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post #1 of 9 Old 02-19-2017, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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New rider buying advice.

Hi everyone. I'm looking to buy my first bike to use as a commuter and to have a little fun off-road. I have my eye on a couple bikes around me. The first one is a '96 with 51K miles and a ton of extras. The owner just did an old change and days the bike is running great. The second bike is a '99 with 15K miles with a rattle can paint job and might need a rear sprocket replacement and a new rear brake line soon. What do you guys think? I'm thinking that there might be a reason there are a bunch of problems on the '99 bike which might make it not worth my time. On the other hand the '96 has seen a lot more running time. Which one should I go with?
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-19-2017, 09:48 AM
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Are those my only choices? LOL

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Haha. Yea. Well those are the 2 that I have narrowed it down to. I've seen that KLRs can get up past 100K so that's the one I'm leaning towards but I dunno.
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pretty hard to say without pics and prices. ......though these bikes can go for 100,000+ miles, I'd be leaning towards the '99 myself but then I like to putter, upgrade and customize. Are the mods on the '96 things you'd actually want and would buy?

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Well I wish I could post the URLs but I guess you have to make 15+ posts to do so.
I definitely want the mods that are on the '96. It comes with a Luggage rack, crash guards, gripper pegs, skid plate, aluminum bars, oversize front brake kit with braided steel line, and bark busters. It's going for $1900. The '99 is going for $1750.
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Well I wish I could post the URLs but I guess you have to make 15+ posts to do so.
I definitely want the mods that are on the '96. It comes with a Luggage rack, crash guards, gripper pegs, skid plate, aluminum bars, oversize front brake kit with braided steel line, and bark busters. It's going for $1900. The '99 is going for $1750.
The 1999 sounded roughed up, abused and neglected on the first read. At $1900 for the well cared for, farkled 1996 I'd go that way in a heart-beat.
Dave, you might re-read that 1st post!

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Well I wish I could post the URLs but I guess you have to make 15+ posts to do so.
I definitely want the mods that are on the '96. It comes with a Luggage rack, crash guards, gripper pegs, skid plate, aluminum bars, oversize front brake kit with braided steel line, and bark busters. It's going for $1900. The '99 is going for $1750.
Consider that most of those farkles separately cost a few hundred but totaled up may be as much as your paying for the bike. See if you can have it inspected by a reputable shop and make sure there is nothing majorly wrong. Also make sure you get as many spare parts, tubes, tires, exhaust or whatever in the sale 'cause it's a KLR you prob need 'em.
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The 1999 sounded roughed up, abused and neglected on the first read. At $1900 for the well cared for, farkled 1996 I'd go that way in a heart-beat.
Dave, you might re-read that 1st post!
Maybe; I'm still unclear on the condition of the '99; he said it had a rattle canned paint job (while I'm not a fan, this is pretty common on older Gen1's and probably not a good indication of overall condition), that it MIGHT need a rear sprocket and brake line soon (not sure how you'd know a bike MIGHT need a brake line soon, but....). He THEN goes on to say that there " might be a reason the 99 has a bunch of problems" but he doesn't state what those problems are or might be other than the aforementioned (non) issues?

It all boils down to condition and budget......I say budget because if you're on a tight one, the mods may make the '96 a better deal despite the extra mileage if you want the goodies it comes with and might have trouble getting them otherwise. I know that I would undoubtably do a full cosmetic upgrade and extensive farkling to either bike so I tend to lean towards the newer bike. IIRC all 1996's got the thicker cylinder but there is a chance that it could have the old style balancer sprockets (prior to engine # 32206) which should be updated.....plus the engine is black instead of hammer tone; a minor thing but...

I'm don't think I've seen enough information here to determine the true condition of the bikes in question.

I do know that for ME, I'd be doing so many mods that I'd likely start with the lower mileage bike but then the OP is unlikely to do the same.

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I believe I'd shop some more... Wouldn't go for either.
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