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post #1 of 32 Old 11-30-2010, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Should I trade for a KLR 650

Hey Guys… New to the site.. this is my first post.
I have an opportunity to trade my 2001 Honda CRF450 dirt bike that I do not ride ever, for a 1994 KLR650. Both bike are in perfect condition. My Honda is worth more $$$ but I would use the KLR650 all the time. This would be an even trade. I wanted to ask you guys who love the KLR’s if you recommend the deal?
Any thing I should check on that bike before I trade?
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post #2 of 32 Old 11-30-2010, 11:38 AM
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Purely on a dollar for dollar trade, you're getting a bad deal..
Also, CRF450's weren't made until 2002..
Retail value on a 02' CRF450 is $2045
The 1994 KLR650 is only worth $1560, when comparing apples to apples..

So, I'd kick around selling the CRF outright for as much as you can get, and then buying a KLR..

You're going to notice much worse power and suspension on the KLR, but yeah, you can legally ride it on the road..

Just not sure if you're going to be happy with this trade.. I'd keep looking, but I'm a full fledged KLR rider (aka-cheap)
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post #3 of 32 Old 11-30-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry I’m new to this posting thing…. I was off on both years…. My Honda is a 2002, And the KLR is a 1996…. Like I said. I know that my bike is worth more but I would use the KLR…… the older I get the less I want to ride the CRF…… Is the 1996 KLR 650 a good bike that you guys like
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I know how you feel as far as riding stricktly offroad.. I sold my heavily modded KDX200 and bought a KLR.. Many thought it was a bad decision, but I've been happy with my 2002 KLR since I bought it in 2004..

As far as a 1996 model, it's really no different than a 2007, except for color and the fact that your bike was assembled in Japan at Kawasaki, rather than in Thailand..

If the 1996 was cared for, chances are it will treat you well for years to come..

Hell, I've got over 20K on my 2002 and I'm kicking around riding it to Colorado and Utah next summer.. That's 1000 miles each way, just to get there, here from the IL/WI state line.

Got any other info on the KLR?? Miles, condition, service, was the Doohickey done?
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post #5 of 32 Old 11-30-2010, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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I don’t know allot about the KLR. I am going to look at the bike tomorrow.. I do know that the bike is owned by a guy that is well known for taking very good care of his things. …. I live in CT and I have a camp in VT that I would ride the KLR on the dirt roads. I know a few guys that have KLR’s and they LOVE them so I am sure I will like it. I only rode my CRF once this year. And for 10 minutes at best. I would ride that KLR every day up at the camp….
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I don't know, but it sounds like you've already talked yourself into it..

Take a good look at the bike and ask a lot of questions as far as the history of the bike.. And then feel free to ask as many questions here as you want.. There's a lot of KRL history and knowledge floating around on this site, just waiting for questions to answer.

Good luck!!
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post #7 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 07:03 AM
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Sounds like you have accepted the price difference. Only about $500,(debatable). Now you're down to deciding, do I want a bike that I ride 10 minutes a year or do I want a bike that I can ride almost every day.

Easy decision.
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post #8 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 07:07 AM
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I traded my 98 Shadow that I never rode anymore for my KLR... I had to kick in $1200 for the difference in values but it was still the best trade I've ever done. I ride the KLR almost daily (except in the winter). Coolest part is that it's almost like I got a nearly new bike for only $1200 since the Shadow was just sitting around the garage taking up space anyway, and paid for long long ago


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post #9 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I am exited to know that there are so many people that love the KLR. From what I can tell the bike is almost the same from 1988 threw 2007? This would lead me to believe that a 1996 that has been well cared for will last me a long time…..
I am excited about the KLR… I will see the bike in 2 hours and make my decision then.
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post #10 of 32 Old 12-01-2010, 02:10 PM
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Actually 1987 through 2007, and truthfully, the Generation 2 aren't that much different than the original..

The Gen 1 bikes have a billion (last time I counted) options available aftermarket trinkets.. I ride fairly often with 7-8 KLR riders, and all of our bikes are different, yet similar.

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