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post #1 of 12 Old 10-31-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,
I'm 6'5, 240 lbs., just completed the MSF new biker course and just received my license. I don't want too much power for my first bike but the little Suzuki 250's I trained on are way too small. My instructor recommended the Kawasaki KLR 650 due to my height and weight.

I've tried to find a site like Edmund's for motorcycles that list dealer cost vs. MSRP to no avail.

I found one in NYC and it fits and feels great and I was offered a price of $4,700 (before tax) for a new 2009. Is this a good price? If not please let me know what you think a good price would be and/or any negotiating tactics like throwing in a free helmet or anything.

I really know nothing about morotcycles (and the buying process) except that I love the feeling of riding, I want to get into it and I want more than a street bike for now for practical uses and limited off-road fun while I learn.

Thanks in advance,
Desmond
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-31-2009, 08:04 PM
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If check this site for used bikes, you should be able to pay alot less than the price of a new one. Very good chance that you will find one that has already had some goodies added.

There are a couple of other good KLR sites, to check also.

Good luck
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-31-2009, 09:54 PM
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welcome to the furum. Your going to love your KLR when you get it.

IMHO I seriously discourage you from buying a new bike to gain experience on. You WILL crash it. Everyone does at first. You should be able to buy an early to late 90's klr for $1600 to $1800. Ride it for a year or so and then sell it for about the same price you paid and buy a new one. I would watch graigslist in your area and ebay.
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-01-2009, 10:28 AM
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Desmond,
Craigslist.org is another great place to find used KLRs. Just go to the page for your area, then the motorcycles section, and search for "KLR." I found my 2000 KLR on Craigslist, and although it needed some things like new tires, brakes, doohickey, etc., I got it cheap enough to be able to replace those items and still end up with a great deal.
Happy hunting!

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My friend has one 2002 or 2003 klr650 for $2200. Located in San Francisco

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That is a good price for a new one.

The KLR is a great dual sport, but there are better bikes if you are only going to ride on pavement. You need to figure out what type of riding you plan on doing and buy a bike that matches.
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New price

This Aug. a local dealer, in N.H. , had a new KLR650 listed for just under $5000
Said he maybe could do a "little" better. FWIW

I haven't been in lately so I'm not sure what current prices are.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-03-2009, 08:27 AM
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that is a good price for a new one. I believe "list" price is somewhere around 5300 to 5400 dollars. I would always ask for them to throw in a helmet... they probably won't at that price, but you won't know until you ask. Depends on how motivated the dealer is.
The KLR is a good bike to start with, in my opinion... for lots of reasons.
Your size... a KLR will be a better "fit" for you.. it's relatively light, so you can handle it more easily while you learn balance and maneuvering.
It's pretty easy to work on, being a single cylinder, carbureted. There are almost unlimited upgrades and "tweaks" that you can do to it.
It's good for street riding... I do it every day. Long range touring won't be as comfortable as some others, but there are trade-offs in everything.
I think if you want a new bike, go for it. That's a good price, and it's a good bike.
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That is a good price for a new one.

The KLR is a great dual sport, but there are better bikes if you are only going to ride on pavement. You need to figure out what type of riding you plan on doing and buy a bike that matches.
I'm going to be driving on pavement mainly. Please advise on the better bikes you refer to and keep in mind I'm 6'5", 240 lbs. This is why the KLR appealed to me because it's light, not too powerful and the height of the bike works for my long legs and feels comfortable when I sit on it.
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-03-2009, 10:36 AM
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Bxtwilight, you won't find any other new street bike for $4,700 that will fit you. Most bikes just weren't made for us taller folks. Even the strom 650 is $7,500 which is really the only other reasonably priced new motorcycle that would fit you comfortably. You could probably find a used Strom 650 though or even a 1000 for that price. Just depends if you want new or can live with used. Most cruisers should fit you comfortable and move you along fine once you hit 1000cc, but again, unless you buy used, the pricing is far above $4,700.
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