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post #1 of 16 Old 07-20-2009, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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17k miles on an '89?

I found an '89 today that claims to have 17k miles. Should I be suspicious of this? I noticed the odometers on these bikes only go to 5 digits, so could there be the possibility that this thing has been pushed to 99,999 and rolled over to zero? I know its a long shot but I'm just wondering what you all think.

From the pics the bike looks to be in good shape, and after checking it out at least I'll have a cosmetic image to match to the mileage.
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-20-2009, 05:53 PM
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If it was only ridden a few hundred miles a year, or sat for a few years, it's very possible. The issues I'd be concerned about would be dry rot of rubber..

That said, unless it's really cheap, there's a lot of bikes out there that are 15 years newwer with the same amount of miles, for not a lot of money..

Weigh your options and be patient, and you might find something much newwer for less money??
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Dude wants $1500. Its higher than blue book, but with lower miles.

Yes there are a few 1997's and above around here, but all seem to be over 20k miles as well and between $2000 - $3000. And there are also '06 and above bikes for over $k. Its kind of funny that no one is selling anything between 2000 and 2005.

I'm looking for something inexpensive as my first bike (I've also got to buy safety and riding gear), but with that said, I don't want a bunch of problems with a 20 y.o. bike.
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At $1,500... just buy it and ride it and repair the stuff that goes wrong. Even if you spend another $1,000 getting her in shape, you'll still only have $2,500 in it and you'll also know the status of everything you fixed. Working on the KLR is cheap and even an extremely mechanically challenged person like myself can do quite a bit. Parts aren't that expensive for the old thumper either and extremely easy to find.. arrowhead being a great example for outstanding service and fast response. I think you would know pretty easy if ANY motorcycle had over 100,000 miles on it. I doubt their would be any question at all the difference between 117,000 vs 17,000. Toss the battery ASAP, for $60 you can get a brand new no maintenance one and never worry about the status. Change all fluids ASAP also. Change tires if he has no sales receipt showing reasonable time period when purchased. Change out Chain unless receipt also. All this crap is cheap and easy and you'll know where you stand with the bike. Heck, it's a great time to upgrade a lot of parts also. Stainless brake lines, higher grade cables. You could really create the KLR of your dreams.

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Around here there seems to be a bunch of 03'-07's for sale.. A nice 1998 with 12K or so around here sells for $1500-$1800.. As I mentioned, be patient and don't be afraid to go a ways for a deal.. I've bought bikes in Florida and California..
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Around here there seems to be a bunch of 03'-07's for sale.. A nice 1998 with 12K or so around here sells for $1500-$1800.. As I mentioned, be patient and don't be afraid to go a ways for a deal.. I've bought bikes in Florida and California..
Hmm...this is not the first time I've noticed an over-inflated private market out here. It was the same way when shopping for my truck. Everyone obviously can look up a blue book value, but everyone still lists their items for 20%-30% more than BB. People see other stuff go at these high prices, so they throw theirs up there and just sit around and wait without ever dropping prices unless they're desperate. I'm guessing its because of our isolated market...once you leave the Denver/CO Springs metro area you have to go a long way to get to another large urban market.

Anyways, thanks for the advice. I'll be looking at a couple of bikes this weekend. What are your thoughts on waiting until the end of summer? Do prices typically drop on used bikes at the end of a summer?
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I've always found my best motorcycle deals in January.. Makes it tough to get them home, though..
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Considering the original model is now obsolete, meaning you can't buy them anymore, they will start to bring more money. Maybe somebody will develop a reasonable priced kit to convert the new model back to the original style. That would be interesting!
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Prices will be lower any time its perceived as bad riding weather. Which around here means never really. or is that But yeah, I'd guess you will pay less the more people start thinking, "hmm, I guess I don't ride this thing", as opposed to, "hmm...one of these sunny days..."

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Might as well throw in a few more cents. I'd be hesitant buying an older bike as my first if you can get a newer one for a little more.




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I found an '89 today that claims to have 17k miles. Should I be suspicious of this? I noticed the odometers on these bikes only go to 5 digits, so could there be the possibility that this thing has been pushed to 99,999 and rolled over to zero? I know its a long shot but I'm just wondering what you all think.

From the pics the bike looks to be in good shape, and after checking it out at least I'll have a cosmetic image to match to the mileage.
Any servicing receipts or rego docos that may show progressive milage travelled? If it's genuine, it hasn't been used and that's one of the worst things you can do-not use it.

Is there any unusual wear of tear on it that may suggest higher mileage? At 17k the chain and sprocket set may even be the originals. Have electrics been messed with? Pop the brakes pads out and see if those are original. Original grips? I'd be suspect unless pursuaded otherwise. Could the clocks have even been replaced? Of course, KLRs will go on forever, if maintained properly, but this needs to be taken into consideration when haggling the price-the difference between 17k and 117k (or even 217k).

My '92 KLR had 160,000 Kms by the time i sold it.
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