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post #1 of 6 Old 11-04-2019, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there for Australia. Looking seriously at a 2013 KLR with 8000k on the clock. One owner. Tarmac only. At an very good price
My question for you gurus is. Am I better to look for 2014 model at more expense or grab a good deal on the 13. Is the suspension mods that much better in the 14.
I'll be riding both tar and dirt. But at 52 my days of single track hill climbs are over.
Thanks in advance. Regards Dan
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-04-2019, 09:39 PM
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Stiffer springs for the front forks & rear shock are relatively cheap if you truly find the need (Full touring gear) on pre 2014.5 models.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-05-2019, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks mate . Theres some awesome info there , I just lost 2 hours . 😊.
So your answer is grab the 2013 and upgrade springs later if need be ?
Would that be general concensus . Trying to get in early and start setting her up. Will be taking it 6500klm across australia coast to coast next year .
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Thatís pretty low mileage on the 2013. You donít mention $$ numbers and really I donít have an idea of resale values in Australia but to me if the price is right I would grab it. You can let it go and hope to find a 2014.5 or better and end up regretting not buying the 2013. You havenít said anything regarding your weight and height so having the upgrades may not be necessary. Iím riding a basically stock 2004 and the bikes works fine for my needs.

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-21-2019, 09:41 AM
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What they said. Remember a 2013 and 2014 may be identical; it wasn't until 2014.5 that the suspension got the stiffness upgrade and the new seat. The suspension "upgrade" was a welcome increase in springrate and damping but it's otherwise the same budget emulsion shock and damper rod fork design these bikes have had since 1987. If the earlier bike is cheaper then there are far better suspension upgrade options available. Good shock starts at around $500 USD and a Cogent DDC kit for the forks is just over $300 USD.

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