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post #1 of 4 Old 11-01-2008, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Better bike? 07' or 08'

So I'm beginning to do my research on buying a KLR. I know the reputation of the older style is rock solid, simple, and reliable. I'm leaning toward a late model(05-07') KLR with very low miles (3000 or less). Today I saw one locally on Craigslist. It was a black 07' with only 122 miles for $4250 or best offer. Needless to say it was gone in 24 hours. I was itching to get close to one so I dropped by the local Kawasaki dealer to see if they sold trade-ins. Turns out they don't and they said that the 08' and 09's are much better than the older bikes claiming that they have corrected the tranny and they have more power and better handling. I know there are plenty of you that have one or the other and some that have owned both, so lets hear the pros and cons of the two styles.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-01-2008, 09:55 PM
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More power and better handling? hmmmmmm...Have to disagree. I had an 07, a buddy had an 08. Maybe I am being one sided, but I will take the 07 over the 08 anytime. Others will disagree, but that is fine. I have ridden both and prefer the 07 more. There was nothing wrong with the tranny, that is the first I have heard of a dealer mentioning something like that. Might give them a wide berth, they are trying to sell you hard. Just my two cents.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-03-2008, 02:55 PM
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More power and better handling? hmmmmmm...Have to disagree. I had an 07, a buddy had an 08. Maybe I am being one sided, but I will take the 07 over the 08 anytime. Others will disagree, but that is fine. I have ridden both and prefer the 07 more. There was nothing wrong with the tranny, that is the first I have heard of a dealer mentioning something like that. Might give them a wide berth, they are trying to sell you hard. Just my two cents.
I'll disagree. I went straight from an '06 to an '08 and found the '08 to be better in everyway including off road.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-03-2008, 03:13 PM
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I don't have any experience with the 07/08 issue, but I will suggest that you take ANYTHING a dealer or their staff tell you with a great big grain of salt. That goes for cars, bikes, guns, hair care products or anything else.

Other than the 'doo, there are really no great mechanical issues with the earlier bikes, certainly not with the transmission. That should be your first clue.
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