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post #1 of 12 Old 06-19-2007, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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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.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-19-2007, 07:22 PM
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I have had a 92, 02 and now the 08. On top of that my brother still has his 02 and we did some swapping to feel the differences. My brief summary is that the new bike feels better in everyway except the motor doesn't feel quite as punchy, but it isn't fully broke in yet. If the two bikes fell equally I think the v1.0 would fair slightly better, but I am not going to find out on purpose. My brothers comment, "Kawasaki sure did their homework." I think that sums it up. If you need more specific details I will try my best to answer.
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Here's a review by an independent.
http://klrworld.com/index.php?option...=69&Itemid=112
I hopes this helps you.

Thanks, that was a good review.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-26-2008, 12:07 AM
 
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I have owned a 1995, 2005, and now a 2008 KLR. The new one is better in every way. Same horsepower but smoother delivery, and seems to want to rev quicker. Brakes are unbelievably better. So far I love it,
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Same horsepower but smoother delivery, and seems to want to rev quicker. Brakes are unbelievably better.
Wow, I'd forgotten all about this thread.....

I bought a Blue 2008 KLR650 about 7 months ago and have already put 13,000 mile on it.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-26-2008, 11:16 AM
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Dang you've been cranking out some miles! Did you get all of your issues sorted out with the 08?
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Did you get all of your issues sorted out with the 08?
What issues are you talking about? I like the bike just fine the way it is. http://www.southbayriders.com/forums...ad.php?t=52976

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I thought you had some problems with the safety switch on the clutch. Maybe I'm thinking of someone else???
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Oh that, I forgot about that.

Yeah, I got that (mostly) sorted out. The clutch switch is fixed, but it still won't start in gear if the side stand is down... Oh well.
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