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Reviewed by Hondo
May 4, 2007
 

 

Welcome to KLRWorld.com and my review of the 2008 Kawasaki KLR650!

 

My intention today is to provide you with the best review that I as an independent KLR650 enthusiast can do. Please note that this review is completely independent of Kawasaki Motors sponsorship, and was done without any funding.

I dedicate this review to the 10,000+ members of The KLRWorld.com Forums and to the entire KLR650 community. I hope you enjoy it!

First a little background information. In early February 2007, I walked into my local Kawasaki dealer , G-Force Powersports located in Lakewood, Colorado,  hoping that I could talk them into allowing me to use a new 2008 KLR650 for my review.

I met with the Sales Manager, Mr. Jay Lay, and he was all for the idea. Here's Jay with a 2008 & 2007 KLR650-


Jay Lay, G-Force Powersports 

So Jay passed my proposal by the owners of G-Force Powersports, and I was given the go ahead for the review. To say the least, I was pretty jazzed.

Here's the Dealership information for the folks in the Denver area-

G-Force Powersports
7700 W Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214-5422
Phone - (303) 238-4303
Website - http://www.gforcepowersports.com/


G-Force Powersports, Lakewood, Colorado
 

 These are the folks that I need to thank for helping me during the review process- Thank You very much!

Jay Lay - Sales Manager
Brent & Beth Flambures - Owners
Rich Pasco - Service Manager
Julie Akiyama - Parts Manager
Julio - Technician
Ryan - Ride Report Action Photographs

2008 KLR650 Specifications

MSRP - $ 5349.00

Engine
  • Type 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single
Displacement
  • 651 cc
Bore & Stroke
  • 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio
  • 9.8:1
Carburetor
  • Keihin CVK40 w/TPS
Ignition
  • Digital TCBI
Starting
  • Electric with Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release
Transmission
  • 5-Speed
Rake/Trail
  • 28°/4.4 in
Front Wheel Travel
  • 7.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel
  • 7.3 in.
Front Tire Size
  • 90/90-21
Rear Tire Size
  • 130/80-17
Front Suspension
  • 41mm Leading Axle Hydraulic Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension
  • Uni-Trak with 5-Way Adjustable Preload and Stepless Rebound Damping
Wheelbase
  • 58.3 inches
Front Brake Type
  • 280mm Petal Disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear Brake Type
  • 240mm Petal Disc with 2-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity
  • 6.1 gal.
Ground Clearance
  • 8.3 inches 
Seat Height
  • 35.0 inches
Dry Weight
  • 386 pounds
Colors (3)

 

  • Galaxy Silver/Blue 21
  • Galaxy Silver/Sunbeam Red
  • Galaxy Silver/Candy Lime Green
Warranty
  • 12 months

Official 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 information is located HERE.

Official 2007 Kawasaki KLR650 Information is located HERE.



I have organized the review into 6 sections-

  1. Assembly
  2. Physical Inspection
  3. Comparisons
  4. Ride Report
  5. Conclusion
  6. Photographs

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