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post #1 of 6 Old 11-18-2017, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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2001 KLR650 Intro

Hey everyone!

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.

Perks:
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):
$1,550-buying bike
$152.41-gas for getting bike
$19.39-replacing foot shift lever
Total: $1,721.80
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!
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-19-2017, 11:08 AM
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Welcome, I'd say you did very well though the used KLR market is area dependent to some degree. As a Gen1 fan, the '96-'07's are my favorite with the 2000 and 2001 being the top of the heap for coloring and the fact the 2001 was the last of the "built in Japan" bikes.

I have a 2000 and a 2001 and wouldn't trade either for a brand new KLR. I purchased my 2000 for $3,700.00 CAN a couple years ago but it was mint with only 577 miles on it......I'd buy it again for the same price in a heartbeat.

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Dave
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Hey everyone!

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.

Perks:
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):
$1,550-buying bike
$152.41-gas for getting bike
$19.39-replacing foot shift lever
Total: $1,721.80
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!
The cost of gas, the cable, the brake lever, title and registration don't matter. Someone next door could have bought the bike for $1,550. You got a 2001 with 10,000 miles for $1,550 and since miles affect the value of KLRs more than years, I think you got a very good deal.
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INCREDIBLE!

First thread I ever saw where an inmate was SEARCHING for, "BUYER REMORSE!"



(I HOPE this isn't a case of, "humble bragging!")

Motorcycle expenses, generally, are paid from, "discretionary income." Thus, no anguish need apply to money spent for entertainment/enjoyment.

Thus, my suggestion: ENJOY!

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INCREDIBLE!

First thread I ever saw where an inmate was SEARCHING for, "BUYER REMORSE!"


(I HOPE this isn't a case of, "humble bragging!")

Motorcycle expenses, generally, are paid from, "discretionary income." Thus, no anguish need apply to money spent for entertainment/enjoyment.

Thus, my suggestion: ENJOY!
You got that right. Especially once it's a DONE DEAL.
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Thanks for the opinions guys! I really was just looking for some verification that it wasn't a bad deal since I had rushed into it. Sorry if anyone took it as some humble bragging though.
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