Buying a 1999 KLR650 w/ 37,000kms
First post here, jumping in to the Dual Sport world on a budget and just looking for some pointers. Been riding almost 10 years, started on a Ninja 250, then rebuild a 1979 Kawasaki KZ400, then Ninja 650, and now have my dream bike a 2006 Bonneville T100 cafe'd.
Always wanted something like a KLR as a second bike - I'm 6'1" 220lbs so the smaller dual sports didn't seem to fit, have the opportunity to buy a '99 local to me from a really nice guy, plan is to leave the bike at my cottage and ride secondary roads and gravel roads, maybe really light trail but realistically would be a small percentage.
The bike is a 1999 KLR650 with some home painting, 37,000kms and the guy selling just bought it in October to do his road test and found he isn't riding so he's selling to fund home reno's.
The bike went up and down the road fine, and it's priced right, we have a deal pending logistics of certification and money exchange.
I guess main questions are what to worry about on a KLR of this vintage? The rear suspension was making a creaking noise, any thoughts? Suspension seemed to have a lot of sag for what I'm used to but I'm assuming that's the nature of the beast? Am I making a smart buy?
- tried to post pics of the ad but I need 15 posts! Deal is for $1550 As Is.