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Old 02-10-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Question for the KLR owners

Is this a good deal if I could pick it up for $3k, are the miles high ect?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/mcy/3601764024.html
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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I'd offer $2750. Good price for an A KLR, which in my opinion is THE KLR. If yo can verify the farkles, it's a nice deal.

Not many miles at all, if it's been taken care of.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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Last year for Japanese built KLR's was 2000,,after that, they moved the operations.
The mileage is nothing on this bike,and generally, don't worry about mileage on any well maintained KLR,, price seems just a bit high to me, but knock 500 off the asking,,and it looks sweet.
If the mileage thing concerns you,, be aware that the Schnitz racing 685 piston kit and upgrade can be done very cheaply,,so you can buy an older high mileage KLR, drop a few hunnert for the kit and machine work, and have a better working platform to begin the next 60,000 miles of use and abuse.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:04 PM   #4
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Is this a good deal if I could pick it up for $3k, are the miles high ect?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/mcy/3601764024.html
Dude,,why don't you just take mine for a ride,, or the one that TBlume has, and decide if that's what you really want/need. ave you spent any time on a KLR?

how tall, and how hefty are you?
got long legs?

if not,, a better bike than the KLR is the DR650 for normal sized people.
reliability is on par,, performance is a step or two better, you will reduce your carrying capacity. but has better suspension, braking, and shifting.
When I was in the gooey mud on my 12GS,,I've wished I was on the KLR in some instances,, but,, I wished I had the KLX 250 instead of the KLR in other (like snow) episodes.
what you want from the bike is paramount,,if you can fit on one,,ride the Suziku on the same day youe test the klllr,,just my two scents,
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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If you'd like to ride a KLR and a DR back to back I have both- just sayin...

That sounds like a good deal though- if you've ridden the KLR you know the weak points, but the basic platform is well supported in the aftermarket (procycle for starters) as is the later DR

Search is your friend- the "what's better: KLR/DR/XRL?" threads are multiple.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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This is a way better deal, even at his asking price. That thing's ready to roll.
http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/mcy/3599818542.html
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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Like i suggested

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:12 PM   #8
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I heard that this was a good deal
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #9
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I like the gen. one KLR's, really I do.

But for $3000+, you are so close to being able to score a gen. two.

Friend of mine traded his 2009 in last fall, I think they gave him $3,300- I would check around or make a lower offer.

Take those guys up on some test drives as well. They have wisdom!

If you hold out for a 2nd gen KLR, get a 2009 or newer.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:27 PM   #10
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I have spent a few hours riding one and really enjoyed it. I am 5'10" 260lbs so the Xl600 I have now is a little small for me especially on the longer rides. I spend most of my time on the pavement but hit up a gravel/logging road now and then.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #11
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Sounds like you are headed for the KLR. They will run for ever and take a beating. Personally I like the Gen 1 models due to the parts availability and they look more like a motorcycle and not like one of those new scooters. ----- 99% of the time the local Napa store will get you back on the road if you are broke down somewhere out in the middle of a corn field.

The deal on the red one looks good to me if the price was about 700 less. Add some goodies and ride it--ride it--ride it ! The KLR is like a Mule----Get to know it and they will pack what ever you can put on them and not complain !
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #12
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So what is wrong with the 2008 models
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:44 PM   #13
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08+ are more street oriented vs the 2007 and older. They have more plusses though. Better forks, better lights, better stator, bigger fairing for wind protection (also a negative when offroad), arguable better performance when stock, updated doo-hicky and a few more things.

If you want it for a more road/gravel oriented adventures they are just fine. You don't want to make a habit of dropping them with all that extra plastic up there.

If your adventures will have more jeep tracks, and off-road adventuring then the 07 or older are better suited. If for no other reason then they are more crashable. Personally I'd get as close to 07 you can get if you want the more dirty version KLR, otherwise the 09's and on are just fine.

Some of the 08's are oil burners due to some crappy rings. Can be fixed, can also take it to a 705cc and really up the game.

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Old 02-12-2013, 06:06 AM   #14
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IMHO, $3500 is a little steep for that year, but only 13,000 miles and it's a nice one... Hmmm. I'd buy it, but I'd probably see if I could get the price to $3000 (or $2750). Looks like it's in great shape and largely pre-farkled.


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Old 02-12-2013, 08:18 AM   #15
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I have spent a few hours riding one and really enjoyed it. I am 5'10" 260lbs so the Xl600 I have now is a little small for me especially on the longer rides. I spend most of my time on the pavement but hit up a gravel/logging road now and then.
I did that exact same transition, and I even lived about where you live at the time.
I recommend that you skip the KLR and go straight to the V-Strom or something like it, and keep the XL600 for the dirty roads. I was disappointed with the KLR from minute one, and it's taken me four years to get around to dealing with it.

You know what, I take all that back. KLRs are awesome, you should buy mine
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