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post #1 of 3 Old 09-05-2018, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all,

So I am looking to purchase my first KLR 650 and have narrowed down on one in particular. A little bit about this specific bike, it is a 2005 w/ 14,000 miles on it and an asking price of $2000. There is also a hitch mounted car carrier that could be worked into the deal, with a 500 lb. weight limit.

The current owner claims to have received it from his nephew a few years back after which it sat in his garage 3 years before he finally registered and rode it this year. He claims to not know much about the bike, but spent time removing all the plastic to prime and paint. My plan is to meet up with him tomorrow to negotiate, but I'm curious what I should be looking for/asking tomorrow? Could the carburetor be shot after sitting that long? Do the valves need to be re-worked after 10,000 miles. Is this a fair asking price? I've seen closer to $1700 on KBB and such, but obviously the miles are relatively low on this cycle. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-05-2018, 07:51 AM
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14,000 isn't bad. Carbs don't get shot, they just need cleaning and occasionally a gasket, spring, diaphragm and/or jet. Not a biggie in my book. Did he do the doohickey? Does it start up fine cold? That's the big one. Ask to see it cold. If you can drive it till it is warmed up and switch to all five gears then there usually isn't some grimlin that anyone caused, or knows is going to happen, and anything from the point after you bought it, when it was running fine, is just coincidence. 2k is a decent price but over here on the right coast it's hard to find a KLR so I would have jumped on a $2000 KLR with only 14k on it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-05-2018, 11:24 AM
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As Patroy said; carb wouldn't be "shot" just gummed up.....if it runs properly it's fine, if not plan on a complete carb clean. valve clearance should be checked every 5,000 miles but the top end (the whole engine, for that matter) can last a looooong time. The KLR has the best longevity in the segment; Bill (Watt-Man) has 161,000 miles on his stock engined 2004 KLR. 14,000 miles is relatively low.

I can't comment on the price there as our market is completely different but $2k sounds decent and KBB and such aren't much use IMO. The painted plastics are a value hit.

Other than the usual, I check KLR's for two things that can cause massive headaches;
- 1) check the oil drain plug area for leaks and/or signs of shoddy repairs.....these are easy to strip out and difficult to fix properly
- 2) I'd check the airbox for the presence of the clean side drain hose and plug and also for melted holes near the exhaust pipe junction. either can allow dirty air to enter the engine which tends to take out the rings/bore in short order. check the air filter to make sure it's intact and oiled properly.

A couple slightly less critical items; a non functional speedo can mean front hub damage (also common) and a leaking valve cover can mean stripped cam caps.

Beyond these things, it's the typical motorcycle items to check for wear and proper operation. Good luck; nice Gen1's are my favorite KLR's with 1996 - 2007's being the best.

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