Kawasaki Reveals Updated KLR650 Dual-...

Kawasaki Reveals Updated KLR650 Dual-Sport

There are 26 comments on the Motorcycle Daily story from Sep 23, 2006, titled Kawasaki Reveals Updated KLR650 Dual-Sport. In it, Motorcycle Daily reports that:

Kawasaki will offer an updated version of their venerable KLR650 dual-sport machine for next year, although the bike will be badged as a 2008 model.

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Peppy

Jackson, MS

#1 Sep 25, 2006
I absolutely love the changes in every respect.
I think I will buy one..
Thanks
tom

AOL

#2 Oct 7, 2006
just got my klr the first of sept. have over five hunderd no it and love to ride it everywhere.Only thing I have any problem with is the viberation in the hands, any remedies?
gcp

Cody, WY

#3 Oct 15, 2006
tom wrote:
just got my klr the first of sept. have over five hunderd no it and love to ride it everywhere.Only thing I have any problem with is the viberation in the hands, any remedies?
try riding with no hands and see if that helps
gcp

Cody, WY

#4 Oct 15, 2006
try riding with no hands. see if that helps
Gary

San Francisco, CA

#5 Oct 17, 2006
i don't seem to have a problem at all with vibration.???
Alyssa

Littleton, CO

#6 Nov 9, 2006
This problem is well known. guys. I was getting some numbness after rides of over 70 miles, so I checked the internet and found a few solutions. The easiest is to inject caulk into the end of the handbar, about five inches worth. The additional mass smoothed out the buzzing big time.
DDS

Montgomery, AL

#7 Nov 22, 2006
I just added some grip heaters from Symtec and Pro-Grip 796 RVGS grips to my KLR and it made a significant difference.
dutch780

Calgary, Canada

#8 Feb 1, 2007
I just put a deposit down on an '08. I think this new KLR will be an excellent/fun commuter, with the added bonus of some off road/trail riding on the odd long weekend.
(If you are looking for really fun off-road please see the KX-450)
I'm anxiously awaiting any new reviews or rider comparisons with the old model.
dougE

AOL

#9 Feb 17, 2007
The 2008 klr is in in the Bay area
Jeremy

Richmond, Canada

#10 Mar 12, 2007
tom wrote:
just got my klr the first of sept. have over five hunderd no it and love to ride it everywhere.Only thing I have any problem with is the viberation in the hands, any remedies?
i finished a 1300 mile ride last august from Saskatoon to Vancouver and found that if you buy some heavy bar ends they tend to get rid of the vibration quite well and if you lie it over they stop quite a bit of damage
dualie

AOL

#11 Mar 20, 2007
best way to get rid of the klr vibrations is to get a vstrom!!!!
dogma

AOL

#12 Mar 27, 2007
If you really wanna get rid of the vibration get a vstrom
DougieQuick

AOL

#13 Mar 28, 2007
First try tightening (to proper torque) every loose bolt you can find as big singles are NOTORIOUS for vibrating things loose particulary when new. My brother lost a few item off his new KLR (the one I have now) Secondly you might try aluminum handlebars with weights in the bar ends that works wonders for vibration. I actually did something totally unorthadox mself. I wrapped my grips, pegs, shift lever peg etc with rubber insulating tape for electrical. It is a thick and very stretchy tape that is amazing for damping vibration, but it made my grips significantly wider in diameter and the only reason that is not a problem for me is I have these extra long fingers. Big bore bikes just throb and vibrate
like nothing else which is part of the charm. Harley Davidson has created a billion dollar industry around the most espensive vibrator known to man, they even sued other manufacturer for replcating there frequency and won too I believe .. imagine that.
tom wrote:
just got my klr the first of sept. have over five hunderd no it and love to ride it everywhere.Only thing I have any problem with is the viberation in the hands, any remedies?
DougieQuick

AOL

#14 Mar 28, 2007
BTW Am I the only one on the planet that thinks that the new fairing on the 08 KLR sucks? I am just thinking Why did they feel the need to do THAT? I would have aplauded simply making it wrap a little more and giving it a wider windshield base and a taller windshield but they put this hideous alien spacecraft looking healight lens and wierd shape ... yuuck. If I buy one I think I'll swap that whole assembly along with all the other pieces with that paint, tank fenders and all for what's on my '05. I'll be rid of the eye sore and someone with poor taste will pay extra for my '05 just cuase it will look like an '08. I am assuming it will all fit of course but according to what I have read it should because the frame,tank,exhaust and most everything else probably is the same as the old stuff.
Lisa

Long Beach, NY

#15 Apr 6, 2007
I want to know when I can pick one up if you have any suggestions please let me know at [email protected]
Lisa

Long Beach, NY

#16 Apr 6, 2007
this is a follow up from the first but i just wanted to give you'll the primary address which is [email protected]
yobe

Englewood, CO

#17 Apr 14, 2007
DougieQuick wrote:
BTW Am I the only one on the planet that thinks that the new fairing on the 08 KLR sucks? I am just thinking Why did they feel the need to do THAT? I would have aplauded simply making it wrap a little more and giving it a wider windshield base and a taller windshield but they put this hideous alien spacecraft looking healight lens and wierd shape ... yuuck. If I buy one I think I'll swap that whole assembly along with all the other pieces with that paint, tank fenders and all for what's on my '05. I'll be rid of the eye sore and someone with poor taste will pay extra for my '05 just cuase it will look like an '08. I am assuming it will all fit of course but according to what I have read it should because the frame,tank,exhaust and most everything else probably is the same as the old stuff.
Your IQ under 100, is it?
sWt

Fort Mcmurray, Canada

#18 Apr 19, 2007
dutch780 wrote:
I just put a deposit down on an '08. I think this new KLR will be an excellent/fun commuter, with the added bonus of some off road/trail riding on the odd long weekend.
(If you are looking for really fun off-road please see the KX-450)
I'm anxiously awaiting any new reviews or rider comparisons with the old model.
I just put my $500 down on at Cycle Works. My DR650 exploded last week and I need this bike!
Douge

AOL

#19 Apr 20, 2007
dogma wrote:
If you really wanna get rid of the vibration get a vstrom
If you don't like vibration get an FZ6
Kevil

Manteno, IL

#20 Apr 30, 2007
dougE wrote:
The 2008 klr is in in the Bay area
I just took delivery of my new KLR650 last week.

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