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post #1 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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My KLR reasons

This is lifted from my thread in ADV. Id like to get some feedback here and to pass the time & just talk bikes..

Just fishing around. Trying to pass some constructive time in the deep freeze.
Looking for some input from some of the KLR'istas.
I owned a 02 KLR 650 back then. It lasted 6 months (dreams of suburban happiness forced sale). Got back into bikes shortly after that stint of insanity. Now I am looking into another kick at the KLR can. Well to be honest here, i've got the itch to find a good old airhead. However cost factors heavily here and I dont feel like paying 3000$ (all prices in Cdn ) for a 30 plus year old BMW bike with 100k kilometers.

I did like the KLR when I had it but it was my first non sport bike. So the oomph factor wasnt there (I also did some off road but found it unwieldy). The bikes Ive had since then have been more pedestrian (wee strom and a bonneville). So the oomph factor doesnt factor anymore. Also at the time I never really looked at the aftermarket for KLR's. Now it's like a smorgasbord of farkles

Here is what I need the bike for-
It will be my transport for 90% of my seasonal riding. Commute with 25 lbs of work related gear, grocery getter, sunday morning getaway machine, and off road (fire, ATV roads, and really shitty Quebec cottage roads).
No long tours planned other than a 6-8hr ride to either Vermont or New Hampshire (with Harley cruiser types). No two up. I dont want to worry about cleaning, I dont want to worry about dropping and I dont want to worry about over paying banks or dealerships or fuel companies.
3000$ is what I want to pay. I do want to mess around and "make it my own" ie:
Heated grips, bash guards (or that neat IMS tank), panniers. I also have an affinity for military bikes (and I can see a desert camo or autumn camo paint job in my bikes future)

What I like about the KLR is the network of support that is out there. Parts availability and affordability.
What I like about the BMW is maintenance ease, shaft drive, that twin motor.
Ive got a high (68000 kilometer) KLR in my sights at 2K$
Id like to know what (if all the proper work was done) to look for in a bike with this mileage? Is there specific issues to this motor or frame/bearing/'lectric issues to be aware of (I know of the whole doo thing as I have a friend who changed his out)

Anyway, just an open dialogue here. Love to hear what people have to say (as if it hasnt been said a thousand times over) But I figure you people love your bikes.
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 11:25 AM
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68,000kms is a fair bit higher than I would personally go for a bike. Unless it was all I could afford. But if not..I would buy a slightly newer version...IMHO.
After all...there can be a load of wear and tear in 68,000kms, it would seem to me as being closer to it's golden years rather than a good investment for a person getting back into it. To each their own. You could always do the 685 kit to freshen up the engine? I would be loooking for a new timing chain assembly too.
It's your the end....look it over very carefully for any signs of destruction and abuse. Better to buy a fresh bike and destroy it yuourself than buy something someone else has already destroyed.

Yes it can be fixed anything can....but is it worth the trouble in the long run?

Yes there are multitudes of aftermarket nick nacks to buy to make it what you want or need. Crash bars are a cheap insurance and cost less than the rad, rad guards, tank etc after the first good off you have. The plastic tanks are good too from what I have heard, not my cup of tea personally but many love them.

Buy wisely...and don't jump at a wreck just because.....good luck and let us know what you do.

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah thats what I was thinking. It's just that deep in winter there isnt much choice. I decided to skip that one for the reasons you mentioned. I mean if I get into it then I might as well get an old airhead to putz with. I have to tell you looking here and on other sites, there are some Fantastic bikes and great mods that people have done. So many ideas but the basics have to be right. The bike's gotta be solid.
Then I can bash it all up
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 11:40 AM
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Where abouts are you? You said something about Quebec?

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Im in Ottawa
Used to live in Montreal.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 12:24 PM
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I have family in Ottawa and Gatinau. I used to live there as well.
It's going to get colder tonight! I live just north of Toronto...and it's coming your way !! Enjoy!

Did I say I hate winter???

There are many riders on KLRs in your area. There is an Ontario section over at .net if you are interested in meeting up with any...not trying to guide you

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-14-2009, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Drop me a PM with the KLR info. I am in talks and may have my bike secured soon.
I hate winter too (unless I am on ski's) I had the fireplace pumping the heat today, then went out for supper at the outlaws. Lots of schnapps!
Cheers mate
it's -25 out Feck!
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-16-2009, 03:07 PM
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my klr reasons

hi ya'll, up there in ottowa and toronto areas, stop in and see Adrian at Computrack, ay.
He can check your bike's chassis for alignment with the GMD Computrack System. It is a very comprehensive way to mesure a bike's alignment and Geometry.
If you are buying a used bike, this will answer all the questions about the chassis condition with gear that sees things we can't see with our naked eyes. Adrian is a very experienced rider.
PM me for his phone number if you like.

'08 KLR650,
'72 BMW R75/5 (Col. Klink),
'02 KTM 400 E/XC,
'05 ktm 125 sx (for sale)

"Hey, are you okay? Can you get up?
I thought you said you could ride"

All the best
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-16-2009, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Got it!
1355 Kilometers
Gets delivered Monday!
in MINT shape!
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-16-2009, 08:54 PM
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Congrats on the find of the 05'!!
As far as bikes, I understand completely.. My BMW riding started with a couple K bikes, and then discovered Airheads.. Stupid simple, stupid fun!! I bought my R80 late last fall, and I didn't get much chance to ride it, but I've picked up my trinkets to make it road ready come thaw..
All the Canadians I know make up for a short riding season with lots of riding while they can.. I travel all the time and am amazed at the few amounts of bikes on the roads when in Southern US during perfect riding weather..
I'm headed to Beaumont, TX next week and I'll bet I'll see less bikes in the week than I would on a chilly April afternoon at home..

Enjoy the new ride!!
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