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post #1 of 14 Old 08-14-2010, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Which bike to choose

Hello all,

I am new to the KLRs and have been reading up on the new and old generations of bikes. Here is a description of 2 bikes that I am going to look at, but I wanted to get some opinions to see if they are good deals. Please help me out.
First bike:
2009 Kawasaki KLR 650. Factory warranty until Dec. 1, 2010. Pellican side cases, Emigo top case, stainless foot pegs, engine guard, brush guard, and aluminum belly pan. Like new - 1,157 miles. $4,300.

Second bike:
WE ARE SELLING OUR 2007 KAWASAKI KLR 650. THIS BIKE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH ONLY 1300 MILES.

Both bikes seem to be in great shape. I have yet to look at either one, but wanted to see if they are good deals as described. Thanks for any help.

Josh
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Hello all,

I am new to the KLRs and have been reading up on the new and old generations of bikes. Here is a description of 2 bikes that I am going to look at, but I wanted to get some opinions to see if they are good deals. Please help me out.
First bike:
2009 Kawasaki KLR 650. Factory warranty until Dec. 1, 2010. Pellican side cases, Emigo top case, stainless foot pegs, engine guard, brush guard, and aluminum belly pan. Like new - 1,157 miles. $4,300.

Second bike:
WE ARE SELLING OUR 2007 KAWASAKI KLR 650. THIS BIKE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH ONLY 1300 MILES.

Both bikes seem to be in great shape. I have yet to look at either one, but wanted to see if they are good deals as described. Thanks for any help.

Josh
Hope you don't mind, but I located the ads for the bikes you were referencing. Pictures help tell a story.

I'm leaning towards the '09. Current technology offering better suspension, braking, wind protection. The '09 has roughly $800.00-$1000.00 in modifications on it.

The '07, while like new, seems overpriced by about $600.00 to me. I look at it like I would buying a hammer. A 2002 model Plumb framing hammer is going to perform like a 2007 Plumb framing hammer, provided they are the same model, and display similar use and condition. I'm not paying much more for the later production date.

http://tulsa.craigslist.org/mcy/1887619967.html

http://tulsa.craigslist.org/mcy/1879534883.html

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Hello all,

I am new to the KLRs and have been reading up on the new and old generations of bikes. Here is a description of 2 bikes that I am going to look at, but I wanted to get some opinions to see if they are good deals. Please help me out.
First bike:
2009 Kawasaki KLR 650. Factory warranty until Dec. 1, 2010. Pellican side cases, Emigo top case, stainless foot pegs, engine guard, brush guard, and aluminum belly pan. Like new - 1,157 miles. $4,300.

Second bike:
WE ARE SELLING OUR 2007 KAWASAKI KLR 650. THIS BIKE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH ONLY 1300 MILES.

Both bikes seem to be in great shape. I have yet to look at either one, but wanted to see if they are good deals as described. Thanks for any help.

Josh

What do want to do with bike? Mostly road get the 2nd gen, mostly dirt 1st gen.

Looks like the 2009 is well setup for trips. How much for the 2007?

Plan on replacing the doo on either bike. The 2nd gen will most likely use oil at some point if that bugs you the only real fix is the Schnitz 685 kit, about $400.

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For me it would be the 09 hands down. It has a bunch of upgrades already and isn't that much more than the 07.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-15-2010, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot, it is $3500 for the 07. It will be a commuter some of the time and also used to take me and my photography equipment into the field.

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post #6 of 14 Old 08-15-2010, 12:54 PM
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I'd go with the 09 for the reasons stated.




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I am thrilled thus far (4,100 mi) with my '09.

I bought it for the above reasons.
With hindsight experience of a DR 650 and XL 600R I knew 2nd generation had what
the others had lacked. Haddn't ridden EITHER version of the KLR and went to dealerdude
(From mom's old bowling team lol) and told him to prep me the black one while we
went to discuss a few numbers. We settled on 5 even with the factory SM and 16t
tossed in.

You are doing good with the saddlebags belly plate, crash bar, etc. for a motorcycle
barely broke-in.

Another vote for the '09. I couldn't be much happier with it's all around versatility
and dead-on reliability thus far. It's just plain fun to drive the thing.

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post #8 of 14 Old 08-16-2010, 06:26 AM
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Offer him $2800 for the 07' and if he doesn't accept, keep looking.
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'09- no doubt. As others have said, the extras make the choice easy. You'll be shopping for all of those things at some point. I wish I had bought used for that very reason.
That bike sounds to be already outfitted for your purposes.

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-16-2010, 11:52 PM
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Looks like the 09 is already gone.

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