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post #1 of 10 Old 02-22-2020, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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New to KLRs, looking at purchasing

Hi all, thanks for any advice! I’m looking at an ‘09. It’s got 40k on it, no service records, no history, for sale at a shop in town. It’s got an FMF pipe, pelican bags, adjustable windscreen, crash bars, rhino lined plastics, skid plate and I think aftermarket chain.

They are asking $2,499, think I can get it down a bit (bike wouldn’t start today when I went by for a spin😂😂. Supposedly after compression and leak down test they “forgot” to hook something up but I think the dude just flooded it. In any case they are looking into it). Pretty clean all around minus the mileage (and current no-start!). Shop is definitely a little fishy, not the greatest reputation. I also found the bike advertised in another state about 300 miles ago which doesn’t really jive with their story of “we bought it from a guy who was just getting too old to ride it and didn’t want it any more (supposedly the second owner)”

Am I crazy to buy it and roll the dice on the motor? Maybe the top end has already been done, even if not and I have to do it how much should I plan on saving for that? Planning on commuting about 30 asphalt miles/day on it and some trails/fire roads on the weekends. Eventually I’ll get to do some longer camping stuff (2 up) but I can’t help wondering if I’m better off waiting/watching for one with less miles and maybe less Farkle for more money but less risk?

Any input is appreciated! Also if anyone knows how to get previous owner info from the VIN I’d love to get in touch with them.

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-22-2020, 04:39 AM
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You can easily find one within $500 of that price with 10k miles on it that is not already built for a zombie apocalypse.

Probably directly from an owner that is sad to see her go, and happy she is getting a good home.

I'd steer clear of any dealer who you already think has lied to you.

There are lots of well cared for bikes out there with conscientious owners.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-22-2020, 08:42 AM
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Seems high for a 40k bike. Personally, I'd run from a 40K bike. There's bikes out there that spent most of their lives in the garage.

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Far too many red flags in your description? Be patient and keep looking.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-24-2020, 10:49 AM
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I'd also be concerned about this one; what with the bike's non-start (and your non-ride), sketchy shop, dubious advertisement, and price, this potential sale has more red flags than a Soviet parade.

The miles aren't such an issue, but if you have the time to keep looking around you'll probably find a better deal on a better bike. Good luck!
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-24-2020, 12:44 PM
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keep looking
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-26-2020, 05:44 PM
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Yep, move on!! I bought two splendid Gen 1 bikes six years apart. A 96 model for 2k in 2014, and a 07 model for 3k last December. Both bike were in great original condition with less than 12k on the clock.
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nice, how ya likin the lex?
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Lexx is good, I see no reason to spend any more on a muffler...

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Lexx is good, I see no reason to spend any more on a muffler...
i went leo vince. looked hard at the lexx though.
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