Join Date: Oct 2006
I would trade in a heartbeat....just because I may only last a week on a litre bike.....augh!
You do know that the KLR has a whopping 34HP right...?
I buy things from people by first looking at them, their other toys, cars, trucks what have you, also their home.....then I look at the thing they are trying to sell me. I figure if they have looked after the other items there is a good chance they have done the same for what it is I'm trying to buy.
Then I would look for the obvious signs of neglect, abuse and poor maintenance. How many miles etc, rub marks to prove such mileage...? What the over all condition the thing is in. Do they look honest? Are they the first owner? If so, do they have the maintenance records etc? What has this item been used for? A dirt bike or street adventure rider? Then what add ons he has on it? Has the DOO been done or does he look puzzled by this question? This year of bike shouldn't have an oil issue like the 08's and up have. Take some pics and post them up. What value do you put on your bike? What is the interest in the trade for you?
I personally like the older version bikes over the newer version just because of the oil issue....yes some do not have it, but many do. It is an easy fix so to speak. A simple 685 kit will fix it and also reduce any engine vibrations you may feel.
Look at where the oil is in the sight glass. What colour is it? What type of oil does he run and how often does it get changed? Look at the air cleaner.
Hope this helps a bit.....if you need specific questions answered feel free to ask.