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post #1 of 9 Old 05-10-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Are KLRs really this much more expensive in Canada?

I've been monitoring prices on Kijiji (Canadian craigslist, but better), and comparing them to prices I see on forums like this or elsewhere on the net. The prices here seem significantly higher. I'm used to paying more than people down south, but it seems on average they are at least $1k more here. I know this is probably not a good time to buy, being around the beginning of summer and all, but I wish I could get a deal close to what I see others paying. Maybe it should be expected, since pretty much everything here is 20-30% more expensive.

Prices around here seem to range from $3000 for 50k+km, to $4500 for 10k+.

I would post some of the bikes I'm considering, but I've been nailed by that before from people grabbing deals after I post them. I would really appreciate it if someone could PM me to offer advice on a couple I'm considering.

I guess my big questions are: how many clicks are too many, how to tell if a bike has been properly maintained, and what kind of things will bite me in the ass for not looking close enough and how much that could cost me.

I'm looking for one that could eventually do a cross Canada trip.
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-10-2013, 07:02 PM
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Hello Mike and welcome to the forum!
Yes, the bikes are substantially more expensive here... To the point that I've seen mildly farkled late model bikes being listed for more than the purchase price of a new bike! I seriously doubt they sell, but people are listing them as such. If your from a more populated area you have a better selection. I live just north of Edmonton and the used selection on Kijiji isn't great and the prices are high .
As far as kilometers are concerned, most of the bikes I see listed are fairly low km. A few are around the 30 to 50 thousand range but most are much lower. I think a well maintained higher km bike can be perfectly reliable, they are a very simple bike. Here's a local gen 1 that looks to have some potential. Not sure how much wiggle room he would have on the price, might get it down a couple of hundred bucks.
http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ481816721
The local Gen 2's seem to be going pretty high right now (lol, I should sell mine!) Here's the cheapest one currently listed here:
http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ482193243

And I think this guy might be smoking something funny...
http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-veh...AdIdZ481220122
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I agree, bikes up here are a grand more expensive than below the border. Is it worth the effort and BS to bring one up? I doubt it, but some may think differently. There are some better deals out there and then some who want every dollar they have invested like buddy and his $8000 machine...lol. If he gets all his money back I'm selling mine.....but you better sit down for the asking price! I know of a very nice 2005 685 near me and I have done all the maintenance on it for the last 5 years. At $3000 it's a steal for around here.

It's all what you want to spend and what you want for that money. It's like everything else.....you must do your research and watch carefully for the good deals. They never last long when you want a bike. When you don't they are all over the place....yeh...not really....lol. But it may seem that way.

Check your PMs and you can see this machine if you like.

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There are some better deals out there and then some who want every dollar they have invested like buddy and his $8000 machine...lol. If he gets all his money back I'm selling mine.....but you better sit down for the asking price!
Lol, you like that one for 8K eh? I pretty near fell off my chair when I saw that ad. Not quite sure how he bored the piston out to a 685 though, most people just bore the cylinder... Lol!
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Mr. $8000.00 looking for a bigger bike?? I have a nice 07 FJR I'll let go for $23750.00...........lol
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I bought my 2011 in Sept of '11 brand new for $6500.oo including setup and tax. 8000 doesn't seem so bad for a 5 year old bike with 14000k and a thousand dollars worth of farkles.......NOT!!
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P.S. What are the new prices of bikes in your areas ?

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I bought my 2011 in Sept of '11 brand new for $6500.oo including setup and tax. 8000 doesn't seem so bad for a 5 year old bike with 14000k and a thousand dollars worth of farkles.......NOT!!
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P.S. What are the new prices of bikes in your areas ?
So... You aren't going to scoop that cherry 08 with the bored piston for a 3rd KLR Jeff? Lol!
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So... You aren't going to scoop that cherry 08 with the bored piston for a 3rd KLR Jeff? Lol!
Nooooo....I have my eye on another one...now that I know how to put kxf forks on a klr!
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Welcome mmMike - I'm sure a well cared for KLR with some equipment (aka "farkles") can be found "cheap" but for the price of a new one, but unless it is nearby where you live is it worth the bother, given the price of new ones?
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