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Old 02-23-2015, 08:24 AM   #1
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What could Kawasai do to sell more KLR's ?

In my opinion the KLR concept is a home run! Kawasaki has the resources to build anything they want, 2nd to none.Lets make a new model.The KLR-688 ADVENTURE.A new Klr 650 retails for $6999 ca, a new KTM 690 is 11,700 ca . Let's keep the 688 below 10,000.Can we have a reasonable discussion with positive input.There is no reason to discontinue the existing bike, but a bike with more power and better suspension and a factory farkling list would be a win win for consumer and manufacturer. Maybe I'm dreaming and the economics are just not there .

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Old 02-23-2015, 08:28 AM   #2
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:34 AM   #3
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I don't think they would sell more...why sell a competing model to one of their best selling bikes?



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Mine will get a 685cc kit when it needs to be rebuilt (but I have got awhile. Bike only has 47K miles on the clocks).

Slowly purchasing parts for a KX450F front end. Already have a Cogent MOAB Adventure shock on the rear end.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:41 AM   #4
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:46 AM   #5
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I would be all over a KLR if it had a bit more power, better suspension, and less weight.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:47 AM   #6
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Add a 6th gear, lighten it up, offer it with the 685 kit already installed.

It's selling pretty well, really.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:31 PM   #7
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Kymco 650...?
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:54 PM   #8
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Kymco 650...?
um.....no Kawasaki.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:55 PM   #9
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50 pounds lighter. 60 pounds lighter. 70 pounds lighter. ..
20-30 more HP. Modern suspension. Lose the fairing. Fuel injection. 6 speed tranny. Hydraulic clutch... etc.

Less than $8k

Oh and BTW Fix the doohickey/spring once and for all.
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:09 PM   #10
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Versys twin cyl engine and ditch the fairing. Offer a supermoto option.
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:19 PM   #11
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:29 PM   #12
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that's some funny shizzit right there......
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:42 PM   #13
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Bingo, you nailed it. Dump that tractor engine thumper and drop in the sweet Versys 650 twin with it's FI and 6 spd trans, and use some rubber mounts while you're at it.

I recently rode the new Vulcan 650 S that uses the 650 twin Versys engine but they improved on the mounting and it's very smooth in that frame and runs stout!

After that less plastic and shed some weight. My Husky TR650 is 30 lbs lighter out of the box.

I don't know what Kawi is thinking with this bike, but it's all the guys who keep buying it that keeps them from doing anything to it. "If it ain't broke...." well ya, it's broke but people love the dirt cheap price so .......

But honestly, I'd have preferred to pay $2k more and get waaaay more bike, it's not unreasonable.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:07 AM   #14
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Dont hold your breath waiting for an upgrade... not until changes are made to the DR650, DRZ400, or the XRL650. Its already THE best selling bike in NA... zero incentive to change anything.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:39 AM   #15
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Dont hold your breath waiting for an upgrade... not until changes are made to the DR650, DRZ400, or the XRL650. Its already THE best selling bike in NA... zero incentive to change anything.
I own an 09 KLR, but I am wondering what source you are referencing that says the KLR is THE best selling bike in NA? Please provide a link or some sort of source. Is it THE best selling dual sport or THE best selling 650?

Just wondering...
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