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post #1 of 43 Old 05-30-2015, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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New for 2016

Any idea or any info on what changes, if any, are in store for 2016. I don't own one now but a New bike is planned for the spring of 2016.
I'm trying to get the latest and greatest news on both the KLR and V-storm. Decisions, decisions--just hoping to make the most informed decision when I do purchase.
Please help if you can--thanks!
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post #2 of 43 Old 05-30-2015, 03:42 AM
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Bold New Graphics, I shouldn't wonder!

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post #3 of 43 Old 05-31-2015, 10:03 PM
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Did not know that a new version was coming out. Then again, I haven't paid all that much attention of late.

For the record, this post primarily serves as a means of me subscribing to this thread.

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Did not know that a new version was coming out.
"What we've got here is FAILURE to communicate," steferf!

My suggestion: The 2016 model will be identical to the 2015 model which is identical to the 2014 model, except for . . . Bold New Graphics, in each case.



(I'll give 'em credit for slipping in the New Edition during the 2014 model year.)

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I haven't heard of any big changes for 2016. I'm guessing if they keep the KLR in production they will eventually have to put fuel injection on it to meet the ever tightening emissions laws... Lol, when that will be would be anyones guess though!

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Bold New Graphics
If you've ever priced OEM decals, you'll understand that this is no trivial matter. lol

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post #7 of 43 Old 06-02-2015, 06:32 PM
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Decision(s)

Big T,

Last year I too was where you are at today, After Reading up, Looking at, Touching & Drooling over the show room offerings I went KLR.
My logic if you can call it that was the KLR has been around for a very long time with only 1 major "upgrade" with most of the bugs worked out of the design. The V-Strom just didn't reach out and grab me like the KLR did.
I sat on the strom and had this "WTH" feeling and the overall lines of the bike just didn't work for me. I am 6'03", 33" inseam, the KLR just felt better.
The V-strom is just about $2K more than the KLR, I did not like the way the front of the engine looked totally exposed. I also thought since the KLR has been around for so long that after market stuff would be a bit cheaper and easier to find which so far has seemed to be a correct assumption.
Looking into my cloudy "Crystal ball" I also figured should I actually load up and take a week or so road trip that if I were to bust something that repair parts would be much easier to come by even if I were to break down out in West, Roosterscratch, Wherethehellareville. so there you have my thoughts on it.
I got mine back in March while they had that Military rebate deal going on, I finally turned over 1,000 miles on the KLR and it I find is VERY comfortable right out of the box. I sport 5 bulging discs with the middle 3 having tears and after 2 hours playing around on it I still feel better than I did back when I had my '02 Goldwing. I say go KLR and don't look back.

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post #8 of 43 Old 07-21-2015, 03:17 PM
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Good Question

Unlike some of the others, who have pointed to the fact that the KLR 650 has remained relatively unchanged (except for "bold new graphics") over the years, I do wonder if any changes are planned for 2016.

There have been various changes over the years -- some incremental, others a bit more significant, including the New Edition which just came out and featured a better seat and stiffer shocks.

And while I agree that any changes are not likely to be huge, I do wonder what Kawasaki has in store for the 2016 models. I am keeping an eye out, too.
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post #9 of 43 Old 07-21-2015, 06:34 PM
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I heard they were going to keep the black engine but go back to unpainted wheel rims because people were complaining about scratching them up when changing tires.




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post #10 of 43 Old 07-21-2015, 08:11 PM
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Here you go, guys!

All you always wanted to know about the 2016 KLR650, but were afraid to ask:

DIrt Bike Magazine | KAWASAKI KLR650
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