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post #1 of 8 Old 06-22-2015, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Buying first KLR a couple of things?

O/K went to look at a 2011 KLR650 today I thought may be a good buy but never really being around or hearing one run before I left with a couple of questions main reason for not coming home with the bike the guy went up on the price we had set over the phone anyway with 3600 miles the back tire was almost gone the engine opening the throttle off idle done this little shudder rattle or stumble not sure how to describe it but after that felt fine and found some oil residue around and in front of the drain plug. Does this sound normal or what ? Tire wear eng. noise etc. I still say if he had not gone up on me I would have brought it home. I don't think anything was really wrong but rather be safe than sorry.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-22-2015, 05:42 PM
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I think your decision to leave without a deal was a wise one. Doesn't sound like he's a guy to trust. As long as there was no miscommunication, it's not cool to go up on price like that: sure sign of a d-bag.

If it was the original rear tire, no surprise with the wear. Could be he's just a stooge without enough sense to thoroughly clean all areas around the drain plug after it goes back in, but who knows?

I would tread carefully here. The most accurate sensory organ you have is your gut.



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post #3 of 8 Old 06-29-2015, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hi planalp yep I agree the guy had an asking price or best offer so we agreed on a price I told him I had a 2 hr drive if the bike was what he said it was I would take it I think he thought I wouldn't go home empty handed after that length of a ride.More the principal than anything. Still my main concern was the engine thing may be normal on a big thumper but never hearing one before it made me a little leary.
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Sounds like the bike was probably sound, but your toleration threshold for what you consider abuse and manipulation is another matter.

Wear not unusual for an OEM tire; extraordinary low mileage for the age of the bike, IMHO. A bit of oil on the engine? No deal-breaker, ordinarily. Noise and roughness upon initial start-up? Typical.

Just for the record, what were the asked and offered prices? Vendor's final price?
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I'm curious about the bait and switch particulars, too, but I wouldn't do business with someone who pulled that crap. my .02




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O/K here is the deal I found this add for this KLR for sale for X amount O.B.O. so I call the guy we talk bikes etc.get down to the nitty gritty I ask what is your bottom dollar and he knocks off $200.00 then asks me how I would pay I told him cash so he comes off another $100.00 then I stated if bike was as he described it I would take it so I get there look it over and state I will take it for agreed price he states he will not take a penny less than asking price and it is worth every penny I said I thought we had a deal and he states he changed his mind so as I stated not knowing these bikes the tire wear the oil under eng. and the shutter or studder the eng makes and the price change I let him keep it.
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I would imagine your hunch is right that the guy banked on you not wanting to go home empty-handed after a 2-hour drive. When you stuck to your guns, he got pissed and was willing to lose the sale rather than do the deal.

I don't know how much money we're talking, but can't imagine a 2011 with 3600 miles on it was offered for a particularly attractive price as compared to a new one. If it was a substantial amount less than a new one and seemed to be in good shape, I would be leery about why the seller was trying to unload it if he knows how much it's worth.

For me, too many questions with a used bike unless I've got a really good feeling about the person selling it. If I'm wrong about that, it's on me. I'd rather just buy a new one. If you're willing to lay out a substantial amount cash for a used 4-year-old KLR, you might as well just drop a substantial down payment on a new one and finance the rest if you don't have it or save up until you do.

I guess that is if you're sure you're going to like it and are going to ride it for years. If you wind up not liking it and having to sell it, you're going to take a loss.



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[I] state I will take it for agreed price he states he will not take a penny less than asking price and it is worth every penny I said I thought we had a deal and he states he changed his mind.
That bike would have to be wanted very, very much my me to cause me to complete a transaction under those circumstances.

Tire wear, oil, and "stumble" seem trivial; the vendor's welshing on the deal does not, on my sliding scale of situational ethics.

Sometimes, one must grit one's teeth and accept abuse and mistreatment; sometimes, one doesn't have to. You clearly don't have to, and . . . they're working nights, manufacturing new KLRs, if you ever want to buy one. Or, some used KLRs are for sale by people of integrity, unlike your would-be vendor.

Not going to give us any dollar value? Not a problem!
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