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post #1 of 16 Old 12-24-2017, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bike with 20k miles.

I see a lot of bikes with 15-30k miles on them. I think this is a lot of miles for a bike of this nature, and the peeps all want about $3k average (sometimes 2.5k). What are the thoughts of purchasing a bike with so many miles? I saw a bike with 60k miles and he still wants 3G's. Would I be asking for headaches, or would I be saving a great amount of money? How many miles do these bikes get before you have to do an engine tear-down? Thanks friends!

I'm tempted to buy new, but wouldn't mind saving by buying old.
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Proper air filter Re-Oiling after cleaning is paramount, at any mileage. Ask to inspect it!

If the bike is clean and well kept in overall appearance and has 30-60,000 miles on it, I'd say any possible issues have already been attended to.

As in the Doo-hickey has been Replaced, the suspension & steering bearings have been lubed. Ask the seller about these items.

I've got 80,000+ miles on my 1987 and wouldn't sell it for less than $1500, because I intend to ride it another 80,000 miles!

100,000, 150,000 miles is becoming fairly common. One owner had 202,000 Miles on Original non-rebuilt engine, and sold it to his Kawasaki Dealer!

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post #3 of 16 Old 12-24-2017, 07:06 PM
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I see a lot of bikes with 15-30k miles on them. I think this is a lot of miles for a bike of this nature, and the peeps all want about $3k average (sometimes 2.5k). What are the thoughts of purchasing a bike with so many miles? I saw a bike with 60k miles and he still wants 3G's. Would I be asking for headaches, or would I be saving a great amount of money? How many miles do these bikes get before you have to do an engine tear-down? Thanks friends!

I'm tempted to buy new, but wouldn't mind saving by buying old.
What's the basis for your conclusion, 15-30 K miles is, "a lot of miles for a bike of this nature?"

My riding partner's 2008 has 85,000 miles now; has been to Canada, Mexico, and a dozen passes in Colorado, etc.

In my opinion, 15-30 K miles on a KLR650 are of no particular consequence.

Yet, if you're uneasy . . . buy NEW, with manufacturer's and dealer's warranty . . . doesn't cost much more than a used bike, anyway!
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-24-2017, 08:43 PM
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Keep an eye on Craigs List Ads. Not sure where in SoCal you're located, but at the moment there's one in the San Diego area a 2005 with 13,800 on the clock that they're asking $2,600 for. Keep looking! I found mine advertised for $2,900 and bought it for $1,900 with just under 10,000 miles on it. After I purchased all the farkels I wanted (including a top end rebuild, the Doo, an aftermarket Exhaust, rebuilt Front and Rear Suspension/Shocks, Crash Bars, New Tires, Skid Plate, all LED Lighting, etc., etc., etc.), I still had just under $3,500 invested. The bad thing about these bikes; no matter how bad they break . . . . it's always cheaper to fix'm than to throw'm away . . . .
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-25-2017, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well, its official. I took the plunge. I purchased a KLR off ebay. 25k miles with some scratches on the sides. I really had to pony up to do that. I always told myself I'd never buy one off ebay, yet here I am. I'll have to let you all know how it works out. I picked it up for 2k, so I'm not too worried. What I am is excited to do a little mod-wrenching and exploring SoCAl. Is the Sergeant seat more or less comfortable than stock? By the way, this deal leaves me with plenty of upgrade money, so if you have ideas for first mods...
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-25-2017, 10:29 PM
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Farkels are really an individual call. OTOH one might consider the earliest additions to be based on preventitive things. Kawasaki's Service Manuals (Clymer 2nd choice), Crash Bars, a Skid Plate, a Flush Oil Drain Plug, the Doo, functional Hand Guards and then, since there's no way of knowing what has and hasn't been done as well as to give you a sure and certain starting point; replace and where apprpriate flush: Oil and Filter Change, Brake Fluid flush/replace, Cooling System flush and refill, Front Fork Oil drain and refill, Air Fiter replacement, maybe a new Chain and probably a new Spark Plug. After all this you might consider: replacing the rear suframe mounting bolts, pull and grease the Swing Arm Pivot Bolt and Bushings . . . I'd attend to all of these before engaging in suspension improvements/replacements. Attached wiring diagram for your library.

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-26-2017, 01:12 AM
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If you bought the one in Corona it looks like you got an excellent deal! Congratulations! FWIW I believe that most folks would consider the Sargent Seat a real plus. If it isn't to your liking, I'd imagine that there are many who will gladly trade you a stock seat for it. Although I'm OK with it, the stock seat is apparently not favored by most.

The attached is a list of what I've done to my 2007. The list includes the manufacturer of the component &/or the source and the price I paid (as best as I can recollect).

I've used many sources for these Farkels. The internet is your supermarket, and of course there is a lot to be said of (and support to be gained) form this forum's sponsors.

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post #8 of 16 Old 12-26-2017, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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It was the one from corona. Thanks for the responses on mods/farkels. I had no idea there were so many to be done. I was looking at the DR for a while, but it was that the fact that the KLR handles the highway better than the Dr and this cult following that sold me on the KLR. The rear tire looks full highway on this bike, but ima switch to the dunlop. The dirt is calling. Bonus- he's throwing in the service manual.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-26-2017, 09:53 AM
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Welcome to the forum, luckyramu.

Have you read this yet?

http://www.klrforum.com/introduction...kes-avoid.html
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-26-2017, 10:29 AM
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"It was the one from corona"
Most Excellent! It looks like you definitely got a really great deal!

"I had no idea there were so many to be done."
Nah, it's what Can be done. Very little of it is actually necessary . . . well, except for the Doo. If he's the original owner, he would/should know if its been done already.

"The KLR handles the highway"
If you get a bit of head shake/wobble at higher speeds, make sure that the steering head bearings are tightened up and the front wheel is balanced.

"He's throwing in the service manual."
Good stuff!
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