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post #1 of 7 Old 04-11-2008, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smile '08 Compairison

I'm in Waco Texas shooting some Flat Track races and I had an oportunity that gave me some insight into the difference between a stock '08 KLR abd one with an after market pipe (a Jardine in this case), air box mod and K&N filter, and a jet kit.

The dad of one of the riders brought his KLR to the track and I have mine there. He let me ride his (it's the one with all the mods). So here is the comparison.

Pffftt there is none. they are completely different as far as power and acceleration are concerned. On his the power band is much more consistent and there is much more low end; it is also much quicker to accelerate. I jumped on it just putting around in the field and the front end came way up. It is a very nice improvement.

I wonder if he'll notice that I swapped keys.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-13-2008, 03:27 PM
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Was the modified bike an 08 as well ? Did the pipe and jet kit hurt the MPG ? I just got a BLUE and I'm driving Miss Daisey for 500.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-14-2008, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yes it was an '08, as to the gas milage, I didn't ask, heck I didn't care I was having way to much fun.

The guy who owned it has 3 race bikes and the only thing he said he would do different was he would have bought the FMF pipe insted of the Jardine but it wasn't worth changing it at this point.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-14-2008, 07:59 AM
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You'll usually drop between 3-5 MPG.

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Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-14-2008, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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...and worth every drop.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-30-2008, 07:44 PM
 
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drgibson, Funny to read this about 2 months ago when I put the jet kit,silencer on my 08. I got on the KLR.net sight and told what you have just said. Alot of the guys over there actually told me I was a liar it felt like. Glad all of us are not num. And don't mention a wheelie, I guess a KLR is not able to pull one. I laugh everytime I am in second gear on the back wheel..
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-01-2008, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Most any bike can wheelie give the right circumstances. I can wheelie my stock KLR without much effort.

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