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post #1 of 6 Old 01-16-2008, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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07 vs 08 pros and cons

I'm going to buy a KRL650 soon and am debating on the 07 vs 08 models. I know the 07 would need the doohicky up grade, do the 08's need this? Other then the dohicky thing on the 07, that's the only con's i've been hearing but I figured I would ask the real riders what they think as far as pro's and cons on the 07 vs 08. Thanks ahead of time.
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08's still have same doohickey spring as 07's and it will need to be changed out, but if you are already that far in you would be well advised to just do the complete doohickey swap and have peace of mind.

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I really debated between the 07 & 08. I bought the 07 and am VERY happy. At 6' 2" and 240 I have no issues with the brakes or anything else on the 07. Just my $0.02. Depending on where you are, you may even find an 07 and 08locally for sale and test drive those.
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I'm going to see if the local stealership will allow a test ride but I doubt it. I've never seen one allow a test ride around here. I'm 6'0" and 180. I like the looks of both so that's nothing that's gonna sway one way or the other. I'm going to go to the kawi/suzuki stealership and check out the klr650, dr650 and drz400 and see what fits the best. I ride a 97 yzf1000r thunderace right now so a dual purpose is a big change but its one I know I'll enjoy. Lots of trails around here that I want to check out.
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I'm going to see if the local stealership will allow a test ride but I doubt it. I've never seen one allow a test ride around here. I'm 6'0" and 180. I like the looks of both so that's nothing that's gonna sway one way or the other. I'm going to go to the kawi/suzuki stealership and check out the klr650, dr650 and drz400 and see what fits the best. I ride a 97 yzf1000r thunderace right now so a dual purpose is a big change but its one I know I'll enjoy. Lots of trails around here that I want to check out.
My neighbour has a '97 or '98 thunderace (blue and black)... very nice bike... way ahead of its time in terms of power and performance. You WILL find a noticeable difference in power. I also come from 100+ hp sportbikes, but it didn't take long to appreciate the KLR for what it is. You really don't need more power than what the KLR offers for most sport adventure purposes, and the engine seems to handle "farkle" weight very well. The KLR is the best street bike of the three you have listed. It will do fine on most trails. If you need a real dirt bike, there are plenty of cheap, feather weight hacks for $1000-2000 that will fit the dirt bill.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-24-2008, 09:53 PM
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I have an 07 and love it. I had my choice and I liked the rugged look of the old body style, IMO the 08 looks to flashy in the front, but if you do alot of highway riding I have heard that there is less buffetting but I havent ridden the 08 so i cant say for sure.
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