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post #1 of 6 Old 06-04-2017, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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1998 KLR Good Deal?

Came across a 1998 KLR 650 with only 8400 miles, priced at $1650.
The bike looks clean, will need a new rear tire soon.

Good deal? I wanted a reliable bike as I could get for the least amount of cash outlay.

Although miles are good, should I be concerned that it's approaching 20 years old?

Anything else about a '98 I should know?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-05-2017, 05:08 AM
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A lot depends upon maintenance history.

How does the 20-year-old bike run?

A typical aging syndrome is: Petcock gasket deterioration. Crud gets into the carburetor and honks things up when this phenomenon occurs. Pox may be present, maybe not--could have been previously addressed.

History remains critical . . . was bike in STORAGE much of this time? How recently has it been run? Are all fluids fresh?

All this said, . . . I think the bike would have to be in rather exceptional, if not concours (spell-checker says I spelled the last word wrong), condition, to demand the price, given alternatives. Maybe not. See if a KLR650 of that vintage is listed on Kelley Blue Book for your area, for some vague and loose guidance.

Otherwise, even a KLR650 that old, technology-wise, has a lot in common with a 2017 model; a 2007 model, anyway!
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KBB excellent is $1840. So if that bike is in damn near perfect condition, I'd say drive 'em down to 1500 and you'd be getting a good deal.

then again, this is also coming from a guy who has never paid more than $1000 for a motorcycle, i paid $400 for my titled-seized engine 86 KLR600
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1) KBB and others are generalizations at best IMO. If it appears to be in good shape and passes the usual in-person inspection the price sounds good to me.

2) the age doesn't matter; if the bike has been properly stored and not mistreated, the condition and mileage should be all that concern you. Like any bike that is more than 4-5 years old, it will need to be serviced and gone through. I purchased a 2000 model a couple years back with 577 miles on it; all it needed was a battery, tires and a fresh tank of fuel.

3) 1996 - 2007 Gen1 KLR's are pretty bulletproof beyond the "doohickey"....in fact they are my preferred KLR's. Make sure the oil drain plug looks "unmessed with" and there are no signs of shoddy repairs. Check the airbox drains and air filter to make sure the engine hasn't been ingesting dirt at some point. make sure the speedo works.

Read: KLR650 FAQ

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-07-2017, 04:27 PM
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I'd jump on it.

Just picked up an '89 Katana 750 with 8600 on the clock
for $1650. Ka-ching! It only had the usual hibernation
sickness issues that a dip in Berryman's, and a round of
fresh fluids. The PO got it running and repl battery to sell
it which removed all the big headaches. Just needed tweaked.

If your choice runs or is really close it sounds like a great deal.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-07-2017, 05:32 PM
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How about some feedback, skewzme?

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