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post #1 of 27 Old 03-07-2019, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Was ready to buy a 2002 KLR 650- but...

Went and looked at a 2002 KLR yesterday. Owner asking a little over $2k. listed as excellent condition.14k miles. I quess the definition of ďexcellentĒ is subjective. Last time on road/ plates several yrs ago. What wasnít broke or cracked, tied w/wire, missing parts, bent parts,no brake lights, bad tires, all painted surfaces either peeling or rusted. Had leaked gas For so long of side of engine was orange. What a POS. Checked out a later model for more $$$. better but lights and blinkers not DOT.plus many body parts adapted onto bike. A lot of makeshift stuff. (Not OEM).which would be ok if the fit/ matched. None with any engine upgrades ( dohicky, thermobob ) .Maybe Iím expecting too much, $2500 donít buy much anymore I guess. Looks like I will have to save/wait a little longer and buy a Gen 2. Looks like $3500 gets you onto little better batch of ďfor sale ďbikes, still needing work, ( which I donít mind one bit). Ok enough of whining. Sure wanted to get started on ď project ADVĒ bike !.

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post #2 of 27 Old 03-07-2019, 02:18 PM
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keep looking; they are out there. I paid about $2,800 USD for my mint 2000 model (577 miles) 3 years ago;

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post #3 of 27 Old 03-07-2019, 04:11 PM
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Buy a 2018 model, while they last, rodent64!

What's your absolute top dollar budgeted for ANY KLR650, rodent?

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Just occurred to me: If you're concerned about DOT lights, might better stay away from flashing brake lights . . .
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post #4 of 27 Old 03-07-2019, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Donít really have a budget. In fact I can buy what ever I want. Not the point though. Was really hoping to find a Gen 1 model that I can build up on and do the upgrades , mods ,etc. and make like I want. Although old and slow now, I still like wrenching. (I used to build machinery,robotics and the likes.) Iím looking for a project bike that is not a total junker. ( I have built a few basket cases in my day). I donít want to have to unlace wheels to paint hubs ( I have replaced, laced,and trued many a rim) but I really donít want to go that far. I have owned over 30 MCs, most new. I still have a big late model road bike . I want to build a (kind of )Adventure bike/ dual sport. My last Dual sport was a DRZ 400. Great bike, but really tall and too buzzy to ride on paved roads @ 60 or so. Seat was like a 2x4 too. Very good on dirt, not on pavement. Anyway, a project bike is what I need. Something thatís all there even if itís needs attention.
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post #5 of 27 Old 03-07-2019, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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DPelliter, that is a very nice Gen 1KLR. In fact it looks like thatís one you donít have to do anything on. Just ride!.
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post #6 of 27 Old 03-08-2019, 02:47 AM
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Yeah but if you get an '18 you can maybe score that camo colorway And the only thing you'll lose as far as tinkering opportunities (which admittedly, I quite appreciate as well) will be the stuff requiring attention because of previous owner/wear & tear. It seems like, even new there's still a lot of stuff they "need." But then again, I could see where you want to make to make modifications that you wouldn't necessarily want to put on a brand new bike (replacing stuff that's not broken), or maybe you just want a project that will offer more challenges. In any event, here's to hoping you score like Dave. That bike is nice. So good in Army green.
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post #7 of 27 Old 03-08-2019, 10:32 AM
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DPelliter, that is a very nice Gen 1KLR. In fact it looks like thatís one you donít have to do anything on. Just ride!.
Weeeelllll;





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post #8 of 27 Old 03-08-2019, 10:39 AM
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As far as buying a new bike vs. a Gen1 goes: it depends what you want and what you plan to do with the bike. The Gen2 (esp. the 2014.5+) is a better bike bone stock......but the Gen1 has too many advantages to ignore if you plan on more "offroad centric" riding and don't mind a few mods; 20 lbs less weight, more robust bodywork and more suspension travel.

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post #9 of 27 Old 03-08-2019, 11:39 AM
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Donít really have a budget. In fact I can buy what ever I want. Not the point though. Was really hoping to find a Gen 1 model that I can build up on and do the upgrades , mods ,etc. and make like I want. Although old and slow now, I still like wrenching. (I used to build machinery,robotics and the likes.) Iím looking for a project bike that is not a total junker. ( I have built a few basket cases in my day). I donít want to have to unlace wheels to paint hubs ( I have replaced, laced,and trued many a rim) but I really donít want to go that far. I have owned over 30 MCs, most new. I still have a big late model road bike . I want to build a (kind of )Adventure bike/ dual sport. My last Dual sport was a DRZ 400. Great bike, but really tall and too buzzy to ride on paved roads @ 60 or so. Seat was like a 2x4 too. Very good on dirt, not on pavement. Anyway, a project bike is what I need. Something thatís all there even if itís needs attention.
I do have a friend up here in Lander WY that has a near mint Lime Green & Black 2006 that he intends to sell (not cheaply though).

But it is quite a drive from Texas.

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I do have a friend up here in Lander WY that has a near mint Lime Green & Black 2006 that he intends to sell (not cheaply though).

But it is quite a drive from Texas.
I look forward to an image of rodent64's eventual KLR650.

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