Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
2001 KLR650 Intro
So I've had the bike for about a month now and I figured it was about time to do an intro on here. A little about me, I'm Adam. I'm currently still in college and I'm double majoring in Engineering and Physics. In my spare time, I restore vehicles. Currently, I am restoring two Porsche 944's and I have restored the Mustang that I currently DD. My next project will either be restoring my uncle's CBR900 or turning one of these 944's into a drift car.
Last month, I finally pulled the trigger on the bike (2001 KLR650) when I made a round trip that took about 16 hours of driving. Luckilly, a friend let me borrow his Cayenne to pull a motorcycle trailer. I went from VA to just north of Pittsburg, PA, and back to VA.
Issues with the bike:
1. I knew the clutch cable was going bad when I test rode it, so I was able to convince the guy to lower his price, a lot. He wanted $2,000 but I somehow got him to go down to $1,550.
2. Paint on the plastic has faded some.
3. While driving home from PA, one of the straps somehow grabbed the foot shift lever and bent it... I have no clue how. I have since replaced it.
1. The only mechanical issue so far has been how the already weak clutch cable gave out last week during 15° riding (I was freezing).
2. The bike has incredible low mileage... for now... I bought it at only 9659 miles. Remember, it's a 2001, so it has some age to it now.
Now, I'm curious how good of a deal I actually got. I've ridden dirt bikes for about 10 years, or half my life, so I may have jumped the gun and made an impulse decision. Let me know how good of a deal you guys think I got on it. Here's my financial breakdown (so far):
$152.41-gas for getting bike
$19.39-replacing foot shift lever
Now, if you include titling and registering the bike, replacing brake and clutch levers, new turn signal bulbs, and the clutch cable, I am currently at $1,899.09.
Thanks for letting me know guys. It's too late to redo it, but I'd still like to know how I did!