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?
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.