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Old 12-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
zozie OP
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KLR250 anyone?

A 1996 just showed up online in my neighborhood. It's got 25.000Kms, seems to be in good shape from the pic. Asking $1600. Thinking of going to get it. I always wanted a small thumper for the winter

What should I look for before buying?
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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A 1996 just showed up online in my neighborhood. It's got 25.000Kms, seems to be in good shape from the pic. Asking $1600. Thinking of going to get it. I always wanted a small thumper for the winter

What should I look for before buying?
Nothing special, beyond any used bike, IMHO.

You might consider having this post/thread moved to http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...340288&page=54
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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A 1996 just showed up online in my neighborhood. It's got 25.000Kms, seems to be in good shape from the pic. Asking $1600. Thinking of going to get it. I always wanted a small thumper for the winter
Keep in mind it is basically an early 80s model. Try before you buy to ensure it is what you expect.

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What should I look for before buying?
In no particular order:
  • Water pump leaks: weep hole, drain hole
  • Oil drain bolt leaks
  • All plastics there and work
  • Turn signals there
  • Kicks over with good compression
  • Tool pouch behind seat
  • Fork leaks
  • Spokes tight and present, not loose
  • Nothing obvious missing
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #4
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Lots of fun. Currently my ride. I've taken several 500 mile adventure rides and two 1200 mie rides with it loaded with gear. I have also used it for single track.

One you look at:
The one KLR250 killer I know of is tight valves. If the p.o. has checked the valves at least a few times early in the bike's life, it's likely ok. If you buy it, check the valves immediately. It's easy to do.

Price:
I dont know km's or prices where you are. I'd likely want to pay $1200 USD. YMMV

If you buy it, I and others here can be a good resource for you. Feel free to pm your questions.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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I have a 93 and i would watch out for the rear shock being shot. There are no replacements and you cant rebuild them. Mine is shot and the bike sags 3-4 inches when i sit on it. Other wise look out for the normal water pump and so on. I rode mine 6000 miles this past summer with no issues besides the rear shock going. I do my valves every 3000 miles as well and the bike has been awesome to me. Very reliable and fun as long as you do not want to go fast.

best of luck
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:10 AM   #6
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put it towards a new Husqvarna or a Yammy Wr250r.

Just my opinion.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:11 AM   #7
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put it towards a new Husqvarna or a Yammy Wr250r.

Just my opinion.
Please share the basis of your opinion, Unstable Rider! Do you have KLR250 experience?

You suggest some capable machines, but at four to five times the cost of the bike the OP's considering.

I've found the KLR250 a serviceable and versatile dual-sport motorcycle; reliable and durable. Probably won't win any drag races or flying-mile contests with the alternates you suggest, but mine can keep up with Interstate traffic (though flogged, to be sure), and proves more capable off-road than I.

I appreciate the features (electric start, fuel injection, superior suspension, etc.) of the latter-day 250's, but the KLR250 might fulfill the OP's present requrements within his current budget. Wouldn't arbitrarily turn him away from a KLR250 and toward a new Husky or WR250R without some relevant information and qualification.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:14 AM   #8
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I concur

Well said. I have two KLR250s, and I love them both. Good little capable dualsports. Cheap, rugged and reliable, in my book. Not super fast or powerfull, but not seven grand either.
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