2007 vs 2008 Deals, Which is Better?
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.
Last edited by funkychateau; 03-04-2008 at 02:43 PM.
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