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post #1 of 9 Old 05-13-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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6,000+ miles on an 08 and a review

Name is Tim aka Tifford from Greenville SC.

I have a little over 6,000 miles on my 08 KLR650.

GAS MILAGE
I would say that 3,000 to 4,000 miles were interstate. The rest was red light traffic in a small city. In town I get around 43 to 45 miles per gallon......this is with the 10% ethanol gas that tends to lower your milage. I got close to 60 one time on the interstate by driving the bike easy. Most of the time on the interstate (because I was moving right along) I got right at 50mpg. Back when it was costing me 100 bucks to fill up my suburban it was nice to fill up my KLR for under 24. Now with gas slightly under 2 bucks a gallon it is very nice to fill up for under 12.

This bike does everything and still gets fantastic MPG!



EASE OF OWNERSHIP
Change the oil yourself, takes at most 10 minutes and saves you $$. No plastic to take off for the oil change. The best part is that the bike appears to have no problems. 6,000+ miles and I still have tread on front and rear tires. There was one recall but a local dealership took me in and in less than an hour the work was done. The best part is the the easy hit you'll take in the bank account. There are bikes out there that cost twice as much that don't do any more than the KLR does.

THE RIDE
1) Interstate- This is not a cruiser. If most of your driving is interstate & you are ok with less MPG then get a cruiser. This bike does not oose power. If you want to, with a slight flick of the wrist, go 180 mph then get a sport bike. This bike does it all but it doesn't do any one thing really well. I like the up-right riding position. At 40+ years of age I don't think I could have made a summer time 2000+ mile trip being hunched over. The height of the bike along with the up-right riding position makes cross winds interesting but a good rider can deal with them. There is a trade off, the bike gets great MPG but it weighs less than 400lbs stock which means that it will get blown around (in high winds) more than a 800 or more pound bike. Being 6 feet tall the stock screen sends the air to about the middle of my helmet. In clean air this is not a problem. Following big trucks though makes your head bob around a little. Either pass the big trucks or follow a way behind them. I've order a $90 taller screen and hope that it will direct all air over my head. It might just give me 1 or 2 more mpgs.

The long seat along with the flat rack on the back of the bike allowed me to carry a 5,500 cu inch pack. This alone provides a ton of storage.

The 6+ gallon tank keeps you on the road. In windy conditions a couple of heavy cruisers past me. I passed them back when they had to stop for gas.

The bike purrs right along and will top out at over 100 mph which for me is more than enough. It has power for the on-ramps to get up to traffic speed before you get off the on-ramp. I hate slow cars that can't get up to speed and then eventually do get up to speed after they are on the interstate.

RED LIGHT TRAFFIC
In town the KLR is great. Great MPG!! The bike is nimble enough for me. It is nice to weave around slower cars. The radiator keeps the bike cool. I take it to the supermarket and pick up stuff all the time. I take it to work more than I take my suburban. Anytime the skies are clear I take my KLR. I believe work stress is somewhat less after a nice ride. It is also something that I look forward to after work is over. The flat rack on the back (along with a couple of cord) allows you to carry an amazing amount of stuff. I really like the flat rack!!

OFF ROAD
I haven't done much off roading. I have done some and the bike does really well in the dirt, sand and gravel. I can see why guys take this bike around the world. The bike is a tall bike and a smaller offroad bike might be better for off road use but the KLR does both off road and on road.

STYLE
There is a lot to like about the bike
-Long seat
-flat rack
-easy to read guages
-up right seating
-hand protectors--didn't like them at first but now I like them esp in the cold
-lights are bright
-modern style, even looks like a hybrid
-great for big guys
-long suspension for speed bumps, pot holes, or off roading
-Hard to hide a 6+ gallon tank but the KLR does it well

I still don't like the front fender. You can get an aftermarket fender if you'd like. It looks either like a birds beak or the witch's nose in the Hansel and Gretal story. Eveything else I like.

OVERALL
Not many bikes allow you to:
-sit up right
-get around 50 mpg
-have the balls for interstate travel
-allow you lots of storage with stuff that you can buy for it
-start right up in the cold temps
-are friendly for around town driving
-are fully capable of traveling around the world seveal times over
-don't heat up at red lights
-not annoy the neighbors in the morning
-have almost a cult following
-get lots of looks and questions

Years ago bikes were jacks of all trades. The KLR brings back (or stays with) that tradition. A nice riding bike that does it all and never complains about doing it. The price is right too.
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" In windy conditions a couple of heavy cruisers past me. I passed them back when they had to stop for gas." I love it!
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What recall was there for the '08? I just bought a used one w/4100 miles, and want to make sure it has been done. By the way here in oklahoma I have to search for 100% gas,(no ethanol) I won't use ethanol unless I have to.
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Wasn't it the wiring harness? We had a bike in the shop with a short and could not pinpoint it. Changing out the harness fixed it...
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-06-2010, 06:00 PM
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Kawasaki Recalls 2008-2009 KLR 650 Motorcycles
February 25, 2009


Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
KAWASAKI / KL650E 2008-2009
Manufacturer: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A. Mfr’s Report Date: FEB 19, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V062000 N/A NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Potential Number of Units Affected:
Summary: KAWASAKI IS RECALLING 2008-2009 KLR 650 (KL650E8F/L, KL650E9F/L) MOTORCYCLES. WIRES IN THE WIRING HARNESS MIGHT BE DAMAGED DUE TO RUBBING CONTACT WITH A PORTION OF THE MOTORCYCLE FRAME.
Consequence: THIS COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF ELECTRICAL POWER TO THE ENGINE CREATING A RISK OF A CRASH RESULTING IN INJURY OR DEATH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND IF NECESSARY REPLACE THE MAIN WIRING HARNESS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 24, 2009. OWNER MAY CONTACT KAWASAKI AT 866-802-9381.
Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .



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NHTSA Campaign Number: 07V244000
Vehicle/Equipment Make: KAWASAKI
Vehicle/Eqipment Model: KLR650
Model Year: 2008
Mfg Campaign Number:
Mfg Component Desc: STRUCTURE:MOTORCYCLE KICKSTAND/CENTER STAND
Mfg Involved in Recall: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Manufacture Dates: 03-26-07 through 03-28-07
Type of Report: (V) Vehicle
Potential # of Units Affected: 5
Date Owner Notified by Mfg: 06-01-07
Recall Initiated By: MFR
Mfg Responsible for Recall: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Report Recieved Date: 06-07-07
Record Creation Date: 06-17-07
Regulation Part Number:
FMVSS Number:
Defect Summary: ON CERTAIN MOTORCYCLES, THE SPRING RETAINING PIN ON THE FRAME MAY NOT HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY WELDED IN PLACE AND COULD FALL OUT, ALLOWING THE SIDESTAND TO DROP INTO THE "PARKING" POSITION.
Consequence Summary: IF THIS OCCURRED WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION, A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
Corrective Summary: KAWASAKI WILL BUY BACK THESE MOTORCYCLES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 1, 2007. ALL DEALERS/OWNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

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2008 KAWASAKI KL650E8F
Manufacturer KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Manufactured between 2/14/2007 - 9/6/2007
Recalled on 10/7/2008
Influenced by KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Owners Notified on 10/13/2008
# Affected 5,804
Recalled for EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
Description KAWASAKI IS RECALLING 5,804 MY 2008 KL650E8F AND KL650E8FL (CALIFORNIA) MOTORCYCLES. THE TURN SIGNAL STALK(S) CAN BREAK, RESULTING IN THE SIGNAL ASSEMBLY HANGING BY THE WIRE HARNESS.
Consequences THIS COULD CREATE A POSSIBILITY OF A CRASH RESULTING IN INJURY OR DEATH.
Corrective action DEALERS WILL REPLACE ALL FOUR TURN SIGNAL ASSEMBLIES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 13, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KAWASAKI AT 1-866-802-9381.
Notes CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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Motorcycle 2008 KAWASAKI KL650E
Manufacturer KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Manufactured between 6/8/2001 - 7/11/2007
Recalled on 10/16/2007
Influenced by KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Owners Notified on 10/22/2007
# Affected 33,693
Recalled for ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
Description ON CERTAIN MOTORCYCLES, INSUFFICIENT TIGHTENING OF THE MUFFLER MOUNTING BOLTS COULD ALLOW THE BOLTS TO LOOSEN.
Consequences IF THE BOLTS LOOSEN COMPLETELY, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE MUFFLER TO SEPARATE FROM THE MOTORCYCLE AND CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR A CRASH.
Corrective action DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN TWO MUFFLER MOUNTING BOLTS TO THE PROPER TORQUE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 22, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KAWASAKI AT 1-866-802-9381.
Notes CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
See also 2008 KAWASAKI KL650E Recall for ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, EXHAUST SYSTEM, MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE

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What recall was there for the '08? I just bought a used one w/4100 miles, and want to make sure it has been done. By the way here in oklahoma I have to search for 100% gas,(no ethanol) I won't use ethanol unless I have to.
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Turn signals, wiring harness, and muffler bolt I think. Somewhere on the Kawasaki website is a place you can enter the VIN and see all.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-08-2010, 06:15 PM
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Excellent review! My experience with my 09 has been the same, other than the recall service.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-08-2010, 08:24 PM
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I've been nothing but happy with my '09.
(They did the recall "kit" on the bike while prepping it in April '09 as I bought the thing.)

This was after tweaking a few things of course to fit my body and style.

Trimmed a nice parabola (like the Gateway Arch) curve to lop off the ears on the
front fender. Added adjustable risers which leaves a lot of arm possibilities. Taller windshield. Big trunk makes it very usable
in daily life, especially work and errands. Those were the most
functional changes.

Others include a stage one intake and exhaust (but still almost quiet), blacked-out virtually every silver part except the engine. The handlebars, forks, swingarm, calipers, shifter, brake lever, passenger peg mounts, etc etc. Some gloss, flat, and satin finish. Good contrast to the chrome heatshield and silver engine block. All bright fasteners left and right.

Now it's the batcycle and the most awesome overall motorcycle I have owned
in 30+ years of riding/ owning this or that. This is my last scooter. Great
factory and aftermarket support are there for both generation KLR and mine's
a keeper hands down!

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Now it's the batcycle and the most awesome overall motorcycle I have owned
in 30+ years of riding/ owning this or that. This is my last scooter. Great factory and aftermarket support are there for both generation KLR and mine's
a keeper hands down!

CheapMark

Say what? Last scooter?

Man I start to get the itch for a new bike every 2-3 years. Lets see figuring life expectancy that's about 20 more bikes! More if I can manage it!

They'll get me off a bike when they pull my cold, dead hand off the throttle!

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