Well, to try and answer some of you questions. I'm looking at new and used bikes. I've ridden a couple of 08's and I liked the ride both times. I've been watching craigslist for sometime and yes there are lots of used bike that are private party, but they still seem expensive. As for going used to get a deal on the farkles or accessories that may have been added. It seems that people around here selling used 08's or 09's that have added accessories are wanting to recover every dollar they have invested in the original puchase and for the things they've added. For example a used 08 with 9k miles and a couple farkles (handgrips, etc, small stuff) for $4800 ? Lots of other used ones with no upgrades ranging from $4000 to $4500.
If I could find a nice clean one for $3700 or so I would do that.
I guess the money really is a big issue for me. I've been wanting the KLR for a long time and I have been saving towards it for about a year. I have the cash now, but I'm really hesitant to "pull the trigger". It took a long time to save, and once its spent, its spent.
I would consider a 1st gen KLR if the deal was right. Went to check out a 2007 the other day at a dealer. Drove an hour to get there and find out the dealer is a small used car dealership and their insurance wouldn't allow me to take it out of the parking lot. I was like ??? Your kidding ?
I wanted to compare the functionality of the fairing/windshield between the 07 and the redesigned 08, but guess I'll have to find another 1st gen to try out.
I want the bike for commuting to work and want to be able to carry my work stuff with me so I'd be adding saddlebags, or a trunk, etc. I've always liked dual purpose bikes, but have a street bike right now.
Ill's is right. It's tough this time of year. Everybody wants to ride. I totally agree, if you can wait, wait. If not, well, you got options. My problem (one of them) is that when I decide to do something I want to do it RIGHT AWAY. This applies to bikes, pocketknives, fishing, and beer mostly, but one could say it is a character flaw. It's helpful sometimes, but not when buying things. I would say CL is your friend. My wife and I sold her 69 Ghia recently and we ended up taking 3250 when asking for 5500. Why? Because we wanted to be done with it. All those folks trying to recoup all their farkle money are in for a rude awakening. If you want the bike to commute, Gen2 is probably for you. I dig the Gen1 bikes, but they are rougher. A lot different for a bike that is largely the same. Join all the KLR sites and check the classifieds. People are less likely to think they can pull that "well the bike cost me 5K and I have 1K in farkles, so I'm asking 5995K bullshit".
And, AND...believe me, I am throwing stones from my glass house here, Paper is right...bring cash, offer low, and enter into it KNOWING you will walk if anything is weird or the price doesn't come down. And you will find your bike.
You're ahead of the game since you have a bike and know what you're doing. Since you have a bike to ride right now, I would highly suggest keeping an eye open, but preparing yourself for a longish search. In three months, prices will plummet. Guaranteed. Good luck, man, and hang around here. You'll learn a lot and might find yourself a bike.