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post #1 of 26 Old 02-19-2016, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Need solid advice...will be forever thankful.

Hi everyone. This is my first post here and I'm a bike newb.

I took a motorcycle course at the end of last summer and got my motorcycle license in Canada. Winter came before I could buy my first bike. This sucks, but it also allowed me to look at every single bike on the market known to humanity, new, used, custom, with an open mind. I've gone to motorcycle shows, checked out ads on the classifieds and went to dealerships but have yet to pull the trigger on buying anything.

I've finally settled on what I think I want as a first bike, as the snow starts to melt, and that's the KLR650. I've heard rave reviews about it being easy on a beginner that won't get old within a few months. It's good for riding on dirt while equally as good on the highway. I hope I never drop a bike, but if I do it's not the end of the world with a KLR.

I've been looking for new/used in the Calgary Canada area for over a month now, and I can't find any decent deals used. I'm thinking about buying new, the choice being 2015 versus 2016, a $1000CAD difference.

The 2015 KLR650 is only $6000 and I've called around to 4 dealerships, got them all to match the lowest price after PDI/Doc fees etc. Is there any reason why I shouldn't buy the 2015 KLR for $6000? The 2016 is $7000.
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post #2 of 26 Old 02-19-2016, 07:50 PM
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But the 15' for the savings, I did. Plus I liked the paint better on the 15' models.
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post #3 of 26 Old 02-19-2016, 08:10 PM
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Hi everyone. This is my first post here and I'm a bike newb.

Is there any reason why I shouldn't buy the 2015 KLR for $6000? The 2016 is $7000.
No, there is not!
I am a 'dealer'. "sshhh, mums the word, please". I suggest you should buy something else, for a couple of months. Why?

You are going to Drop IT!

In fact I will suggest that you purchase the cheapest, used POS dirt bike that you can find that still runs, with a 35 inch seat height as Soon AS Possible!
Ride it Now, while it is still snowy, muddy and ugly riding. Get used to slipping, sliding and falling down!
In other words, "get your sea-legs under ya'". Get some riding experience.
One can always re-sell a POS dirt bike if it still runs when you are done learning.

My motto, "Dirt Riders make better Street Riders. Motorcycle Riders make better Car Drivers!"
And I still occasionally fall down! Sometimes at a 'dead stop'!

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post #4 of 26 Old 02-19-2016, 08:17 PM
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...uh, yes, well, even the KLR650 will get "old". Mine got old. I still love it though. It's still just as much fun as the day I bought it. Never is a long time, but I'll probably never get rid of it.
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Actually that's good advice as you will almost certainly fall down, especially if you don't have much (or any) motorcycle experience other than taking the course. It's much easier on the mind and the pocketbook to drop an older, experienced bike vs a brand new shiny one!

And to answer your question, there is absolutely no reason to buy the 16 over the 15 if you're saving $1K. Other than color schemes the bikes are identical. They are kind of top heavy beasties for real serious off roading, but do just fine on hard packed trails and dirt roads. Swiss army bike, does a little of everything .
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post #6 of 26 Old 02-19-2016, 08:36 PM
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You are going to Drop IT!

In fact I will suggest that you purchase the cheapest, used POS dirt bike that you can find that still runs, with a 35 inch seat height as Soon AS Possible!
Ride it Now, while it is still snowy, muddy and ugly riding. Get used to slipping, sliding and falling down!
In other words, "get your sea-legs under ya'". Get some riding experience.
One can always re-sell a POS dirt bike if it still runs when you are done learning.

My motto, "Dirt Riders make better Street Riders. Motorcycle Riders make better Car Drivers!"
And I still occasionally fall down! Sometimes at a 'dead stop'!

I have to fully agree. Especially the part about "Dirt Riders make better Street Riders. Motorcycle Riders make better Car Drivers!"

This might be old thinking but then again I am now considered old lol. But even if it is old it does not make it wrong.
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I DISAGREE!!!!!!!!!!

Respecting the opinion, thoughtfully formed and offered in good faith, but . . . so the rider will drop the bike. So what???????

The Generation 2 KLR650 will profit from crash bars (nerfs), protecting plastic, tank, and radiator, but . . . what's a few scratches/cracks/etc.? Basically, they add character to the machine, one might say.

And . . . dropping bikes is part of motorcycling, at least it has been, and is still today, after many, many decades of riding in my own experience.

So, I'd say . . . get that 2015 KLR650 (if you're going to keep it a while, the condition will be more important in determining resale than the $ 1000 model year premium). That first scratch may be painful, but . . . will witness some learning and skill development.

Dirt bikes and dual-sport bikes WILL get dropped; get in the game and deal with it.

Welcome, and best wishes with your new bike!

Again, respect the contrary opinion offered in good faith and to the purpose of your best interest, but . . . I disagree!
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Dirt bikes and dual-sport bikes WILL get dropped; get in the game and deal with it.

Welcome, and best wishes with your new bike!

Again, respect the contrary opinion offered in good faith and to the purpose of your best interest, but . . . I disagree!
Damocles,
ENOUGH Said! Thank You!

You disagree with WHAT part of my suggestion and WHY?

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Welcome mcrackin.

The reason drops are an important consideration with the KLR is that the bike, laying/falling on its left side, would be entirely supported by the radiator and fan. I linked a picture below so you can see it with the side cover off. New or used, I'd take this particular issue seriously as replacing those two items with factory parts is over $1,200, just in parts!

The good news is that there are a bunch of guards available to cover that exposure and for as low as $US160.

The KLR is a cool bike. I'm having a ton 'o fun with it. Good luck!

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Damocles,
ENOUGH Said! Thank You!

You disagree with WHAT part of my suggestion and WHY?
I disagree with the advice (as I understood it), NOT to buy a new 2015/2016 KLR650 because, you predicted, the OP will DROP IT.

My alternative advice: Buy a new bike and drop it anyway; drops are part of motorcycling. I recommended crash guards/nerfs to protect tank/fan/radiator/plastic.

Surely, YMMV; no offense intended.
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