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post #1 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Going to buy a klr650 2009

Hey, this is my 1st post on the klr forum..

iv been riding race bikes for the past few years and now im trying to buy somthing for the street, i posted a wanted add on craigslist long story short im going to look at a 2009 klr650 with 5000 miles on it, the guy told me he wanted 3500 and i asked him what the lowest he would go is and he said 2500 after working him down. im not sure what to look for when buying a street bike? is that a good price? let me know what you guys are thinking. thanks
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 03:52 PM
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$2500 for a klr with only 5K miles, sounds like a good deal to me, hell i'd jump on it and I need another bike like another hole in the head. I'd be sure to check things like the motor for any signs of coolant. Guess start it up and listen to it run, my limited experiance with the klr line is they have a fair amount of valve train noise even when new and other weird sounds from the motor so don't be too alarmed. And if you have a friend that's into bikes then take them along. If nothing else they may save you from doing something you'll regret. But again, 2500 for this bike sounds like a helluva price regardless of what aftermarket stuff might be on it. Good luck
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info!
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 06:59 PM
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Sounds like a good price.. Be sure to ask questions on what's been done and how it's been maintained.. Keep an eye on the guy to look for any signs of him not telling the truth..

I'm a used bike guy, too.. Let someone else take the big hit off the original price, and as long as you have the warm fuzzy's when you buy it, you should be fine..

I moved your post here, where it's better seen, and welcome to the forum!!
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks i wasn't sure where to post, and i will be sure to keep an eye out. also whats this i was reading about the doohickey? what is that? i never herd about that on my kx250f or any of my other toys?
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay. but whats the problems the bike has with them?
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-05-2012, 09:01 PM
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If the spring or adjuster breaks, you have no tension on the chain. The chain with no tension grinds into the engine interior, or breaks.

With Gen 2 bikes (such as a 2009) the adjuster is not likely to break, but the springs have been known to break or have little or no tension from the factory, allowing for loose chain.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-06-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ohh good to know. so ill look to see if it has wear on the engine?
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-06-2012, 03:24 PM
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Nope.. Just ask if he's ever adjusted the balancer chain adjuster.. It's a little 8mm screw that you just loosen and then retighten. It's all inside the engine, so you have to take the cover off to see if there's been any wear.. You'll HEAR it long before then, though.

The chain grinding on the case is very noticable, or so I've heard..

Like I said, ask questions, watch his eyes for lies, and if it sounds normal when running you'll be fine.. They're a simple engine, and easy to work on for simple stuff..

And ask all the questions you want when here.. It's what we're here for.
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