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post #1 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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KLR New Edition

I have previously owned a 2009 KLR-650 and have recently decided to get another one for medium distance touring and commuting. What is your opinion on the New Edition? Worth the money to buy a new bike or save the cheese buy buying a late model used? I didn't think that my 2009 was terrible in regard to the suspension, meaning I never bottomed it out whilst playing. Any strong opinions either way?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 05:50 PM
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I always say- "buy the newest bike you can afford". From there you work backwards till you can afford it.

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanderlust View Post
Any strong opinions either way?

No, not from me!

Buying a new edition, you're buying mileage, and . . . stronger suspension and more comfortable seat.

Also, you're buying somewhat accelerated depreciation (compared to a used bike).

Worth the extra money?

Only you can decide.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by klr4evr View Post
I always say- "buy the newest bike you can afford". From there you work backwards till you can afford it.
I would agree. Most of us know that the initial purchase is only the beginning. You get some benefits buying new but have to add accessories you feel you need. Sometimes you can find a used one that has many of the accessories you would want so you can use the money saved to buy suspension, seat, etc.

I like new so I know the history but usually can't afford to do all the upgrades I want right away so it is always a tough call.

Best of luck on your decision.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-18-2014, 10:33 PM
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I bought a KLR New Edition and am happy that I did. This is a bike that I will not be changing the seat as I can comfortably move around on it. The upgraded suspension is better then my work Harley's air suspension. This bike is much better than the 2009 that I had. It fits my needs very well, I am not going to take it on long trips that is what I have the BMW for.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-19-2014, 06:56 AM
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If I had the money I would go for the new edition. Especially since some of the first upgrades done to a KLR are the seat and suspension . And the factory's extra charge is small compared to what you can spend on a custom seat and suspension. My two cents...

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-19-2014, 07:01 AM
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I enjoy riding more than working on the bike, so new is good for me. Every time I go on a group ride it seems there is always a guy working on his old bike trying to get it to run.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-19-2014, 07:29 AM
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never had the older edition (assuming pre-2008), so I cannot compare but I agree with bl4935 about the accessories, since the suspension needed an upgrade for me (6' 4" 300lbs without gear) and I love the metal panniers and skid plate, so I think it is best to shop around.

In my area the KLR is becoming more popular because a used 2008+ (non-accessorized) is $500 more now than when I bought mine a couple years back.

Information about the previous owner and how the KLR was treated with regards to maintenance is the big thing for me.
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