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post #1 of 10 Old 03-24-2011, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at getting another KLR

I had a 2004 KLR for 3 years and loved it, after back surgery i sold off my KLR having been told by the Dr. I should not ride again. After 2 years of therapy, lots of hours of physical training, I am now back to what I consider normal. I got my surgeons blessing, and have been released with no restrictions.

I am looking at a 93 KLR with 18,000 miles all stock and very clean and 100% complete. Guy wants $1500, this is by far the best price I have seen here in CA. Any thing I should look for, or any quirks with bike I should know about? having had bikes my whole life I understand what to look for when buying, i am looking for specifics on this particular year bike. Any one have one & much different is it from my 04 I used to have?

I regretted ever selling the 04 and REALLY want another KLR, I hope soon to be back in the fold.

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-24-2011, 07:34 PM
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I'm not aware of any major differences between the '04 and the '93. Of course, there's the color. The blue and white scheme will definitely date the '93. Internally, there were few changes. The '93 has fewer clutch plates than the '04 had. The piston cylinder was redesigned, I believe, in '96. Otherwise, any left over parts you might have stashed away can be put back into use on the '93.

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post #3 of 10 Old 03-24-2011, 08:50 PM
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Welcome back! That would be the day my doctor told me I couldn't ride.......I don't think so doc....As soon as I could swing a leg over my bike, I'm riding!

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-24-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome back! That would be the day my doctor told me I couldn't ride.......I don't think so doc....As soon as I could swing a leg over my bike, I'm riding!
I have owned a motorcycle since the age of 6, and am now 46, it was a blow and I was convinced I would ride again. Then after the surgery I was having trouble just moving, I wasn't sure if i was going to be able to even walk.
I got depressed and decided that i had to do whatever it took to get back to normal, so off to rehab and the gym I hobbled. A year and a half later I'm back in the saddle, I just sold off a DR350 and have been to the desert twice riding, so i am certain i am ready to get back to it with the KLR.

I'll tell you, losing your mobility changes the way you think about everything. Take care of your backs, they are surprising fragile, and not easily fixed. I now wear a back brace each and everytime I ride, it may look silly, but at my age silly easily trumps cool and broken down any day.

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post #5 of 10 Old 03-27-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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I guess it has been too long since I've been here, I anticipated getting a bit more feedback on the prospective bike. I did some research and did find the information I was looking for. Perhaps more activity on the other board??

I do appreciate the one answer from vatrader, thank you for your input.

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post #6 of 10 Old 03-27-2011, 01:10 AM
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Sorry I saw your question but didn't have time to respond. From Big Cee's website here are the changes to the KLR that took place in 96.
http://www.bigcee.com/klr650faq.html

"Mid-1996: Changed valve cover, added bracket to hold cam chain bumper; changed crank to heavier unit; improved clutch basket with more clutch plates; changed countershaft sprocket retainer from slotted plate to large nut; changed 2nd and 3rd gear ratios. Kickstarter no longer fits with new clutch basket. New left balancer weight/sprocket begins with engine #KLE650AE032206.
(?) Service manual indicates higher charging system output; only part number change is the rotor. The new power rating is 17A/14V (238 W) @ 7000 rpm; the earlier one was 14A/14V (196 W) @ 8000 rpm (yes, above redline)."

The bike you found sounds like a decent deal.

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post #7 of 10 Old 03-27-2011, 11:10 AM
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Mark -

It's almost a law of nature that KLRs never change. SLO and vatrader have pretty well outlined the differences in the '93 vs the '04 (make that pretty much pre '96 vs post '96!).

If the bike starts easily, looks un-abused, and the price is right, go for it, don't look back, and enjoy it!

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-10-2011, 08:23 PM
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Getting Back in the Saddle

If you read my intro as a new member, you will see that I, too, had retired and decided to get back into some semblance of riding. The days of multiple bikes are gone, but there is no reason not to have a KLR that I can do most anything with. Welcome back and don't look back. I am looking at a 2003.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-12-2011, 03:04 AM
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I'd definitely buy the 96+ and up if your going to do the 685 kit in the future. Pre 95 cylinders are too thin. Although you could always buy a 96+ cylinder if need be.

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-13-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it took a while and a lot of back and forth, I finally made a deal on a KLR. This is a 95 and in almost perfect condition, I'll pick it up in 10 days. I had pondered a couple of different bikes, a couple of XR600s both street legal, an XL 600, and an XT600. All were in great shape, but I just can't seem to get away from the KLR. Of all the bikes I have owned, the KLR was without question my favorite, something about these KLR's the greatest do-it-all bike ever.

I'll post some pics when i get the bike home, luckily I am going on vacation or I would be going crazy waiting.

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