Wait for 2008 (KLR 650 that is)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by saberstud, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. saberstud

    saberstud Been here awhile

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    There seems to be a trend at the dealers and on ebay that the closer we get to the 2008 KLRs getting into showrooms the lower the prices get on the 2007 model. Dealers and ebay alike have gone below the $4K price lately, ebay even offering free delivery if you pay closer to the MSRP. This is probably not news to many viewers.

    But even as the prices plummet on the old models I have to ask myself if they are worth it. Bare with me, I am not saying that the old model is bad but what is it going to cost to upgrade the brakes, suspension, and voltage output to be comperable to the 2008 model? Definately more than the $150.00 difference in the price between the two MSRPs and most likely more than the money you will save with the discounts. Even if you get an old KLR discounted enough to make all the mods you still have a bike that looks 21 years old. Some people like the old school look, I want to move on.

    I guess the point of this post is buyers beware! It may pay to wait for the new model in the long run. OBTW, for the record...I think the 2008 model will have more power and will be about the same wieght as the 2007, contrary to information on the new model up to this point.
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  2. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    Funny, I rushed out and bought an '07 after seeing and reading what was available re:the '08. :rofl
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  3. Kevy

    Kevy Adventurer

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    With 20+ years in production, evryone buying an '07 knows exactly what they're getting.

    Only the buyer knows whether or not it's a good value.

    Kev..
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  4. saberstud

    saberstud Been here awhile

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    Did you also rush out and purchase the oversized front brake rotor, steel braided lines, and progressive fork springs...maybe even the fork brace? Thats what lots of other owners do to consider the KLR safe for highway travel. Well, if you did you have spend about half the difference between your bike and the new model...assuming that you bought it for the current selling price of $4K
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  5. switchback

    switchback Eatin' Dirt Since 1982

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    Everyone likes to put down the new bike without ever seeing it, riding it, or even waiting for a test. It is that way for nearly every new model I have ever been interested in. There was the "Girly" Tiger, any e-start enduro, the Aluminum WRs, ... Rarely do the manufacturers ever make a bike worse and after 20+ years hopefully Kawasaki learned something.
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  6. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    Rotor-Yes
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    It rides just fine on the highway and hey, look at this, it has more suspension travel. :freaky
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  7. eaglemike

    eaglemike Been here awhile

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    How much money would it cost to add some travel to the suspension?? What would you have to take off the 2008 to get down to the weight of the 2007?:deal




    :D


    all the best,

    Mike

    p.s. is this a troll?:eek1
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  8. saberstud

    saberstud Been here awhile

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    The 1 inch of lost travel means nothing because they replaced it with a progressive suspension that has less sag when loaded. Net loss of travel when rider is on bike = 0 inches. Any other areas of the 2008 that you you don't like?
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  9. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Has anyone ridden the 08?

    Only then can the way be known, my padwan...
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    That's total rubbish. Lost travel=lost travel.
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  11. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    Quite frankly, I think the new fairing and fender look like ass. F650 wannabe kinda.

    Flame suit on.
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  12. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    When you are comparing weight, are you doing off the quoted 33X # quoted by Kawasaki for the 07 and earlier models, well if you belive that I have a bridge in Manhatten to sell you...

    If the '08 were availble when I bought my F650, I would be riding a KLR. It fixed every one of the things I found were deal breaking shortcomings with the current model. Top end power, better brakes, more wattage. I couldn't give a tinkers cuss about suspention travel, after all I bought an F650, whose front end is quite possibly more noodely than a KLR's.
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  13. eaglemike

    eaglemike Been here awhile

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    Some of us can set the current model up with roughly the correct amount of sag, for low $$. So, you were saying..............???

    And now it's just down to 1 inch of lost travel? Seems like it was more than that. And what about the extra weight on the bike??

    all the best,

    Mike

    Yupper, I was right...........
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  14. eaglemike

    eaglemike Been here awhile

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    And you think they are going to be more accurate now?:D

    all the best,

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  15. saberstud

    saberstud Been here awhile

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    See above post reference the suspension. Also, about the weight. I am assuming that you are referring to the Canadian website whoses statistics have already been labeled as inaccurate by other viewers on this website
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  16. rustynail

    rustynail Been here awhile

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    I, too, ran out and bought the 07. For 4600 OTD BTW. It sealed the deal when I saw that Kawasaki reports 48ps on the '07 on the U.S. sites. On the Canadian websites they report 44ps for the '08. So, if Kawi reports a 4ps difference between the two, it leads me to believe that the new cam timing and other engine changes are to improve fuel efficiency and emissions, not power.

    Sorry, but I am happy to own the last of a long line of great bikes. The 2008 may be an awesome bike in it's own right, don't get me wrong. I may even own an '08 or later someday, but I am much happier with an '07 for right now.

    And BTW, if you search this forum (and others), I think it is universally accepted that a wave rotor is nothing but cosmetics on a bike of this type. Racing bikes need the added surface area for heat dissipation. On a KLR, it's just looks.
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  17. eaglemike

    eaglemike Been here awhile

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    Do you have accurate info then? Where is it?

    all the best,

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  18. saberstud

    saberstud Been here awhile

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    I actually agree with you on the fender looking like trash, easy fix though. I think the fairing looks pretty good. Especially compaired to the fairing on the 07 that looks like it belongs on a 20+ year old bike, oh wait...thats what it is on.
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  19. dwayne

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    FWIW, probably more accurate. I bet the weight they spec for the current ('07) model is really for the KLR 600. I am to young to know the diffrence, does anyone rember if they changed that weight spec 20 years ago?

    Do you think the new versions will weigh more in reality? Not challenging, just asking, I didn't see anything that would suggest a 40 plus pound weigh diffrence, maybe I missed something?
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  20. saberstud

    saberstud Been here awhile

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    Lets think about this logically...Kawasaki is one of the leading motorcycle manufactures in the world. agree? Do you really think they will mass produce a motorcycle that is much heavier and makes less HP? Especially after 20+ years of R&D? The most likely reason for the differences in the numbers is different standards at the time of publishing.

    That is like saying a 1986 chevy pickup is better than the new redesigned silverado. It doesn't pass the common sense test.
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