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post #1 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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2009 vs 2010 KLR

Any reason to wait for a 2010 over a 2009??

I plan to purchase a KLR 650 within the next 2 weeks. The local shop has a NEW 09 red in stock. Are there any noticable reasons to get a 2010 instead or wait for a 2011?

Kawasaki is already advertising some new 2011 models... just not a KLR.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-04-2010, 06:21 PM
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Just color difference. I'd see what dollar difference that the dealer will be offering you

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I bought a new 2009 for $5,300.00 in March. The 2010 was $5,600.00 No difference in the two years.(EXCEPT $300 BUCKS) Make sure too ask the dealer about the wiring recall. They do the work for free. It's a good thing too. Kawasaki had to pay the dealer like a $700.00 repair bill. Ask him if he has the wiring harness there to do the work right after you buy the bike. I had to wait a week for them to get the parts in for mine. Just rode it in later and had them do it. Also make sure to search this form about PROPER BREAK IN on your new KLR. It can mean the difference of not having a OIL BURNER. I love my 09. Have over 2400 miles on it already. Glad to say the guys in here told me what to do for my break in. My bike is not burning any oil...
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Are there any noticable reasons to get a 2010 instead or wait for a 2011?
As they said at the plant:

Same shit, different pile.

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"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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I had an 08 oil burner and sold it and upgraded to the 09, we now have 14,000 miles and we couldn't ask for a better bike.. I looked at the 2010 model and didn't see any thing other than price, Kawasaki is not know from making quantmum leap engineering changes from year to year in a given model, if it works don't fix it. There are some dealer stuck with old inventory 09's, if they are offering a significat discount I'd take the 09.

There was a wiring routing and muffler mounting nut tightening recall, neither of which are big deals, we didn't get our done until late in the game and there were no issues. Some bikes would chafe and short the harness and the muffler would come loose if the mounting bolts were not torqued.

We bought our 09 in December of 08 for $5,800 out the door, I had herd others bought theirs for $5,600 OTD.

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I bought a new 2009 for $5,300.00 in March. The 2010 was $5,600.00 No difference in the two years.(EXCEPT $300 BUCKS) Make sure too ask the dealer about the wiring recall. They do the work for free. It's a good thing too. Kawasaki had to pay the dealer like a $700.00 repair bill. Ask him if he has the wiring harness there to do the work right after you buy the bike. I had to wait a week for them to get the parts in for mine. Just rode it in later and had them do it. Also make sure to search this form about PROPER BREAK IN on your new KLR. It can mean the difference of not having a OIL BURNER. I love my 09. Have over 2400 miles on it already. Glad to say the guys in here told me what to do for my break in. My bike is not burning any oil...

IMHO type of break in doesn't matter as far as oil usage. Read the various oil usage threads here and on other KLR forums.

A more plausible theory involves the warping of the cylinder liner from thermal shock. The Thermobob adds a bypass into the the coolant path to prevent the shock. I would install it before I rode a new KLR knowing what I know now! Will it stop the oil usage on a new bike don't know but it corrects one of the major OEM defects.

I hope your bike continues not to use oil but my guess is that it will because it's a engineering/manufacturing issue not an owner created one. My 08 didn't start to use oil until 4k miles.

I advise not to buy new from Kawasaki, they won't own up to the oil burning. If you have to have a new model KLR find a nice used one and use the extra money to buy the 685 kit, it's the only solution that's proved to stop the oil usage.
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I had an 08 oil burner and sold it and upgraded to the 09, we now have 14,000 miles and we couldn't ask for a better bike.. I looked at the 2010 model and didn't see any thing other than price, Kawasaki is not know from making quantmum leap engineering changes from year to year in a given model, if it works don't fix it. There are some dealer stuck with old inventory 09's, if they are offering a significat discount I'd take the 09.

There was a wiring routing and muffler mounting nut tightening recall, neither of which are big deals, we didn't get our done until late in the game and there were no issues. Some bikes would chafe and short the harness and the muffler would come loose if the mounting bolts were not torqued.

We bought our 09 in December of 08 for $5,800 out the door, I had herd others bought theirs for $5,600 OTD.

Good luck

Not picking on you but I'm curious why you would buy another new KLR after having an oil burner? Is it lack of anything else in the price range that meets your needs?

My beef with Kawasaki is the attitude they have. It's like they're doing us a favour selling us the bike. I expect them to admit to screwing up the bike and recall it. You know have some integrity!

I know that some think that oil burning is no big deal and I can agree with that to a certain extent but come on we're the customer. The old model bikes didn't have the oil burning problem why is it alright for the new models?
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Thanks for all the info! Keep it coming! This is my first bike and there are many people around me that are playing devil's advocate on the idea of me getting a bike. It is making the decision to buy one difficult. I've seen a bunch of threads on the upgrades like the doohickey, etc... and am truly wondering if a used on would be better.
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Thanks for all the info! Keep it coming! This is my first bike and there are many people around me that are playing devil's advocate on the idea of me getting a bike. It is making the decision to buy one difficult. I've seen a bunch of threads on the upgrades like the doohickey, etc... and am truly wondering if a used on would be better.

This will be you very first bike? If so don't buy new you will drop it. Even a tip over can break/scratch up stuff.

More important then the bike is you. Budget in the riding gear to the purchase. Start off with all the gear; full face helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, pants, etc. Figure about $750 for decent gear.

Most important is learning to be safe while riding. Before you ride read David Hough's


. Also take a MSF Basic Rider class. http://www.msf-usa.org/. Show those that have concerns that you are serious about being a safe responsible rider!
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I have to agree. First bikes should be used, pre-dropped and cheap.
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