100% better new KLR
I have a '05 KLR650 with 22k miles on it that is an amazing bike. I ride this bike aggressively mainly on the street. I also am an advanced rider on the track with 5 years of track experience on a Triumph Daytona 955i. It is a track bike only and my KLR is the only bike I ride on the street.
Last week a friend of mine (on a '06 KLR) and myself rode on our favorite back roads with 5 other advanced track day guys, all on 1000cc sportbikes, leathered out, the whole works. (Two 1098's, 999, R1, K1200, GS1050) These were all good sensible riders. Nice guys. My God, when they saw our two freaking KLR's stuck to them like glue, with our 'Knobblies', the pace just got faster and faster. Anyway, the $5000 KLR's were always right there. It always amazes me how much fun I have riding the living daylights out of a 40hp motorcycle to the limit. Something that I very rarely am able to do with my Daytona 955i even on the track!
Two days later we test rode a new KLR. It is 100% better. More refined, more power, better brakes, smoother, and the suspension rocks. It feels just as tall as my ‘ 05 and it is solid. (I’m 5:7” 150LBS) It falls into a turn like a sportbike. In fact, as I went into an off exit I literally touched the right footpeg 'feeler' without even realizing how low I was turning. And that was on tires that were brand new not even scuffed in.
Anyway sorry for the long post, like everyone here, I'm all eat up with these KLR's and will go back and buy that new '08. (It's the least I can do, since I scuffed up the footpeg.)
Oh, yea, and it is better looking.......maybe I won't feel so insecure riding with those beautiful Ducati's!