O well I snooze, I loose, bike is gone, next time
And so the search continues
Bummer. Welcome. I'm new here also. I looked for quite awhile. There were several KLRs within a couple hundred miles, mostly from around '00-'01 on up to almost new. I was looking for a gen 1, about three weeks ago I found an '07 with 5500 miles. It's always a pig in a poke to a degree, but I felt good about the seller, the bike rode nice, sounded good, ran good and looked good. He was the second owner, and knew a lot about the first owner.
So, I get it home and am finding little things that need to be addressed, nothing serious, just stuff like cables that have not seen any lube, maybe ever...an aluminum skid plate I had to slice the bolt heads to remove (rusty and frozen). I think the bike sat a lot in an unheated environment, and just wasn't cleaned up too often. But the air filter was doing its job, and he ran good oil, and I believed him when he said it didn't use any. It came with soft saddle bags, a tank bag, engine guard, three windshields, crash bars and fairly new Kendas. I paid $3100.00, plus about eighty bucks in fuel to go get it. Hopefully down the road a ways that will prove to be a good deal. It does need a doohicky, and I'm putting a thermobob on it, and will probably replace all the cables, or at least carry them.
I've bought several bikes over time and put more thought into this purchase than any of the others. For the life of me, I don't know why! Good luck.