KLR discontinued?

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

  1. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    the Gen I doo was rubbish. I changed maybe 50 of them. at least 1/3 had problems. I found more than a few that were broken with less than 3000 miles since new, including my own. the lowest mile failure was an '04 with 1400 miles since new.... never adjusted, never touched. I only did maybe a dozen Gen IIs... the spring was slack on those with more than 5k miles. it is a poor design with too many part for a simple task. I could go on but it doesn't matter
  2. GhettoCanuck

    GhettoCanuck Been here awhile

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    The KLR has to be hands down the most important bike ever in this segment. They bridge the gap between dual sport and adventure, and are the metric to which most other bikes are compared. KLR650s have circumnavigated the globe multiple times, served in war zones, and become a standard for what a cheap adventure bike should be capable of. I for one, will be sad to see the Japanese 650s go, but I remain hopeful their spots are filled by worthy successors.

    Remember, there are KLRs from '87 still thumping today, so in the end the final 2018 KLR might outlive mankind anyways.
  3. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    That is exactly what I find so disturbing about discontinuing the KLR650 after 30 years. I had already been riding dual sports for ten years when it showed up in 1987.

    That tells me it won't be a lot longer before I am also discontinued.
  4. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    I think you’re exempt from emissions testing. :lol3
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  5. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    Good thing since I'm still young enough to enjoy hitting the dive taco joint last night.
  6. jasonmt

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    Looks like for 2016, 2017 and 2018 YTD the KLR was a few spots off being "the best selling ADV bike here" , I suspect map guy's similar supposition about other markets is incorrect as well:
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  7. AmbientMoto

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    We'll see. I've always wanted a Gen 1 KLR... even if it is heavy. Simple/reliable/predictable. I'd love to see a "new version" KLR. I like carbs but EFI is pretty reliable these days. Give us a bare-bones bike, a 650 doesn't need traction control. A fuel gauge might be luxurious...
  8. cyclopathic

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    So.. Funkwerks Tropic King... perhaps?
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  9. danptobin

    danptobin Been here awhile Supporter

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    its unlikely that we will see any new daulsports from kawasaki or suzuki any time soon. new or updated multi cylinder adv bikes perhaps but not any new daulsports. if we are lucky the drz400 could see some small updates besides graphics. i wouldnt count on it though
  10. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Seems like the zombies have organized and had first strike, destroying KLR production. We are doomed.
  11. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Go for it Kawasaki , take a chance , build a KLRSYS 650 ... Upgrade it to take on the coming Yamaha Tenere 700...:-)

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  12. mikehailwood

    mikehailwood Been here awhile

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    Is this data for Australia only?
  13. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    Ok I will accept it. But...keep it simple like the KLR. No traction control, or tech beyond the inevitable fuel injection. Keep it as light as possible. Make fairing or lack there of that can take a hit. At least a five gallon tank(200 mile range). 450 pound goal. Shoot for 50-60 legit hp to the rear wheel. 3k or better simple service intervals And keep it under $7k.
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  14. sanders446

    sanders446 Been here awhile

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    Could only find this for US sales...

    Dual sport / adventure bikes compiled by R. L. Polk on new bike registrations in all 50 states from June 2010 – May 2011.

    Model – Units Sold

    1. Kawasaki KL650-E 4,006
    2. BMW R1200GS 1,142
    3. Kawasaki KLX250SF 1,011
    4. BMW R1200GS ADV 1,009
    5. Yamaha XT250 988
    6. Suzuki DR650SE 928
    7. BMW F800GS 923
    8. Kawasaki KLX250S 918
    9. Yamaha TW200E 785
    10. Suzuki DRZ-400S 727
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  15. danger_dave

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    I stand corrected - it was the biggest seller last time I looked.

    Where did *that* 3 years go!

    Semantically it's probably still the biggest selling ADV bike here - in terms of numbers sold overall.
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  16. thumpism

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    We can put you in a milk crate when you go.
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  17. FR700

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  18. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    I think you are all looking the wrong way. The klr is not doomed cause of California or lack of market worldwide, it is under siege from the upstarts just over the water from khi...
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  19. Hellequin

    Hellequin Been here awhile

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    Here in Oz the powers that be don't seem to care about emissions. What will kill the KLR and DR here is the requirement for ABS from 2019. Existing models are OK without until 2021.

    The DRZ may survive as single seat trail/enduro bikes are exempt.
  20. SloSolo2

    SloSolo2 Long timer

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    So rip the passenger pegs off put a solo saddle and rack on ala BMW GSPD call it the KLR TT for Track and Trail. Sell it unchanged for another 20 years.
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