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post #1 of 31 Old 05-31-2009, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'm hearing a KLR rumor

Was down to a shop last week and this is the third or fourth time I've heard this

A KLR 800 or 900 may be in the works. A vetical parallel twin.

WooooHooooo.Suppose there's anything to this?

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post #2 of 31 Old 05-31-2009, 11:18 PM
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Well, it'd be great, as far as I'm concerned.. The change in 08' didn't interest me at all.. Same motor, new plastic.. If they're going to update it, update it.. The BMW 800 twin is selling like hotcakes for a reason..

If Kawi can come in at 2/3 the price of a new BMW 800 (and I think they can) I'd be in line to buy one.. I'm not even interested in a test ride of the latest KLR bike.. It looks nice, but I've already made the needed change to my 02' to make it do what I want, and the 08/09 models are that much of an upgrade to make me want to switch..

Hell, the 02's just starting to run right..
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post #3 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 12:04 AM
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It would make sense and cents for Kawi.

But let me argue against it for a second.
I'm not sure I'd be in the market for it. I like my 08 650 for several reasons:
1. I call it the tractor.....with a smile
2. It gets great mpg......not sure if an 800 or 900 would
3. It is light weight. I do most of my riding around town. The lightweight KLR does a fantastic job of getting around town.

I wonder how much weight it would add to the bike? I feel that an 8 or 900 KLR would be harder to handle off road.

Now the arguement for it
1. An 800 or 900 would have MORE POWER. This side of the pond, bigger is better.
2. I'd bet a dozen donuts that most KLRs are rode mostly on the street and the big slabs. A 800 or 900 would be nice there
3. A 800 or 900 dual sport might have some nice military apps. If the miitary adopts it, it should have some nice aftermarket stuff for it.
4. The 650 is adequate for all of what I need to do. The extra power would be nice if it didn't kill the MPG.

This 08 that I have will be my bike for a while. The next bike I get might be a small engine/big frame/light weight cruiser.
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post #4 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 12:13 AM
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Fuel injection would solve the mileage issue. Hell, I get 42mpg with my 800 pound, 1800cc Goldwing, and I'm on the gas whenever I can.. The carb on our KLR isn't very good, and FI would make it a much more efficient bike (and 6th gear)..

Weight is an issue, but the KLR's not a light weight by any means..

800 twin, FI, and real suspension and they'd have a seller... And in typical fashion, they wouldn't bring it to the US..
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post #5 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 03:56 AM
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I like the idea of a lower first gear and a 6 speed for the KLR..

The 650 is plenty a handfull off road in the nastys.. ( rocks, mud, and goat trails)..
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post #6 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 09:05 AM
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Hmm, one of my arguements for the KiLleR is the carberator. I can adjust it on the fly, and it makes the bike simpler, so I can work on it without mapping, electronics, etc. Now make an 800 with one carb and I'm there!
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post #7 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 10:25 AM
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It's the overall design that matters, not any one aspect. I just can't see the current KLR being retrofitted with a v-twin. You have more heat to consider which will hurt it's offroad situation. You will need a beefier frame for that bigger engine with more horsepower, but with newer tech it just may be a lighter frame to offset the heavier engine. You will need 6th gear for sure. Better brakes, better discs... well, pretty much a full overhaul.

The KLR has many aspects that people like, but I feel it's greatest aspect is simplicity. As some people have stated over the years, it seems you can get a KLR running with parts collected within any small town. You may not get it done right, but you can at least get it to limp home or to a better scenerio. It can also be dissassembled in minutes with minimal tools. Both of these are important features considering the places KLR's are ridden. You start adding complicated features and you start ruining a very big aspect of the KLR.
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post #8 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Gunjunkie View Post
I like the idea of a lower first gear and a 6 speed for the KLR..

The 650 is plenty a handfull off road in the nastys.. ( rocks, mud, and goat trails)..
The 6 spd would be a big plus. I also ride an NX250 and with the stump puller 1st gear and the tall 6th this little 26hp bike can plunk with the best and run to the 90mph top speed (no head wind ) on the hwy.

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post #9 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 01:43 PM
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My wish list
1. can't weigh any more
2. taller fairing (my old wing spoiled me)
3. hyraulic lifters
4. no doo.
5. six speed with a granny first gear
The rest is great. I spend most of my time on the road but a ton of time in the dirt.
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post #10 of 31 Old 06-01-2009, 11:44 PM
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Sounds like they arn't competing well enough with the V-strom 650 and figure they'll go after the dl1000 market. LOL IMHO they never should have done away with the pre 08' model. Mines an 06' and I have seen them set up so many diffrent ways making them better road or offroad machines. I have yet to have seen an 08 that looked ready for offroad duty, not saying I've not seen one do some serious offroad stuff. I hate to ponder what I would replace the KLR with if I had to.

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