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post #1 of 10 Old 08-01-2007, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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How many miles?

Pretty simple question/topic......

Trying to get an idea of what type of total miles some folks have on their KLRs.

Haven't seen too many with over 20K.

Am actually considering buying a 2000 with around 20K miles and tons of farkles for around $2,300. I just don't know how much of the life has been ridden away. Yes, I know maintenance has a ton to do with longevity, but just trying to get an idea.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-01-2007, 07:32 AM
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I have 33,225 miles on my 04 KLR, I have seen several with more miles than I have, and one with 80,K+.

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Holycaveman has over 90,000 on his...
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And Holycaveman is anything but easy on his KLR, so that says a lot.

However, being that he does tear in to alot to work on things (I think this is the case) it's hard to say the positive effects that has.

There are many KLR's with 80,000+ miles so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Holeycaveman actually has over 104,000 miles on his, he just finished the trip to mexico and riding the Tat. I have seen some video of how he rides, that says alot about how these bikes can take a lic'n and keep on tic'n!

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Holycaveman has over 90,000 on his...
Actually it's now over 110,000 mi. The real number is unknown because he's broken the cable several times and not replaced it for months. I have argued that "The caveman mobile" should be donated to the AMA upon final retirement but HC refuses to admit he might stop riding it someday.

Me I'm only at 12,000 mi. But that's mostly off road miles.

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Mine went 27,000 before it exploded. For the way I ride the klr has a 20,000 mile motor. Any thumper that I ever own will get torn down to nothing every 20,000 for a full inspection. I will also use synthetic oil from now on.
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I think HC's bike had the motor rebuilt at some point, the ones I've seen have only had regular maintence.

Larry must really be hard on a bike.

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Yeah, if I remember right he ran a stock "do" for the first 60,000mi befor the springs wore out. Not sure what the main issue was but there was a rebuild of some sort. Not sure how involved it was though. He did maintance on mine last week and the valves were still dead on. The main motor issue turned out to be the key on the fly wheel. Competition Accessories in Springfield had changed my "do" at 4500 and when they put things back together they crushed the key under the fly wheel. Lucky HC had a Kaw 600 motor in the shop with the same key and we got it repaired. Ran the bike 300 miles on the COCR ride last Sunday and it did great. :-)

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Larry must really be hard on a bike.
TOBJ's bike has been just about every where mine has been and his is smoking pretty good these days. I think he is around 23,000 miles or so. IMHO these are 20,000 mile motors for the way we ride 'em here in the west.
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