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post #31 of 37 Old 11-20-2019, 01:59 PM
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Dave, I appreciate your perspective and it is in parallel with my assessment of this bike and KLR in general. This will be my first KLR, but the third bike. I have BMW and Honda road bikes and an XT225 dirt bike. I am looking for one more to fit between the small single track XT and the only pavement R1100S.

I will look for the tell-tales you mentioned. I hope it is as mint as advertised.

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post #32 of 37 Old 11-26-2019, 07:23 PM
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Well, I did not buy this KLR. Turned out to be one of those "too good to be true" scenarios. Yes the '06 had 1771 miles ... but original tires (worn and dry rot), many fasteners missing, mis-matched fasteners (one piece of plastic held on by twist-ties ... like the ones you close a bread bag with), faded plastic, one key, no tools or any other documentation, petcock didn't work (ran it for 10 minutes in the off position ... this one puzzled me), and many other tell-tales that it had not been maintained/treated properly. I offered $2300 and was told that it was $2800 firm. I drove away.

But, on the bright side ... I did take a nice little test drive and love the KLR (first time riding one). Felt like a big dirt bike. So I am still KLR shopping ...
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post #33 of 37 Old 11-27-2019, 11:36 AM
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keep looking, you'll find a good one.

Cheers,
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post #34 of 37 Old 11-27-2019, 05:25 PM
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You were magnanimous in an offer of $2300!
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post #35 of 37 Old 11-27-2019, 08:01 PM
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I thought so. Anyway ... I have just committed on a 2014 for $2400. Interesting history on this bike. I rode with a friend and two of his friends in the Shenandoah 500 this fall (300 mile dual sport ride in the mountains of VA and WVA). I was on my little XT225. One of the friends was on this KLR650, so I have seen this bike perform on some pretty tough trails. It did take a spill, so there is a little damage, but many other extras to compensate. 22K miles, but most of them commuting. The last 500 were the tough ones. I am pumped. Hopefully pick it up this weekend.
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post #36 of 37 Old 11-28-2019, 06:40 PM
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Sounds like a great ride, love that area of the country. And a spill on a KLR, some damage...street cred. First time I rode off road with mine I dumped it a few times, and we've been down on several more occasions. That's the beauty of the beast..who cares? Enjoy!
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post #37 of 37 Old 11-30-2019, 07:23 PM
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Starting a new thread in introductions ... yes, I now own a KLR.
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