The 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 is a funky machine. Whether or not it’s for you depends on how you like to boogie. Check out our 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 First Ride
- 2008 Kawasaki KLR650
- Changes to the 2008 KLR650 make the bike better off-road. We’re not suggesting racing Baja with this baby, but it will certainly get by on gravel and dirt roads.
- The shorter, stiffer fork make a big difference in handling on the front end.
- The new windscreen, fairing and handguards help keep your extremities from the weather.
- It’s possible to get the front end up if you put your head down and get to work.
- This is definitely a big bike to start swapping around on loose gravel hillclimbs. Keep that in mind when you’re out looking for off-road trouble.
- The big Kawi is actually pretty nimble when it needs to be. It just takes a persuasive rider to make things happen.
- We didn’t’ think the Red was very slimming, but that’s just our opinion.
- Kawasaki’s new triple-threat to the dual-sport market has plenty of features we like to see, even on a so-called dirt bike.
- The exhaust on this bike is enormous. There’s weight to be saved there.
- This machine has had a strong following throughout the years. Whether or not it remains the best-selling dual-sport remains to be seen.
- Standing on the KLR is uncomfortable with low bars and a wide tank.
- Five different preload settings on the shock can help keep the rear end from waggling through corners.
- There's plenty of room on the KLR for a passenger or a load of cargo.
- This is exactly the kind of off-roading we like to do on the KLR.
- The luggage capacity has been expanded to entice longer adventure touring-type usage.
- California’s coast makes for a terrific ride on the KLR with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.