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post #1 of 14 Old 05-02-2007, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Rider review 2008 KLR

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http://www.motorcycledaily.com/30apr...ki_klr650.html

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-02-2007, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for the link!! Sounds like a wonderful bike!!

Now, if there was just a way to get one and have it paid for, like my 2002 model is.. :-)

Maybe in 3-4 years I'll pick up a lightly used one..
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That is probably the best review I've read so far. Man, that thing really looks out of suspension travel when it's cornering. Looks like the skid plate is going to scrape.
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Yeh,

I have the official brochure, and under seat height, it says n/a

Guess I'll have to take my tape measure to the stealership

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Yeh,

I have the official brochure, and under seat height, it says n/a

Guess I'll have to take my tape measure to the stealership
I'm pretty sure they said the seat height is the same. They took away suspension and added seat.
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Nice article.
I wish they would have talked about the doohickey.

But I'm sure that we're not going to hear about that until someone buys one and takes the covers off to take a look.

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Nice article.
I wish they would have talked about the doohickey.

But I'm sure that we're not going to hear about that until someone buys one and takes the covers off to take a look.

Brian
I saw on ADVrider that the new doo has the same old part number, but is now a one pc. design, and the slotted area is much thicker material. Basically, they kinda took one of the aftermarket designs and made it seemingly stronger, yet cheaper to make.

I'll see if I can hunt down the pictures..

http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/techinsight.html


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Awsome.

Thanks for the info.
After reading that review I'm kinda warming up to the new model

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I'm still seeing an area for failure in the collar area. Sharp square edges are known areas for cracking/breaking. That's why the Eagle lever is the way it is, it can't break. What do those machinist types call that? Stress riser?
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Yeah, that's what it's called.

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"A stress concentration (often called stress raisers or stress risers) is a location in an object where stress is concentrated. An object is strongest when force is evenly distributed among it, but an area of stress concentration results in a localized increase in stress at that location. A material can fail, via a propagating crack, when a concentrated stress exceeds the material's theoretical cohesive strength. The real fracture strength of a material is always lower than the theoretical value because all materials contain small cracks that concentrate stress."

The stress that the lever see's will concentrate in the squared edge area..it's just a fact. If it was the same material as what Mike uses the design would be sufficient...I'm doubting they went to the expense.
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