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post #1 of 10 Old 06-26-2011, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Getting ready to buy a 2011, should I???

i'm 45, 5'10, 200 pounds. have ridden motorcylcles/quads/snowmobiles since i was 3. have a deal set up for tuesday to pick up a new orange/black 650 for $5,500 out the door. thought this was a great deal cause the best anywhere else in my state i could do on that color was $6,400. i'm an orange guy so the color i must have!!!

my riding will be a mix of 50% paved road, 50% gravel roads. the weight doesn't worry me, rode bikes in the sand for years. no off road for me, i'll leave that for the younger crowd seems like the klr would be a great fit for me. what worries me is all the posts about oil consumption, is this a problem with all the gen 2's or just the first ones? i ride almost every weekend and a lot of time that is alone so i need a bike that won't let me down. i ride my quad for 8-10 hours a day so the klr will be getting some serious time and miles from day one. that is one of the things that led me to the klr is that 5.8 gallon tank!!!

i know on these forums a little problem can be made out to be a lot worse than it really is. so i'm here asking has the klr earned the cult following it has because its a great bike or because theres not much competition in its class?sure do like the looks of the new bike, seems to have all the goodies to get me where i want to go! just don't want to get stuck with a bike that needs a new top end right off the showroom floor. although after you get used to buying snowmobiles it seems like thier giving these things away

any mods it needs right out of the box or can i just ride it. figured the 4th of july weekend would be a great time to get out to the coast and up for some mountain riding also. sure i'll take care of the break in period and then some within the first week. will probably put around 5,000 miles a summer on it and plan on keeping it for quite awhile, have heard these things go for well over 50k and just keep on going.

so if you could buy a new one tommorow would you? if not what would you pick up? not interested in spending 10k or more for a bike, i need to save that coin for the sleds.

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You'll want to do the doohickey or at least the spring. Search on here. Nothing else imperative. You might burn oil, but you can always add more.

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A 2011 just sold for $4,575 here. You may try to get them down a bit...


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post #4 of 10 Old 06-27-2011, 06:50 AM
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You don't have your profile filled out, so nobody knows where you're located..

I was at Vetesnik's in Richland Center, WI on Saturday and they have an Orange/Black in the window for much less than that..

I'd shop around, and don't be afraid to ask for price matching and also don't be afraid to buy from a ways away from home.. I'm in the Midwest and have purchased bikes from Florida, California, and Oregon.. If the deal can't be found locally, go elsewhere.
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Hi 89sandman, welcome to the forum. You have lots of good questions and comments. Sounds like you've been around the motor sports world enough to understand the wheat needs to be sorted from the chafe with some issues.

Plagiarizing this idea from Human Ills, replacing the engine's balancer lever [doohickey] is just paying a $35.00 cover charge to watch the show. The spring that tensions this lever is weak, and should be upgraded. I don't buy a house based on the strength of the back door storm door closer. Once it's mine, I'm not letting anyone sell me a new back door, when all it needs is a better should study this one a bit to see if you are buying wheat or chafe....

You may want to put the question to the dealer who you must directly deal with as to how they will handle the oil issue if it surfaces in your bike. If they dismiss it, implying they never heard of this as an issue, let then know you are concerned, and hinge your purchase on their willingness to correct the issue if it occurs. Any attempt on their part to weasel out of accountability may give you the answer you are looking for, as far as purchasing one. From them, anyways. Some dealerships are ill staffed or equipped to go into an engine, and will work as hard as Kawasaki to get out of going in there. Some dealers have no issue addressing mechanical problems, and will see this as work to feed their shop. That's the dealer I want handling my warranty. If the book calls for 8 hours to re-build a top end, and the wrench they have takes two days, the service writer will steer the shop away from work like this, or go broke. While it can't be predicted which ones might go through the oil, having some confidence in the warranty process might sway your decision.

Out of the box? Hand guards and crash bars. The stuff that gets smucked is expensive. To meet EPA standards, the carb is set lean. Correcting it is like loosening a too tight of a collar on a puppy. It will act much better afterwords.


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post #6 of 10 Old 06-27-2011, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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i'm from southern oregon, can't match the deals back east, shipping here??? they are always cheaper back east but by the time you ship it here the cost is the same.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-27-2011, 10:34 AM
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Got a black one in '09'. kept forgetting to turn on the gas, 'cause alot of bikes don't have a petcock any more. Just go out and ride the thing, it's a really great motorbike; it'll make you smile every time.
Spend some time on the forums before deciding what you want to 'fix' on your bike. I've got 5500 miles on mine without an issue. I do add a bit of oil, now and then, but I'm 55 years old and been riding for 42 years, so I know how to check oil, battery levels, tire pressures...etc.
I'll replace my doohickey spring this fall when I put her up for the winter. Non-issue at the moment.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-28-2011, 12:10 AM
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Go for it!

Bought a very slightly used '08 in 09, with about 900 miles (1300 km as I'm metric) THEN got onto the forums and worried about oil usage.
I finished breaking it in with lots of on/off gas. Seemed at first to use oil, particulary when running higher speeds (+4500-5000 RPM on highway) but it seems to have settled down nicely now. I'm at about 6200 mi, mostly last year as it's just starting to warm and dry up this summer where I live.
Love it, I'll never sell this bike, even IF I eventually buy something heavier to ride with some friends who all have big cruisers. I do lots of secondary highways, backroads etc.
Only complaint I have about it is that is is sensitive to side wind, being so tall and top heavy. but I even ride in town
PS: If you're going to do longer distances, consider an aftermarket seat. Mine came with a Sargent already on it. plus the stock. I thought "I don't need a special seat, took it off, intending to sell it for a few bucks. Rode for 4-5 hours later that day, and wondered why I wasn't as confortable as my first few outings. Put the Sargent on the next ride day, went even longer at about 350 miles, and was very comfy. Forget about selling it for a few bucks, and left it mounted. In my opinion, it totally changes the comfort level of the bike, at least for me, and is a bit wider back where your weight sits. (Guess I'm a big A$$)
Have fun, ride safe. I think if your a sledder, it's a perfect cross-over type bike!
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-28-2011, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the replies, going up to get it today!!! talked to my local dealer, they would not come close to the price but said they would have no problem taking care of any warranty work that may come up. including any oil burning issues! actually got to sit on one while i was there and i think my first mod will be a lowering kit. will give it a few days to get used to it first. but at 5'10 i think this will be a must. taking a 4 day weekend for the 4th, hopefully. plan on riding everyday, should have the breakin done within a few days! will match some of my other toys

gotta love team orange!!!

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It doesn't need anything right out of the box. I asked my bud about oil burning before buying mine and he said he had to add some only when doing 70+ mph for extended time. That didn't sound like something I'd be asking of the bike very often so I bought mine. So far mine hasn't used any oil. I think most of it is blown up online. How many other thousands of KLR's are out there who never get online and don't know anything about the issue. They just add a little here and there and keep on truckin - big deal.

It doesn't need crash guards, doesn't need hand guards, doesn't need a skid plate, doesn't need the .22 mod, doesn't need panniers, doesn't need the doo done, doesn't need syspension redone. After reading all the crap about the KLR and how junky they are I had real low expectations for the bike. I ride and I was sold!

I think the problem is alot of the guys who buy KLR's are sort of "techy" so they enjoy bolting on all kinds of crap and saying how much better it is now. I'm not speaking to anyone directly or putting anyone down, we all have our own opinions. Heck my good DS riding buddy will hardly even look at my KLR (I'm not joking) he hates KLR's that much. He's never even ridden one. I'm just putting the info out there so guys don't read about all the "issues" with KLR's and run to something for a lot more $$$$ when they don't need to worry.
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