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post #1 of 21 Old 09-11-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Should have bought a Honda

So my BRAND new KLR 650 is in the shop again.. 1200 miles on it.. just dieing and not starting.. Never owned a Kawi before.. never will again. I can't wait to unload this POS.
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-11-2008, 08:03 PM
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So you came here for what reason?
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 02:49 AM
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Back to the ghetto you go.

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post #4 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 03:49 AM
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So what is the problem with your bike????

I have found most dealers have young guys working on the bikes that should not be working on anything mechanical, so your problem may be where you took it.

If you check out the Honda dealers you will find they have new bikes in their shops getting repaired, as with BMW, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, ect...

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post #5 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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1) I came here to find information on the bike before I got it... I got it but hoped most of it was "one off's" and not "going to happen to me". For others who are on the fence they should know my experiences.
Sadly I just received this post the other day... and not before buying:
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...73#post6927673


2) At least in the ghetto my bikes run

3) Bike tach's down to about 2k then keeps right on going till it dies and won't restart easily ( I push and a bump then the elec will work but still one idle). When I had it in for 10 days ONE week ago they went all up and down it and came to the guess that it was a bad ground on the coil... got it back rode 500 miles two days later no problems... Now the gremlin is back. The shop is a very well established shop in the North of Boston area. They do a good biz and have a wide range of bikes BMWs, to Kawi's... Thanks for your concern DaddyJoe I'll keep you posted.
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post #6 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 10:44 AM
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A lot of smoke in those posts.

I travel Mexico, Central and South America some and see way more Kawi than anything else (except Chinese bikes in Peru) and these are folks whose bike is their only transport, so it must work.

I'm a better than average wrench and can buy any bike I want and I have the Kawi.

That being said, if you want a Honda, or a Lifan or Kymco, then get one and enjoy it.
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post #7 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 11:51 AM
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I owned a Honda and yes it was a good bike. The KLR is a good bike as well. I am sorry you are having so many troubles with yours. Kawasaki should step up and take care of you. There are so many of us that aren't having problems with their KLR's. I read that article about the guy who bashed the KLR. It is just his opinion. I have seen video's of the KLR doing single track riding. It is a very capable bike and it has handled everything I have thrown at it. Good luck with your next purchase and I hope it works out for you.

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post #8 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Comparing the quality of anything because you see it in a 3rd world country doesn't mean a whole lot to an American.
I talked to my dealer today who has a call into Kawi because they have had "too many coincidences". I have bragged on this bike to others about what a prolific ride it is and it's following so I have to believe there is something too that but.... feel free to prove me wrong by posting all the bad things being said about Honda's. I'll start holding my breath now...
Thanks Kawi_KLR... I'll try to keep my chin up and hope this is just the first last and only bad experience I'm having with a BRAND new Kawi.
We'll see if the company puts it's money where you've put it's mouth.

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post #9 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 08:47 PM
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I like simple stuff that works. That's why if I see something in the "3rd world" that people are using, I pay attention. Most Americans are more concerned with cupholders than practicality. Third worlder's can't just run and trade in something with a scratch and brag that their monthly payment only went up $100.

Good luck with your Kawi. You may have gotten a lemon. I wouldn't expect too much service after the sale either from the dealer or Kawi. Most cycle dealers seem to forget who you are after they've got your money from what I've heard and read (I don't buy new, so I have no real experience.)

Hope it works out for you.
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post #10 of 21 Old 09-12-2008, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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"Most Americans are more concerned with cupholders than practicality." Is the kind of attitude that is now ruining this country where Americans bash Americans and the American way. 3rd world nations also drink water with their own feces in it... How's that pan out on your "attention" scale?
Don't make assumptions about anyone is concerned about.
We are still the ones going to the rescue of every damn country in the world WITH our hot coffee being held quite nicely along the way.
That being said.. Thanks for the hopes..
I too have never met a dealership worth spit so we'll see.
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