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post #1 of 17 Old 05-29-2008, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Buying Advice 07 vs 08

Great info here so I am going to open the floodgates of opinion.
I am looking at 2 KLR's
1. 2008 KLR off the Showroom floor $5350
2. 2007 KLR 4900 miles
Tail bag
Taller windshield
Street style foot pegs
$4500
I know the upgrades from 07 to 08. The 07 has some extras that I like, but the 08 has no history. Should I just drop the extra grand and get the new bike, or does the 07 with the extras sound like a better deal? I always lean towards new, but I am curious what people here "in the know" think.

Let me know your thoughts,
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-29-2008, 10:05 PM
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I haven't ridden a 08' model, but of the two the 07' is a bit high priced for what it is..

Personally, I'd offer $3900 for the 07' and settle at $4100.. Any more than that, and you'd be better off ponying up the extra for the 08'...


Actually, I'm not the person who should be answering a question like this.. I just spent a few dollars last weekend on a 08' Goldwing.. Your problem was easier than mine..
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Way too much for the 07, and I hate saying that as I own an 07, but a dealer close by here had an 07 with only 700 miles and had it marked at $3500. The 08's ride smooth and I do like them with the exception of the oh so easy to break side panels. I have a buddy that has already replaced both sides on his in under 300 miles, albeit, both panels were results of garage incidents, but still at 150 a pop,, OUCH! If they won't budge on the 07 grab the 08.

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Thanks for the speedy responses. I will mostly be using it for street riding, and some rides to the cabin on some easy trails. My plan is to see how far they will move on the 07 and go from there. They probably won't budge much. This is one of two used KLR's w/in 200 miles of me. Very few dealerships even have 08's in stock. I am going to drive out there on Saturday to see if we can strike a deal. I will keep you posted.

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This is one of two used KLR's w/in 200 miles of me. Very few dealerships even have 08's in stock. I am going to drive out there on Saturday to see if we can strike a deal. I will keep you posted.

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We wish you the best of luck on this.. As you've found, KLR's have somehow become a hot commodity, at least here in the Midwest. My local dealer said that he can't get any more 08's, and he gets calls for people looking for KLR's and 250 Ninjas all the time. Cheap bike price and expensive gas price has these bikes to become a great purchase (but we already knew that, didn't we? )

The only other route I'd suggest is to keep an eye on your local newspapers, and maybe the not-so-local ones, too.. Craigslist has been a location for me, too.. I found my previous Goldwing and my current Polaris snowmobile on it, and both were very good purchases where I paid a lot less than I would have at a dealership.
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I think the 250 Ninja's have become a hot item due to the recent bodywork changes. They looked pretty crappy before, but now they have some style. Even so, it's not an ideal bike for daily commuting so it's most likely teens looking for a cheep "cool" ride and they found one at $3500.

Your average KLR owner isn't Average Joe Office either, so not just anyone is going to snag up a huge dirt bike for daily commuting. Clearly there is more to it then just gas prices. I think it's a more a matter of people discovering the countless abilities of having one KLR vs multiple bikes to maintain. Even though dualsports have clearly been around for many many years, it's not really been in the mainstream public eye until the last 5 or so.

It is scary though that we are seeing many bike purchases just for gas reasons. I don't like the thought of that at all. Riding a motorcycle shouldn't be taken so lightly.

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I think the 250 Ninja's have become a hot item due to the recent bodywork changes. They looked pretty crappy before, but now they have some style. Even so, it's not an ideal bike for daily commuting so it's most likely teens looking for a cheep "cool" ride and they found one at $3500.

Your average KLR owner isn't Average Joe Office either, so not just anyone is going to snag up a huge dirt bike for daily commuting. Clearly there is more to it then just gas prices. I think it's a more a matter of people discovering the countless abilities of having one KLR vs multiple bikes to maintain. Even though dualsports have clearly been around for many many years, it's not really been in the mainstream public eye until the last 5 or so.

It is scary though that we are seeing many bike purchases just for gas reasons. I don't like the thought of that at all. Riding a motorcycle shouldn't be taken so lightly.
75mpg is the reason that most of the 250 Ninja riders I know are purchasing them. A friend of mine just bought a new one that will sit next to his BMW K1200LT and several other bikes. The dealer said the same.. Kids are buying them, but around here the majority of the purchasers are 40+ years old..

What scares me about the recent upswing of bike purchases is the fact that many will not get riding training. Dead, beginner motorcycle riders look bad for all motorcycle riders, from the newbee to the 80 year old biker that's never been without a bike..

I'm glad to see more motorcyclists on the road, but I've never been fond of the "wannabee" bikers.. Somehow, purchasing a metric cruiser and wearing new leather makes them All Knowing in the motorcycle world, yet they couldn't change a turn signal bulb without help.

Oh well, I like passing them (squids included) on the outside of corners legally, of course, on my KLR and Wing, since we all know those things can't be ridden quickly on the road.
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Over all, the gas reason these people come up with makes me laugh. Doing the math puts the Ninja mileage at roughly 17,250 before the bike evens out to it's base price. Add plates, insurance, tires, gear, oil, parts, misc repairs.. etc.. etc.. and it extends that mileage even further. If they don't pay cash, figure all the interest in as well.

Very few people accomplish riding a MC year around and only for commuting purposes at the same time.

So, figure the time of still operating a vehicle and figure all the recreational riding that burns up gas otherwise not used and that extends the mileage and time to equal out the purchase even further. It would take commute only people 5, 6 or even 7 years to hit that kind of mileage.

Even then, they have only accomplished to equal out the purchase. Only after that achievement will the purchase of a MC start showing positive cash benefits. For most people... it's simply not worth it and a ridiculous justification to buy one.

Buying a dirt cheap used MC could work out though.

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There is a dealer in the Allentown, PA area that has a "new" 07 KLR650 for $4195 on the sticker in the show room.

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Buying a dirt cheap used MC could work out though.
I bought my 2008 Goldwing and traded off my 1995 Goldwing because it get's 5-6mpg better mileage..

Since I haven't had to make a payment yet, it's free..

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