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post #11 of 32 Old 11-24-2009, 05:53 AM
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When you do decide to buy I suggest you consider the '07 and earlier over the '08 and later. The main reason is the too common engine problems we have seen and heard of. Rings and cam caps are two common problems with the newer and these are not cheap fixes. If you are riding offroad there is more plastic to break on the '08 and newer. The '08 and newer have bigger forks but the '07 and earlier forks can be improved to work VERY WELL. The '08 and newer have better brakes. Looks go to the '08 and newer. Gauges go to the '08 and newer. My biggest concern is the engine and the cost of repairing it. Just my 2cents.

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post #12 of 32 Old 11-24-2009, 09:27 AM
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I'll let ya ride mine, but it ain't actually for sale. But I would sell it and start agian with another one.
I see them for sale all over the place. Well not as many KLRs for sale as Harleys, and ninjas, and busa's, etc., you get my point.
but they are out there and some pretty good deals.
Some stock and some ultra-farkled.
where you at Steppenroth?

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I thought you said you could ride"

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post #13 of 32 Old 11-24-2009, 09:39 AM
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Dealers not allowing test rides is perfectly understandable to me. First, motorcycles aren't like cars where people don't mind a few miles on a brand new one. I wouldn't want to see 60 miles on my new MC because you know some airhead wrung it out during one of those test rides. Plus, the likelihood of an accident on two wheels is far higher then four. Even if both parties have insurance, who is at fault? Yeah, the test rider claims their insurance will cover things, but let's see what happens after the accident. If the Shop has to cover accidents, how many before their premium skyrockets? Dealers allowing test rides of motorcycles just isn't a wise thing. I did see a dealer offering test rides of the new 3 wheeled Can-am Spyder, but it was a manufacturer supplied demo model, not a customer one.
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Dealers not allowing test rides is perfectly understandable to me. First, motorcycles aren't like cars where people don't mind a few miles on a brand new one. I wouldn't want to see 60 miles on my new MC because you know some airhead wrung it out during one of those test rides. Plus, the likelihood of an accident on two wheels is far higher then four. Even if both parties have insurance, who is at fault? Yeah, the test rider claims their insurance will cover things, but let's see what happens after the accident. If the Shop has to cover accidents, how many before their premium skyrockets? Dealers allowing test rides of motorcycles just isn't a wise thing. I did see a dealer offering test rides of the new 3 wheeled Can-am Spyder, but it was a manufacturer supplied demo model, not a customer one.
I can agree when it comes to new motorcycles where the dealer is obligated to make sure that the motorcycle runs for at least a year, but to not allow a customer to test ride a preowned motorcycle with no warranty? That is just retarded.

Thanks to everyone that has offered to let me try out their rides. I think that I will just keep an eye out for now. I'll get a KLR, I just need to be patient about it.
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post #15 of 32 Old 11-24-2009, 10:42 AM
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The WORST thing you could do is rush into it when you're unsure, man. You're on the right path. Read a lot. There are a lot of good reviews and comparisons here and other places (google is your friend). Since it seems you have patience (a virtue I do not claim for myself), let it be your friend.

You might be able to rent a KLR for a day. There are a few places around where I am that rent the new ones.




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The WORST thing you could do is rush into it when you're unsure, man. You're on the right path. Read a lot. There are a lot of good reviews and comparisons here and other places (google is your friend). Since it seems you have patience (a virtue I do not claim for myself), let it be your friend.

You might be able to rent a KLR for a day. There are a few places around where I am that rent the new ones.
That's the problem. The more I read, the less patience I have. Too many great stories about this bike.
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post #17 of 32 Old 11-24-2009, 01:32 PM
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Dude, wait til you get it. Farkle addiction is a serious problem in our community. (myself included)




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Dude, wait til you get it. Farkle addiction is a serious problem in our community. (myself included)
Are you glad you went with the 08 and not a previous year model? I think I am starting to lean more towards the new one just for the better lighting. A lot of my miles are done in the middle of the night. Oh well, maybe the wait will help me make up my mind.
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post #19 of 32 Old 11-24-2009, 03:18 PM
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Steppenroth, just keep in mind that most of the great stories usually involve part of the trip being an off-road adventure. On-road, you simply will not get the same performance as your st1100. As a matter of fact, you may be downright disappointed in the difference. I'm heading back to my onroad touring roots and just recently bought an 04 Concours and it puts my KLR to shame on the road. But seeing as you already have an st1100, I can't imagine trading to a KLR to continue staying only on pavement. I could be wrong because everyone is different you know.
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Yep, Step, definitely glad I got an 08. I have had no problems with it...it burns maybe a little oil, but nothing outragious. I ride mostly on the street, but it is a great bike for me.

It's not the smoothest, fastest, best looking...but neither am I.

Reasons I'm glad I got the 08:

Tall - good in traffic
Dirt bikey features - wide bars, handguards, etc
Easy to work on - even for a knucklehead like me
And I do like taking the less traveled roads sometimes.

If I had a different bike it would be a Wee-Strom probably, but I sure like my KLR.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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