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post #1 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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I am new to this whole KLR thing. I have been riding for 30 years on everything from British, Italian and USA. I have noticed that people who have these bikes hang on to them and the used market is tight. On the new side every delaer I have visited from Florida to MO has at least one 09 still on the floor and is willing to deal. The new 09's on E-Bay are not selling either. Is there something about the 09 units that I should stear clear of?
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 01:11 PM
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Yeah... those are total junk.. Kawi really messed up by trying to "Upgrade" a Proven 20 yr old design.. Hope they go under in this economy....
they should have stopped at the 2004 model yr.. thats the only yr that matters..

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come awn... it's not far...it'll be fun..

sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 02:11 PM
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BozDude,
Bunches of us have '09's and love 'em.

Some of the old-schoolers feel the KLR should have never changed, ever.
After all, a 21 year production run with almost no changes shows how well generation
one was designed. All the while, Suzuki, Honda's XLR family, and Yamaha's XT line
changed year after year. Yamaha even cancelled the XT a few years back.

Kawasaki changed color schemes, added or took off decals and kept on outselling
everyone else with an unchanged machine.

I had an XL600R, then later a DR650S and both were great bikes in their own respects.
But I drooled heavily on the generation 2 KLR !! What few complaints over the years
were taken into account with the new design. There was some wheel flex so they
went with fatter spokes. The high speed lift and wobble with all dualsports was
addressed with the angled fender to spoil lift. Mine's very stable at warp speed.
The "doohickey" or balancer chain tensioner was failing or breaking completely so they
addressed that with a stronger unit. (It still needs a better spring.) There was some
fork flex but nothing a fork brace couldn't cure but Kaw went with larger diameter forks.
Much of that reason was behind the added weight of the fixed fairing and cowl that
was added with the new design. The fairing is what hooked me right at first glance!
I'm a street guy/ highway rider who loves to shred dirt roads so a motocrosser was not
necessary. That's why I got tired of the two previous dualsports too. Too cold and
wobbly at 85+ mph. There were some complaints of the rear shock showing its
age and not having enough beef. The rear clip is stronger now with a 5 setting rear
shock that I have not been able to bottom out yet. The swingarm is slightly stronger
with curved edges unlike it's uni-trac predecessor. (The old swingarm was fine.) The
main difference was to make it look like a new design on this generation of KLR.

I wanted an '08 right off the showroom floor but never buy a first year model. I let
them tweak out the mistakes first. Picked up a black '09 and couldn't be happier.
With both factory and aftermarket support, this scooter can last a lifetime.
Parts and upgrades, luggage and other add-ons will be available until our children
die of old age. No need to second guess your purchase unless you are heavy into
dirt riding. The new generation is a few pounds more, but it's all up front making
steering more sluggish than the 87-07 design. They are both excellent machines.
The older is more dirt oriented, the newer is more street friendly, and both still
do each other's jobs very well. I put on a full knobby up front to steer stronger
off road and have a more predictable track. Most cops never know the difference
anyway. They look for a headlite n' plate. lol

The only thing to steer clear of is color choices. LOLOL Black is the fastest color.
Blahahaha,
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 07:20 PM
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BlahBlahBlahBla,
CheapMark
You can talk up your o9 all you want.... but, I aint having it...

















Well, ... maybe just the forks...

- Joe

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come awn... it's not far...it'll be fun..

sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 07:26 PM
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My 09 is the best KLR Ive ever owned. Sure some might say its the only one Ive owned but its the best none the less..

You start with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. Hopefully you fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 07:36 PM
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You're all just jealous of the non-oil burning, post signal recall 08s. It's really kind of sad.




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post #7 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 10:11 PM
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OBJ,
I still wanna meet you, shake your clean hand, and buy ya a burger.

And I NEVER put down generation one. Loved 'em since they came out.

That's like dissing the original Star Trek just cause the next version had more farkles.

Hugs from the snowy Midwest, (and beam me over to Petaluma Scotty,)
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 10:37 PM
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10-4 goodbuddy...

Perhaps.... someday................. if your lucky.

- Joe

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come awn... it's not far...it'll be fun..

sorry I can't....... I'm fishing today
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-24-2010, 11:54 PM
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The reason the 09 aren't selling is the economy. You will find lots of 09 bikes from different mfg that are selling cheap, along with cars and trucks.
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-14-2010, 07:48 PM
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I like the old style but for the improvements that have been made...I'll go with an 09 or newer.

Stephen
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