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Motorcycle Road Tests Index for 2008 Kawasaki KLR650

Gives motorcycle road tests that appeared in major motorcycle magazines or electronic magazines for the 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle model.

Magazine Articles:

Cycle World -- November 2007, page 80 -- 2008 Kawasaki KLR650: Born-again adventure-bike

    "The dual-counterbalancer-equipped, liquid cooled, dohc, four-valve, 651cc Single got in on the game too. It boasts revised cam timing, new intake porting, a digital ignition, thinner piston rings, a slimmer radiator with additional cooling area, and a one-piece stainless-steel header pipe with smoother, flow-enhancing bends. Fuel is still delivered to the combustion chamber via carburetor, a 40mm Keihin fitted with a handlebar-mounted choke. The matte-black muffler has a U.S. Forestry Service-approved spark arrestor." -- Matthew Miles, Managing Editor

MCN -- July 2007, page 12 -- Kawasaki's '08 KLR 650

    "Because a low price was judged so important to its continued success, the 2008 model hasn't entirely been made state-of-the-art, but more like pushed a decade forward, perhaps halfway there: New bodywork, revised suspension, more powerful brakes and a few long-overdue motor updates to bring the aging powerplant into compliance with the latest EPA regulations. It still resides on the same skinny dual-purpose Dunlop K750s." -- Dave Searle, Editor-in-Chief

Motorcyclist -- August 2007, page 66 -- Big Bang Theory

    "The latest iteration is a bit easier to throw a leg over, with a view from the bridge that's more aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing. The new fairing makes the new bike easier to look at while making a home for the new dual headlights. To keep them lit, alternator output jumps from 14.5 to 17 amps. That means 36 watts of juice on tap to heat up the his-and-hers electric vest combo. Switchgear is refreshingly conventional, and comfortably broad levers replace those excruciatingly skinny ones. Firmer urethane keeps one's gluteus from taking on a permanent impression of the seat pan." -- Tim Carrithers, Executive Editor

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