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post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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I should stay away from if buying used ?......There is a 05 and a 08 within a 4 hour drive of me,08 is loaded and 05 is stock..
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I should stay away from if buying used ?......There is a 05 and a 08 within a 4 hour drive of me,08 is loaded and 05 is stock..

The new model bikes (08+) tend to burn oil. A 685 kit is the only sure way to stop it, costs about $400.

The new model bikes are better on the road, the old ones better off.
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Thanks,gives me something to consider.....
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Well I have an 07 that loves the off road and hates the pavement. It can fly over the dirt but wont stick to the pavement very well, in fact the bike bucked me off 2 weeks ago. Now I am nurcing injuries and repairing the bike. I have the bike almost put back together (just waiting on new handlebars) as soon as my ass heals, I will be back onn my horse
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You don't mention what "loaded" includes, mileage, overall condition and price.

My $$$ would buy the 05 because of the 08 oil issues alone.

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You don't mention what "loaded" includes, mileage, overall condition and price.

My $$$ would buy the 05 because of the 08 oil issues alone.
Tall windshield,GPS,Hard bags,tank bag,engine gards/highway bars...
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Think mileage was 6400....
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Just found a 04 KLR for 3300.00 with side hard bags,tour pac,gps,highway bars and new tires with 6k on it.........So 04 good or not ?,sounds like better off the road then on pavement the way you all talk...
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The oil sucking issue was a big thing with the '08 and newer models. But not isolated to that generation of KLR 650. The 685 kits were developed and being marketed to eliminate oil consumption issues in KLR 650's before the '08 models came out. The first generation KLR 650 has had its share of bad rings, sleeve issues, and controversial solutions.

The point being, you can buy an oil sucker regardless of year. And there is no assurance that conditions won't develop later that were not present when the bike was bought. A change in riding styles and habits when a bike is sold to a new owner may create oil consumption issues. For instance, a rider that rarely exceeded 4800 RPM's may not have experienced excessive oil consumption. The same bike, in the hands of a new owner that flogs it like a rented mule may very well see some oil consumption. A change in oil type, brand and frequency of change may effect oil consumption.

One thing that amazes me is the fear of discussing things with a seller. I would have no hesitation point blank asking the seller about oil burning issues. Presenting a simple question of "If I pull the spark plug, what will it tell me about oil burning issues with this bike"? And see how the seller answers.
I would have no hesitation buying the '08 IF it can be bought for an amount that will allow for a top end job if needed. $400.0 +- will cover that. The upgrades on the '08 are desirable, and you would have a modern technologically advanced bike. Nothing against the '05, but you would be starting with a blank pallet. And bearing the full expense of filling in the "blank". The '08 offers from the factory upgraded brakes, fairing protection, heavier wheel spokes, progressive rear suspension, heavier duty front forks, better visibility due to the new headlight design. Technically, the newer Gen II bikes offer fully transistorized ignition which replaces the analog CDI used before. The more modern unit will better control timing across the rpm range, and, as is usually the case, fewer moving parts means more reliability.

Everything is kept cool by new Denso radiators that are thinner and lighter than before. Kawasaki claims a 20 percent increase in cooling efficiency. A high-capacity 36W alternator powers extra capacity to operate the add-on electronic gadgets touring riders canít live without.

Tell me again what the gain is to hanging on to old technology?
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Just found a 04 KLR for 3300.00 with side hard bags,tour pac,gps,highway bars and new tires with 6k on it.........So 04 good or not ?,sounds like better off the road then on pavement the way you all talk...
Not necessarily so. The Gen I bikes will go just as far and fast down the highway as the Gen II bikes will. There just might be a little less fatigue on the rider who was riding the Gen II bike, as he had a little more wind protection, a little better suspension to ride on.

How much true off road riding will you be doing? Gravel roads in Minnesota suck, due to the high sugar sand content they use on township roads there. I would avoid them like a tax audit. You don't have a huge amount of forest service trails. Most buyers of the KLR 650 never see roads or trails that are not passable by a Ford Explorer. Yes, there are exceptions that can ride full boat hare scrambles with them, but they are the exception, rather than the rule. Most riders are looking for a bike that will take the Interstate over to the road less traveled, some Jeep type trails that are rarely traveled. Either generation of KLR 650 will be adequate for this type of duty. For longer distances on the road, I would lean towards the newer Gen II bike. For a little rougher duty, I would lean towards the older Gen I bike, mainly so I would not hesitate getting into situations that might produce a "boo-boo", like some wrecked plastic.

An example comes to mind. The Plymouth Neon had a pretty good drive train for an inexpensive car. Reliable. The same drive train was used in the later Chrysler PT Cruiser. Mechanically, you were buying the same drive train. One had some very noticeable feature differences. The styling and amenities of the PT Cruiser made it worth what it was worth. The Neon would go anywhere the PT Cruiser would. For less money. It all depends on how comfortable and stylish you want to be getting there.
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