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Old 03-12-2013, 01:02 AM   #31
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according to the owner, it has no history of oil burn or any history of electrical issues.

now. the question would be, why would i turn down a bike just because of the year? the recall for the wiring harness listed 08-09 models, not just 08's. so, then technically, i should have avoided the 09's too. besides. any person selling a bike can tell a lie.

regardless.
if its a problem, i'll fix it. i'm handy with a wrench. the bike deserves an owner interested in getting past the deficiencies and keeping it running and in top shape. that happens to be me. if the bike is a headache, then i'm the codeine.

no idea if its had the 685 kit done. i doubt it in any case.
in the 125 mile ride home running 75-80 on the interstate for about 110 of the miles, it didn't use any measureable amount. that doesnt mean it wont start burning oil later. its an engine. it has to break some time.

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Old 03-12-2013, 05:39 AM   #32
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I believe were there were a specific amount based on the VIN that had the problems.
I don't believe they were hit or miss.
Even if they were hit or miss, all the more reason to ask about the recall.
Or ask if the 685 was done.
I wouldn't have risked it on an 08 unless I knew the recall was done or upgrade to a 685 was done.
That's possible, I haven't read up on it in a few years. Last I heard they didn't have it pinned down to why some did it and others didn't, but some people were starting to get kawi to fix them under warranty.

As for the recalls, if they haven't been done, you can have them done for free. Kawi has a section on there website were you can put in you VIN and it will look up if it has any open recalls.

The 08 does have some advantages and disadvantages. I've never been on a pre-08 myself - but the 08 has bigger forks, better brakes, and some other updates. The main downside is the massive front fairing pieces. The new bikes don't crash well. They are a pain to take on and off. I actually removed the two big side fairing bits, and secured the radiator with strap steel, and it is significantly smoother on the highway.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:59 AM   #33
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i'll be doing my best not to drop it.

now all i have to do is remember to write my VIN down!!

thx for highlighting some positive traits on the '08.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:24 AM   #34
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This is the internet - so read any information with caution - unless you know the person!

I have an 08. I have upgraded most of the bike from back to front - because I can and enjoy wrenching. It has a 685 that was put in at 10K. I leave in 2 weeks for another 7 day, 4k mile trip. When I get back, it will have 51K on it. It has taken me to Mexico 4X, Canada 2X inclusive of Nova Scotia, 5X from TX to VA through 15 states. It does what I expect of it and more - comfortably.

Any model/year is good if it has been taken care of. I have seen some with leass than 10k I would not touch. Like any bike of any make - extended reliability involves some work. If you like what you see- buy it and enjoy it!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #35
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regardless.
if its a problem, i'll fix it. i'm handy with a wrench. the bike deserves an owner interested in getting past the deficiencies and keeping it running and in top shape. that happens to be me. if the bike is a headache, then i'm the codeine.
b1pig;
Good reply! I'm researching a KLR myself and learned quite a few things reading your thread. Enjoy your new ride!

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This is the internet - so read any information with caution - unless you know the person!

Any model/year is good if it has been taken care of. I have seen some with leass than 10k I would not touch. Like any bike of any make - extended reliability involves some work. If you like what you see- buy it and enjoy it!
GREAT advice
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:20 PM   #36
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according to the owner, it has no history of oil burn or any history of electrical issues.

now. the question would be, why would i turn down a bike just because of the year? the recall for the wiring harness listed 08-09 models, not just 08's. so, then technically, i should have avoided the 09's too. besides. any person selling a bike can tell a lie.

regardless.
if its a problem, i'll fix it. i'm handy with a wrench. the bike deserves an owner interested in getting past the deficiencies and keeping it running and in top shape. that happens to be me. if the bike is a headache, then i'm the codeine.

no idea if its had the 685 kit done. i doubt it in any case.
in the 125 mile ride home running 75-80 on the interstate for about 110 of the miles, it didn't use any measureable amount. that doesnt mean it wont start burning oil later. its an engine. it has to break some time.
I wasn't trying to tell you not to buy it. I was just saying to be careful.
Beings that you're handy with a wrench, if you do encounter problems, the KLR is an easy fix for you.
Good luck with the new bike and I hope she doesn't give you any problems!
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:23 PM   #37
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That's possible, I haven't read up on it in a few years. Last I heard they didn't have it pinned down to why some did it and others didn't, but some people were starting to get kawi to fix them under warranty.

As for the recalls, if they haven't been done, you can have them done for free. Kawi has a section on there website were you can put in you VIN and it will look up if it has any open recalls.

The 08 does have some advantages and disadvantages. I've never been on a pre-08 myself - but the 08 has bigger forks, better brakes, and some other updates. The main downside is the massive front fairing pieces. The new bikes don't crash well. They are a pain to take on and off. I actually removed the two big side fairing bits, and secured the radiator with strap steel, and it is significantly smoother on the highway.
I've never ridden the Gen II KLR.
I know they beefed up the front end and brakes, but they also added some weight to the bike.
I don't much the like of the newer model. The front fender is ugly, the fairing looks too street, the side panels on the tank are big.
I love my Gen I bike. KLaRissa is my girl!

Here is a link to the recall info you had spoke of.
http://www.kawasaki.com/DefaultFrame...D=2&intParts=0
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #38
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I've never ridden the Gen II KLR.
I know they beefed up the front end and brakes, but they also added some weight to the bike.
I don't much the like of the newer model. The front fender is ugly, the fairing looks too street, the side panels on the tank are big.
Too true. They did the redesign before the dual sport thing really took off, and took it in the wrong direction. They made it more street styled, but the current trend is to make street bikes more off-roadish looking. I already ditched the side panels on the tank, and it is smoother and the wind bothers it less on the highway. I'm going to be redoing the whole front end. It is way to big and bulky for a dual sport.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #39
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Too true. They did the redesign before the dual sport thing really took off, and took it in the wrong direction. They made it more street styled, but the current trend is to make street bikes more off-roadish looking. I already ditched the side panels on the tank, and it is smoother and the wind bothers it less on the highway. I'm going to be redoing the whole front end. It is way to big and bulky for a dual sport.
Make sure you do a build thread with lots of pictures!
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:04 PM   #40
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I've never ridden the Gen II KLR.
I know they beefed up the front end and brakes, but they also added some weight to the bike.
I don't much the like of the newer model. The front fender is ugly, the fairing looks too street, the side panels on the tank are big.
I love my Gen I bike. KLaRissa is my girl!

'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' I have ridden both.

With the 08+ the rider wind protection is better, the radiator is a lot more efficient, the radiator fan is more efficient, the alternator is bigger, wheels, spokes are stiffer, front forks are thicker/stiffer (38 vs 41 mm), rear swing arm is stiffer with better adjustment, lights are much better, brakes as you mention are a tad better and more enjoyable with a 320 disc and SS hoses. All things that improve the ride. As for a few lbs of extra weight - who would ever notice that? Now as for looks, when riding I enjoy the scenery, the ride and how the bike functions - Not interested in looking lovingly at what amounts to a tool that enables me to do what I want to do. Both versions are ugly. Both will get you from a-b.

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:53 AM   #41
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'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' I have ridden both.

With the 08+ the rider wind protection is better, the radiator is a lot more efficient, the radiator fan is more efficient, the alternator is bigger, wheels, spokes are stiffer, front forks are thicker/stiffer (38 vs 41 mm), rear swing arm is stiffer with better adjustment, lights are much better, brakes as you mention are a tad better and more enjoyable with a 320 disc and SS hoses. All things that improve the ride. As for a few lbs of extra weight - who would ever notice that? Now as for looks, when riding I enjoy the scenery, the ride and how the bike functions - Not interested in looking lovingly at what amounts to a tool that enables me to do what I want to do. Both versions are ugly. Both will get you from a-b.
Agreed with Tsotsie about the attributes of the '08. I have an '08 and an '06. I disagree that the '08 is ugly, but I will say that the newer fairing style really makes a big difference in riding in the rain on the road, seems to really help direct the water away very well. If you keep moving you stay pretty dry (relative to the pre-08).
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