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Old 03-02-2007, 09:16 PM   #1
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Some great pics of the new 2008 KLR

I've been on the fence on buying a new KLR vs. finding one with low miles and "farkles". I really do like the looks of the new KLR. Granted, I'm a 36yo noob who wants to buy one and cruise through the Pacific Northwest for the next few years. My previous bike was a Honda Hawk 400 naked bike that I rode as my only means of transportation when I was an E-4 in the Army (12 years ago). I know some of the hardened KLR veterans will rant and rave but I like it. They also mention pricing which is within a few hundred of today's MSRP. About what you might pay to upgrade the front brakes on the current model.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:59 PM   #2
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The things I would do with that old broad would make a seasoned porn producer puke.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:02 PM   #3
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Those are the most detailed pics I have see of it so far..looks great. I like the new dash, and the lines looks really clean. I suspect this will bring some new riders to the dualsport fold with its looks.

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Old 03-03-2007, 12:40 AM   #4
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These are probably pics of pre-production models but I sure hope they do something about that rear brake hose - hanging out like that is just asking for trouble
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:12 AM   #5
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I never realized just how fracking HUGE the new tank shrouds were until looking at these pics (unless it's just an optical illusion). Looks like they're trying to increase airflow to the radiator with them (or more styling?).

It also looks like they'd be the first things to get shredded in even a gentle get-off.

Agree on the rear brake line. That's just scary.

I also notice that the rear swing arm has a contoured look about it instead of the box of the pre-08's. Cosmetic, trying to blend into the rest of the bike or something else?

I may be the only person on the planet that considers the "classic" KLR attractive. It's a "form follows function" thing for me. If I wanted something sleek, I would have gotten a VStrom.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:00 AM   #6
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KTMSER, that's hilarious.
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:20 AM   #7
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Another road bike ...

Dont kawasaki have enough road bike models as it is without trying to make their only dual sport like one of them? (I mean cmon, its starting to look like a sport bike)
Have they beefed up the front suspension in this revision?
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:34 AM   #8
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Looks like they addressed the issue of the rear brake pedal bracket also. Has the old one failed that often?
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Old 03-03-2007, 12:00 PM   #9
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yeah, the old did fail. but more importantly, this way is cheaper to make
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:01 PM   #10
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A "NEW" that is funny! Its about as new as the 06 KLR. Kawasuki had a great oppurtunity to really design and actually make a new KLR. They didn't, they just made it even more street worthy than before, and added some new plastic. I hope that Suzuki makes some worthwhile design changes to the DR someday, cause BIG GREEN sure as heck didn't with the KLR.

I wonder if the doohickey is finally fixed?????

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Old 03-03-2007, 03:22 PM   #11
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That's a mighty rough looking weld they have there. Hopefully that's also a pre-production item that will be fixed on the finished product.
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:26 PM   #12
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Hmmm, I think looks better than the current generation, but I really prefer the "pig"
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:12 PM   #13
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it looks pretty low to the ground, I'm glad I have a 06 with the extra suspension travel. I definatly want one of the new fairings and instrument panel, best part of the bike imo!
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:44 PM   #14
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this looks like trouble-

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Old 03-03-2007, 07:49 PM   #15
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I like it and think they'll sell heaps so long as they don't do anything stupid like put the price up! Those who say they the upgrades are worthless were probably not the KLR target market anyway. They have KTM's for that segment. No one would pay a KTM price for a more KTM type KLR IMO.
It'd be a good replacement for my XT if it ever needs replacement.....
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