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Old 05-16-2007, 12:36 PM   #81
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Default Re: quickly! to the milk-crate-mobile!

Like many other products, the Japanese dump bikes in the US market for thousands less than they sell for elsewhere. In Europe they price much closer to the "premium" brands like BMW or Ducati.



Good for US consumers, bad for US manufacturers



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Old 05-16-2007, 02:45 PM   #82
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Default Re: Riding With the Winds of Change: The 2008 KLR

I would have preferred the abililty to run tubless tires. If you want tubes, fine, but if you don't it would have been nice to have it offered.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:49 PM   #83
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Whiz on that I didn't say 1200GS while you're at it!



As far as having to actually purchase a certain kind of Motorcycle if I want to ride it whenever... I'm still getting used to that idea.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:50 PM   #84
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Default Re: Riding With the Winds of Change: The 2008 KLR

Whiz on that I didn't say 1200GS while you're at it!



As far as having to actually purchase a certain kind of Motorcycle if I want to ride it whenever... I'm still getting used to that idea.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:53 PM   #85
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The Dreaded Double Post! I knew I hit it but it wouldn't return without that second pop.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:55 PM   #86
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The Dreaded Double Post! I knew I hit it but it wouldn't return without that second pop.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:14 PM   #87
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Default Re: Riding With the Winds of Change: The 2008 KLR

It's just a tube of silicone-sealant away............
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:14 PM   #88
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It's just a tube of silicone-sealant away............
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Old 05-18-2007, 10:24 AM   #89
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Default Re: Riding With the Winds of Change: The 2008 KLR

Hi all,



Hmm. I'm on bike #4; a Kawi Super Sherpa.



I'm gonna' get one of these. The front fender is ugly as all get out...but it looks as though Kawasaki has finally hit the nail on the head mechanically.



Nothing quite like zipping down a back road and turning off on to a dirt road



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Old 05-22-2007, 02:06 PM   #90
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Default Re: Riding With the Winds of Change: The 2008 KLR

Bob, your little Sherpa has one of the sweetest 6-speeds in all of motorcycling. You'll miss that when you switch to the KLR. So far, the only big dual sport with a wide ratio 6-speed is the Husqvarna TE610. The gear spread on the KTM E/XCs is much narrower, not much better than the 5-speed KLR.



The current champion of gearing versatility is the Yamaha XT225. Of the big Japanese dual sports, the Honda XR650L has the widest range. Some would argue it has the buzziest engine so needs the spread, but it comes geared lower than the KLR or DR. Hard to evaluate without swapping sprockets to match top gear ratios.
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