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post #1 of 7 Old 05-10-2013, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,
I'm a soon to be owner of a KLR650. Just waiting for the funds to clear and then I'll be hoping the one's I've been eyeing on craigslist are still available. I've got a 01' ZR-7s that I'll be selling once I get the new bike all legalized. I'm pretty stoked about having a dual sport bike again. I sold my 83' XL650 back in 97' and haven't been off the pavement since then.
I've read a few things that have me on the fence about buying a pre or post 2008 bike. I don't like electrical problems, so I need to read up about the wire harness. If anyone can ease these fears please do.
Well, I hope to learn all about the KLR here and look forward to a great summer in the mountains this year.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-10-2013, 10:19 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Ton's of info here on the gen 1's and gen 2's. Your choice would depend mainly on your primary usage. If you're looking for a bike mainly for dirt use I would suggest the gen 1 as it's lighter and the plastics are more "durable" for the occasional drop. If your mainly looking for something for street use with some gravel road or fire road riding the additional wind protection of the gen 2 might be a better choice. Whichever you do choose, you'll love it!
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Thanks, I'm mostly gonna commute during the week and then fish and camp on the weekends. I've seen a few 08s with baggage in my price range so I'll probably go that direction.
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Welcome, if you ever get to the Silverton or Durango area let me know.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-11-2013, 03:52 PM
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as far as the wiring harness goes there is one or two spots where wires get rubbed from tanks being pulled off and on that sort of thing, very easy fix with a zip strip but it's not going to get messed up at random. i have had my 09 since the spring of 10 and i am about to roll 20k miles, one major crash and it still keeps kicking with minimal maitnenace. they are cheap to run and fix and they can go just about anywhere, i have taken mine to the top of 2 14'rs in co crossed rivers gone up mountains ridden dirt single track, gone through forests, through the desert blow sand. you cannot kill em. KLR FUN
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-14-2013, 09:57 PM
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welcome im in Fountain CO myself and ride a 2012 ive taken mine everywhere and I love it ...Im riding mine to Alaska on the 31st its a fun do all if your not in a big hurry ..

watch out for sub frame bolts and foot peg bolts more than id worry about electrical harness ..blue Loctite is your friend !!
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-15-2013, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome, if you ever get to the Silverton or Durango area let me know.
Thanks. I've been through there on 18 wheels a few times and would love to see it on 2 wheels some day.

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as far as the wiring harness goes there is one or two spots where wires get rubbed from tanks being pulled off and on that sort of thing, very easy fix with a zip strip but it's not going to get messed up at random. i have had my 09 since the spring of 10 and i am about to roll 20k miles, one major crash and it still keeps kicking with minimal maitnenace. they are cheap to run and fix and they can go just about anywhere, i have taken mine to the top of 2 14'rs in co crossed rivers gone up mountains ridden dirt single track, gone through forests, through the desert blow sand. you cannot kill em. KLR FUN
Good info there. I thought the harness wear was from regular use and vibrations. Thanks!

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welcome im in Fountain CO myself and ride a 2012 ive taken mine everywhere and I love it ...Im riding mine to Alaska on the 31st its a fun do all if your not in a big hurry ..

watch out for sub frame bolts and foot peg bolts more than id worry about electrical harness ..blue Loctite is your friend !!
Thanks, when I find one I'll look it over with a tube of the blue.


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