RIP Kawasaki KLR650

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RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by kempoman » Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:53 am

The rumours are true by now. Last year for KLR650 and new model will be out in 1-2 years time. Last last chance to grab NOS from your AD! Thanks me later for those good years to afford a cheap and good adventure bike is over!
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by jtbenson » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:04 am

a friend has one of these.
it does indeed seem an incredible value.
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by CarloDWC » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:51 pm

I had one, awesome bike.

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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by kempoman » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:47 am

KLR 650 is like Seiko SKX009, Citizen Promaster NY0040 or a Defender for car. Basic and tough built with a purpose.
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by Seppia » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:09 am

Great bike, but I would pick a Honda XR650L any day and twice on Sunday.
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by Grahamcombat » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:04 am

Husqvarna FTW!

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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by abuemily » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:44 pm

I'm still riding my 82 BMW R100--what does that say?

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Post by mikeylacroix » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:36 pm

Grahamcombat wrote:Husqvarna FTW!
I'm keen to test out the 401 as a second bike ...Image

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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by mikeylacroix » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:36 pm

abuemily wrote:I'm still riding my 82 BMW R100--what does that say?
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by Grahamcombat » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:35 pm

mikeylacroix wrote:
Grahamcombat wrote:Husqvarna FTW!
I'm keen to test out the 401 as a second bike ...Image
I grew up on a YZ 80, then a couple CR’s, then Honda’s XR500R and a Husky 650. I don’t know anything about paved road bikes.

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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by poppydog » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:04 am

A great bike, although back in the day, my choice was a Suzuki DR 400 (before all the water-cooled types). I'd still have one now if I could, but they go for more than I paid new in 1981. When I raced enduro (on a Kawasaki) a friend of mine put a big four stroke (400cc I think) into a K motocross frame. At the time, there wasn't a four stroke with that kind of racing capability.
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by jeckyll » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:42 am

Poor at everything.

Does everything.

I've had two, they've taken me all over the west coast. Turned one into a 685. I hope kawi does something smart with the replacement, though I doubt the design will last 30+ years.

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RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by JDC222 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:45 am

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I checked one out yesterday, pretty cool bike!
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by CGSshorty » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:13 am

Speaking of old Kawasakis, I saw an old Concours last week. The thing was perfect, like it had been stored in a crate for 20 years or more.
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by Sidheguitarist » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:49 am

CGSshorty wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:13 am
Speaking of old Kawasakis, I saw an old Concours last week. The thing was perfect, like it had been stored in a crate for 20 years or more.
I have a vivid memory of being on my ‘86 VF500F interceptor (the patriotic one) with the speedo pegged at 126-127, going flat out in rural WA state during my college days, and my riding buddy, Tarek, flying by me like I was going 70, sitting totally upright and waving at me with his left hand. He was on an ‘88 Concourse. Those ninja-engined sport-tourers have never been bikes to trifle with. They’re fucking fast for a soft-seat bagger.
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by jeckyll » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:50 am

Chris, the new Concours, while not a classic, hauls! A buddy had one and man...
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Re: RIP Kawasaki KLR650

Post by CGSshorty » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:56 am

The new ones are awesome. I’ve considered buying one that’s a few years old. They’re bulletproof and a real bargain.
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