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#1 Unread post by Joey Hellfish » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:54 am

Hey guys...
Im looking to buy a Kawie KLR650 in the future and was thinking which year they made them better. I know they had carbs up untill the year whatever, and that they didn´t change for quite a few years, but anyway, I think my question would be what used KLR would give me more bang for my buck (which is´nt much). Oh and also, do any of you live anywhere near the border with mexico? I would like to explore the posibility of bringing one down here from the US, they are mucho cheap over there.
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#2 Unread post by Ian522 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:46 pm

The KLR has been redesigned for 2008.

This article compares the new one with the old version.
http://klrworld.com/index.php?option=co ... Itemid=112

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#3 Unread post by tortus » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:51 pm

what is it? totally naive question. the 2008 klr looks like a dual sport crossed with a ninja 650r. i've never seen such a "lush" dual sport before. what is the overall purpose/goal of the klr if you dont mind me asking?

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#4 Unread post by Shorts » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:06 pm

Dual Sport. Nimble, capable, relatively light, street legal, good mileage, pack mule....

Dual Sports are very popular in JPN where terrain has no zoning. Mountain towns, city roads, buzzing expressways, single lane farm road - the bike you're on has got to be capable of getting you around, but also being good at getting you around. Not to mention, recreation. You can load up your bike, go on a reoad trip, camping along the way, taking switchbacks and fire trails. The bike has to handle it and non can do all that better than a dual sport

The streets in America don't compare. A lot of folks on base here ride dual sports and lots of JPN riders do to. They ae excellent. Of course, the seats aren't going to be the best, but the bike overall is about trying to do as many things as possible.

A few examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Tm89X_aFo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLQDqORDhN8

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#5 Unread post by tortus » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:12 pm

there's just too many kinds of bikes. i want to own them all! :)

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#6 Unread post by Gadjet » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:21 pm

the KLR has remained virtually unchanged from it's introduction in 1987 until they did the (mostly cosmetic) upgraded 2008 model. Pre-2008, there is no 'better model'.

And they are all carbureted, even the '08
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#7 Unread post by flw » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:37 pm

The following utube user has a fair number of on and off road bike reviews (dual purpose) so see http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=motousa for his videos of several different bikes. At least somewhat like your describing.

Or do some searches on utube.com or livevideo.com yourself on at least two key words so you don't get back too many results. i.e. motorcycle KLR etc...
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#8 Unread post by klrrider » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:00 pm

The KLR600 was available in '84-'86 and every once in a while you can find one in halfway decent shape. Most parts are still available and even some of the KLR650 parts are interchangeable. The 600 (564cc) is not as popular as the 650 so is usually cheaper. A good dependable kick around bike if you are concern about $$$. I have been riding one for about 5 years now. I commute to work and ride in the hills on weekends and holidays. I run Perrilli (spelling?) MT21 DOTs and they seem to work the best for me. I think only the '86 is electric start (and kick start).
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