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Old 09-14-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
Glascelt OP
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2002. Ktm 640 Adventure. Value? Good idea for first Dual-Sport?

There is one for sale locally. 26k. $3600.00. Condition looks good. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:28 PM   #2
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There is one for sale locally. 26k. $3600.00. Condition looks good. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I have an '02 Adventure. It's been a great machine but it isn't perfect.

What do you know about it's service history, what farkles?
Any changes?

Ride it to check out the vibes, it should smooth out some around 4200 rpm.

At $3600 it should look good and the tires, chain and sprockets should be solid.

How are your mechanical skills?

Ask about the tool kit and multiple owners manual, parts manual, suspension manuals.

bill
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for response Bill. I know nothing other than pics and. A short description. Mechanically. "good", new battery, 24k kms, excel front rim. Other than that, stock all around. And, im not very mechanical.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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Check out the index, lots of info, there's even a thread specifically about what to look for with a used LC4:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86958

If it's good as a first dual sport? Yes for some, no for others. Give us a run down on your size, riding experience & your definition of dual sport

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Old 09-16-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
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Hi Gcelt,
Ask the owner when the water pump was rebuilt and when the cam followers were changed out. both should have been done at least once.

Unscrew the dip stick and look at the oil, it should be clean.

Be sure to ride the machine say 10-20 miles or more if possible, then look for any leaks.

Probably the steering head bearings should be greased and the swinging arm bolt.

The rear suspension pivot should be tight.

Is there a centerstand and a kickstand?

What about factory tools and books?

Do be mean and demanding, get the story.

Is the seller on this forum?

Do you have your own tools and a work space.

b
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:42 PM   #6
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Sorry for delayed response. Although I passed on bike. Thanks for pointers. I'm keeping those for my search! I have a work space but suck at wrenching anything beyond bolt on. I leave that to the pros.
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
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Check out the index, lots of info, there's even a thread specifically about what to look for with a used LC4:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86958

If it's good as a first dual sport? Yes for some, no for others. Give us a run down on your size, riding experience & your definition of dual sport

Cheers
Clint
Hey Clintz. 6'2, 220 lbs, 34 'inseam. Been looking at big bore Suzuki, Honda. Something about the Yamaha wr250r appeals to me also. Total dirt noob. 70/30 would be my guess as far as road to dirt. I'm not a speed fanatic and ride my Triumph Scrambler pretty conservatively. Dirt roads trails. Power to cruise buzz free at 70 mph would be fine.
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:26 PM   #8
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While you're big enough to handle the 640 ok, you might have more fun & learn better skills on the WRR in the dirt. Especially given you have the Scrambler for more road focussed trips.

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Old 05-18-2015, 01:08 PM   #9
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The 640 makes an excellent dual sport bike. I rode a '97 620 Adventure (nearly the same as a 640) on a 6-month camping trip through Europe, Turkey and North Africa; ending with an amateur rally race in Tunisia where I won a stage on it. No other bike I know of could have both eaten lots of pavement miles and raced through the dunes like that, which is what makes a dual sport in my book.

Much easier to learn off-road on a 640 Adventure than on any multi-cylinder adventure bike or even a KLR. (When you've learned, it will go fast off road too.) Also much easier to ride the Adventure on the pavement than a plated dirt bike.

I have a 2002 for sale now. High miles (38K) and cosmetically not pretty. But it is solid and has the FCR flat slide and some other reasonable modifications, and has a recent top end rebuild. All the usual stuff that goes wrong has been fixed. I just upgraded the bearing behind the clutch. I'll post it soon in the Flea Market for cheap.

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