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post #1 of 10 Old 05-24-2014, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Should probably post an introduction!

I'm still looking for a KLR, but there aren't many in my area. I'm located in Ames, IA soon to be McHenry County, IL. If you know of anyone planning to sell a KLR (or if you think you want to make the mistake, err I mean, decision of selling yours,) shoot me a message or reply here. I'm on Craigslist and eBay practically 24/7 scanning all of Iowa. Hopefully once I get a KLR, I can be more active on the forums. Until the, wish me luck!
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-24-2014, 10:03 PM
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Good luck. Always feels like I see stuff all the time until I want to buy something, then nothing is available. Hopefully your wait will be worth it.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-25-2014, 12:15 AM
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You'll find your bike, just takes a little time . Keep on scanning those classifieds and one will turn up!

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-26-2014, 10:02 AM
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patience, young grasshopper

I am sitting in a McDonalds eating what the call breakfast, in reality, I' m not so sure.
I look out the window seeing a reminder of how good life is. There is my 2009 KLR and I rode for about 30 minutes just to celebrate a Holliday off from work.
Once you find your KLR you will forget the price and spend more time learning about the add-ons and rides.
I know because that is where I am. This has been a great site for learning about my KLR.
I hope you find your bike and enjoy riding it.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-26-2014, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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I am sitting in a McDonalds eating what the call breakfast, in reality, I' m not so sure.
I look out the window seeing a reminder of how good life is. There is my 2009 KLR and I rode for about 30 minutes just to celebrate a Holliday off from work.
Once you find your KLR you will forget the price and spend more time learning about the add-ons and rides.
I know because that is where I am. This has been a great site for learning about my KLR.
I hope you find your bike and enjoy riding it.
Jack
That's another reason I really like the KLR. Your imagination (and budget) is what limits what you can do for it. With Goldwings, you can add lights and chrome, but they still look the same when you pull them up next to each other.

People here are listing beat up KLRs. I've seen a few and none were worth the asking price. Some dealer in Illinois said he'll sell me a New Edition for $5,570 out the door. I figure if I'm going to be spending a few thousand, it may not be a bad idea to put it all into a down payment and buy new.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-26-2014, 01:28 PM
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When I bought my bike the guy selling it had it on Craigs list for a while at high end blue book value. He dropped it a few hundred dollars and kept getting insulting low ball offers from bottom feeders. The bike is an '09 KLR 650 that's immaculate with only 8,000 miles on it and bone stock. The bike never saw the dirt and looked like it did on the showroom floor brand new. I took one look at it and inspected it closely and this guy took REALLY good care of all his stuff. I pulled $3,500.00 in cash out of my pocket and bought it on the spot. I looked at a lot of overpriced bikes being sold by delusional sellers prior to finding this one. Your bike is out there. When you find it don't screw yourself by insulting the guy with a joke offer. Jump on it and offer him fair money for it. Don't be afraid to fan out a bit wider in your search.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-26-2014, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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a lot of overpriced bikes being sold by delusional sellers prior to finding this one.
My search in a nutshell. It's a pain to find anything and everything is more than an hour away, so renting a trailer and paying for gas sucks and driving to see a piece ruins a day off.

I've been branching off and looking farther, but still haven't found anything.

I'm almost considering buying off eBay, but I've heard good and bad, so not sure if I should go in that direction.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-26-2014, 08:26 PM
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If you find one somewhere else maybe someone from the forum can take a look at it for you and send you photos before you get too involved.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-26-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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If you find one somewhere else maybe someone from the forum can take a look at it for you and send you photos before you get too involved.
That would be neat. There's always a risk of someone from the forum saying it's crap and they end up buying it. Secondly, I don't know if I can send a six pack through the post office to thank them for their time.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-27-2014, 12:55 PM
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It more than buying a motorcycle, it is a KLR Adventure. If you have the time when you find a keeper; ride it home. No better way to know what it needs then to take it on a shakedown cruise home.
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