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post #1 of 16 Old 09-25-2019, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Most miles on a KLR...?

Howdy,

I've heard lots of stories, but knowing the KLR's bullet-proof reputation, I'm wondering...

What are the most miles, per odometer, that members of this community have on their KLRs? (in miles, please!)

For what it's worth, my 2014.5 has 55k miles and still runs strong - but it's just a baby.

Cheers!

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-25-2019, 11:17 AM
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I've heard of ones with more, but Bill's is impressive especially considering the lack of work required; http://watt-man.com/uploads/How_Many_Miles.pdf

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-25-2019, 12:27 PM
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My personal 1987 has 85,000+ miles currently.

It has had one top-end job at 34,000 mile mark due to dust ingestion from an exhaust burn hole in the bottom of air box very early in its life. Caught the burnt hole 1st day of issue even. But once dusted the wear continues.

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post #4 of 16 Old 09-25-2019, 01:18 PM
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This '08 (shown on a ride this month in southern Wyoming):



Just turned true 100,00 miles (speedometer was replaced at 6500 miles under warranty):



(Not MY bike; my riding partner's (from Sugar Land, TX)). Owner LOVES his Thermo-Bob, by the way!

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I wish that your old riding buddy would have ridden another 200 or so miles north.

Would have liked to have met him.

ps, you missed a '0'. (100,00) miles.

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I recently bought a Ď96 Blueberry with 63k on the ODO; it now has 65k on it.

My non-KLR riding buddy gives me grief for 1. Buying a KLR, 2. Buying an old KLR and 3. Buying a KLR with 63k miles on it. He trades in bikes and finances new ones every couple years. That ainít me.

My other Gen 1 has...well, I donít know how many miles it has on it because Iím on my 3rd odometer! The current ODO shows 23k, but Iím guessing itís closer to 50k.

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I recently bought a Ď96 Blueberry with 63k on the ODO; it now has 65k on it.

My non-KLR riding buddy gives me grief for 1. Buying a KLR, 2. Buying an old KLR and 3. Buying a KLR with 63k miles on it. He trades in bikes and finances new ones every couple years. That ainít me.

My other Gen 1 has...well, I donít know how many miles it has on it because Iím on my 3rd odometer! The current ODO shows 23k, but Iím guessing itís closer to 50k.

Ride safe, boys.
Third Odometer?

Do you have a problem with Gravity, Dan?

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Third Odometer?

Do you have a problem with Gravity, Dan?
I kinda do!

Busted up my leg in Baja, and Iíve been known to take the occasional dirt nap.

But the odometers were just bad and I bought newer ones vs fixing them.

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I wish that your old riding buddy would have ridden another 200 or so miles north.

Would have liked to have met him.

ps, you missed a '0'. (100,00) miles.
I'll clue him in, next time he heads west (and north). I know you would enjoy his company, and he likewise would profit from visiting with you.

Thanks for the correction (one ORDER OF MAGNITUDE!). Post edited.

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post #10 of 16 Old 09-26-2019, 12:29 PM
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37K on a 2008. We've only put the last 30 miles on it ourselves. It's had a 685 mod but not sure how many miles ago.
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