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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2007, 10:41:57 am »
Oi, Staal,

Congratulations on the very first new-look KLR on the forum. I'm sort of jealous but please don't let that keep you from updating all of us on the bonding process and general behaviour of the beastie.
 

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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2007, 11:40:03 am »
That bike looks truly stunning.
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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2007, 12:12:17 pm »
Congrats on the new wheels - about time Kawa made some meaningful changes!
Looking forward to your first ride report  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2007, 12:42:29 pm »
Congrats on the new wheels - about time Kawa made some meaningful changes!
Looking forward to your first ride report  ;D  ;D  ;D

Bear in mind I'm coming from a KLE400. I've ridden the old KLR before but for a very short distance. What impressed me was the instant throttle response and the torque down below. What didn't impress me was the vibrations (engine wasn't very smooth). I believe they have sorted this on the new one.
 

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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2007, 01:23:04 pm »
Staal  - I too had a KLE. The parallel twin is smooth, so dont be dissapointed by the single's vibration almost all singles vibrate like that, some more than others - enjoy!!
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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2007, 10:50:02 am »
I've had a quick squiz at the kwak dealer in George while getting supplies for our 'hel' trip.

The bike looks awesome.
They've caught on with the looks of this bike - man it is beautiful.
Quick things that I can remember from what the guy said:
Styling's better, engine is a little refined (less vibration and more power speed). Even if the top end is 10km/h more, that means that your cruising speed has also gone up by that.
It's choke control was moved to the handlebar.
Seat is bigger / more cumfy.
It's got a nicer luggage plate at the back.
It's got a (sort of) engine protector.
The radiator now has a cover.

I didn't like the back brake lining running on the outside of the swingarm.

In all honesty, if I was looking for a brand new DS bike in the 650 class, this would be it.
No doubt.

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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2007, 10:56:35 am »
KLR's ry lekker man.  ;) Change net die Doohickey.  ;D
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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2007, 11:07:37 am »
i went to kwak 4ways an DNA on saturday morning .... damn these are sweet looking KLR's ..all colours look good as well. 4 Ways had 2 both sold , DNA had 5 all sold. more stock arriving this week all sold as well though as well as a demo. booked my demo ride for next saturday morning....

they sure look the berries but at the expense of damage in a spill/fall over but thems the breaks  :P   ... 
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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2007, 11:35:56 am »
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It's choke control was moved to the handlebar
- always been there

Biggest improvement is the thicker forks. New radiator (bigger) etc etc

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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2007, 12:04:40 pm »
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It's choke control was moved to the handlebar
- always been there

Biggest improvement is the thicker forks. New radiator (bigger) etc etc

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Aaah - the smous let me to believe that is was different...

Haven't really ridden the old one that much to know.

It is a really nice bike tho'.

My opinion is that Kawasaki is going to make a lot of sales on this one.
The only contenders (not mentioning the price) in the single 650 range would be the Dakar, the DR650, the Aprillia and the XT660 (missing a few maybe) - The one that comes closest in price is the DR but it's got a smaller tank (I like the simplicity of an air cooled engine though).
The 660 is awesome but more focused (and expensive).
The Dakar is nice, but (in my opinion) is starting to look dated and overpriced.
Honda doesn't even want to consider bringing the XR 650 in (why I don't know).

For the price of one dakar you can buy a new KLR, a 200CDX like Trialrider's got and have change left ...

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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2007, 04:28:38 pm »
For the price of one dakar you can buy a new KLR, a 200CDX like Trialrider's got and have change left ...


Ahh the perfect KLR owner...... Nice and stingy...   ;D
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Re: Yay.....new KLR (now with a pic)
« Reply #31 on: June 19, 2007, 02:18:29 pm »
I popped into Mike Hopkins (Cape Town) quickly where they are prepping three new KLR's (two green, one blue) in the workshop. Green ones are prettier. The bikes look very, very good and two of them have been sold already but I agree with guys who would like to see them fall first before making a final assessment. Would like it to be pretty but tough just like the poppie in the 4x4 ad. I have some other thoughts about her as well, but this is not the forum...

Briefly sat on one of the KLR's and it seemed to be a little bit taller than mine (maybe the suspension is not moeg yet). At a glance you could see that a lot of thought went into the redesign. The sidestand is lekker sturdy, the front part of the zorst won't go from good to bad looking in a day etc. The carrier rack looks real solid but I actually prefer the old one with al the little crannies for bungee hooks. I think Eisbein is sort of right as far as the choke control is concerned. It's not part of that terribly vulnerable light switch box anymore but sits on its own on the handlebar. Hallelujah, so do the mirrors. No falling down and breaking the switch box anymore. Apparently the handlebar was upgraded too, but I am so used to the ProTapers that I will probably PT's again if I should ever buy a new KLR. The stock ones are a bit low and straight if you are used to the PT's Anyway, despite the higher price the bike is prabably even better value for money than the old KLR.

There still is an old-style red KLR (2007) on the floor, but they're not dropping the price. And why would they. It felt so good when I got back on the even older 2005 model again.

Ok, the above from just sitting on one for less than a minute. Where are the real ride reports from the people who have actually bought them? :) :)
 

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Re: Yay.....new KLR
« Reply #32 on: June 19, 2007, 06:38:37 pm »
Thanks thanks and thanks  ;D Got an email from them this am. Mine has arrived. Went to check it out this pm and do the necessary paperwork. Will pick it up next week Saturday. Now, where to buy some crash bars, centre stand (would this require any welding to the frame?), a metal bash plate and that cover plate over the rear brake cylinder from?

Nope, all it needs is some dirt!  >:D >:D

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