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post #1 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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2007 vs 2008 Deals, Which is Better?

Hi,

I've just sold my other bike, and am ready to pick up the KLR I've been daydreaming about for months. Several area dealerships have both 2007 and 2008 models in stock, and I'm a little torn on which to get.

The best deals I have found are as follows, including all Texas taxes and fees:

2008 Green or Red: $5254 out-the-door
2007 Red Only: $4759 out-the-door

The 2008 has some improvements, but it's also 50 pounds heavier and I've seen a lot of online discussion regarding excessive oil consumption. I'm sure Kawasaki will eventually get the problems sorted out, but I'm not sure I want to be a guinea pig. The 2007 has problems also, but at least they are known problems with known treatments. But it does sound like the 2008 is the better street bike, where I'm sure I'll spend most of my time anyway. I expect to take one or two 500-mile trips per year.

BTW, if you're wondering why I'm considering this bike as my primary "street ride", it's mainly due to my 38" inseam - the KLR just feels right.

So, do I save $500 and get the lighter bike with known gremlins, or do I pay extra for the 2008 and take my chances with the first-year problems inherent in a redesign? What would you do, if it was your money?

BTW, if there are better deals within 200 miles of Dallas, let me know. I don't mind driving a little to save money - it's an adventure.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 01:26 PM
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They both have gremlins, I have an 07 my buddy an 05 and another buddy an 08. They all have to have the doohickey done. The earlier models just have that classic dirt bike look that I love, the new models are nice but the plastics are soooo easy to break. The buddy with the 08 has 300 miles on it and has had to replace both sides fairing plastic due to minor garage mishaps. Granted this is a low percentage rate of happening, but $300 for plastic this early is awful. The final decision is ultimately yours, but I have ridden both and although I was all up in the air about selling my 07 and getting an 08, time has shown me I prefer my older model at the moment. Plus I already have a ton of blood sweat and tears spent on it with all my mods and improvements. They should give you a much better deal on that 07 also, I got mine a couple hundred lower out the door last May. But dealers tend to be like that, see someone wanting one bad and jack up the bottom dollar. Good luck with your decision. And hope to see more posts from you.

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They should give you a much better deal on that 07 also, I got mine a couple hundred lower out the door last May.
Your comment made me look again at my post. Their offer actually was a couple hundred less - I mis-typed what I had written on my tablet during our phone conversation. I've corrected my post.

BTW, is your preference for the 2007 based on dirt riding? If so, do you think you'd feel differently if you were 90% pavement-oriented?

My decision to consider the 2007 is primarily based on:

1. Lighter Weight
2. Presumed better price/availability of accessories for 2007 and earlier (is this true?)
3. Oil-burning problems with 2008 (will the '08 be seen as a lemon, with low future resale?)
4. $500 OTD price advantage for 2007.

If you have any specific comments on the above, particularly on #2 and #3, I'd appreciate discussing it.

thanks!
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I agree with DXKLR. I like the more dirt worthy 07's and back. If you like to go off road it will be cheaper for you in the long run. I know that there is body armour for the 08 out there but that type of plastic does not take a blow very well. The 08 has also lost 2 inchs of travel on both ends. I dont think this was a wise direction for the Klr. A lower seat height maybe but not by loosing travel. But for someone of your height I think that the 07's and back would be a better fit. Just my 2 cents tho -Breck-

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 05:23 PM
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Buy a used older clean klr for around 3500 and upgrade to your needs, then after 2 or 3 years or whenever KAWI gets the bugs out of the 08, get the new model. Most every model of anything, the manufacturer gets the bugs out. Then again Kawi didn't address the doohicky until 15 years.
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The 08 fans are apparently waiting to post in order to take out as many of us older model fans as they can all at once.

I'm just your regular Joe who really doesn't know much about suspension options, engine differences, etc. so I have to rely on others knowledge on that stuff. From what has been posted so far, the 08 sounds like an all around better bike mechanically wise. Whether that's better or the same for dirt or road I have yet to determine. Several have claimed it's better at everything while others say it's more street orientated now. Just by looking at it I'd have to agree it's more street as well.

The biggest problem for most will come down to the styling. I personally think the new style sucks and is not in keeping with the rustic concept of older models. That big monster ass front end was made too look good, but would look like total trash if it went through everything my 06' has been through. My 06' takes a beating and just looks that much tougher for it. It's called character. But the 08' will just look abused and junky with that massive fairing all scratched, and beat up. To each his own though.

Now that I have more experience, the bike doesn't nap as much either, so the new 08 would take less abuse. But that doesn't solve the problem of going through heavy brush/tree trails or bumping in to trees through really tight stuff. Some things are just unavoidable even with experience.
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Buy a used older clean klr for around 3500 and upgrade to your needs, then after 2 or 3 years or whenever KAWI gets the bugs out of the 08, get the new model. Most every model of anything, the manufacturer gets the bugs out. Then again Kawi didn't address the doohicky until 15 years.
I thought the doohicky was still an issue in the 2008?

I'm seriously considering used. Although, for 3500, I would expect to get an "almost new" used bike. I've been seeing 2006 and 2007 models with almost no miles advertised around 4000, so they probably sell for a few hundred less after negotiation. They'd have to, with new ones going for 4700 including TTL. I can't imagine paying 4300 used (with TTL) when new is only 400 more.

On the flip side, the buyer for my bike fell through last night, so I'll have to re-list it. Gives me more time to make up my mind on the KLR-model thing, I guess, though probably the new 2007s will be gone soon.
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-05-2008, 01:32 PM
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Anyone selling a low mileage pre08 should consider their bike rare now and should stick a near new price on it and not bend at all. The pre08's have a cult following and it's character has been taken away in the new one. The new 08 will develop it's own following over time, but just like the original Harley's, new ones just aren't the same!
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-13-2008, 06:00 PM
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ok ill be the first 08r to way in but im very happy with it.
i havent had any of the lemon issues they have brought up, but that might have somthing to do with the fact that the tech at my dealer rides a klr himself.
i got it last june and have over 5500 on it, the only issuses ive had are,
the recall on the muffler bolts, the seat started to come apart, and a small oil leak (more of a seep) all are warrenty issues and havent cost me a dime.
i have a 60 mile drive round trip, with 10 of it gravel, its much more enjoyable
on mean green than my old truck.
the only other klr ive rode was a 93, i definatly preffer the 08 because its just so much smoother but hey its just my thought, but figured i should stick up for my #1 horse.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-13-2008, 08:27 PM
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My '08 is coming up on 6k. No oil problems. Starts easy even at 20 degrees. I found the loose muffler bolts before the recall. I still smile from ear to ear every time i climb on..........my two cents.
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