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post #1 of 4 Old 03-14-2009, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hello i am am new to the klr forum and have just purchasd a very used 2007 klr 650. I have found this forum yesterday while searching for some information on the recent purchase and read more than one post from memebers who have their H-D bikes that are gathering dust. I too am an extreme H-D rider. i purchased this KLR for use on my farm to do mapping and field scouting. i wanted a larger bike,that was streetl legal,off road capability a must and capable of mounting agricultural electronics. As i road it home yesterday i stayed on the highway for 30 miles and took a short cut across one of the fields on one of my farms to get it to my shed. when i shut it off i said to my self "self, its going to bee a long summer each morning trying to decide which bike to fire up!"
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-14-2009, 09:18 AM
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I think you'll find the KLR a great farm bike. If you intend to use it in the field I would recommend making a kick stand plate so it doesn't sink in soft soil. A milk crate bungied to the back makes a quick utility basket and the rear peg mounts make a great spot for a PVC tube to hold long items.
So how many miles does a "very used" 07' KLR have on it? Also where in the wide world are you? Fill out that profile.

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Those are some good ideas. The bike has 4,000 miles on the odometer. The bike looks to me like it has been used as a trail bike mainly. The windsheild has been cut down and reshaped. Actually, i think the PO took off the front farring and head light, it was barely hanging on. and wires were connected, but were hanging down on front fender. The plastics are scratched up and sun faded. there are no decals on it. The plastic skid plate is shredded and has pieces broken off it. One hand control has lever broke off and grip scuffed up. The mirrors have been removed. The tools are missing. Has the aftermarket plastic fuel tank. The rear shock is blown out. When i test drove it and paid for it the shock was ok. The bike shop mechanic told when i came back, after the weekend, to pick up the bike the shock was blown out and had been leaking all over his shop floor. The dealership did agree to take care of the labor and put $200 towards a new aftermarket shock, i have to pick up the rest of the cost. The The bike just looks as if was stored outside even has rusty chain. It seems to run fine and all lights and signals work. Its kind of like what i was looking for in an older model for the farm. Its a 2007 and just isnt as "pretty" as i would imagine a 2007. i paid $3,200 + tax, $250 for the shock. I'm in Illinois.
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Well an 07 with 4000 is just broke in. My 06 has 16,000miles and still kicks! The upkeep is a diffrent story. The IMS tak is better than the stock tank and provides better protection to the radiator than the plastic shrouds. Rust and corosion are your enemy and it sounds like it will need a good cleaning and some lubrication. Other than that it sounds like a fair deal. $250 for a rear shock is a steal!
There are so many modifications you can make to the KLR to make it more off or on road capable. Since your ride is not pretty I'd concentrate on off road mods. Over riding safety switches, replacing the glass fuse behing the radiator resivior with a sealed fuse, and the "T" mod are some cheap starters. But don't worry about big $$$ mods till you spend time in the saddle and learn what you want the bike to do for you.

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