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post #1 of 23 Old 04-03-2011, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Good deal on a KLR 215 miles from me. Question about rIding it home.

Hey all,

I'm an experienced motorcyclist looking for a KLR. I found a killer deal on one 215 miles away - brand new previous year model.

Am I going to screw it up riding it 215 miles home via highway? I don't have a truck or any other way to get it home. I'd likely get a ride there with my girlfriend and ride the bike back.

Also, how does registration and everything else work? I'm buying from another state. Do I need to get the title first, take it home and get it registered, and then go back and pick it up?
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I don't understand. What do you mean 'screw it up'? By riding it on the highway? It'll go 75mph all day long. It's not a dirtbike. It is made to be ridden on the highway as well as many other places.

Am I missing something? No offense, but this doesn't seem like a question an experienced rider would ask. That's the only problem I could see. If you haven't ridden much, or in a while, jumping back in with a long haul on the highway might not be a good idea. Otherwise, make sure the oil level is right and go.




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Oh wait, do you mean cause of break in? Is it that new? If that's the case, I wouldn't worry about it that much. Maybe not the best, but its been done, and hell it ain't the space shuttle. If the deal is good, the deal is good. See if you can find a creative way home.




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Oh wait, do you mean cause of break in? Is it that new? If that's the case, I wouldn't worry about it that much. Maybe not the best, but its been done, and hell it ain't the space shuttle. If the deal is good, the deal is good. See if you can find a creative way home.
Yeah, because of break in. All my bikes have been well-enjoyed before I got them - this would be a brand new bike.
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Hi disastermouse, welcome to the forum. Another Virginia rider. Good. Now about that KLR.....and before you pull the trigger on it...There is a dealer in NOVA [Northern Virginia, for you people that are not aware that there is life east of Barstow] that was pushing '09's for under four grand. Just a heads up.

As far as a couple hundred mile ride home, you have some options. The first option that comes to mind is to pick up 3 liters of oil [You need 2.5 liters. I don't know who sells .5 liters of oil] and a filter, and a disposable aluminum bake pan, a funnel, and an empty gallon jug before you pick the bike up. About an hour out from your starting point, you could stop at a pre-determined spot [maybe a fellow KLRista, who could assist], drop the oil and filter, replace and ride on. The oil doesn't wear out in 100 miles. It picks up metal pieces, sealants, gaskets, stink bugs, and other foreign materials inside of the engine from assembly. The critical issue is to get those foreign objects out before they scar metal, get into a bearing, plug up an oil passage, generally creating mayhem where peace and Nirvana are intended to exist.

The only thing I would mention is that just coming off the road to change the oil? Keep in mind that oil is going to be hotter than the hinges of hell. Nothing like a third degree burn to carve into your memory that first ride home on the KLR. Stop. Eat. Let it cool down. Drop your oil. Look at all the nasty floaters in that oil. Or just enjoy the bliss that comes from ignorance, and ride on. Its still America, the land of choices.

Member Damocles here has the information on the NOVA dealer with the next to give away prices on the '09 KLR's. We can also help set up an oil change location between NOVA and Salem. I know of a number of KLR riders that would risk third degree burns from your steaming hot engine oil, just for a chance to eyeball your girlfriend. Some of them don't get out much. Its all part of the adventure.

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Also, how does registration and everything else work? I'm buying from another state. Do I need to get the title first, take it home and get it registered, and then go back and pick it up?
I'd get it insured, and carry proof of that with you. Most states allow for a newly purchased vehicle between private parties to be operated on the road from point-of-sale to the purchaser's residence without it being registered first. Be prepared though, and check with the appropriate DMVs first.

If it is truly "brand New", then are you purchasing it from a dealership? If so, they will provide a temporary tag allowing it to be ridden on the road legally, provided you have insurance for it.

Personally, as an auto mechanic, if the motor is brand new I would not run it steady at highway speeds.

Gen IIs already have a reputation for oil consumption, so it would open a lot of doubt for you in your own mind if you end up with an oil consumption issue - would it have had a problem if someone on the internet hadn't said "go for it"?

It is also not unheard of for someone to purchase a new KLR and find after a few miles of riding that the factory assembly had damaged the waterpump drive seal resulting in a significant oil leak from the waterpump 'weep' hole. It would suck to find that out miles from home with no back-up plan.

The smarter thing to do, IMHO, is chose secondary roads with slower and varied engine speeds and enjoy the ride, or rent a small truck (they do specify that they are not to be used for transport of vehicles or engines with gasoline in them) or rent a trailer.

If you post your location, you might be able to find someone willing to help you with transport.

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Did the one for 3900 not work out???

Someone, Please let me know what dealer has brand new '09s for less than $4K. I am getting ready to pay close to $6K for a new '10. (With a couple of goodies in consideration of it being a '10)
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get on it and hammer that throttle, ride it like u stole it
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Disaster,
Did the one for 3900 not work out???

Someone, Please let me know what dealer has brand new '09s for less than $4K. I am getting ready to pay close to $6K for a new '10. (With a couple of goodies in consideration of it being a '10)
Yes, please PM me the dealer as well!

I'm going to see the used one on Monday.
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Damocles is our contact person for this dealership. Unlike some of his riding brethren, he lives in a civilized world with a spouse, and I imagine he may have social and spiritual obligations on Sunday morning. I also know his pet riding club is having a competitive spring trial ride today. Stay tuned, like the sun, he always comes back.....

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