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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by erikhorton, Jan 26, 2021.
Is this real?
Oh, it’s real and it’s glorious. Three new models. ABS and FI.
real SAD is what it is. 30lb heavier and still a 5-speed!
Suzuki just heaved a sigh of relief
Meh. They’ll sell like hot cakes. Still the water cooled bike many want.
Dude, did you even look?
Heavier, more complicated (electrically), more expensive, harder/more expensive to uncork, still a 5 speed. What about doohickey and subframe bolts?
LOL they made it heavier!
Looks like they upgraded the shock though.
At first glance, disappointing. Maybe not terrible if they somehow added a lot of power to make up for the extra weight.
Well why not a 650 twin... really !
I mean new kle 500 I mean it a 650 twin to compete with Tenere 700...
The Klx 300 looks nice
I am glad to see it back, but 460 lbs for the base model? Man, I will keep my Gen 1, which is already a pig with weight that overwhelms the flexy, spaghetti like forks.
It sure didn't make the Gen 1 and Gen 2 obsolete...
The value of previous gen bikes just went up. This update should have been done 10 years ago.
Oh and I forgot about the brakes....08+ bikes didn’t have enough at 430lbs....what about now?
I think Kawasaki hit a home run. A better looking, fuel injected engine, and ABS. I loved the character of the engine and now with fuel injection: a little more hp, better fuel economy, swapping a slip no longer requires a jet kit. Secondly compared to the T7: similar weight, nearly identical tech, and over $3500 cheaper. That will buy quite a few farkles and a couple BDR trips. All you really give up is 20hp and .5" of suspension travel. I guarantee I could take this KLR anywhere a T7 will go and pass it as it is stopping for fuel. 6.1 gallons to 4.2!!
I know, I know it no longer has a simple carburetor, well it does have to pass emissions and fuel injection is just better. Can you really repair anything broken on the side of the road without the new parts???
A home run? They microwaved an old dry pizza slice and are selling it back to us
Oof, a swing and a miss for Team green imo. I'm sure they'll sell just fine but man, a 461 pounds thumper with non adjustable suspension and I still have to fix the doohickey? C'mon Kawasaki!!
Yes And I was thinking T700 is bad well if only it had high exhaust as old Teneres.
We knew there would be a lot of hate, but I’m guessing a lot of that is envy.
The T7 will lose a lot of sales to this bike due to its price point, availability and fuel capability.
Haters gonna hate. But let’s see how it sells.
Having had 2 KLR’s I’d like to ride one.
Not sure why you guys are harping on about weight. If you want a lighter bike then pay more and get a ktm 690 enduro. The KLR was never meant to be the best offroad bike, it's a jack of all trades master of none for people who want an adventure bike on a budget. I think this update is exactly what the KLR needed and the slight weight increase won't bother the typical KLR buyer.
Well I knew I needed to lose 40-50 pounds, if I buy one of these, I'll have to lose 90 lbs. I guess Kawasaki circled a price point and upgraded what they had around that. So what did they do that would add that kind of weight when from the looks it seems to be basically the same bike. It will be nice to see one in person.
The Suzuki staff responsible for the DR bikes are tucked away on life support somewhere and oblivious to reality.