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post #1 of 9 Old 01-27-2014, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everybody, I have a couple questions. 1st- I do not have a KLR, so I am learning right now. 2nd- A friend at work is selling his 2001 klr650 for a price I can afford. 3rd- What are the things that I need to look for in deciding whether or not to buy this bike. Plus his price seems to right in the mark according to NADA…

Any and all advice would be great.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-27-2014, 03:08 PM
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If the price and bike is to your liking, buy it and ride it!
Pretty hard to go wrong with a KLR unless its knocking or smoking or something...

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-27-2014, 05:17 PM
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i would ask to see if the doohickey was done, check the sprockets and chain for wear. check the brakes and lines to them as well. other than that like stew said ride it.

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I would take into account how much I trust my friend. And ask those Q's. Check it out visually.

Do you know anyone who knows a lot about bikes you could take with you?

The above advice is good and should suffice, though.


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Akalogan, Hello and welcome to the forum !!! However, the bike IS 13 years old. If I were in your shoes I'd be thinking "Am I good with tools?", "Do I have a trusted mechanic?", "Do I have the money to make this bike rideworthy?". The bike will likely need all the fluids replaced and mechanical tolerances looked into and adjusted / replaced. If you are up to that go for it. We are here to help and guide. Do it.

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post #8 of 9 Old 01-28-2014, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input folks… I feel pretty good about wrenches and greasy things, I have not rode in years, but I really miss it. And I have a friend that builds custom bikes to rely on in a pinch (he is a harley guy, but not a snob about it…)
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-28-2014, 05:37 PM
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Take some pictures and show us perhaps we will spot something.

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