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post #1 of 7 Old 11-24-2017, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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What's a Good Price?

Hello KLR forum, I'm a new guy. I'm looking to buy a used KLR650 and begin riding again after not riding for the last 15 years. My last bike was a BMW R1100GS which I enjoyed - on the road only - but sold when I got married. Anyways I've found an '06 KLR650 at a dealer which has about 11k miles on it. The dealer wants $3500 for it, which seems a little high based on what i've researched on line, but it does have pannier brackets already installed and good looking metal panniers mounted. Also already has an after market luggage top rack and a nice lockable top box on it. It has a slip-on muffler installed and otherwise appears stock. Question, given the very reasonable mileage and the improvements/additions already on the bike which I would have to pay for if it didn't have them, does $3500 sound reasonable? Thanks for any thoughts andcrecommendations.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-24-2017, 04:35 PM
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sounds a bit high.....how much too high depends on actual condition. Personally, nice, mint, low mileage Gen1's are the "holy grail" of KLR's for me and I don't mind overpaying a bit for something really nice. OTOH, I don't place too much value on aftermarket bits I likely won't use or want.

The market is different everywhere but here the lowest you'll get a running KLR of is around $ 2,000 CAN (about 1,500 USD) and a really nice Gen1 is worth no more than $4k (3,000 USD). As a reference I paid $3,750 Can (2,800.00 USD) for a mint 2000 KLR about 1.5 years ago with 577 miles on it.....I'd buy another like it in a heartbeat for the same price.

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Ok Dave,
So 6 years newer than your pristine 2000 model and dressed mostly the way he would do it up anyways.
I think it would cost more than $700usd to dress any year KLR with new similar parts.
A used Quiet stock exhaust is maybe $50-100.

If it looks good enough to you dfaust, I suggest buy it before its Gone!

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Ok Dave,
So 6 years newer than your pristine 2000 model and dressed mostly the way he would do it up anyways.
I think it would cost more than $700usd to dress any year KLR with new similar parts.
A used Quiet stock exhaust is maybe $50-100.

If it looks good enough to you dfaust, I suggest buy it before its Gone!
Yep; if it's really nice and what he wants....as I said, I'd overpay a bit. ....as far as 6 years newer, that's completely irrelevant in my opinion. Condition isn't necessarily age dependent.

Like it or not, aftermarket goodies are typically worth less than 50 percent of what they cost new. I have zero desire for panniers or top boxes so they have little to no value to me, but they would to the OP.

For me the best of the best is the 1996 - 2007.....color preferences give me a slight push to 2000 - 2007 and I'd be happy with any of those years.

Cheers,

Dave


If I saw some pics, I may revise my opinion a bit.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-24-2017, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you to dpelletier and pdwestman for your excellent thoughts. If I were to buy a KLR which did not have the exhaust mod or the panniers, I would put them on myself. Knowing this - if I subtract the $600 or $700 these items would cost me to buy these items from the price of this bike so equipped, I'm right in the ballpark on price I think. I did go to the dealer's website and send them an email asking whether they had any room to maneuver on the price. I will probably ride up there either tomorrow or Monday to check this bike out in person. I'm stoked! Again thanks for hashing this out with me. I'm sixty three and I've been wanting to ride again - if I'm ever going to start I need to get with it. This might be the bike...
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-24-2017, 09:00 PM
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Hey, dfaust!

It's DISCRETIONARY RECREATIONAL EXPENSE!

In other words, STOP COUNTING!

Do you scrutinize every cent you pay for recreation (including, entertainment, vacation, etc.)?

Didn't think so!

If you want the bike, buy it, for FUN! Don't look back at the expense, any more than at your bar bill, dinner check, TV cable fee, movie tickets, ocean cruise, etc., costs.

Ride and enjoy!
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Hey, dfaust!

It's DISCRETIONARY RECREATIONAL EXPENSE!

In other words, STOP COUNTING!

Do you scrutinize every cent you pay for recreation (including, entertainment, vacation, etc.)?

Didn't think so!

If you want the bike, buy it, for FUN! Don't look back at the expense, any more than at your bar bill, dinner check, TV cable fee, movie tickets, ocean cruise, etc., costs.

Ride and enjoy!
Valid point, sir.
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