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post #1 of 10 Old 10-20-2019, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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KLR Hangover?

So its been a year already since we got the bad news that the beloved...KLR had been put out to pasture and decades of of New KLRs had come to and end. To some it was like a punch in the gut or a Grand Funk after party hangover that lasted longer than you care to remember!

What have you done to cure it?

I sit around and stare at mine and think i could not sell it now even if i wanted to nothing else could fill that space in my mind or the shop!
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-20-2019, 11:22 AM
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I would like to be the fly on the wall in the Kawasaki board rooms to see just what their intentions are for replacing the KLR. I’m kinda thinking that they have no intentions of replacing it.

As far as something to fill the KLR space - the Yamaha Super Tenere 700 would be a serious contender.

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I agree with @klr4evr

It's been too long for them not to announce something that would be competitive in the mid-size dual-sport market. They have the off-the-shelf bits needed to put together a decent 400 pound FI 700 dual sport with decent off-road manners that would be a capable KLR650 replacement and that would have 10 years worth of EPA longevity.

It could be as simple as a re-worked KLR650 frame cradling a Versus 650 engine with Versys forks, up pipes and tubeless spoked wheels.

In fact, such a bike could be in the 2019 line-up in the $8000 range.

That it is not there speaks volumes.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-21-2019, 09:41 AM
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The 2018 KLR650 is still on Kawasaki's Canadian and U.S. websites.
The 2018 is still in the dealer's showrooms in Canada, my local dealer has sold several this summer.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-21-2019, 10:57 AM
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Kawi hasn't made a KLR I would buy since 2007 anyhow so the cancelling of the model was a bit sad but changed nothing for me - my KLR's will outlast my ability to ride them.

If I was looking at a new bike to replace them, It'd probably be a KTM690R .....the 790 is tempting but too heavy (even though it's the lightest twin)

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-23-2019, 06:33 PM
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They're talking about a Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 for next year using the 650cc parallel twin engine that they just introduced. They're also building out a RE dealer network. This will be... interesting. The Himalayan is a pack mule just like the KLR was. A fair number of people are buying the 400cc version but it's just too darn slow for American highways. The 650cc version, on the other hand, works fine on the highway in the street bikes they just introduced. Hmm.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-23-2019, 10:19 PM
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I'm hoping they go the opposite way of the crowd and use the motor of the Z400 with the design intent of the Gen 1 to create a tall plus 40HP and sub 400 lb machine that doesn't do anything very well but does everything good enough at a nice price... and is easy to work on.... and they don't change it for at least 10 years so aftermarket is strong and used parts become cheap... and get rid of most of the plastic from the Gen 2...and bring back forks with drain screws at the bottom!

I'm keeping my 2003 for another year and if Kaw doesn't announce something interesting by next Fall, I'm probably gonna order a Honda CB500X and hope it is good enough to replace both my KLR and DL650...
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-23-2019, 08:48 AM
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So its been a year already since we got the bad news that the beloved...KLR had been put out to pasture and decades of of New KLRs had come to and end. To some it was like a punch in the gut or a Grand Funk after party hangover that lasted longer than you care to remember!

What have you done to cure it?

I sit around and stare at mine and think i could not sell it now even if i wanted to nothing else could fill that space in my mind or the shop! <img src="http://www.klrforum.com/images/KLRforum_vbtoucan/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-23-2019, 09:10 AM
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I have lied a few times, and said my 2018 is a 2015, because 18, is the last year made, and I don't want it stolen.
I know a girl that had a Harley pan-head stolen, the crooks/creeps, moved all the bikes around hers and took hers.
Getting mine was good timing. I sold my last Harley, last spring. Was looking into getting into simple old dualsports again. Then I found out 2018 was last year. So I got one in AZ last spring. They wouldn't deal much on it. $6,695.20 out the door in the truck. The Harley I let go for $8,000.
I use the KLR, more than I did the Harley, for some reason. It is fun to drive and a simple concept, and can go down gravel roads, and places a street bike cant.
It would be COOL, if someone could make it like a Ural, and put a side car on it that has a drive, on the side car. One would have to run the 14 tooth front sprocket for sure.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-23-2019, 06:37 PM
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I watched a 2018 sit on a local dealer's showroom for almost a year. I had an '07 Triumph Speed Triple that was getting a little hard for my 60 year old joints to deal with. Finally in October I decided it was time to git 'er done. KLR was down to $6099.00 and I got a decent trade in on the Triumph. I'm really enjoying the riding position and I don't miss the power at all. I'm enjoying therapeutic riding time again.
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