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post #1 of 11 Old 04-22-2014, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at getting my first KLR...need a bit of advice

Hi everyone. My first time here! Hopefully not my last. I have been reading reviews and comparisons 'till I am blue in the face!

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a KLR. The problem is where I live, they are all over an hour away. I don't have time to look at a dozen bikes.
I will be driving on horrible potholed quebec roads. 90% city/town driving. Maybe look for a few dirt roads.

I thought I had found "the one". A 2009 with only 6000km. He's asking 4500$ which I find a bit high, but its like new with new 80/20 tires and battery.
So...I am thinking, finally...this is it. But, then I read all of the re-calls for the 2008 and 2009. I can fix the wiring and muffler bolts. But what about the oil burning problem? If it burns a lot of oil, I doubt the seller is gonna tell me. Is there anything to look for to indicate its burning? Oil in the exhaust?
But, finally, here is my question:
Is it worth the extra cash for a newer model with low km's? There are lots in the 2500$ price range with 30k.
There are also three 2005-2006 models with 10-18k km's with prices from 2500-2900$. They all look very clean and some of them have a few aftermarket parts.
Sorry for the long post....but I want to make the right decision. I can't really take everyone out for a long test drive.
To sum it up, is the 2009, low km bike worth 1500$ more than the 2006 18k km bike?
Thanks

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in short. no.

you are for the most part paying for bigger and better brakes and some new plastic and a few other thingy's.
the gen 1's would do you fine if you feel more comfortable buying one of those.

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Thanks..its more of a mileage thing than a year thing.
There is one at 18,000km and it has a lot of work done. Its a 2006 and he's asking 2500$ which means 2200-2300$. Its had the dreaded doohicky changed!
In general, is 30,000km considered high mileage? There's one that has a ton of work done, corbin seat, new tires, 2000$, but it has 32000km

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Thanks..its more of a mileage thing than a year thing.
There's one that has a ton of work done, corbin seat, new tires, 2000$, but it has 32000km
capnjim,
I'll suggest the owner found this bike reliable and comfortable Enough to Enjoy it for 32,000km.

My personal '87 has 69,000 miles. I know of others, not in this area with over 100,000 miles.

Yes it takes regular Maintenance and sometimes a little repair.
Always ask about oil consumption and change interval. And whether or not the factory doo-hickey has been replaced. Straight forward / honest answers are key. Is the owner Enthusiastic with info or stand-offish?

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i'd steer away from the 08 - 09 models unless you're sure about the oil consumption or are getting it at good enough deal that cost of a cylinder bore/upgrade and piston make it worth it.

30k km is nothing on a properly maintained bike, being able to tell is something your going to have to evaluate for yourself, or take a knowledgeable friend with you. personally i keep a log of all the maintenance and work i do on all my vehicles, not for when i sell but so i know whats been done and when.

when i was looking for a KLR here in Ontario, first gens were very rare and far over priced IMO..... but so were used first gens. i ended up paying about $1200 more to get the factory warranty and the piece of mind about proper maintenance.

if i could have or even did today, find a nice first gen that i felt comfortable buying, i would. there's actually a couple of barbies within a KM of me that i'd buy in a second if the owners would part with them.

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You came to the right place for good advice. I hope you enjoy whichever bike you end up with. Welcome to the forum.
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Thanks a lot guys. There are definitely some good deals. I think I'll stay away from the '09. I guess it almost makes sense a higher mileage bike has proven itself. Another one came on the market today, an '03 for 2000$.
Geez...its just too bad they are all over an hour away.
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had my 09 for 4 yrs, 28k miles later still waiting for it to burn oil. some do some dont i guess.

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Tough call on this one, I got my 07 from a guy who answered all my questions and the reason he was selling the bike seemed legit,don't make any quick decisions there are lots of bikes out there you will find one.
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Hi everyone. My first time here! Hopefully not my last. I have been reading reviews and comparisons 'till I am blue in the face!

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a KLR. The problem is where I live, they are all over an hour away. I don't have time to look at a dozen bikes.
I will be driving on horrible potholed quebec roads. 90% city/town driving. Maybe look for a few dirt roads.

I thought I had found "the one". A 2009 with only 6000km. He's asking 4500$ which I find a bit high, but its like new with new 80/20 tires and battery.
So...I am thinking, finally...this is it. But, then I read all of the re-calls for the 2008 and 2009. I can fix the wiring and muffler bolts. But what about the oil burning problem? If it burns a lot of oil, I doubt the seller is gonna tell me. Is there anything to look for to indicate its burning? Oil in the exhaust?
But, finally, here is my question:
Is it worth the extra cash for a newer model with low km's? There are lots in the 2500$ price range with 30k.
There are also three 2005-2006 models with 10-18k km's with prices from 2500-2900$. They all look very clean and some of them have a few aftermarket parts.
Sorry for the long post....but I want to make the right decision. I can't really take everyone out for a long test drive.
To sum it up, is the 2009, low km bike worth 1500$ more than the 2006 18k km bike?
Thanks
First post for me too.
Captain Jim: You mentioned your riding conditions but not your riding wants / requirements.
Also the comparison of the high mileage bikes to newer ones and which is best?
Third: No time to seek and test drive bikes for sale.

Here's what happened to me: I was away from riding for 17 years and was reawakened to the excitement of motor bikes last summer after taking my nephews Harley for a 15 minute ride. Without a lengthy rendition of my history/experience of bikes; I spent the winter, the last 8 months checking all dual sport types. The BMW GSA was it. I was ready to buy a 2014.

When it came time to actually purchase it I entered into reality mode. $$$. A lot of them. How much riding will I actually be doing? 25K for a bike? What else could I do with that amount of dough? I also could use/want a backhoe for chores around the house......or something else.

Forgive me for diverting this thread to me and my eperience but it may help Jim and I will wrap it up....3 weeks ago I bought a 2013 new KLR 650, zero miles from the dealer for $5300 and taxes of course. No test rides, bought it cold.
So far I put 100 miles on it and I dig it. It satisfies me. I don't need high speed, trying to impress chicks or loud pipes.

On my first ride I took it though the muddy back county roads then down main street of my small home town finishing up to a visit to my high school buddy's house then back home to admire the ability of this cheap, low powered "horse".

If / when I tire of it, I can sell it for a small loss or break even later down the road.
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