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post #1 of 6 Old 07-20-2010, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a noob with a question that's prolly been answered in many ways, in many different threads, but I haven't come across anything in here that really satisfies my needs.
I am looking for a KLR and want a good deal on it...obviously. I have read all the pros and cons on gen1 vs gen2. I'm satisfied that either one would do what I want. I want to try the duel sport. I will be commuting on it, and want to take it into the woods on weekend camping trips whenever possible. The KLR seems to be a smart choice for entry into this type of riding. The bang for buck factor is tops.
I've seen an '09 for 3995.00 with a little over 3000 mi. on it, and an '88 for 1795.00 with 17,000 mi. on it. I would buy the one that was most worth the money if I knew which one it was. How can I tell. I know the '09 is a good deal, but the lower price on the '88 leans me in that direction. Problem is that it is over 20 years old, and seems like it may have sat around a lot with so few miles on it. I know sitting around for long periods of time unused is not good. I am currently riding an '81 Suzuki GS650, and I'm looking for something that isn't going to need a new this or that all the time.
When I go to look at a KLR like this, what should I look for? And what the hell is a doohikey?
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It is totally impossible to say. An old bike. Not ridden a lot. Was it stored well? What kind of condition is it in? Do you want to wrench on it? It seems from the questions you posed that you already know the right answer. And there is only one right answer...the one you come up with. Sorry, but it is just too hard to say. I think you'd end up being sorry with the older bike, but I don't know what's in your bank account. No matter how well maintained the older bike is, you're gonna need to do some work. If you like working on bikes...

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Thank you. Yeah the newer the better. I guess I was looking for some general guidelines that would help evaluate used KLRs, such as funny sounds while the engine is running, or something to that effect?? I like working on bikes, but the ones I already have keep me satisfied in that department. This purchase will be for the bike I don't have to work on all the time. I will spend the extra money for the better bike.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-20-2010, 05:58 AM
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Since you're a GT owner, I'd guess you're used to wrenching?
And my edit was nothing more than fixing the Italic issue on don't.
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On the KLR the things to watch for are the same as any bike - condition, mileage, maintenance, etc., so I've nothing much to add. All the usual things apply.

The biggest weakness is the doohickey, of course, and you can ask about that. Unfortunately, you have to go inside to be sure on the doo.

One thing I would say about the '88 is that it predates a major update that happened in '96. There were quite a few good changes that happened at Kawasaki's first '10 year makeover', and for that reason I'd shy away from anything pre-'96 if I were in the market to buy.


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Thanks guys, this is all really helpful. Good to know about the post '96 update!
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