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post #1 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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2009 or 2007 KLR 650

I am new to the forum and I need help. I am negotiating to purchase my first klr 650 with a reputable dealer close to my home. They have a 2009 klr 650 with matching title and vin numbers. Here is the problem. The bike looks like a 2007 klr650 in silver and black and has the older front fairing and single square headlight. I respectfully asked the owner about my concerns. He pulled the vin numbers and title and double checked them and they stated a 2009 model. Still looked like a 2007 to me... So he used the vin to look up parts and the parts list matched 2009. Still physically looks like a 2007 to me... He even pulled the paperwork when the bike shipped to his dealership in August of 2009. I have done all the research I can and still cant draw a conclusion on this matter. The bike at the dealership looks exactly like the 2007 in silver and black. How is this possible? PLEASE HELP ME. ANYBODY? ANYBODY? COFFEE?
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 11:31 AM
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The year is in the VIN so start there; forget what the title says as that could be in error.

There is one of two possibilities;
- It's a 2007 with a title error or
- it's a 2009 that has been extensively modified (crash?)


read: http://www.watt-man.com/uploads/KLR_ID.pdf Is the 10th digit of the VIN a 7 or a 9?


Does it have a Gen1 or Gen2 swingarm? forks? tank? rear fender, side plates? there are lots of clues. pics here; http://watt-man.com/uploads/KLR_Timeline.pdf

FWIW, I'd be hoping it's a 2007; Gen1's are my preference. ;-)


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post #3 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 11:46 AM
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Does it have the AIS air injection pipe leading into the cylinder head near the spark plug?

FWIW, for me this would be interesting but if looking for a Gen1, I would consider the condition and price. It would be more fun to have that one as a conversation starter.
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Does the BIQ (bike in question) have SINGLE-, or DOUBLE-piston caliper brakes front and rear?

2008 and beyond have DOUBLE-piston brake calipers, both front and rear, even though the "official" Kawasaki specifications say the Generation 2 rear brake has a single-piston caliper..
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 02:59 PM
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simplyclev,
I'll suggest that you look / read the STAMPED vin. Not the sticker.
Sometimes a little harder to read, but should be accurate.

And yes, 10th character is year code. So 9 will be 2009. An alpha (A,,,,) will be 2010 or newer. Or Older than 2000 (,,,,Y).

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post #6 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 04:27 PM
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From DPellitier's Watt Man lore:

"2007: The last A model is produced. These are the last bikes that have a frame ID that start with JKAKLEA."

Speaking of the 2008 model:

"These are the first bikes that have a frame ID that start with JKAKLEE, . . . "

Please let us know the resolution of this dilemma!
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 08:28 PM
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Dunno... A 2009 with 2007 plastics? I'd personally pass on this, just don't seem right.

(Side note, I didn't even think the gen 1 plastics would bolt onto a gen 2, am I wrong?)
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post #8 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 08:47 PM
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What's the difference so long as it's the generation you want and a good price?
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What's the difference so long as it's the generation you want and a good price?
Nothing.
So long as the title work is clear and clean!
Hell, I'd love to have the larger fork diameter! For free, even better.

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post #10 of 27 Old 11-02-2015, 09:09 PM
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Just checked the AMA trade guide.
Only 200 hundred dollars separating the 2 years.
Do you suppose they are aware of the potential oil burning of the 08-09?

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