KLR discontinued?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bama67, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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  2. blitz121

    blitz121 Been here awhile

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    That looks like it could be a fun one!
  3. Kestrel

    Kestrel Gear Driven Cams!!

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    Not $6k, but even so... $5.4k is outrageously high for that pig. Give me a DR650 any day.
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  4. eakins

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    Well the Versys 400X speculation thread is bust yet another year. 300x in the EU and US for 2020. Same bike in with Euro V for EU.

    Watch the new KLR space very closely.
    AimExpo is coming up in a few weeks in the US. That could be a possibility as the KLR is very much a US-centric machine. And then slip into other markets for the later shows.

    We shall see?
  5. Bell driver

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    I checked the German Kawi site. It only shows the model years 17 and 18 for the Versys 300. Looks like there hasn't even been a 19 model.
    Checking the KBA statistics site, it says as per 1st of January 2019 only 347 units of the X had been sold and registered.
  6. eakins

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  7. Bell driver

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  8. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice The Virginian

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    One September 3rd, I noticed that Suzuki USA finally posted a bunch of their bikes for 2020.
    The DRZ400 and DR200 are coming back for 2020.


    So, that kills my theory that the new Gizzer 250 SF thumper will replace the DR200 for 2020. Maybe for 2021.
    But, it's not all bad. The 2020 DR200 makes for a great commuter and mellow dirt bike.

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    Also, on Oct 8th, we found out the Versys X 300 will be back.

    Hopefully this opens up the window for a thumper that is close to 400lbs and over 30hp and about 32lbs of torque.

    But it does not look too good so far.

    https://www.kawasaki.com/Press/Releases/2020
  9. eakins

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    Not time yet for Kawi to show a new KLR if they are going to.

    You notice in that 2020 release the category is KLR/KLX? Even though it's all KLX bikes for now.

    Could mean something since a copy and paste error would have to be back from 2018 wording as no 2019 KLR.

    KLR even has a TM next to it.
    I'd say that is a big clue right there.

    Mmm
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  10. cyclopathic

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    If you read between the lines it means 6-pack
  11. Ogre_fl

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    The 2019 press release also said KLRTM/KLX without the KLR included in the line up.

    Its just been that way for so long the guy that remembered how to change it has retired.
  12. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    No way it's simply a copy/paste error. Pretty sure I read somewhere that the KLR was Kawasaki's 3rd best selling bike of all time. Could be that Kawasaki is dedicated to proper R&D so they don't release a bike with glaring flaws (doohickey/thermobob) right from the start on a machine that will only get BNG's for the next 10-20 years. I really hope they give us a bike that's more Dual Sport than ADVbike this time. I was seriously disappointed with the 2nd. gen KLR.
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  13. The_Precious_Juice

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    Well, the closes thing they have to the KLR now is the brand new Versys X 300... for 2020.
    Honestly, 90% of the time, that is all the vast majority of KLR owners need.
    Maybe they want to see how the 230 does for a year?
    Still a 60% chance we will get a new KLR.

    Suzuki has already showed their hand.
    The T700 is what the Candy Yams is showing.

    If Honda takes the 450 and tears it down and adds 80lbs of touring, then this could be the best Holiday Season since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny effing Kaye.


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    289lbs + 80lbs is 369lbs, so let's type 370lbs.
    But, then who would buy the CRF250L Rally? :fpalm
    Maybe we should pump it up to 410lbs and call it good. That'll do.
    But, the price would need to be at least $2,000 more than the Rally.:becca
    That would be $8,400.
    Maybe?
    $8,999 would do really well. Assuming we have a 5.5 gallon fuel cell and ok suspension.
  14. eakins

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    Step back from your typing explosion meandering mess understand that Eicma is the stage for global revel.

    If it's a no go by then, then it's a no go for 2020.
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    Hah could be :wings
  16. cyclopathic

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    Or six-pack
  17. cyclopathic

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    1) Versys X doesn't have enough suspension travel and I wouldn't discard CRF250L it will do 70-75 all day long.

    2) Superdual is $8995 and comes with pretty much everything you would want on ADV bike
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    The major thing the Superdual is lacking is a dealer network.
    The closest dealer to me is 8 hours away.
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  19. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    Since Kawasaki still lists the 2018 KLR650 on their web site, I tried a little inventory experiment.

    I clicked on check dealer inventory. Ten dealers in a 100 mile radius have it in stock. Then I clicked on find dealers. There are ten dealers in a 100 mile radius.

    I believe that says everything y'all need to know about why there is no 2019 or 2020 KLR650 on the web site. They apparently can't sell what they already built.
  20. DesertRatliff

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