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post #1 of 11 Old 04-06-2016, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Cool From Harley to Kawasaki ?

Hi guys , I am a new member here. I used to be a harley owner, i had a harley sportster 48 and then sold it for a street glide but ended up selling it last year. I am now looking to start adventure riding and been looking up seriously for a KLR 650. But i have a few questions.

1 is it worth it to buy new ?

2 what to be aware if i am buying used ?

I spotted a 2014 with 1500km for 5100$ and a 2013 with 5500km for 4200$

Thanks a lot !
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-06-2016, 01:52 PM
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I had a nightster and a dyna lowrider. I'm having a blast on my klr. I would try to buy a leftover new 2015. That's what I did. They are marked down as low as 5300. Then you have all the fees and what not. As far as used, the 2014.5 updated the seat and stiffened up the suspension.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-06-2016, 08:02 PM
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There's a guy in Ontario selling a 2013 with some very nice upgrades here:

http://www.klrforum.com/marketplace-...3-adv-klr.html

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-07-2016, 10:19 AM
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I also am new and been converted, tired of getting my Harleys stuck in the mud.
I bought used, 2011, came with all the crash bars and a few other upgrades I dont have to worry about now. bike was very gently used.
However, new is always great if you have the money to spare, left-over "15 is a very smart idea.
Welcome, you're going to love it!!!
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-08-2016, 09:25 AM
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Hey there,
New here too and they are a great and welcoming bunch.
I just picked up a "new" 2015 for just under $5200, so there are some great deals on leftovers if you look a bit.
But by the sound of it you can probably find a good deal on a well-loved use one too. I went new because I loooove the smell of new vinyl and hot fresh paint!

And oh yeah....Welcome!
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-21-2016, 01:25 AM
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Welcome to a new world of riding opening up.

Same story here. Started as a teen in the dirt, and first two streetbikes
were Honda XL 600 R then a DR 650 S.
Then came the Sporster n' Dyna years later. Every turnoff I wanted to explore
but couldn't always put a thorn in my boxers, except the little dirt roads to find
a private pee n' smoke spot.

Sold the Sporty for 7,000 and the Dyna for 9,000, picked up a new KLR and kept
the 10 g's leftover for the downpay on the shack.

A big part of that also was getting saved and the outlook REALLY changed. I was
buying into a brand name lifestyle (idolatry). I had to have the Genuine HD boots,
jacket, assortment of HD shirts, gloves, mass produced chrome for "individuality",
and it clicked that I was still a member of the herd, and not even riding the way and
where I wanted.

My vest proudly has the HOG patch sewed on upside down now just to show bikers
that I used to "ride a real bike". LOL

That was 6 seasons ago and starting the 7th on the KLR and never look back unless
it's to check for cops that might want to test the offroad capabilities of a Crown Vic.

Methinks you'll love this choice too.

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Empire_Corsa - wondering if you picked yourself up a KLR???

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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I've got a coworker who has a Harley who ended up buying a used KLR - his opinion was that although it lacked power, the KLR was a lot more fun to ride than his Harley.

That being said, he ended up selling the KLR when the company was talking about layoffs... He didn't lose his job (luckily for him), but he did end up losing his KLR.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-01-2016, 09:39 PM
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Again, I've owned a sportster 1200 and a dyna 103. There's no comparison. The dyna was plagued with problems and terribly unbalanced. The sporster was cool after I dumped over 3 grand in it, just to make it feasible. It looked great, but truth be told, the ride quality wasn't much better than my first bike, a 250 nighthawk. I've never been happier on my klr.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-02-2016, 01:16 PM
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the bike is awesome, but i noticed that the resale value of it is pretty low compared to new.

i would buy klr again and again new... but there are a bunch of people selling it for less, an d u will find good deals! ...


if you are on budget , get used, if u have the cash, get new and maintain it yourself! make it your baby. good luck
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