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post #1 of 31 Old 09-18-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Red Flags for KLR with only 500 miles?

Hey gang,
I am going up later this week to purchase a 2009 KLR with 500 miles on it. A few minutes ago it occured to me, maybe the bike does not have 500 miles on it, maybe it has a lot more. Maybe the odometer says 500 miles, but perhaps that's not "accurate".
Can y'all give me some clues to look for when checking out the bike to see if this is the real deal, or if the seller is a crook?
What should the exhaust look like after 500 miles, tire tread, etc.
Are there any really good red flags that would tell me to walk away?
Thanks a bunch
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Hey gang,
I am going up later this week to purchase a 2009 KLR with 500 miles on it. A few minutes ago it occured to me, maybe the bike does not have 500 miles on it, maybe it has a lot more. Maybe the odometer says 500 miles, but perhaps that's not "accurate".
Can y'all give me some clues to look for when checking out the bike to see if this is the real deal, or if the seller is a crook?
What should the exhaust look like after 500 miles, tire tread, etc.
Are there any really good red flags that would tell me to walk away?
Thanks a bunch
Hmmm... A 2009 with only 500 miles? I'd look it over really closely, that's only like 2 tanks of gas! If the bike truly has only 500 miles it should appear pretty much brand new... I kind of suspect it's probably never had an oil change either if it's only got 500 miles on it. I check it out super close, could be legit, you never know

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Oh! And welcome to the forum . I'm sure some others will chime in with things to look out for as well. But seriously, if it's only got 500 miles on it, it should still look like new... Unless it was stored outside or something, but then I would be raising an eyebrow...

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Tires should tell.

Not unheard of; someone buys a bike, finds out motorcycling's not for them, puts the machine away.

Dealer nearby had one like that, I suppose; maybe 6 years old or so with about 400 miles on the clock . . . apparently parked outside, and it was . . . RED; at least when it was new; need I say more?

Altering odometer mileag is a crime in my state; I'd expect the 500 miles to be genuine; if inaccurate, why tell such a PREPOSTEROUS lie?

The seller should have a plausible explanation for the low mileage.
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+1 with Stew, check it over carefully. Factory Dunlops should still have most of the little spikes on it, they may look brittle due to tire age but I would think most would still be there...

Why is the person selling with only 500miles? Most likely something happened and they are scared to ride or don't want to. Just looking at it from a psych standpoint too...there should be a reason which they should easily share when your talking with them.

You should be able to get a VIN report from the Internet. Might be worth paying the fee if there is one. It'll tell you if bike title is clear and not a rebuilt salvage. Good luck and welcome! Hope it works out great for you.


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I was wondering if you were going pop on Lonerider. Always good advice given.


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yep, he has not changed the oil yet, but it starts up he says, just never got around to riding it. It has been living in his garage (Yea)!
He's an older gent I think and he seems straight up. Told me the shop he bought it from which I looked up and is a pretty big dealer. I am going up Thursday to get it, hopefully.
Its about 3 hours away.
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thanks for the welcomes. I came over from the drz400. Now that that uncomfortable little bike is gone, I'm looking forward to the KLR!
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Look at the rubber on the footpegs. Worn/ not worn? The rubber bit on the shifter as well. I'd look at the oil filter cover and see if there's scratch marks on the screws indicating someone's done one or more filter changes.

If you can, check the sprockets. 500 miles should show very very little wear on the teeth. They should look like new. Tool kit all there/still in
case? Used/unused? Seat wear?

Tires can be replaced, obviously. I don't know what the OEM tires were on the 2009 model, (someone here probably does ) but they shouldn't show wear.

I'd be asking the question of the owner about why so few miles...and...where he bought it and had it serviced. The dealer might be willing to share info with you. I did this on a BMW I bought out of Iowa that had been serviced there.

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Oh, and check the rims for signs (scratches) of tire changes....

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