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post #1 of 44 Old 05-26-2014, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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Leak from engine.

I've been looking for a KLR for a while and I'm waiting for the right one to come around. I'm even considering to buy new and pay it off, but I wouldn't be able to put on any farkles for a long time.

When I went to see this KLR, there were a few things that I noticed were off and ended up walking away because the seller would not drop the price.

One of the things that I noticed was what looked like a leak coming from the engine. It looked dark, kind of like a maroon or dark maroon color coming out of a hole. You could tell some of it was coming out and when I rubbed my finger over it, it wouldn't come off. What could it be?

The guy in the picture is pointing directly to where it had the hardened liquid.
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When I went to see this KLR, there were a few things that I noticed were off and ended up walking away because the seller would not drop the price.
Same thing; went to the post office to mail a letter; clerk would not budge on the asking price for stamps; I walked away, also.

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Same thing; went to the post office to mail a letter; clerk would not budge on the asking price for stamps; I walked away, also.

The equivalent would be if you went in and he told you about how some places don't accept these stamps and you're letter may or may not make it to its destination, but demanded the same price as a new stamp that worked everywhere.
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That hole is the drain port for the spark plug well.
So all the dirt/crud/oil leak/other junk up under the tank that collects in the cylinder head there, drains out of there when any water get up there.

It would require pulling the tank off to get a full inspection of what's in the head area.

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That hole is the drain port for the spark plug well.
So all the dirt/crud/oil leak/other junk up under the tank that collects in the cylinder head there, drains out of there when any water get up there.

It would require pulling the tank off to get a full inspection of what's in the head area.
When you pull off the tank, what do you look for exactly? Just any mud or other crud? Would someone that doesn't know much about motorcycle mechanics be able to find a problem, or would it be better to check it out professionally?
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It's just a weep hole to let water and crud out of the spark plug cavity. A good thing to remember, blow the debris out of this area before removing plug. I would not surprise me if someone that had no idea it was there for a purpose tried to fill it. Red hardened liquid? Sounds like thread-lock....
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Just keep looking, Goldwing. I looked long and hard for the right KLR at the right price. Kawasaki made and sold a whole lot of KLR's over the years. Look at how organized the garage is of the guy selling it. That's a really good insight into how he takes care of his stuff. Check the oil in the bike first thing and see if it's clean. If the oil is filthy and obviously never gets changed regularly walk away and don't look back. Also when negotiating for the bike you want have the cash on you and make sure he sees it before you walk away. I've had guys turn down offers I've made before on items and once I pulled that rubber band wrapped wad of cash out of my pocket and asked them "Are you sure?" about half of them come back to the table if not take my offer in the end.
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It's just a weep hole to let water and crud out of the spark plug cavity. A good thing to remember, blow the debris out of this area before removing plug. I would not surprise me if someone that had no idea it was there for a purpose tried to fill it. Red hardened liquid? Sounds like thread-lock....
I hope not. I was thinking of going out there and giving it a second look, but it doesn't fully sit well with me.
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Just keep looking, Goldwing. I looked long and hard for the right KLR at the right price. Kawasaki made and sold a whole lot of KLR's over the years. Look at how organized the garage is of the guy selling it. That's a really good insight into how he takes care of his stuff. Check the oil in the bike first thing and see if it's clean. If the oil is filthy and obviously never gets changed regularly walk away and don't look back. Also when negotiating for the bike you want have the cash on you and make sure he sees it before you walk away. I've had guys turn down offers I've made before on items and once I pulled that rubber band wrapped wad of cash out of my pocket and asked them "Are you sure?" about half of them come back to the table if not take my offer in the end.
He was stuck at 2,500. I brought 2,200 because that was my cap at the time I went to see it. Now I have a bit more wiggle room on price. Overall the bike didn't look bad. Paint was faded. Guy told me it would need a new battery probably new tires. Oil looked clean and the gas tank was pristine. The rear brakes seemed weak. They didn't activate until my foot was way down there.

The other thing that concerned me was a squeal/squeak around the 3,500 to 4,000 rpm. I couldn't place where it was coming from. I mainly heard it in first and second gear, not sure about the rest. I couldn't tell if it was the brakes or if it was internal, but considering the fact that it happened at a certain RPM, I'm assuming it had to be engine related. It wasn't a rattle and there was a small loss of power as well. Guy still wouldn't budge.

His garage was disorganized. Gravel floor, no garage door, stuff was thrown around and kind of just left where it was at. He had 3-4 cars in the driveway, but has a tiny house. He said he bought a Harley and that's why he's selling the KLR, but I didn't see a Harley anywhere.
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I'm not sure what to make of the 'is his garage organized?' advice. My garage always looks in shambles because I'm always working on one bike or another but I would say for the most part I have my $%^ together.

I take pretty good mechanical care of my bikes. More time spent keeping the bike in order than my garage.
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