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View Results: 88 klr 650 too old
will run for another 20years as long as doo is done 28 75.68%
will explode on the way home 4 10.81%
long haul touring a bit optimistic 3 8.11%
perfect for long haul touring 3 8.11%
will end up being more expensive than a new one 3 8.11%
ok for commuter 4 10.81%
good for nothing 2 5.41%
ok for farm hack 4 10.81%
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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'88 Klr 650 too old?

hi everyone im a very new member to adv rider and i need some advice on a klr im looking at.

for aud $2000 theres a 1988 klr650 with 60000kms and new doohickey. heres the url

-if the url doesnt go to the bike i described click 'previous bike' or 'next bike' in the top corners, it should go to the right one.

any advice on what i should look for when inspecting it and what i should ask him on the phone etc. etc.

my main concern is engine reliability so if every one could give me some wondefully biased generalisations about their experiences with old klrs and reliability thatd b great.

im looking to do a round australia trip on whatever bike i do decide on purchasing, ( i really lke this one) maybe with a few modifications this one would be ok? but am i even looking at the right bike. i mean is 20years (older then me) too old?!?!?!

ive been looking at forums for ages and i cant find anything much on old klrs, is that because they just destroy themselves or because theyre so good no one wants to get rid of them?

any current klr owners please feel free to let loose with opinions......
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:22 AM   #2
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i have a 2000 model

it has 100,000 km on it and is fine ,if it,s in good nick no reason why it's not up to the job , ,klr are known for there longevity , ir depends on your budget ,they are pretty much unchanged from 1987 until 2007
my friend is currently riding a 1927 indian from england to sweden ,that is a little older .
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:09 AM   #3
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A great thing about the Gen 1 KLRs is the amount of aftermarket replacement parts and support available from the community.

If the bike isn't burning oil, then it's a simple matter to look the bike over for wear items like chain, sprockets & tires.

Considering it's age, you may need to have the wheels trued up, maybe not.

Plan on changing all the fluids (oil, brake fluid, fork oil).
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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no klr is to old you can use some parts from 88-95 and other parts from 95-97 so is a ok a 88
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:34 PM   #5
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Heck, all the KLRs produced from 86 to 2007 were "old" from the git-go. I have a Y2K that has "only" 34K miles on it. I've ridden the bike all over the US. Only failure has been the fan relay. Cheap and easy to fix. Get/carry a spare.

Have also done the doohickey. Good peace of mind. Oil and filter changes every 2500 miles. Valve adjustments every 10K miles or so. Other than that, tires and gasoline as required.

The 08s have had a nice facelift (think Joan Rivers...EEK!!!), addressing some of the "issues" of the earlier bikes. There are other issues that were reports of excessive oil consumption. A bit of additional weight, also.

If the bike you're looking at has had good maintenance and a caring owner, I'd say go for it. It sure looks nice in the pic.

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Old 07-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #6
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My 89 runs like a charm. Ride it like you hate it.

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Old 07-20-2008, 08:18 PM   #7
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My KLR is a bit newer,a 92 closing in on 28000 miles. I don't think the age really matters, as the bike is basicaly the same from '87 to '07. Join the tribe, you get to laugh at the Bavarian Money Wasters.
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:37 PM   #8
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Some more info would be good to offer advice.

Like is this your first bike?
How much riding experence do you have?
Are you ok with working on your own bike?

If its your first bike then it might be too old and have too many km's on it....the same advice that I was given....and it has worked for me so far...

edit: alsoI agree with my fellow KLR owners they are never that old and ride em till the wheels fall off.....
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:42 PM   #9
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That's more money $ then it's worth, but with care that bike will run forever, and you can replace anything IMO.

97 klr runs like an ox, 90 klr that just sits due to title issues here.

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:16 AM   #10
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ktm 500 lc4

thanks for the replies everyone and to respond to you LiveFast it is not my first bike. ive had a suzuki gf250 for 5months which just blew up. so i spose i dont have much riding experience

no i dont mind wokring on my own bike (i want to!).

HOWEVER forget about the klr everyone cos i rang the guy today and not only would he not budge on the price but he wanted MORE for a rwc in qld when i would have to ge another one here in vic! TOSSER! basically hes asking $3000 aud for an '88 klr650 that has a jumping timing chain, worn tires/pads/suspension and no rego....................good luck mate!

so anyway your probably wondering why the title of this reply is 'ktm 500 lc4'? well ive found this nice little puppy on ebay.

now its got full rego and current rwc ready to go. i know that its probably not very good for long range touring but id love to won a ktm and after all isnt that what riding is all about? not the most practical thing, but the most enjoyable?

so now the question is about this ktm.

could any older ktm owners please step forewrd and meet your destiny.................

btw i think ive posted this question in thumpers, cant remember.
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