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post #1 of 9 Old 05-25-2017, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Potential first-time KLR650 owner. Need help

Potential first-time KLR owner. Are there any issues that I need to address with a new to me 2010 KLR650??

The pictured KLR has 8500kms and seems to be in really clean condition.
Meeting with the owner to view and test ride...

Are there any issues with the 2010 model year that I need to know about ??
I honestly don't know much about the KLR 650 history.

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated!

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-25-2017, 09:32 AM
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Thought I responded previously to this thread, but . . .

Oh, well!

Don't know of any worms associated with the 2010 model year.

Bike looks most sanitary (cases probably worth more than the KLR650!).

How did you post an image with such a low post count? Intercession from a moderator?
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-25-2017, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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The bike looks hardly used for being a 2010.. and surprised that it was still available..
I figured the orginal owner has spent over $2500 to 3000 on Add-On's.. Not all are things that I would have spent my money on..

So no model issues with the 2010?? Other than the Cam Chain Tensioner spring and doohickey

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-25-2017, 12:01 PM
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There is Nothing Wrong with the Cam Chain Tensioner spring on KLR650s.

The issue is the OEM spring & doo-hickey on the Engine Balancer Chain Tension System.

Have a look at the engine oil drain plug for the presence of a gasket and No oil Drips or epoxy or welding repairs.
Ask to have a look at the air filter. It Should be Oily, not dry as a popcorn fart! It is the oil that catches and holds the dust.

Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-25-2017, 05:20 PM
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Ask the seller; "How much oil does it use?"

Do NOT ask if it uses any oil.

If the answer is "none" your seller could be: either extremely ignorant and thus there is a good chance that there may be an expensive problem with the cam bearings -or- they may be a blatant bald faced liar. Either way, it's not a good answer as they all use some oil.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-26-2017, 11:07 AM
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Most of the early Gen2 issues were resolved by 2010. Replace the "doohickey" lever and spring with an Eaglemike torsion spring and lever when you have a chance and consider a Thermobob if you ride in cold weather and/or plan on keeping the bike for a loooooong time. .....everything else is personal preference based on usage, experience and budget.

Heed Paul's advice to take a good look at the oil drain plug and air filter and I'd also check to make sure the clean side airbox drain and crankcase breather tube are in place on the airbox.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-14-2017, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Little update....
Think I have the "Parts Terminology" for the KLR down and understood..

Ended up buying the bike, and ordering the EagleMike Lever & Sping kit that night.
(Just completed the install today)
Going to ride off some stress tomorrow!!

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-15-2017, 06:30 AM
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Ryandude I woulda bought that bike in an instant if the price was right !!

With the mileage so low very little would be expected to be wrong with it
such as the dreaded overtorqued drain plug or any parts failures at such a
young age.

You did the right thing by researching first what you chose to buy and yes the KLR
is one of the most reliable and fun bikes on the planet. The few issues there are
it seems you have addressed wonderfully and ready to rock.

I'm adding one heads up: Hard, dry tires. Those are likely the originals and fine
for some gentle motoring but please don't go highway speeds on old rubber if the
stockers are still on. The oval stamp on the sidewall with 4 digits are the mfg date code.
Literally code, not the date as we know it. Something like 3409 would be the 34th week of 2009, etc.
U gotta do some Googling possibly but all the info to track down the age is there.
Just search the manufacturer name and date codes in your search bar to decipher
it's secrets. lol

Have fun and enjoy your ride !! My '09 has only broken down once in 23,000 miles/ 30,000 km.
That includes wheelies, stair climbing, 6,000+ rpms on occasion, etc, etc. I beat the crap
out of my bike and it doesn't care one bit. DON"T FORGET TO LEAVE SOME SLOP IN THE
CHAIN, and keep that thing wet. +1 on keeping the air filter sponge wet too. The oil is the actual
filter and the sponge only keeps bigger stuff out.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-15-2017, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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While I had the bike all apart I removed the OEM petcock and installed the Yamaha manual petcock, put on a 16T front sprocket as well..
The Rubber on the bike is all new. As goofy as they look I wanted more of a streetable commuter tire.

Love the KLR community, a easy bike to work on, are reliable as hell (when taken care of) and seem to have a great owner history too inquire information about being a new owner.

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