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post #1 of 4 Old 10-20-2013, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at the KLR for next summer

Hello from the south shore of Montreal, I'm new to this forum but have been on 2 wheels for over 40 years starting my "career" with a 1971 90cc Suzuki Honcho followed by few different bikes... I'm now riding a 2007 Honda ST1300.

I'm looking to buy a lighter more versatile bike (keeping the ST for long rides) to ride in summer heat (too hot on the ST) and explore country gravel roads in my area. I think the KLR is what I need. What I don't know, and your help is needed here, is what what to look for when buying used i.e. mechanical defects and weaknesses, recalls etc. Also, what are the interesting accessories/farkles I should look for/consider when buying used?


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post #2 of 4 Old 10-21-2013, 09:21 AM
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Can you consider a NEW KLR? Looks like Quebec dealers can get you a new one for well under $6k.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-21-2013, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Can you consider a NEW KLR? Looks like Quebec dealers can get you a new one for well under $6k.
klrophile, well under $6k is what they makes you think. You have to add preparation & transport $500-600 and then 2 levels of tax for a total of around $7k. It is still an option but I'm also looking for a used one.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-22-2013, 05:05 PM
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i think you have made a great choice in loking at the klr for what it sounds like you want to do with it. one thing that is a must is what is known as the doohickey, do a search and you will get all the info you need on it. order anything for it from eagle mike.

other than that any upgrades or farkles is up to you and what you would like to do with the bike. crash bars and upgraded skid plate is always a good idea. better brush guards too for your hands depending how much through the woods you will be doing. but other than that keep oil in it and ride the pis out of it. hard to kil these bikes. havent been much change in them other than asthetics in 30 yrs. motor is practically the same. parts are cheap and it is very easy to work on.

hope this helps. good luck.
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