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post #1 of 12 Old 03-24-2010, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a theft recovery?...

I found a place that has 2 2006 KLR's for sale both with PA salvage titles, called and he said one was theft recovery and was clean and one way lightly scuffed up they have 9k miles on them and are selling for $2000...should i make the 2 hr drive to buy a salvaged bike or is it not worth it? he said they run fine etc...he bought them at pa auction
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I wouldn't do it. For a little more you can find a bike with no previous issues. My .02.




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well id like to buy a klr and havent had any luck getting a lightly used one for less then 4k but at 2k if seems enticing
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Really?!?! I've seen some cheap ones lately. Market is so shitty.

I'm not trying to discourage you, man. I'm just saying I wouldn't do it. But there's a lot of things I wouldn't do. I would definitely make sure and get good pics and everything before making the drive. How long have you been looking?

Salvage titles just seem like trouble to me. If you ever want to sell it, you're going to have the same reservation issues from the other side.




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If you want to sell it quickly at a high price, the salvage title will work against you.
If you are planning to ride the snot out of it, take it anywhere and everywhere, dump it routinely on dirt, and keep it quite a while, the title does not matter at all.
Mechanical condition matters, but the money you save can go a long way towards fixing things. Most guys who steal bikes don't keep them long enough to do much damage, aside for when they crash and that kind of damage should be obvious.
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I've only bought "frames" in a salvage title. Remember the quote "...ride it like you stole it!" I wouldn't trust the engine on a stolen bike and when I bought the frame's they were for future race bikes, and cheap, not for street bikes. I bought my '96 for only $1K a few months ago with 5K on it. Now I'm probably cheaper than cheapbassturd when it comes to buying bikes outright, but I think, looking at Craig's list around Denver you can find a decent bike, not salvage, or wrecked easily for $2K.

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To me I would take the drive and at least look them. You can never trust what someone tells you over the phone when it comes to condition.

You'll always be curious if you don't take a look.

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I've only bought "frames" in a salvage title. Remember the quote "...ride it like you stole it!" I wouldn't trust the engine on a stolen bike and when I bought the frame's they were for future race bikes, and cheap, not for street bikes. I bought my '96 for only $1K a few months ago with 5K on it. Now I'm probably cheaper than cheapbassturd when it comes to buying bikes outright, but I think, looking at Craig's list around Denver you can find a decent bike, not salvage, or wrecked easily for $2K.

Your mileage may vary,

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I don't know, two complete late model KLRs for $2,000 sounds pretty good, even if there may be a few problems. He is looking in Pennsylvania, not Colorado. Used bikes fall off trees around here, I have a garage full all bought for a song.
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Oh, I thought they were $2K a PIECE, if the pair is $2K that's a bit of a different story, totally agree!

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I thought it was 2K a piece too. Hmm, might have to at least take a look.




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