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Old 04-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #31
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Bargining- Sellers will often post in their ad if they are willing to make a deal. If it says "Or Best Offer" (OBO), then YES. If it says price is frim, then no. If they do not state yes or no, then you can ask or try. Best to nagoitate the price before hand via e-mail so that there are no surprises. This esspecially coming from someone so far away.

Price varies greatly on area. THe metropolitan areas seem to have higher prices. For example my bike will sell for $1500 here in RENO Tahoe. But will sell for at least $2K in San Fransico Area. Sure $500 is not that much money, but it is 25%.

Don't forget about resale. I am sure that you will be able to recoupe most of your money when you leave.

Finally. Not sure about condition. But Generally you get a nicer bike the more you pay. I would try to get something that is farkled out with bags but still a garage queen, that was not battle tested with tons of hard miles.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #32
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This appears a good value, and Vermont is an easy state to buy/sell/register bikes. I could help you out on that end.

No affiliation with the seller, never seen the bike.

http://burlington.craigslist.org/mcy/3726375193.html
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:10 PM   #33
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Thanks a lot, guys ! I hope I'll be on the road in a couple of weeks max. My flight is on Monday. I'll see the sights in DC, find my ride and fly there.

Bigdon, I sure like the look of your KLR. That's what an adventure bike is supposed to look like ! But since it will be a short stay, I think I should get something that will be easier to sell to the average guy having his mid-life crisis though :).

Canuman, I am going to have a look, thanks for the tip. I am waiting for replies to emails I have sent.

Mr Pullman, thanks for the info. Bargaining is very cultural and I don't want to put my foot in it.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:52 PM   #34
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Is a 2009 a safe one to buy or do some of them still have the oil burning issue? There is a nice one near me.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #35
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In my experience, all KLRs will burn oil if flogged at high speed on the slab above 5500 rpm. Most other singles will also. That being said, the issue with the KLR was from a weak oil ring and a few other items in the 2008. The issues appear to have been resolved in the 2009.

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Old 04-14-2013, 05:58 AM   #36
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[QUOTE=Canuman;21180764]In my experience, all KLRs will burn oil if flogged at high speed on the slab above 5500 rpm. /QUOTE]

Go 685 and it will not!
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:18 AM   #37
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Let me rephrase -- stock KLRs will burn oil if flogged on the slab. It's unlikely to find a 685 as a "bargain bike," however.

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:09 AM   #38
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The owner's manual of my GS says "oil consumption of up to 1 litre / 1000 km is normal". So even if the KLR burns some oil, everything is relative :).
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yeah, just closed a deal. It's the one Keithert mentioned. I was in touch with the owner. Now I have to fly there, get it, and start having fun. Thanks a lot to everybody for the help :).
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #40
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Congratulations for owning one of the -- um -- most moderate bikes on the planet!

Stop on by if you're through this way!

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yeah, just closed a deal. It's the one Keithert mentioned. I was in touch with the owner. Now I have to fly there, get it, and start having fun. Thanks a lot to everybody for the help :).
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:49 PM   #41
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It's in the eyes of the beholder. Compared to an Enfield, a KLR looks like a KTM !
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I have an '07, and I love it for its moderation!

Besides, I think it's quite good-looking, in a rough way.



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It's in the eyes of the beholder. Compared to an Enfield, a KLR looks like a KTM !
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:36 PM   #43
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Keep an eye on the oil. a full system of 2.5L will cover the sight glass when you pull the bike upright... slightly before you hit level. you want to check it every fill up, at least until you know the bike. some 09s were oilers as well as the 08s
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yeah, just closed a deal. It's the one Keithert mentioned. I was in touch with the owner. Now I have to fly there, get it, and start having fun. Thanks a lot to everybody for the help :).
Glad I could be of assistance! I'm about 45 minutes from the seller. Let me know if you have time to meet up when you are here.
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The owner's manual of my GS says "oil consumption of up to 1 litre / 1000 km is normal". So even if the KLR burns some oil, everything is relative :).
That is a CYA for BMW. The boxer motors seem to use a little up until about 16k miles and then it levels off. Larger tolernaces due to the air/oil cooled motors. My 05 R uses about 1/4 qt in 4+ K of hard riding and has now for 50K +

Glad you have found some wheels. Enjoy your travels!
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