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post #1 of 20 Old 03-03-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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I've been riding 2 wheels since I was 10, but now going to look at a lightly used 2009 KLR 650 today! Any points I should look for? I am more familiar with Kawasaki street bikes, Ninja 1000, Concours 1000, GPZ 550, KZ650, ect, but have ridden dirt bikes years ago. Wanting to get out on the logging roads and trails around here.
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-03-2019, 05:02 PM
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Ok, Read this thread and give the perspective purchase a good listening to. https://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650...over-area.html
Inquire about its oil consumption or lack thereof.

Read this thread posting and look under the engine at the oil drain pug boss, https://www.klrforum.com/introductio...kes-avoid.html

Now ask the seller to remove the air filter, confirm that the back-fire screen is Not dusty & the re-usable air filter is Well Oiled.

Inquire as to whether the doo-hickey has ever been adjusted & preferably Up-Graded.

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Well, I ended up not getting that 09', but I'm going tomorrow to more than likely buy another. This 2009 has 37k miles, new chain and sprockets, recent tires. It's a little cheap because the owner "lightly" dropped it on a dirt road, so a few scuff marks on the tank and needs lower fairing sections. He already replaced the radiator. States it runs but runs a bit rough, thinks it needs a carb rebuild. Doo hickey has not been done. I will check for the points mentioned in the links that have been posted in this thread.
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What kind of money are you looking at for the 09 described? Personally I’m not enthusiastic based on the description. Do you have any pictures? Are you mechanically inclined?

Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to seeing some pictures of a 1955vdub.

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Ended up buying this '09, needs some work but was, I think, a good deal. Needs radiator fan, cover, lower fairings, res. cover from being dropped. Seat needs recovering, exhaust was missing a couple bolts. Shifter shaft is leaking oil. Rode ok, gears shifted smoothly. I think I saved it just in time from a not-so-thorough owner. At $1100 I don't think I could go wrong.
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Ended up buying this '09, needs some work but was, I think, a good deal. Needs radiator fan, cover, lower fairings, res. cover from being dropped. Seat needs recovering, exhaust was missing a couple bolts. Shifter shaft is leaking oil. Rode ok, gears shifted smoothly. I think I saved it just in time from a not-so-thorough owner. At $1100 I don't think I could go wrong.
Nope, for $1100 you definitely can't go wrong. '08 and '09 are know to be oil consumers (burners), so make sure you keep an eye on the oil level. Oil level should be near the top of the slight glass with the bike on level ground and straight up and down, engine off (not on the side stand). You should have no problem finding the parts you need on Fleabay.

I would recommend that you do the doohickey and use Eagle Mike's doohickey including the torsion spring. I would also recommend going through the bike and torquing every bolt you can find to the proper torque. Blue Loctite is your friend. Lastly, ensure the drive chain is properly adjusted (it should touch the lower swingarm at the mid-point when the bike is on the kickstand (Dave, Tom, Paul, please correct me if I'm wrong on that).

Have fun.
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1955Vdubman, since you have the bike, this link may be significant for your restoration and tuning:

https://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tec...-overhaul.html

Otherwise, CONGRATULATIONS! You actually BOUGHT a KLR650! (A recent (but mercifully absent of late) poster picked the brains of this forum incessantly, under the pretext he was buying a KLR650, extracting every minute detail he could about the specifications, care and feeding of the machine. He never did, and fortunately, hasn't been heard from in a while.)

Again, glad to have you!

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I suggest that the KLR drive chain should be adjusted to be loose enough to lift the lower run of drive chain Up to just Touch the rear Tip of the rubber under-slider.

Check the oil 3 times daily if riding freeway speeds.
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The bike also came with Brand New Michelin tires, more like street tires, are rated 80/20 for highway use mainly. Any interest to someone to swap these for of an offroad tire? The center tread still has all the nipples, front and rear! Oil lever was a scary issue when test riding, was VERY low. Hope I didn't damage anything for just the short ride to run it through the gears. BTW, where do I find these Eagle Mike products? Definitely having the doo-hickey done. Already ordered levers, bar tips. Yes, tightening everything.
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The bike also came with Brand New Michelin tires, more like street tires, are rated 80/20 for highway use mainly. Any interest to someone to swap these for of an offroad tire? The center tread still has all the nipples, front and rear! Oil lever was a scary issue when test riding, was VERY low. Hope I didn't damage anything for just the short ride to run it through the gears. BTW, where do I find these Eagle Mike products? Definitely having the doo-hickey done. Already ordered levers, bar tips. Yes, tightening everything.
Eagle Mike's KLR products here,

https://www.eaglemike.com/main.sc

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