Originally Posted by smokey_outdoor
As I look at bikes is there any points of what to look for as concerns? I’ve bought used bikes before, but want to make sure I know what to look for on this bike. Also, what is considered high mileage on one of these bikes? How many miles can you expect to get out of one of these motors if you take good care of it and maintain it?
First, Welcome aboard!
Sounds like you're doing your homework.
I bought my 2008 (yeah, I learned) with 11,500 miles on it over seven years ago. I did a big bore kit around 30,000 miles to fix the oil burning issue, but made the mistake of using a "custom kit" that lasted just under 18,000 miles. I've rebuilt it again using a Eagle Mike 685 kit which utilizes a JE Piston & rings, and I'm very happy with it now with over 55,000 miles on the bike.
The bore kits wakes up the power a bit so you don't have to sling shot around anyone trying to pass, and helps a little with vibration.
The nice thing with KLR's is that they are mostly.....uh......er......um, Mature owned? And haven't had the snot beat out of them like some others. But they do attract people that like all the farkles (that's added on accessories, I had to learn that one 8 years ago) so be sure to ask what all has been done and added.
Ask if the "DooHickey" has been done. And if at all possible if you have a KLR owner friend that knows them, take them along to look at any used ones you find.
And Tom is right about the suspension.
Looking back, I think the one thing that helped me the most was a new seat for comfort, and then suspension for the ride.
Good luck with your search, and maybe Mrs. Claus will stash one under the tree for you this year.