Ok all, I have a good friend I am showing the great benefits of the KLR. It will not be the first bike he has ridden, but will be the first one he has owned. Have a couple questions I would like to throw out for a general consensus please:
1. What is a good price for a used KLR (anywhere from 2002-2010) I have an idea but would like some other opinions please. ( keep in mind we are in northern CA)
2. I have spent the last six months pulling apart and learning my KLR from top to bottom, but am not sure about what type of riding can really beat up the KLR?
3. What would be something you would look for on a KLR and it would be something that would be a definate NO?
Lastly: anything else I may have missed.
I am getting him to do the MSF course and making sure he has ATGATT(I have extra) but any other tips would be appreciated. I learned the hard way and want to make sure he is taken care of so any and all input is appreciated brothers. He is counting on me to make sure he gets a fair deal as well as good experience and i want to make sure i give him that I have learned a lot from here and appreciate everyone's wisdom. Thank you all so much.
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Good on ya for taking care of your friend!
I talk to the seller and get a feel for what kind of maintenance he's done. Does he know about the common KLR issues, i.e. doo, valves, etc. Ideally the seller will have maintenace records showing regular oil changes and valve adjust info.
Generally look at the bike and see what kind of damage you can spot. Big hits on the skid plate, crack repairs, dented rims, etc. indicate the bike was ridden hard. Check the condition of the chain and sprockets, brake pads, clutch, etc. figure in the costs of replacing.
Kinda hard to kill a KLR I think but you can degrade it quite a bit. It will take time and money to get it where it could/should be. New riders probably won't notice a beat bike but an experienced rider should.
Is your friend more off-road oriented? Get a Gen 1 bike, more road go for a Gen 2. Prices? Don't know but I would pay more from a good owner. That's more important to me than cosmetics.