 2008 on the other. This made it possible to compare the changes made to the two bikes, and while I did find a few visible changes, the look told me nothing about how the new bike rides/handles.
I've read some of the rider reviews, but most of them seem to be links to articles written by professionals in the motorcycling industry. What I'm looking for is someone who's not paid by the manufacturer to tell me their story.
For the most part I liked what I saw at the dealer today, but I'm warry about handing over $6,000 for a bike that looks an awful lot like the years before it.
Does the '08 tackle the twisties better than the old model? That's mostly what I'd be using it for.
That and riding to Yosemite from the SF Bay Area.