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post #1 of 22 Old 07-30-2007, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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I am trying to decide between 2 bikes and would like a few opinions from all you seasoned KLR veterans.

1 bike is a 06 (Lime green and black) bone stock, only change was the Doo replacement, 10K miles -$3200 (after haggling). Current owner does not ride it and bought a Harley. Says he bought from a 70 yo man who maintained it well and has only a few minor scratches (Seat and tank are perfect).

2nd bike is a 01 with 31k miles. The bike comes with tons of Farkles, complete set of Wolfman bags ($600), Nerf bars all around (another $600) riding jacket, pants and 2 Nolan helmets (says they are worth another $600) Corbin dish seat, Doo is done, new tires, sprockets, and recent valve job with extra shims, and heavy duty tubes. Even more options... you get the idea. The bike is owned by a senior rider and well maintained despite the high miles.
$2500 to me only as he is giving me a deal for serving in the military (currently on active duty in Army)
Maybe I should hold out for another bike??
Looking forward to your ideas!


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post #2 of 22 Old 07-30-2007, 04:49 PM
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If the 01 looks good, sounds good, and you can verify the work done to it, I would go with it even tho it is older with a few more miles. All the extras make it worth the price, and essentially, all KLR's model 1 are the same, you don't really gain anything from an 05 over an 01 minus the color schemes. I prefer the lime green and black color, but you can pick up about everything body wise you would need off Ebay to change the bike to that color or something else. Also, depending on where you are from, there is a guy here that has an 07 with under 1500 miles on it for $4000, unless he has traded it for the buell already. Seems he hates KLR's so I would use that to my advantage and get an almost new bike for a good price.

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post #3 of 22 Old 07-30-2007, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks DXKLR,
Yeah it seems like the better deal of the 2. Even if the bike is worth less due to mileage, the extras are almost worth as much as the bike and the other is bone stock as I said with no extras, and the wind screen missing (PO took it off and never replaced).
That other bike is too far from me as I am in Tacoma, WA, thanks for the advice tho

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post #4 of 22 Old 07-30-2007, 06:48 PM
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Being that a friend of ours has almost 100,000 miles on his KLR I would say get the older bike and over 2,000 dollars worth of farkles---he's already got it debugged (not that KLR's really have any bugs) and primed for ya!!!!!
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IF you can do it.....
Buy both. De-farkle the old one & then sell it.
All that stuff will fit right up to the now one.
The older one is a real good deal.
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I gave $150 for my nerf bars used, new I think they are only $225. Not sure what wolfman bags cost, I do know they cost a lot more new than I would pay, and I made my own hard luggage for less than $100. Nolan is a good brand, but I think a lot of the price is the name, as far as gear goes you can spend a lot in a hurry, so my question there would be does it fit YOU.
Now for the bike, an 06 VS an 01 and $700 difference, I would look at resale value before I decided. As for the miles, less miles = more riding for you. I have over 33K miles on my 04, and have seen KLRs with over 80K.
So it all boils down to which one do you want! If I had plenty $$ to spend on a bike I would buy the 06 and farkle it the way I wanted it. But if I had $2500 to buy a bike I would buy the 01.

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post #7 of 22 Old 07-31-2007, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great feedback all!
Very good advice and very helpful. My thanks to you

I rode the 06 yesterday and it is a good bike, does have quite a few minor scratches and blemishes but looks ok overall. The tires look worn but some service left and the chain was rusty and looked like it had not been oiled in a while. I got the impression that it was a sound bike that just needed a little TLC to bring it back to its full potential.
I was surprised at how weak the front brake was. I know these are not known for having a decent front brake but it was almost useless... maybe it needs new pads or something? I told the owner my concerns and that I thought that $3200 might be too high for his bike.
The older bike has sold. SO I guess I missed that opportunity. The Owner of the 06 has knocked the price to $3100 - I think its a fair price for a bike that needs a few things. I will probably not find one cheaper than that. As I said tho it comes bone stock and needs everything in the way of Farkles but that will let me outfit it as I want I guess
DaddyJoe, thanks for the help, I agree that miles and resale are probably more important than any other consideration. Farkles are great but you can't really ride them!

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post #8 of 22 Old 08-01-2007, 06:26 PM
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If you don't consider that a deal, then I don't think you'll ever be happy. You might as well just go steal one off the showroom floor to get the deal your lookin for.

Mine is an 06 and not exactly showroom condition, by any stretch. I was tossing it out for sale last month out of frustration of nowhere to really ride it. Nobody wanted it, even for the $3200 that I tossed out for a day offer. I recently renewed my spirit for th KLR and would not give it up for less then $4,000 right now and it's got 10,000 miles on it.

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post #9 of 22 Old 08-01-2007, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Help, my head is hurting!

Yeah, I think you are right, it is a good deal. NO farkles, and not a garage queen, but the bike is a 06 with 10K miles, in sound condition and already scratched up so no worries right?
I am trying to weigh whether it is better to spend a little more and get a low miler. Today I saw an 04 (2 years older) but only 1840 miles for $3700. It might be worth the difference of $600 for a bike with almost no time on it, but really, I dont know. Its getting hard to figure the right way to go and hurting my
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I would say the 04' is an outstanding deal, but I would wonder about it not being ridden and how often it sits for months and months at a time. Pretty low mileage for an 8 year old bike. However.... with the $600 difference from buying the 06' you can get the tires you want, brand new chain and sprockets and a few more items that may need swapped out. Set the bike up the way you want it with that extra $600.

You are right about scratches, etc.. if you plan to ride it offroad on trails and in the thick of it, you WILL get scratches and such anyway. Sure it's more fullfilling to make them all yourself, but after a bit you won't know which ones were yours and theirs anyway!

I don't consider a motorcycle high mileage till around 30,000. Heck, mine is at 10,000 and only had it for 2 seasons.

Only you can decide whats more important... Riding, or waiting. The peak riding season is only a few weeks away!
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