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post #1 of 20 Old 06-08-2014, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a 2006 KLR 650

Hi all, I'm new to your forum and I bring questions.

I've been riding motorcycles since 1992 and I've ridden everything from ducatis, to goldwings, a kawi concours, and I currently ride a harley road king. I've been wanting to get into dual sports, and I've located a 2006 KLR 650.

It has less than 5000 miles, kawi green, and has bags of some sort. I know the guy selling it, and he tells me that it needs new tires (and he has a new set ready to go on it), and he thinks the carb needs cleaned up since he hasn't ran it for a year or so. I know it ran well a couple summers ago, because he would ride it to work; but it won't run right now.

I can score this bike for $1000 or less. I'm a decent wrench, but not a mechanic - and I'm unfamiliar with KLRs. Anything I should watch out for in particular? I don't think he abused the bike at all. I think $1000 is a bargain, but since I am not sure what the problem is, I'm a bit hesitant...so I'm asking for your experienced opinions.

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post #2 of 20 Old 06-08-2014, 08:36 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I am pretty new to KLR's also and not a mechanic by any stretch so I won't give advice on the bike you are looking at but I will tell you that there are some very knowledgeable people here so you came to the right spot. I rode similar bikes to you in my past and really enjoy the dual sport thing now. KLR is a fun bike.

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I'll PayPal you $1000 and you can buy the bike for me.

That is a smoking deal and if it ran before it wouldn't take much to get it running again.

Welcome to the forum. What is your location? Maybe you can add that to your Profile please.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Agreed, that is an excellent deal! You'll get yourself a great bike for a simple carb cleaning! And in my opinion, the 06 Lime Green was one of the most awesome looking KLR's made

That bike (with a carb cleaning) would easily be going for triple that price in my neck of the woods.

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I'm going to look it over on Tues afternoon. Wish me luck.
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No luck required -just bring your wallet.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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Look forward to hearing how it goes.
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post #8 of 20 Old 06-09-2014, 02:28 PM
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Helleuva deal! running or not! (as long as she's legal that is)
Here's to hoping you score big!
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Well, it's a bit rough. The plastic is faded and oxidized on the fairing and fender. Some of the mounts for body panels are missing screws, or grommets. The windshield is hanging by one screw. Chain needs replaced. Gas smells bad. Tires are flat, but there is a new set of dunlop ready to be mounted. Hasn't been run in a year and wasn't properly stored. It's been sitting outside in full sun all that time.


Fork seals looked good. Oil looked good. Seat was faded, but not torn. He said the hand guards were some sort of upgrade wirh aluminum reinforcement. No other mods done to it.
It turns over easy, but really sounds like the carb needs help. 4775 miles. He kept the oil fresh. It has a moose racing luggage rack on it and what looks like a home made highway bar. The suspension cycles well, front and rear. It fits me fairly well, but might need to be lowered for my wife to ride it. It has a Moose racing luggage rack (no bags), a tank bag/bra thing, and what looks like a home made highway bar.

I told him I need to think about it. He is desperate to sell it to me because he knows I can fix it. He tried Craigslist last year, but had no luck at $3000ish. He sees me as his only hope to sell it. I like the guy, but owe him nothing, so I might offer $800 and see what happens. It needs a lot more work than I expected, and I'm really only interested because it is a bargain and a new project. It would also be a decent bike for my wife to learn to ride on.
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Sounds like you know what you are getting into and sounds mostly cosmetic. At least you don't have to replace the cosmetic stuff if you don't want to. Maybe get it running good and see how your wife likes riding before you invest too much into the plastic stuff.
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