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post #1 of 14 Old 11-12-2010, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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New to KLR - good deal?

I am new to motorcycling and KLRs and plan to purchase my first one soon. I am looking for a bike that feels safe on the Highway, is easy to handle for a beginner, that I can drive on trails and gravel roads occasionally. Plus, it has to be comfy for a guy that is 6'3" tall.
I hope the KLR would be the right choice for me.

I found this one on kijiji and would like to hear some opinions from guys that know the bike and some advice what to look for:

2008 KLR, 7500km (4660 mi), Hindle exhaust- header and muffler Sunline handle bars Bar risers Upgraded tail light Upgraded head light, 4200$ Canadian
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-12-2010, 06:39 PM
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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!

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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.

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I'm fairly new to it as well. I love mine, and its really comfy for the tall rider. I'm 6'5 and have no issues with it. At freeway speeds it was ok. I added a tall windshield to stop the wind from pounding at my chest. I think it was the best choice for my starter bike.

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6'4" here. 06' KLR was my first bike and 18,000 miles later and 7 other bikes later and I still have the KLR. I don't think you have a safer bet for a first bike that will let you try many types of riding.

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Seems like a pretty fair deal to me. I wouldn't sell my 2004 for that much.
Ask him if it uses oil and if he has done the Doohickey. I always like the reaction I get when that question is asked.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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Thanks for all the helpful answers! I like the blue color scheme alot.
Have there been alot of issues with the idler shaft lever? Only in 2008?

Looking to buy a '08-up KLR in the Calgary/southwestern Alberta region
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Thanks for all the helpful answers! I like the blue color scheme alot.
Have there been alot of issues with the idler shaft lever? Only in 2008?
There have been issues with all years for the doohickey. From what I have read though, the 08 and up doohickeys are sturdier than the older ones, but the springs are still prone to stretching and breaking. I haven't heard of any of the balancer levers themselves breaking on the Gen 2 bikes though. Most people are still replacing them with Eagle Mike doohickeys and springs anyway. Still have to do mine one day... And fork seals too!

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Have you given any thought to this bike:

http://alberta.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ241734588


Don't know anything more about it but has a few goodies and about the same mileage. A little less $$$ and no oil usage issues.

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Another not bad deal if you can get it without paying tax;

http://alberta.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ234754914

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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Bad news the one I was looking for just got sold.
I want a gen2, so it looks like I have to keep checking kijiji.

klr4evr, do you know do I need an out of province inspection when I buy a KLR from B.C.?

Looking to buy a '08-up KLR in the Calgary/southwestern Alberta region
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