Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Welcome! The KLR's are fantastic bikes for all the purposes that you mentioned. They are a little heavy for hardcore off roading, but for everything else they do great. Nice looking 08 that you have your eye on, price is reasonable for our area. Wondering if the previous owner will give you the stock exhaust with the bike as well? That way if you don't like the performance exhaust you can always switch it back.
Has the previous owner had the first service with the valve adjustment done? And, would he happen to have a receipt to show it? I see it has new tires as well, so that will save you a few bucks... I only got about 6000 kms out of my stockers and the back was to the wear indicators almost.
I really like the Gen 2 bikes (mine looks exactly like the one your looking at). Some owners have chronic oil consumption problems on their bikes, to the tune of a liter every few tanks! I think it's kind of a dice roll with the oil burning though, maybe I'm just lucky but mine doesn't use much. If it does start to use more I will pop for the 685 kit and not worry about it.
Great commuter bikes as well, that's what I mostly use mine for since I don't have much free time when I'm not at work. Mines nice and comfy on the highway and I usually cruise at about 105 to 110 kmh indicated on my speedo, translates to about 100 to 105 because my speedo is out about 5kmh... A common affliction.
The KLR's are really kind of a swiss army bike, they can do a little of everything. I traded my Shadow for mine and think it was one of the wisest horse trades I ever did, the KLR is definitely a keeper in my eyes! Hope some of this helped your decision making. Riding in the Rockies would be beautiful!
Edit: Oops, think my eyes were playing tricks on me! I looked at the pics again and it looks like it still has the stock tires on it? If they are still stock the back one probably needs replacing... Still not a bad price for the condition.
Last edited by 650Stew; 11-13-2010 at 12:45 PM.
Reason: My powers of observation were lacking :)