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post #1 of 8 Old 12-26-2015, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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1996 KLR 650 Newbe maybe dumb ? lol

I am thinking about picking up a 1996 KLR 650 with 33,000 Mi. But I have no idea how long the engines last?

It does have a Thermo-bob and Eagle Mike doohickey installed. And of course due to the age and use it is a little cosmetically challenged lol. But that is ok as I am sure I will cause more abuse lol.

It does not have saddlebags as I am also sure that I will be looking for a good low buck set for it?

I guess what I am asking is a KLR of this age worth messing with and an initial purchase price of around $1300.00?

This might be off topic a bit but of the 650 thumpers is the KLR the most reliable out there over the other makes?

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-27-2015, 05:06 AM
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Patience, Grasshopper!

As to service life, my riding partner (from Sugar Land) has 65,000 miles on his '08 KLR650.

Inmate pdwestman has more than that on his '87, IIRC.

Many other variables are involved in any given engine's durability/longevity, but . . . the mileage you quote is no deal-breaker, IMHO. The preventive maintenance performed and mechanical condition predict to some extent how long the bike will go before major overhaul.

The fact the owner cared enough to upgrade the doohickey (sound maintenance on bikes of that vintage) and install a Thermo-Bob (for whatever purpose) suggests responsible stewardship.

Price? Check out Kelley Blue Book - New and Used Car Price Values, Expert Car Reviews for an idea of selling prices in your area. Just a guide; the price remains what someone's willing to pay.

If you want to stick your toe into the KLR650 water, this may be a low-budget way to accomplish that objective.
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Settle down meow.

Sounds like a decent bike at a decent price. The only thing is do you want to pay $1300 for it? I Always offer a couple hundred lower just to see their initial reaction. If the pause for a bit then they are considering. Any immediate answer with no thought means they may be offended so offer a bit higher.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-27-2015, 01:57 PM
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1) about 100,000 miles if treated properly though i've heard of a few going farther than that.

2) Age is largely immaterial with a KLR and several prefer the older Gen1s. Read: http://watt-man.com/uploads/KLR_Timeline.pdf and KLR650 FAQ in particular, 1996 is a crossover year with improvements and changes during the production run. Check that you have engine # 32206 or later. Earlier engines are fine too but the balancer sprockets should be upgraded.

3) I believe the KLR is at least as reliable as most of the other 650's. Honda XR's and the Suzuki DR 650 is also very reliable. The KLR has an edge in longevity IMO and there is no bike with easier access to parts...both OEM and aftermarket.

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Thank You DPelletier but I have been trying to reach the person. As for some odd reason it is a real bear. It is almost as if he does not wish to sell the bike.

I will need to find a couple of things for it right off the bat if I purchase and one would be the front fairing and wind shield.
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I think the KLR is the longer lived of the DR650's and XL650's if for no other reason than it's liquid cooled, that helps a lot for lifespan. Plus, it's already got a big tank so you don't have to go out and dump a few hundred bucks to get a bigger one like you would with the other bikes.

Parts are plentiful and usually reasonably priced (except heads!).
As with any big thumper, gotta keep an eagle eye on the oil as some like to sip it.
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