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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2015, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

Newbie here, just finished my basic rider course and looking to get a bike. I like the idea of the versatility and simplicity of the klr 650.

This will not be my main transportation, but I do plan to take some longer trips (maybe 300 miles each way). Probably will commute one day a week. Mainly going to use it for the trails here in southern AZ. Anyway, I don't want to spend too much and have a few options. Please let me know if I should avoid one or the other.

'87 with 7500 miles. New brakes, tires, carb. Don't know about the doohickey. Says it runs fine.

'89 with 21k miles. Completely ''gone through", not sure exactly what.

'06 with 35k miles. Good shape, leaky fork seal, new tires.

All are around $1700. First thoughts says the 06, but don't know if that's too many miles. I want something reliable until I learn the mechanics well.

Let me know what sounds good! Any major differences between the years? Initial research says they are all pretty similar. Lower miles with an older bike better than more miles with the newer? I know it's all about maintenance, but assuming they are similar.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2015, 07:15 PM
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If you haven't already, check out, "Changes Over The Years," here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_KLR650

1996 appears to be something of a turning point, but . . . not all that different, functionally. Yeah, you get another clutch plate, ba-da, ba-da, ba-da. Maybe something about re-bore readiness, perhaps, but--unless you plan on a big-bore kit in your future . . . of no consequence.

Not absolute guidance, but . . . you might check out Kelley Blue Book (http://www.kbb.com) for typical prices of models you're considering in your area . . . I'd find it hard to reconcile the same price for an '87 (first year of manufacture) and an '06 . . . about 20 model years, by my figurin'!

That said, no deal-breakers among any of these candidates, IMHO.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2015, 08:28 PM
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My 02 just rolled over 72,000 miles if that eases your mind any. I did install a 685 kit this summer after the motor had to be torn down to clean up the debris from an exploded clutch. Seemed like a good idea since the tear down labor was already spent. Runs like a beast now.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-13-2015, 03:40 PM
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If you can get the '06 for 1700 I would say jump on that. 35K is not a lot of miles for any bike these days., heck that's just broken in. Fork seals are really no big deal and to do yourself is around $50 for just about everything. Getting the volume just right can take some time but we can walk you through it. I'm sure there are videos on youtube as well.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-14-2015, 10:26 AM
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The '06 has the '96 and up changes (which, though not extensive, are desirable. the sprocket mounting, counterbalance system and cylinder being the three that come to mind first) and a much nicer color scheme so I'd think about that one first though condition is very important so the '87 with 7500 miles would be worth checking out too IMO.

.....a properly maintained KLR can go 100,000 miles so the mileage on any of them isn't terribly significant though there will be more wear items to replace on a 31,000 mile bike vs. a 7500 mile bike.....not enough to stop me from buying though.

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