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post #1 of 12 Old 12-06-2010, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Buy a 2011 KLR 650, or an older model...

I'm moving back to Arizona (from Kansas, in January 2011) and will be buying a KLR 650 as soon as I get back home! I'm not much of a mechanic and am shying away from a used KLR. I really like the new 2011, but all I really want is a dependable bike without inheriting a bunch of headaches. Are the changes in the 2011 worth the extra money?

I'm an ex-military pilot that can't fly any more (diabetes) and need my motorcycle! Any help on this question would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-07-2010, 12:31 AM
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The KLR 650 has not changed since the upgrades in 2008. There are many dealers that still have left over 09's in stock. If memory serves my correctly, someone posted the Kawasaki dealer in Denver for example has ten 09's in stock. My local dealer has two 09's on the floor so if your heart is not set on a 2011, you can save hundreds if not more. The only difference will be the color choice. Good hunting.

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The 2011 has a black engine, and better looking graphics (which still should be removed, in my opinion.) The leftover '09 models are a much better purchase. Think of all the extra goodies you can buy with the money you save.

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Thx, Roginoz & ExTrooper!

I appreciate your time on this, Gentlemen! I'm NOT one of those people that need the "latest & greatest", so a 2009 would be perfect! You guys don't remember the names of the dealerships where those 2009's are, do you? Is it one of those things you can Google? I'll check it out.

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Denver has two Kawasaki shops but I think it was Vickery Motor Sports. I googled their web site and they are currently advertising a new 09 for $4799. They have several 09's on sale. I would imagine you can find some Arizona dealers with left overs as well.

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Just noticed that you're located in OP. I got my '09 in El Dorado, at 3-2-1 Kawasaki (316-321-7433.) I'm not sure if they have any '09 bikes left, but it might be worth a phone call. Check E-Bay, too; a lot of dealers list bikes there with "buy it now" prices (cheap advertising, I guess.) Be sure to check the out the door price - sometimes the low prices come with additional fees.

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Thumbs up Hey Extrooper!

I contacted Vickery Motorsports in Denver and spoke with Andy. They had 3 of the 2009's brand new, so I bought two... the blue one for me and the red one for my son. Will be driving through Denver on my way to Phoenix to pick them up. Thanks for the suggestion and your remembering what someone else on the Forum said. I owe you a big favor!
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I'm just plain thrilled (still) over my nearly two year old '09 !!!

Very few wrenching issues, and the few there are can be done
with help from this site. Never worked on a KLR, and these guys
made it simple for me overall.

I'd buy another 2nd generation if this one got stolen or wrecked.

This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
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I bought my 2002 in 2004 with 1200 miles on it..

If I had to replace it tomorrow I'd find a low mileage Gen 1..

Not that anything's wrong with the Gen 2 bikes, or a new bike, but I'm used to the Gen 1 bikes, like the way they ride, and have a LOT of farkles to transfer to a new (used) bike.
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Thumbs up Thank you all, Gentlemen!

I've owned two Gen 1 KLR's and due to the fact that I've found three Gen. II 2009 new KLR's in Denver, I'm gonna toss the dice with one of them. I've also decided I'm gonna finance one for my oldest son. Extrooper, you were right on the money! Vickers Motorsports has a blue one, a red one and a black 2009 KLR - BRAND NEW - in stock, and they're priced at $4,799.00.

Color the blue one and the red one GONE!!!!

That means I'll drive due west to Denver from Kansas City, pick up the bikes (my son is driving up from Phoenix w/his truck to transport the bikes) and head down to Phoenix from there. The only drag is slogging over Colorado mountains in a 16-ft. Penske truck with my car being towed behind it in January. Oh well, the bikes (and their price) is worth it!

Thanks again, Extrooper, for the tip! I owe you big!
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